ENGLEWOOD—Kyle Peko, your cut.
In an unusual but pleasant twist, the Denver Broncos on Friday notified Peko, an undrafted defensive lineman, he was getting waived. On Saturday, before they turned their cut list in to the league office, the Broncos let Peko know they changed their minds and he had made their season-opening 53-man roster.
“Friday I found out I was getting cut and they were going to put me on their practice squad,’’ Peko said. “Saturday afternoon I got a call and they said they had some good news for me and I got added to their 53-man roster.’’
Peko said he first got a call from a scout who told him to come to Broncos headquarters and talk to head Coach Gary Kubiak. He did. Peko also met with defensive line coach Bill Kollar and the big man himself, general manager John Elway.
“They all said they’re going the practice squad route with me,’’ Peko said. “I told them it’s an honor to be on the practice squad with this organization. You’ve got to roll with it. It’s a business. So that happened and I got the surprise on Saturday that they had made some changes.’’
And his reaction to making the team?
“I was really happy, my family was really excited,’’ said Peko, whose cousin, Domata Peko, has been a mainstay along the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive line for the past decade.
The weekly pay for a practice squad player is $6,900 ($117,300 per year) and there is no vested credit. The weekly pay for a rookie on the $53-man roster is $26,470 ($450,000 per year) which comes with full NFL player benefits.
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