Shane Ray won’t have 2019 option picked up

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Linebacker Shane Ray said in April that he expected the Broncos to exercise their option on his contract for the 2019 season, but that’s not how things are going to play out.

A report this week indicated that the Broncos were likely to pass on the option, which would set up a salary of $9.232 million guaranteed against injury only, and Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports that they have indeed declined it.

While the Broncos had been noncommittal about their plans before Ray shared his opinion, the picture changed during the first round of the draft last Thursday night. That’s when the Broncos landed Bradley Chubb with the fifth overall pick to give them a pass rusher to pair with Von Miller in hopes of realizing a bigger return than Ray has provided over the last three seasons.

Ray has 13 sacks in 38 games since joining the Broncos and would be able to position himself well for free agency if he can improve on that production this year. Doing so could require beating out Chubb for playing time and that looks like a tall order given the fanfare that accompanies the rookie into the NFL.

10 responses to “Shane Ray won’t have 2019 option picked up

  1. 1st round bust. Hopefully in ’19 he goes home to the Chiefs and remains irrelevant with an irrelevant organization.

  2. At this point I think a change of scenery/role might be in his best interest. Maybe in a 4-3 as a designated PRS to a team with 2 quality outside pass rushers?

  3. kcsam76 says:
    May 2, 2018 at 2:12 pm
    1st round bust. Hopefully in ’19 he goes home to the Chiefs and remains irrelevant with an irrelevant organization.
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    Relevancy is a fleeting thing wouldn’t you say? Take the Broncos for instance, irrelevant without Manning to relevant with Manning, then back to irrelevancy when he retired. Weird.

  4. kcsam76 says:
    May 2, 2018 at 2:12 pm
    1st round bust. Hopefully in ’19 he goes home to the Chiefs and remains irrelevant with an irrelevant organization.
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    Relevancy is a fleeting thing wouldn’t you say? Take the Broncos for instance, irrelevant without Manning to relevant with Manning, then back to irrelevancy when he retired. Weird.
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    Actually, no, I wouldn’t. Are the Lakers irrelevant? Up until last year and a recent playoff birth, were the Yanks irrelevant? I wouldn’t consider the Broncos irrelevant even without Manning. The Chiefs? They’re forever irrelevant outside “Chiefs Kingdom”.

  5. bit of a frustrating player. Took him his rookie year to understand the nfl, and then injuries kept him out of the lineup too often when he got better.

    His next team will get a good player if he can stay healthy. But even though he’s a good player, the Broncos didnt get first-round production out of him

  6. Yeah, Bears might take him. But, if anyone saw Von Miller’s video after he was picked, it speaks volumes to what the team thinks of Shane Ray right now.. and it really does speak to the issues folks had with him when he was drafted.

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