KUSA – It’s not like a team keeps two punters.
After the Broncos signed former Oakland Raiders’ star punter Marquette King two weeks ago, the team’s punter the past two years, Riley Dixon, did not attend the start of the team’s offseason workout program Monday.
Dixon has been advised by his agent to stay away from the team’s offseason workouts until the Broncos give him clarity as what they will do with him.
It’s possible the Broncos could wait until the draft to see if they can trade Dixon for a late-round pick.
Dixon was the Broncos’ seventh-round draft pick out of Syracuse in 2016 and he had a fine rookie year, ranking No. 4 in the NFL in gross punting average (45.7 yards) and ninth in net punting (41.3).
He slipped to 14th in gross punting (45.6) and 22nd in net (40.2) in 2017. Dixon was hardly the first talented young punter to experience a sophomore slump, but when the Raiders surprisingly released the strong-legged King, the Broncos couldn’t resist.
King received a $500,000 signing bonus from the Broncos and he is scheduled to make another $1.5 million in salary this year and $2 million in 2019.
The expectation is Dixon would receive strong interest if he is released, but the Broncos may try to hold out hope they can get something for him in a trade.
Until then, it doesn’t make sense for Dixon to attend offseason workouts for a team that has made it clear they are going with a different punter this year.