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Now-rich Malik Jackson says Broncos could have kept everyone

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Denver Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson speaks to the media at the Broncos media availability at the Santa Clara Marriott on February 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

New Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson thinks the Broncos could have kept everyone, if they had only acted sooner.

Then again, neither Jackson nor Brock Osweiler nor Danny Trevathan turned down their newfound riches to stay, either.

During an interview with the NFL Network, the guy who signed a six-year, $90 million deal with the Jaguars suggested some foot-dragging on the part of the Broncos.

“I think the Broncos are kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Jackson said, via the Denver Post. “They could have gotten me done, they could have got Danny done, they could have got Brock done for [next] to nothing and now we’ve all branched out, . . .

“I don’t know what they’re doing. I know they let go a lot of key players but I know that defense is still going to be stout and I can’t wait to see them in the season when they come here.”

Of course, if Jackson wanted to stay in Denver, he could have signed earlier, the way his former teammate Derek Wolfe did.

But that would have meant taking about 40 percent of what he’s making now, and he doesn’t sound prepared to make that kind of donation, nor should he, as long as he has a family to provide for.

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52 Responses to “Now-rich Malik Jackson says Broncos could have kept everyone”
  1. ttommytom says: Mar 11, 2016 10:52 AM

    Guaranteed money is all that matters.

    A team will cut you instantly to save cap space. Teams are not loyal so why should players be?

  2. walker615 says: Mar 11, 2016 10:52 AM

    Nonsensical. They offered him a deal before Wolfe and he (rightly) said no. And even that deal would hardly have been for nothing. What in the world is he talking about?

  3. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 11, 2016 10:52 AM

    He’s not totally wrong. Oz is a funny situation because he knew he would have leverage once Manning retired.

    For Jackson, do we know if they offered him a contract like Wolfe?

  4. jjb0811 says: Mar 11, 2016 10:54 AM

    With him and the safety, D is getting stronger. I’ll take Ramsey (dear god I don’t ask for much but let him be there at 5) or Jack at MLB in April.

  5. longdrive2011 says: Mar 11, 2016 10:55 AM

    “”long as he has a family to provide for”””

    Spare me the hyperbole. Nothing wrong with taking the money, but the family will be fine with a few million.

  6. terripet says: Mar 11, 2016 10:57 AM

    You and you ex teamates will never win another super bowl because of the greed.

  7. granadafan says: Mar 11, 2016 11:02 AM

    Elway arrogantly thought that all the players would stay because they have a great team in Denver, so he gave insultingly low-ball offers to all the players. They wanted to be shown respect in the form of appropriate compensation, and Elway just spit at them. No wonder they left.

    Losing Osweiler was unforgivable given the importance of that position. He didn’t sign for THAT much more in Texas. Now they have no QBs. Now the Broncos can test that unfounded theory and fan fiction that you can just throw any QB in and still win with that defense. LOL

  8. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:04 AM

    Derek wolf is probably thinking he should have waited too like Jackson did.

  9. eddiea25 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:05 AM

    Like Lawyer Malloy once said “Rings don’t buy groceries”

  10. snowdood163 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:06 AM

    This is the same idiot that made it sound like it would be tough to feed his family if he didn’t make as much as possible. The Broncos made you and osweiller very competitive generous offers. The Broncos can’t help your greed and osweillers feelings about getting benched. And speaking of travathon, Elway has a history of letting ILBs walk…
    Be happy that you’re insanely rich thanks in a big part to the Broncos, and quit trying to pile on.

  11. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 11, 2016 11:07 AM

    Salary cap: how do they work? /shrug

  12. td30 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:11 AM

    no they couldnt have…i swear players dont know there’s a cap and a finite amount of money in the world

  13. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:14 AM

    ………..There is NO loyalty from the owners…No loyalty from the players……..the fans know this but the kids don’t. It’s just the way it is. I just get annoyed when the team that wouldn’t pay up, try and make the free-agent players the bad guys.

  14. tundey says: Mar 11, 2016 11:14 AM

    “long as he has a family to provide for”

    Even guys without families should get as much as they can from these teams. This is a business.

  15. felser says: Mar 11, 2016 11:19 AM

    “But that would have meant taking about 40 percent of what he’s making now, and he doesn’t sound prepared to make that kind of donation, nor should he, as long as he has a family to provide for.” Cut us a break. He’s entitled to take whatever contract he wants, but the idea that he couldn’t support his family on $35 million is ludicrous. Why does that line keep getting rolled out? It’s offensive to the other 99% of us who go out to work every day for a tiny fraction of that money.

