The Denver Broncos and presumed starting defensive tackle Ty Warren aren’t seeing eye-to-eye.
Warren signed a two-year deal with the Broncos as a free agent in 2011 after missing 2010 with a hip injury. A torn triceps in training camp left the Broncos without Warren in 2011. He’s the presumed starting nose tackle heading into 2012, but relying on a defensive lineman on the wrong side of 30 who hasn’t played a snap in two years is like putting all your money on a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. The Broncos would like to halve that risk.
So, the Broncos approached Warren about reducing his pay from the million owed him in 2012 to less than million, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.
According to Klis, Warren balked at the idea and hasn’t been attending voluntary offseason workouts.
But here’s the catch: they approached DT Kevin Vickerson with a similar request, asking him to restructure his contract from .25 million to .2 million. Vickerson, not wanting to be released, accepted.
So now, the Broncos have a choice: honor Warren’s free agent contract, or play hard ball and cut the overpriced veteran. The former would be a slap in Vickerson’s face. The latter would seriously decimate their depth at defensive tackle.
All the Broncos wanted from Warren when they signed him in 2011 was a veteran defensive tackle who would hold his ground. Now they need him to budge. Hopefully some middle ground between the Broncos and Warren can be found.
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