Broncos won’t make tender offer to Trindon Holliday

AP

As veteran kick returner Devin Hester gets ready to hit the open market for the first time in his career, he’ll have some competition.

Per a league source, the Broncos have opted not to apply a restricted free agency tender to Trindon Holliday.  It means that he’ll become a free agent on March 11.

Holliday, listed at five feet, five inches tall, returned 28 kickoffs in 2013, generating an average of 27.7 yards per attempt in 2013, including a 105-yard touchdown return.  He also returned 32 punts, with an average of 8.5 yards and an 81-yard score.

He has four total regular-season return touchdowns in his career.  Holliday racked up two in the same postseason game in January 2013, with a 90-yard punt return and a 104-yard kickoff return against the Ravens.

Holliday had the distinction of being undefeated in the 2012 regular season.  He played for the 5-0 Texans.  Houston then waived him, and the Broncos were 11-0 with Holliday on the roster.

The minimum tender for a restricted free agent is $1.323 million, guaranteeing a right to match any offer received by the player but no compensation if the offer sheet isn’t matched.  The Broncos could still try to re-sign Holliday at a lower amount.

18 responses to “Broncos won’t make tender offer to Trindon Holliday

  1. Just as likely to fumble the ball as he is to return it to the house. For a team with an offence like Denver’s, they need someone who can just get the ball in Manning’s hands without turning it over. Holliday would be good on a team without an electric return man, like the Vikings.

  2. @elwaysagenious

    The Vikings don’t have an electric return man?

    I guess pro-bowl Kick returner Cordarelle Patterson who had the second highest kick return average in a season of all time never counted?

    #Skol

  3. “Just as likely to fumble the ball as he is to return it to the house. For a team with an offence like Denver’s, they need someone who can just get the ball in Manning’s hands without turning it over. Holliday would be good on a team without an electric return man, like the Vikings.”

    Cordarelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels were probably the best return duo in the league last year…

  4. Vikings? Cordarrelle Patterson is awesome as a returner when they don’t use him at WR, tailback or wherever. The guy can score on any given play from anywhere (109 yards, hello) on the field.

  5. Trindon’s story to me is sad. Here is a guy who definitly has good vision and raw speed and talent. But I feel as if he has confidence issues that cause him to fumble. I sadly dont think Denver should bring him back. Being a kick and punt returner is not for everyone.

  6. “Holliday would be good on a team without an electric return man, like the Vikings.”

    I hope that was a joke. The Vikings kick returner was number 1 in yards per return and number 1 in TDs, and the punt returner was number 2 in yards per return and tied for number 2 in TDs.

  7. the broncos using decker in the playoffs says it all

    he had his couple games where his touchdowns outweighed his fumbles, but that changed VERY quickly

  8. If he could hang onto the ball, he would be all-world, but he was benched in the playoffs. What does that tell you?

  9. Meh… Too bad, but not a huge loss for Denver. They should grab McCluster if they can. At least he’s versatile

  10. Confidence issues? As an unbiased spectator, I hold this guy responsible for the safety at the start of the Super Bowl. He had no business running that kick out from the very back of the end zone and was downed at the 8 for his blunder. How badly do you think the broncos wish they could have had those extra 17 yards on the next play?

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