But wanting one and getting one are two different stories.
According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, the Broncos aren’t expected to try to extend the defensive tackle’s deal with a year left on it, letting him play out the year with a $2.75 million salary cap number.
While it’s reasonable to argue he’s outplayed his deal, he’s also carrying the third-highest cap number on the Broncos defense, behind Champ Bailey and Von Miller. Bailey will likely be asked to take a pay cut this offseason, but the Broncos have a lot of free agent business to do.
As long as Peyton Manning’s chewing up such a large chunk of the cap on the other side of the ball, the Broncos will continue to look for bargains, and try to hold them to those deals as long as they can.