  16. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 11, 2016 11:21 AM

    now rich??? he been rich he made it to the nfl

  17. bullogne says: Mar 11, 2016 11:28 AM

    Obviously not good at math, since when is $40 million to Malik, Brock, and Travathan for 2016 salary something the Broncos could fit into their budget?

  18. quitmakingstuffup says: Mar 11, 2016 11:28 AM

    So you want to talk crap about the team that believed in you to pick you in the draft when every other team passed on your FIVE times, then surrounded you with insane talent to give you an opportunity to land a silly amount of money in free agency, after they made you a sizable offer to stay. Classy move dude. I understand getting paid while you can but don’t be that guy.

  19. broncofanssuck says: Mar 11, 2016 11:30 AM

    Of course they could have kept everybody the broncos don’t follow the salary cap like everyone else does.

  20. jag1959 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:30 AM

    Sure they could have…

  21. Underdawgs says: Mar 11, 2016 11:31 AM

    I’m getting really tired of all of these guys getting seriously overpaid elsewhere and then trashing their former teams for not signing them.

    Maybe giving you ridiculous money isn’t the wisest decision for the football team. Just ask the successful franchises. You’ve now captured your big payday… guess what comes next? That’s right, you don’t live up to it and never play at the level you did before you got your money.

  22. damadhatterb says: Mar 11, 2016 11:32 AM

    I’m not sure why but talking about how the Broncos could have kept him comes off as a bit ungrateful and irks me a bit. You’ve moved onto a new team that had to overpay for your services and the first thing you do is make it seem like youre not fully happy for having to leave. I don’t think the new organization or your new teams’ fans want to hear anything that resembles regret or bitterness for not being there anymore. It’s like someone talking about their ex while with their new significant other. They don’t wanna hear about it.

  23. ch1ggs says: Mar 11, 2016 11:32 AM

    Enjoy Jacksonville, Malik. Lots of people go there and do really well.

  24. august589 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:33 AM

    And how does Jackson know that Denver could have signed everyone? Did he have access to the financial books or did someone spill the info to him? Balderdash! He doesn’t know; he’s just spouting words.

  25. ptl2323 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:39 AM

    I’m kinda shocked Elway isn’t getting blasted for the way he’s handling players who brought Denver a Super Bowl. All the pressure is on him now to keep this team at the top! He just seems so arrogant about what he’s doing!

  26. Bizzareslantpass says: Mar 11, 2016 11:44 AM

    Malik apparently doubles as a GM, and would have managed the cap much better than Mr Elway. Enjoy 4-12.

  27. magicmtndan says: Mar 11, 2016 11:45 AM

    Don’t worry! Elway-the-Genius planned this. He surely will find a new QB and replace the stars who left the Broncos’ barn.

    Maybe he’ll give away the future for Kaepernick. But he’ll probably lose him to the Brownies. There’s always Fitz-INT-patrick or Hoy-INT-er to carry them to the promised land next season.

    The Genius is likely calling Peyton asking him to come back to start the season. And he’s gonna be on the phone with Kurt Warner too.

    Yup, that was his plan all along. (Sure it was).

  28. shlort says: Mar 11, 2016 11:50 AM

    “…for next to nothing.”. I wish I had “next to nothing” in my bank account.

    The Broncos couldn’t keep those guys because they did not have the current cap space. They could have pushed some money out further, but then they would never be in good cap shape. Paying only a few players most of the allowed salary means you can only afford scrubs for the rest of the team. A few guys don’t make a team.

    Malik Jackson must have read the same salary cap article as seahawksboymike to get an understanding of the cap like he apparently has.

  29. charliecharger says: Mar 11, 2016 11:55 AM

    John Elway and his staff don’t look to me like they need a lot of help figuring out how to juggle their roster and put a winning team on the field. They’ve got so many blue chip players on their depth chart due to great drafting. They’re loaded with talent. Trevor Siemian is a great young QB, better than Osweiler. So Denver’s backup QB left. Big deal. They have Shane Ray waiting in the wings. He’s a pro bowler. Bradley Roby is a pro bowler. The success that the Broncos have had in the draft isn’t any accident. They know what they’re doing, and they’ll continue to dominate. But thanks for the advice Malik. We’ll call you if we need some help managing the team. Now let me go find a spot for this shiny new trophy that says Lombardi on it.

  30. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 11, 2016 11:55 AM

    “Next to nothing” = $90 million in Malik’s world… wowzers…

  31. yosoyfiesta87 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:56 AM

    He is delusional.

