KUSA – Just think, if Von Miller and Bradley Chubb become just the second pass-rush duo in NFL history to combine for 37 sacks this year, the Broncos would still be paying $1 million per sack.

Miller, the Broncos’ outside linebacker who primarily rushes from the defensive left side, and Chubb, the team’s first-round rookie who presumably will be pass rushing from the right outside linebacker spot, are the team’s two highest-paid players in 2018.

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Even after restructuring his contract that makes him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player for a third consecutive year, Miller will make $19 million this year.

Chubb, who will receive a one-time enormous balloon payment that is a $17.914 million signing bonus, will make $18.394 million this season. At least he will when he signs his rookie contract.

These are the cash payouts for 2018 and not the salary-cap figures that can be manipulated through bonus proration and other formulas.

With the Broncos’ cash payroll for their top 51 players this season listed at $187.787 million, a whopping 19.9 percent is allocated to their two edge rushers.

The 9 highest-paid Broncos in 2018 cash payout:

1. Von Miller, OLB …………..... $19 million
$2.5 million salary; $16 million restructure signing bonus; $500,000 workout bonus

2. Bradley Chubb, OLB …..…. $18.394 million
$17.914 million signing bonus; $480,000 salary

3. Case Keenum, QB ……..…. $18 million
$6 million signing bonus; $4 million roster bonus; $8 million salary

4. Demaryius Thomas, WR .... $12.5 million
$4 million bonus; $8.5 million salary

5. Derek Wolfe, DE ………...... $8.55 million
$8 million salary; $500,000 per game roster bonus ($31,250 per game); $50,000 workout bonus. Does not include $1 million bonus due next March.

6. Bradley Roby, CB ………... $8.526 million
$8.526 million salary

7. Chris Harris Jr., CB ……..... $8.5 million
$1.1 million option bonus; $7.4 million salary

8. Emmanuel Sanders, WR .... $8.25 million
$8.15 million salary; $100,000 workout bonus

9. Ron Leary, OG …………..…. $8 million
$7.65 million salary; $100,000 workout bonus; $250,000 roster bonus ($15,625 per game)

Others: Jared Veldheer, RT, $7 million; Menelik Watson, G-T, $6.125 million; Todd Davis, ILB, $6 million

The 9 highest-paid Broncos will make a combined $109.72 million, or 58.4 percent of the 51-man payroll. The top 12 Broncos will draw a combined $128.945 million, or 68.7 percent of the payroll.

If that sounds inequitable, see the global economy where 1 percent of the citizens account for 50.1 percent of world’s wealth, according to Credit Suisse.

The Broncos, by the way would be doing well if they pay out $1 million a sack for their top pass-rushing duo of Miller and Chubb this year. Only one pass-rushing duo has reached at least 37 sacks combined since the NFL started keeping sacks as an official stat in 1982. Chris Doleman (21.0) and Keith Millard (18.0) had 39 sacks for the 1989 Minnesota Vikings.