Broncos think contract will motivate Shane Ray

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The Broncos surprised outside linebacker Shane Ray this month when they informed him they won’t be picking up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. They hope that surprise turns into a wakeup call.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he believes Ray is reacting the right way, motivated by the possibility of getting a bigger contract next year.

“I’ve been really proud of Shane and how he’s responded,” Joseph told the Denver Post. “He is really motivated. He understands it’s business. And he’s ready for a challenge. He wants to be a great player and, in my opinion, before he got hurt last year [early in training camp] he was on his way to having a great year. I am not surprised that he is motivated and engaged. The ball is in his court. He can earn a lot more than what the option offered him if he goes out there and does what we think he can do.”

If the Broncos had picked up Ray’s option, he would have had a salary of $9.232 million guaranteed against injury only in 2019. Now Ray will hope he can stay healthy and earn even more when he hits free agency.

34 responses to “Broncos think contract will motivate Shane Ray

  1. Translation: We got someone much younger, cheaper and more talented. If you want to get paid again, you better ball out. Sincerely, John Elway.

  2. If money is the only thing that can motivate him then his next team better only give him a one-year contract. Denver will enjoy his motivation this year but personally I wouldn’t sign this guy to anything more than a one-year contract with lots of incentives and very little guaranteed money. If he has a big year this year that means giving him a bunch of money is a huge mistake.

  3. Trade him to the Giants for Erik Flowers. Two first rounders who might benefit from a change in scenery.

  4. Just shows first round picks don’t matter. In three years teams are more than willing to dump those players for the new flashy talent that probably won’t work out much better in another 3 years. And around and around we go.

  5. Another Elway draft bust. They traded up for this roid rager in Rd 1.

    He is way too small to be a 3 down 3-4 OlB which means he was not a 1st rd pick.

  6. Elway’s good at drafting defense. Shane Ray, it’s like Jerry Glanville said about the NFL being “not for long” and he added something about “bagging groceries.” Shane, please double bag my bottled waters when there’s a special 2 for $3 sale at Circle K on 1-liter Smart Water.

  7. So far Ray has been just another guy. Denver fan here & I hope he wakes up and plays hard all the time. Last yr was hurt & nothing wrong with not overpaying for someone who is so far just average. And if he steps up & plays hard he will get paid here or elsewhere.

  8. Shane Ray does not want to be in Denver,and has never wanted to be. He is a Kansas City Chiefs fan and wants to play for them so badly. Andy Reid and Brett Veach will get him cheap next season. just watch. He was THRILLED that horse face didnt pick up his option, and is not motivated one bit to produce for the Donkeys.
    He will finally get his wish next season to play for a team that is going to be ready to go on a 4-5 year Super Bowl runs.
    Do you really think he would get a massive Kansas City Chiefs themed tattoo if he didnt plan on getting to his beloved city????
    Hahaha, the chiefs are gonna snatch him up cheap, and THEN you will see him put up some big numbers

  9. If he comes out early next year and gets some sacks, Denver can trade him for a draft pick, if he leaves in free agency and signs a big deal, then Denver is going to get a compensation pick for him. No lose situation for Denver. Denver does not need him, they have Barrett, Chubb,and Von, all better than Ray.

  10. Shane Ray does not want to be in Denver,and has never wanted to be. He is a Kansas City Chiefs fan and wants to play for them so badly. Andy Reid and Brett Veach will get him cheap next season. just watch. He was THRILLED that horse face didnt pick up his option, and is not motivated one bit to produce for the Donkeys.
    He will finally get his wish next season to play for a team that is going to be ready to go on a 4-5 year Super Bowl runs.
    Do you really think he would get a massive Kansas City Chiefs themed tattoo if he didnt plan on getting to his beloved city????
    Hahaha, the chiefs are gonna snatch him up cheap, and THEN you will see him put up some big numbers
    ____________________________________________
    And you know this how? Did he tell you? Nah, didn’t think so. Denver doesn’t want him or really need him. Take him.

  11. The best part of the NFL is the NON-guaranteed contracts as you know players are giving their all or they get cut and not paid.

    From a fan perspective, I wish every contract was year-to-year and every player (except QBs) was a free agent at the end of each year.

  12. Unless the Broncos are treating this as a one year deal and nothing more, they are fooling themselves.
    Players that get motivated in their contract years rarely perform after getting a big contract.
    Elway as a GM has been underwhelming, other than the SB, you have to give him that.

  13. Underwhelming? As GM for Denver the last 7 years, Elway has 5 AFC West titles, 2 SB appearances, 1 Lombardi and the third best record in the NFL. So how is your GM doing?

  14. You have to love the Chef fans. Apparently Ray will suck this year, completing a four year span where he was average or underperforming and then poof, he will join the Chefs and become a dominant player. It’s no wonder that franchise hasn’t won anything in 50 years.

  15. The $64 question is if an NFL player needs a wake-up call, is he really an NFL player?

  16. tb12greatest says:
    May 20, 2018 at 9:16 am
    In NE, players are not motivated by contracts. They are motivated by winning titles.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yeah, that defense was real motivated to stop Nick Foles to win a title. Brady was real motivated to not fumble away the last chance they had. So much motivation.

  17. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    May 20, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    tb12greatest says:
    May 20, 2018 at 9:16 am
    In NE, players are not motivated by contracts. They are motivated by winning titles.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yeah, that defense was real motivated to stop Nick Foles to win a title. Brady was real motivated to not fumble away the last chance they had. So much motivation.

    ————-

    When your team actually manages to win a SB come back an critique the teams that do. Until then, go back to the kids’ table.

  18. nhpats says:
    May 20, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    When your team actually manages to win a SB come back an critique the teams that do
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Actually they’ve won 2 in the 22 years they have existed. Best time-to-championship ratio of any team. Also they have the best playoff record IN NEW ENGLAND of any team. Ray Rice destroyed NE by himself while Flacco threw for 10 yards. 10 passing yards and still beat the Patriots, IN NEW ENGLAND. Kryptonite for Billy and Tommy.

  19. Trade him to the Giants for Erik Flowers. Two first rounders who might benefit from a change in scenery.

    As a giants fan I actually like the idea, but do you want your qb getting hit that much? Remember there’s a good likelihood of you playing the chargers twice and the Texans with a healthy jj watt and clowney. Well good thing case has got a bit of Brett Favre in him.

  20. Shane Ray could be a great player. I do not think he is worth 9 million a year at this time. Hopefully he goes out, has a good year and makes the broncos ogffer him a better contract for next year. If not then the broncos will have made the correct decision

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