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Phillips can earn up to $3 million in Denver

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Apparently exasperated by the contractual demands of defensive end Dwight Freeney, the Broncos opted over the weekend to go in a different direction.  That direction took them to veteran linebacker Shaun Phillips, a former Charger who’ll become a defensive end in Denver’s 4-3 defense.

And it won’t cost much.  Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Phillips will receive a non-guaranteed base salary of $1 million, with no signing bonus or any other bonus payment.

He also can earn $2 million in incentives, $400,000 of which are “likely to be earned” (and thus count toward the 2013 salary cap) and $1.6 million of which are “not likely to earned” (and will hit the cap in 2014 only if earned in 2013).  Both incentives are tied to sacks.

The absence of guaranteed money means that the Broncos could, in theory, cut Phillips at any point up to Week One and owe him nothing, other than his training camp per diem.  Which means that the Broncos could still sign Freeney, whose expectations are getting more reasonable with each passing day.

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  1. walker615 says: Apr 30, 2013 7:56 PM

    That isn’t going to happen. The broncos are happy to get Phillips, he’ll do the job just fine. Besides, what’s this fascination with freeney?? Phillips out-produced him by a mile last year and is 2 years younger.

  2. jprcox says: Apr 30, 2013 7:59 PM

    You have to love players like Freeney coming to terms with the fact they aren’t valued like before.

    Teams are moving younger and younger – and there will be a continued slide of veteran player cost in the foreseeable future. Too many VETS just get paid and stop playing.

    This is long overdue. Next, the NFL needs to start providing financial planners for these guys. Some of these players get $50+ million in 10 years and then have debt to show for it. That is crazy.

    Get paid less but keep more $. That is the new NFL focus.

  3. humb0lt says: Apr 30, 2013 8:10 PM

    Phillips was a pretty good edge rusher as an OLB in a 3-4 alignment and decent against the run. But he is a little light for a 4-3 DE. He had a pretty awesome first move – very quick. But I don’t know if he has the weight or physical strength to take on and shed blocks lining up on the LOS with his hand in the turf.

  4. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Apr 30, 2013 8:16 PM

    Cutting Joe Mays and trading Chris Kuper would free up around $8-9 million in cap space as well, so the Broncos are still a potential landing spot for one of the DEs on the market.

  5. spellingcops says: Apr 30, 2013 8:32 PM

    humb0lt says: Apr 30, 2013 8:10 PM

    Phillips was a pretty good edge rusher as an OLB in a 3-4 alignment and decent against the run. But he is a little light for a 4-3 DE. He had a pretty awesome first move – very quick. But I don’t know if he has the weight or physical strength to take on and shed blocks lining up on the LOS with his hand in the turf.
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    He said himself he’s more of a natural DE than LB. Good try though. Choo choo

  6. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Apr 30, 2013 9:02 PM

    Actually Ayers will be used on 1st and second. and Phillips will come in on 3rd. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get some snaps at MLB too. Jack Del Rio is really creative at moving people around, this defense is gonna be the best in the league, they’ve improved dramatically this year

  7. spinmovr says: Apr 30, 2013 9:08 PM

    Been following this league since ’79 and I’ve never cared about the amount of money players made. It’s not my money and has no effect on how much I’m willing to pay for a ticket.

    Other than eating up salary cap space as it relates to personnel decisions, we as fans have no reason to give a rip about player salaries or the NFL business model. We’re consumers and have already spoken. That’s how we got here.

  8. raiderapologist says: Apr 30, 2013 9:17 PM

    walker615 says: Apr 30, 2013 7:56 PM

    That isn’t going to happen. The broncos are happy to get Phillips, he’ll do the job just fine. Besides, what’s this fascination with freeney?? Phillips out-produced him by a mile last year and is 2 years younger.
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    No he didn’t. Freeney went from a 4-3 DE to a 3-4 OLB, and while his numbers weren’t great, they were at least middling. Phillips had more sacks, but that’s about it. Denver will really need to limit his snaps to get value out of him. The reason the Broncos are happy to get Phillips is because he’s cheaper than Freeney.

  9. sanityinsd says: Apr 30, 2013 9:41 PM

    That would be poetic justice if after joining Denver he was released during training camp and all that he got from ‘the good side’ was lunch money.

    His name should be spelled sIhIaIuIn pIhIiIlIlIpIs because it was all about ‘I’ with him.

  10. chiwizlive says: Apr 30, 2013 10:38 PM

    Freeney needed a “Reality Check” more than a “Pay Check”

  11. etoharin78 says: Apr 30, 2013 10:50 PM

    If the 5th round pick Quanterus Smith can recover from his injury he could be quite the edge rusher as well. Go Orange Crush D!

  12. sschmiggles says: Apr 30, 2013 11:14 PM

    Jack Del Rio is really creative at moving people around,
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    The only creative thing Jack Del Rio does is finding new ways to get destroyed by the the Patriots.

  13. azwildcats96 says: Apr 30, 2013 11:30 PM

    humb0lt says: Apr 30, 2013 8:10 PM

    Phillips was a pretty good edge rusher as an OLB in a 3-4 alignment and decent against the run. But he is a little light for a 4-3 DE. He had a pretty awesome first move – very quick. But I don’t know if he has the weight or physical strength to take on and shed blocks lining up on the LOS with his hand in the turf.
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    Dumervil is 5’11″, 260lbs. Phillips is 6’3″, 250 lbs.

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