Bronco notes: Garcia doesn't take it; draft money

KUSA - John Elway had two goals for the Broncos this offseason.

The general manager wanted to get tougher up front. He wanted to get faster outside and the backfield.

On paper, at least, he accomplished both.

The speed is about style. There is excitement for Jamaal Charles, who has observed offseason practices this week but hasn’t participated since he signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Broncos last week.

Toughness is about substance. Blocking and brawn and toughness doesn’t move the needle. But you better have it.

“Pretty much not taking crap from anyone,’’ Broncos right guard Max Garcia said Tuesday, when asked what a tougher offensive mentality means to him. “Whether it be going against our defense or going against anybody that lines up against us. Just not taking any crap. Just going in there and playing our game and kind of running things.’’

There you go. It may not be sexy. But the Broncos’ greatest improvement is where they needed it most: On the offensive line. First round pick Garett Bolles will be the new left tackle. Former Cowboy Ron Leary is the new left guard. Former Raider Menelik Watson is at right tackle.

The holdovers are Garcia, who moves from left to right guard, and center Matt Paradis.

The Broncos should block better this year, which means they should run better.

“I think the offensive line plays a big part in that,’’ Leary said Tuesday. “With C.J. (Anderson) and Charles coming, along with all the other running backs that we have, they’ll make the holes. … They’ll make us look a lot better than what we really are. I believe in that.’’

Draft money

The Spotrac.com website already has the financial slot positions for every NFL Draft pick. Here are the four-year terms slotted for each of the Broncos’ draft picks:

Round (pick) . Name …............................... Total value … Signing bonus

1. (20) ............. Garett Bolles, OT ............… $11,031,904 … $6,163,203

2. (51) ............. DeMarcus Walker, DE …...... $5,073,859 … $1,830,080

3.  (82) ............ Carlos Henderson, WR .....… $3,327,125 … $817,982

3.(101) ............ Brendan Langley, CB .........… $3,177,188 … $706,284

5. (145) ........... Jake Butt, TE .....................… $2,700,938 … $300,938

5.* (172) .......... Isaiah McKenzie, Ret-WR … $2,635,844 … $235,844

6. (203) ............ De’Angelo Henderson, RB … $2,545,047 … $145,047

7. (253) ............. Chad Kelly, QB ............... … $2,464,270 … $64,270

Totals ……….........................................…… $32,956,175 …. $10,263,648

*McKenzie has signed

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