The Denver Broncos might just be a quarterback away from Super Bowl contention. But obviously, landing a legit QB1 is much easier said than done. General manager George Paton will have the sixth-most cap space ($39.1 million) in the NFL to work with, per Spotrac, as he tries to solidify the roster.
But if he's hoping to make a huge splash, Paton might need to open up some more space. Here are three Broncos vets that could be cap-casualty cuts this offseason.
Broncos Cuts 2022
3. DaeSean Hamilton, WR
Denver doesn't have too many obvious cut candidates this offseason. Most of the big salary cap hits also carry big dead cap hits, so the Broncos might need to make some moves on the margins. DaeSean Hamilton was a fourth-round pick back in 2018, but he hasn't made a major impact and this skill-position group is already loaded. Moving on would clear $2.1 million, and it's not hard to see Paton cutting ties with the 26-year-old.
2. Mike Boone, RB
Mike Boone is a solid enough backup RB at his $2.05 million cap hit. But cutting him saves Denver about $1.2 million. With Javonte Williams looking poised for a breakout season, Denver might not need much from Boone next year, especially if Melvin Gordon ends up re-signing. Boone doesn't look like a lock to be on the roster next year.
1. Mike Purcell, DT
Mike Purcell is a solid player, but it may be hard to justify bringing back his 2022 cap hit of $4.3 million. Cutting Purcell would save Denver $2.8 million, and the Broncos would be better off using that money to clear space for a QB or make some upgrades elsewhere.
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