Broncos working on cutting Chris Kuper’s pay

AP

Chris Kuper is one of the Broncos’ longest-tenured players, but he’s going to have to take a pay cut if he wants to remain one.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Broncos are working on a restructured contract for the reserve offensive lineman, who isn’t scheduled to start practicing until next week. Kuper’s still coming back from multiple ankle surgeries, and while they hope he can play in the last preseason game, he’s no sure thing to start the regular season.

They also know he’s unlikely to start, after they signed Louis Vasquez this offseason.

He was scheduled to make $4.5 million this year, which is far too much for a healthy backup, and Kuper is said to be “agreeable to a significant pay cut.”

“Kupe and I have talked about this several times — all that matters for him right now is he gets healthy,” Broncos coach John Fox said.

That, and take less money if he wants to hang around.