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Broncos left cap space behind to protect against postseason practice-squad raid

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Some of you have asked why the Saints, Broncos, and Rams opted not to carry over their full allotment of cap space. As to one of the three teams, we have an answer.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Broncos saved $267,088 in order to have extra money available if another postseason team tried to sign any players from the Denver practice squad.

The carryover decision is made at the end of the regular season. For the 12 teams that make the playoffs, it remains possible that another team still in the playoffs will try to sign away a practice-squad player. Having the extra cap space available gives the playoff team flexibility to fend off an attempt to sign a player away.

The Broncos opted to play the situation conservatively. However, none of the other playoff teams did, meaning that they couldn’t have spent any extra money to keep practice squad players or to steal someone else’s.

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12 Responses to “Broncos left cap space behind to protect against postseason practice-squad raid”
  1. wte1 says: Feb 25, 2016 6:45 PM

    I think the reason the Broncos left money behind is because they didn’t circumvent the salary cap as much as they planned to circumvent.

  2. stealthjunk says: Feb 25, 2016 6:52 PM

    Maybe it’s not a “conservative” measure but instead an offensive measure. I.e., maybe it’s Denver that plans to steal someone off another team’s practice squad and is saving the money for that to happen…

  3. jjfootball says: Feb 25, 2016 6:55 PM


  4. paulnoga says: Feb 25, 2016 6:59 PM

    The Broncos took 4 million from manning’s pay last season, but the stipulation was he would get it back if he won the Super Bowl. He did. That 4 million is on 2016 salary cap now.

  5. gysot says: Feb 25, 2016 7:13 PM

    Even The World Champion Denver Broncos practice squad players are more desirable than the other playoff teams practice squad players John Elway the GOAT knows this.

  6. MichaelEdits says: Feb 25, 2016 7:13 PM

    I guess Shanahan forgot to give Elway those lessons on how to cheat the salary cap.

  7. cinzano08 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:20 PM

    I trust Mexican tap water more than I do the Broncos dealing with the salary cap.

  8. tgoat12 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:36 PM

    Big gummed Elway was hiding the money behind his horse teeth!

  9. revren10 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:24 PM

    They were saving the money to pay off the reporter who broke the story about peyton manning cheating by using hgh

  10. raiderhater719 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:13 AM

    JJfootball stop living in the past. Everyteam in the nfl im sure has cheated to get a edge but only a few have got caught.

  11. footballboozer says: Feb 26, 2016 8:54 AM

    It’s just the norm with the Bronco’s, if its not cheating with the salary cap its steroid and HGH use among the players.

    The Bronco’s don’t have a single Superbowl victory
    that you cant have an asterisk attached to it.

    * * *

    This is a fact Bronco fans, I know it, you know it and the world knows it.

  12. raiderhater719 says: Feb 26, 2016 12:48 PM

    Why would this years superbowl have a asterick attached to it?

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