The Denver Broncos are still working towards making the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2015 after finishing in last place in the AFC West division with a 5-11 record last season. They head into the offseason with a multitude of roster moves to make if they want to turn it all around.
One way the Broncos can address the cap space situation is looking at the veterans on the roster and what it is taking to keep them around. With that being said, here are three Broncos veterans who could be cap casualty cuts this NFL offseason.
1. Kareem Jackson, Safety
Kareem Jackson has been a reliable starting safety for the Broncos over the last two seasons, but the team could save $10 million against the cap if he was let go. Jackson racked up 89 tackles and had an interceptions in the 2020 season. The Broncos don't have much depth at the safety position, but that doesn't mean Jackson is automatically safe. He is entering the final year of his contract and could be open to restructuring his deal to feature more incentives and less of a base salary. However, Jackson remains a cut candidate unless those talks start to ramp up.
2. Nick Vannett, Tight End
Another veteran player on the Broncos who could become a cap casualty cut is Nick Vannett. The longtime playmaker had an up-and-down 2020 season catching just 14 passes for 95 yards and 1 touchdown. He was even a healthy sit for one game. Vannett was mostly employed as a blocking tight end and is merely a backup behind starter Noah Fant at this point. The team could save $2.7 million by cutting him and it seems like a viable option at this point. That may not seem like much money, but the Broncos could likely find a cheaper player to take his place through free agency or the draft.
3. Jeff Driskel, Quarterback
Jeff Driskel has become a reputable backup quarterback for the last few seasons and started one game for the Broncos in 2020. If he stays on the roster, he will battle Brett Rypien in training camp for the backup slot on the roster. Although, the better option may be to just cut ties with the former Florida Gator as it would save the team $2.5 million. There's simply no justification for paying what will likely be your third string quarterback that kind of money. If the Broncos wanted to build depth at the QB position, they could find a younger and cheaper option than Driskel.
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