On a scale of one to 10, the arm twisting that the Broncos applied to defensive lineman Ty Warren registers at 9.95. But Warren can un-twist the arm if he performs at a high level in 2012.
On Wednesday, the Broncos and Warren finally resolved a standoff that had the Broncos pushing Warren to drop his $4 million base salary for 2012 into the range of $1 million to $1.5 million. Per a league source, that’s exactly what Warren did.
Under his new deal, Warren received a $250,000 signing bonus. He’ll earn a base salary of $1.25 million, if he’s not cut before Week One.
But there’s a silver lining. He can earn up to $2 million back.
It’s unknown at this point what Warren has to do to move back toward the base salary he was due to earn.
The 13th overall pick in the 2003 draft, Warren earned $3.16 million from the Patriots in 2010 and $4 million from the Broncos in 2011 despite never playing in a single regular-season game, due to injury.