Broncos guard Chris Kuper can now devote all of his attention to getting healthy.
Earlier Tuesday, we shared a report from Mike Klis of the Denver Post about the Broncos working to restructure Kuper’s contract because his $4.5 million salary was too much for a player who projects as a backup after multiple ankle surgeries have kept him off the field for the entire offseason. Klis now reports that the team and Kuper have reached agreement on a new deal.
Kuper’s non-guaranteed $4.5 million is now a guaranteed $1.05 million with another $1.7 million available through playing time bonuses. Guaranteeing the money should serve to guarantee Kuper a place on the roster for the season, which should mean that he doesn’t feel much pressure to rush back into full action until he’s sure that his ankle is up to the task.
Zane Beadles and Louis Vasquez are expected to start at guard for the Broncos, who saw their interior depth hurt with injuries to centers J.D. Walton and Dan Koppen.