  32. shogunassasin30 says: Mar 11, 2016 11:59 AM

    magicmtndan says:
    Mar 11, 2016 11:45 AM
    Don’t worry! Elway-the-Genius planned this. He surely will find a new QB and replace the stars who left the Broncos’ barn.

    Maybe he’ll give away the future for Kaepernick. But he’ll probably lose him to the Brownies. There’s always Fitz-INT-patrick or Hoy-INT-er to carry them to the promised land next season.

    The Genius is likely calling Peyton asking him to come back to start the season. And he’s gonna be on the phone with Kurt Warner too.

    Yup, that was his plan all along. (Sure it was).
    _______________________________________

    If I ever need anymore salt to go on my french fries I can just come to you. Your tasty tears would be delicious after a hard workout as well. Denver, nor their fans will apologize for winning the superbowl. Sorry that you do not know whats it’s like to experience Joy and success. Denver has been to 8 superbowls. But atleast you know your role well of being a hating ankle biter like little ants. Hate away my man.

  33. bronx33 says: Mar 11, 2016 12:01 PM

    Thinking maybe his agent ought to explain what the salary cap means.

  34. sactogary says: Mar 11, 2016 12:05 PM

    … he doesn’t sound prepared to make that kind of donation, nor should he, as long as he has a family to provide for.

    … because who can feed their family on a measly $36 million dollars? Maybe if I were rich, I’d get it, but I can’t understand why the top people in sports sell themselves to the highest bidder when they could easily choose to work wherever they want, having more money than any reasonable person needs. Will six Lamborghinis buy you that much more happiness than two? At the expense of drowning in the Jaguar cesspool?

  35. chawk12thman says: Mar 11, 2016 12:08 PM

    The Cap; its always working the cap against team needs……it isn’t personal, its business….of course every team wants to keep every important position player…..it just can’t be done in an open market competitive system….that is what makes parity possible..

    Players who indicate that their teams could make better offers and keep everyone don’t fully understand the Cap System. After losing the players to free agency, and even without a QB on the books right now, the Broncos only have 17M in cap space right now…….

  36. iseek11 says: Mar 11, 2016 12:09 PM

    granadafan says:
    Mar 11, 2016 11:02 AM
    Elway arrogantly thought that all the players would stay because they have a great team in Denver, so he gave insultingly low-ball offers to all the players. They wanted to be shown respect in the form of appropriate compensation, and Elway just spit at them. No wonder they left.

    Losing Osweiler was unforgivable given the importance of that position. He didn’t sign for THAT much more in Texas.
    ____________________

    Do you understand the cap? You do realize that you can’t just pay everyone max value. It’s not like Elway low balled everyone so they could pocket the difference. The Broncos will max out their cap this year, like every year. It’s how you manage it that matters. And it’s worked so far (see Super Bowl Champs). Jackson and Osweiler contracts are stupid money. To keep them, you have to let others go. if you match Jacksons contract then you have to let Brandon Marshall and Darian Stewart go. I thought 16 mill was too much for a QB who holds on to the ball too long, gets passes batted down despite being 6’8″, and had trouble putting two decent halves together. But if keeping him meant cutting Ware or Sanders or some other key contributers, then it’s not worth it.

    It’s a tradeoff. Money is being thrown st our guys by teams that have no track record of success. There’s no arrogance on Elways part to not play down to their level. We’ve made these choices all along. We had to let Decker, Julius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, Beadles, Orlando Franklin, DRC and others go in order to not get in cap hell and we have a ring to show for it. It’s hard to keep a successful team together when other teams want to throw crazy money at your players. But we can’t overreact.

    That said, I sure wish we pulled the trigger on Joe Thomas last year.

  37. boogerhut says: Mar 11, 2016 12:15 PM

    If that’s a preview of your understanding of finances, you’ll be broke 3 years after you retire.

  38. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 11, 2016 12:16 PM

    I don’t think Danny Trevathan wanted to stay to be honest, he really likes John Fox. Brock being top 10 QB money is insane and Malik declining a contract that was offered during the season is the opposite of what he is saying. Lets not forget that these guys were drafted by Elway in 2012. I’d say that was a A+ draft class. Build them up, keep what you can, let the rest seek their fortunes. Nothing wrong with that, after all it led to a Superbowl.

  39. r502 says: Mar 11, 2016 12:17 PM

    Denver will be just like Seattle as the league picks all of their young depth clean.
    Time to draft well and reload for the future. Denver is one of those rare teams that was able to load up on free agents and win it all. It is not sustainable long term as the young guys come due while you have big money tied up elsewhere.
    Losing the QB was a mistake, if you thought this guy could win you have to keep him. Now you are stuck looking a QB, and that can be a once in a 10 year find. Journeymen or another team’s leftovers like Fitzpatrick, Kaepernick or RG3 is a losers bet.

