2016 payouts for all 53 Bronco players: Siemian tied for 40th

ENGLEWOOD - There may be on-field questions and concerns regarding the quarterback transition from Peyton Manning to Trevor Siemian.

But they’re flipping cartwheels and high fives up in the bean-counter offices at UCHealth Training Center.

Manning ranked as either the highest or second-highest paid Denver Bronco each of the past four seasons at between $19 million and $20 million a year.

Siemian, Manning’s heir apparent as the Broncos’ starting quarterback, is in a 10-way tie for the 40th highest-paid Bronco with a salary of $525,000.

Only four Bronco players make less  than the starting quarterback – an undrafted rookie who was already verbally cut (Kyle Peko), a long snapper (Casey Kreiter) and two players who spent their rookie season last year on the practice squad (linebacker Zaire Anderson and receiver Jordan Taylor).

Sure, finances were one reason why the Broncos released veterans Mark Sanchez, Britton Colquitt and Ronnie Hillman. But the Broncos had to cut somewhere because it appears the team was overbudget.

A look at the Broncos’ 2016 cash payouts in salaries and bonuses for their 53-man roster comes out to $150.3 million – or 97.5 percent of their adjusted salary cap of $154.1 million.

As a general rule, the Broncos spend $1 cash to every $1 of salary cap each year since free agency and the cap was instituted in 1994. In other words, owner Pat Bowlen put every last available dollar into the team.

The Broncos have also tried to keep 3 to 5 percent cash in reserve in case they need replace players who suffer season-ending injuries.  The Broncos’ cash payroll is currently 2.5 percent less than its cap. And keep in mind, the team is also hoping to sign receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a long-term extension before its season opener Thursday night against Carolina. Contract extensions usually involve hefty, upfront cash signing bonuses (see the 2016 payouts for Von Miller, Derek Wolfe and Brandon Marshall).

The savings of Sanchez, Colquitt and Hillman was a combined $9.55 million, which would have put the Broncos well beyond $159 million.

Other notes from the Broncos’ 2016 cash payroll:

  • It was pass-rusher Von Miller who filled the payroll slot ordinarily reserved for superstar quarterbacks. The $25 million Miller will receive in gross pay this year ($17 million signing bonus, $6 million roster bonus, $2 million salary) accounts for 16.6 percent of the team’s cash payroll.

 

  • More incredulously, the top four paid Bronco players – Miller, Demaryius Thomas, Wolfe and Marshall – account for 41.9 percent of the team’s cash payroll.

 

  • Six of the team’s seven highest-paid players are defensive players. Make no mistake, this team is not built like the Manning Indianapolis Colts of the 2000s.

 

  • The top 10 players make a combined $102.89 million (68.5 percent of the payroll). The next 43 players make $47.41 million (31.5 percent). This is typical NFL payroll economics.

 

  • Although Wolfe signed his contract extension during the playoffs, we put his $7.5 million signing bonus into this year’s cash payroll since it wasn’t listed on the 2015 season-opening cash payroll. We’re not going to let $7.5 million fall through the 2015-16 crack. Besides, he was paid the bonus in the 2016 calendar year.

A look at what the 53 Broncos are scheduled to make in salary and bonuses in 2016:

1. Von Miller, LB …………….…...$25 million

2. Demaryius Thomas, WR .… ...$13 million

3. Brandon Marshall, LB …....$12.55 million

4. Derek Wolfe, DE ………… $12.43 million

5.Aqib Talib, CB ………….........$8.97 million

6. Chris Harris Jr., CB ……............$7 million

7. DeMarcus Ware, OLB …..... $6.34 million

8. C.J. Anderson, RB ………..........$6 million

9. Donald Stephenson, RT...…......$6 million

10. Emmanuel Sanders, WR ....$5.6 million

11. Paxton Lynch, QB …….…..$5.54 million

12. Russell Okung, LT ........…….. $5 million

13. T.J. Ward, SS ……..…….…. $4.5 million

14. Darian Stewart, FS ......…… $2.5 million

15. Virgil Green, TE ……..……. $2.4 million

16. Jared Crick, DE …………. $2.25 million

17. Adam Gotsis, DE……...…. $1.51 million

18 Sylvester Williams, DT…... $1.44 million

19.  Justin Simmons, FS ……... $1.1 million

20. Bradley Roby, CB …….…. $1.05 million

21. Jordan Norwood, WR …......... $880,000

22. Shane Ray, LB ……………...... $849,496

23. Devontae Booker, RB ….......... $833,393

24.John Phillips, TE ….….……… ..$760,000

25. Dekoda Watson, LB ...……...... $760,000

26. Billy Winn, DL …………….…....$760,000

27. Austin Davis, QB …………. .....$760,000*

28. Cody Latimer, WR ……….........$757,150

29. Connor McGovern, OL ...... ......$713,900

30. Kayvon Webster, CB …….........$687,000

31. Andy Janovich, FB ……….........$614,309

32. Michael Schofield, OL ..…........ $612,000

33. Ty Sambrailo, RG …………. .....$609,817

34. Corey Nelson, LB ………….. ....$600,000

35. Todd Davis, LB …….……….......$600,000

36. Brandon McManus, K ...….........$600,000

37. Darrion Weems, OL …….….......$600,000

38. Will Parks, SS ……………... ......$550,356

39. Riley Dixon, P …………... .........$530,008

40. Trevor Siemian, QB ….…….......$525,000

41. Lorenzo Doss, CB ……..............$525,000

42. Darius Kilgo, DT …………..........$525,000

43. Shaq Barrett, LB …………..........$525,000

44. Max Garcia, LG ……………........$525,000

45. Jeff Heuerman, TE ………..........$525,000

46. Kapri Bibbs, RB …………….......$525,000

47. James Ferentz, C …………........$525,000

48. Bennie Fowler, WR …...……......$525,000

49. Matt Paradis, C ……………........$525,000

50. Kyle Peko, DL …………….. .......$461,000

51. Zaire Anderson, LB ………........ $450,000

52. Casey Kreiter, LS …………........$450,000

53. Jordan Taylor, WR ……….......... $450,000

Total 2016 cash ………….. .......$150,318,429

2016 NFL Salary cap ……........$154,095,041

*Davis was just signed and his one-year contract has not been reported. The $760,000 is the minimum for a fifth-year player.

(2016 cash payouts for each of  the 53 Broncos players was comprised by 9News. Spotrac.com provided information  for  this research project).

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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