Beginning last week, teams have until March 18 to exercise options on players who have option clauses in their 2019 contracts.
For the Broncos, that means decisions on right guard Ron Leary, inside linebacker Todd Davis and kicker Brandon McManus. All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller also has an option, but general manager John Elway already said that would be picked up, guaranteeing $6 million of Miller’s 2020 salary.
A look at the case for the other three players with option clauses:
Leary, 30, started a dozen games for the Broncos in 2019 and missed the final quarter of the season with a concussion. Leary was also limited to six games in 2018 (torn Achilles) and 11 games in 2017 (back injury), and cutting him would create $8.5 million in cap space. If his option’s picked up, the veteran is guaranteed $1.5 million of his 2020 salary.
Davis, 27, led the Broncos and finished tied for eighth in the NFL with a career-high 134 total tackles in 14 starts this year. Originally claimed off waivers from New Orleans in 2014, he’s led Denver in tackles three of the last four years, but the Broncos’ linebacking corps is deep and he could be expendable. Only $500,000 of Davis’ salary is guaranteed if the Broncos pick up his option, while cutting him would create $5 million in space.
McManus, 28, was 29 of 34 on field goals in 2019, an 85.3% mark that was his best rate since 85.7% during the Broncos’ Super Bowl year in 2015. McManus is due a $3 million salary in 2020, with $1 million of that guaranteed if the Broncos pick up the option.
— Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
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