  40. racerp194 says: Mar 11, 2016 12:18 PM

    I would feel bad for his family if he only made 36 million….said no one ever!

  41. rcali says: Mar 11, 2016 12:19 PM

    Hmm, they should have made him “Chief Financial Officer!”

  42. unbridledsexy says: Mar 11, 2016 12:20 PM

    Once they have their SB ring it’s all about the money for most players.

  43. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 11, 2016 12:32 PM

    To all of the people that say Denver won because they loaded up on FA’s. Friendly reminder, all of the top stories written during this Free Agency has been about Denver’s 2012 Draft Class.😉

  44. orangeandbluethroughandthrough says: Mar 11, 2016 12:46 PM

    rcali said it best

    Maybe Malik is already thinking of how to market himself for his next job after living in London for the last half of his crazy contract.

    Jackson master salary cap handler:
    “I will make sure everyone’s family has got food on the table”

  45. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 11, 2016 12:46 PM

    I guess a $90M contract can’t buy brains. He gets a big contract then starts running his mouth. Anyone with half a brain (I guess that rules out Malik) knew they wouldn’t be able to keep everyoneone happy, especially those who’d rather chase the money that seriously considering staying with their team. I have no problem with him taking the money. I do have a problem with him running his mouth after the fact. They simply didn’t have the cap room to throw him $90M, Brock $72M, $24.5M to Trevathan and $18M to Anderson PLUS whatever Von Miller is going to get (at least $14M+ next year). Again, I’m not bashing those guys for leaving. Good for them. Don’t bash the Broncos though for not overpaying to keep you. Maybe he was just upset they taggged Miller instead of him. (By the way, Malik will make more than Von unless he and the Broncos can reach an agreement.)

    On the other hand, Elway can’t expect these guys to stay for considerably less. I think the low-ball offers, then not budging, may come back to bite him. You can’t take that many people out of your lineup and expect to plug the holes through the draft or second-tier (or worse) free agents.

  46. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 11, 2016 12:47 PM

    Malik better get used to losing too. He’ll probably lose more games in the first six weeks than the Broncos lost all last year.

  47. dalvar1001 says: Mar 11, 2016 12:57 PM

    Sorry bro fessor math does not work out. You went for the money Broncos had made you an offer. It’s what you have to do. NFL not for long have a bad year or two and you will be looking for a one year deal. AKA Vernon Davis…

  48. fayld says: Mar 11, 2016 1:26 PM

    He is right. They could have signed all three to extensions LAST season and gotten them for a lot less than what all three got this season. Elway chose to wait and now they are losing players. That’s the price you pay for not getting an extension done early (same with Von Miller BTW). Broncos fans need to to take a good hard look at how Elway does things after this season. Be happy about the Super Bowl, but don’t expect to be back next year.

  49. councilofargos says: Mar 11, 2016 8:10 PM

    Thats so cute.

    Denver has X amount of money in cap space. According to over the cap at one point they had $12 million in cap space that might have ballooned to $22 million.

    This guy signed a contract for $15 million per year. That would have left them with around $7 million.

    They gave Oswalter a contract offer for around $16 miilion per year I think which also would have ate most of their cap space. Houston paid him a bit more, and Oswalter sounded bitter about being benched.

    I am not going to say Kubiak is half as bad as Chip Kelly, but if two contracts are about the same in value it comes down to how you are treated.

  50. ProFootballRealignment says: Mar 11, 2016 9:47 PM

    There’s no such thing as “kind of” being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Either you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, or you aren’t. There is no “kind of”. Will athletes (and people in general) please stop using the phrase “kind of” when describing things? It’s kind of driving me nuts!

  51. rufustfireflyjr says: Mar 14, 2016 11:19 AM

    sactogary says:
    Mar 11, 2016 12:05 PM

    “Maybe if I were rich, I’d get it, but I can’t understand why the top people in sports sell themselves to the highest bidder when they could easily choose to work wherever they want, having more money than any reasonable person needs.”

    Who is to determine what a “reasonable person needs?”

    And if you were fortunate enough to invent something that multiple parties were willing to pay you large sums of money for, would you sell your rights to it for a “reasonable” amount of money, or would you sell it to the highest bidder? For most of us, that would not even be a question. Why should selling one’s services be any different?

  52. scottytreid says: Mar 15, 2016 8:01 PM

    Elway reportedly interested in bringing back Teebow….his fans say he would be better than Manning last year…lol

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