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Broncos Have Work to Do To Get Under the Cap

The Broncos are going to have plenty of work to do come a few days from now with the end of the lockout as well as free agency kicking off. The Denver Post reports on some of the issues that the team is going to face when it comes to getting money free for players to ink with the team.

It appears the salary cap for the 2011 season will be about $120 million per team. That’s for player salaries and doesn’t include $20 million per team for player benefits. If the salary cap is $120 million, the Broncos would have to make adjustments to their roster to sign their draft picks and some free agents.

The Broncos have 72 players on their roster and nearly $129 million in salary commitments. That’s after releasing tight end Daniel Graham and defensive linemen Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams.

Denver’s biggest cap number for 2011 belongs to star pass rusher Elvis Dumervil ($14.423 million). Behind him are cornerback Champ Bailey ($10.5 million), quarterback Kyle Orton ($8.879 million), guard Chris Kuper ($7.315 million), safety Brian Dawkins ($7.156 million), linebacker D.J. Williams ($6.632 million), cornerback André Goodman ($4.080 million), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas ($3.23 million) and quarterback Tim Tebow ($3.188 million).

Denver’s “dead money” — cap numbers for players no longer on the roster — includes $4.996 million for Bannan, $3.25 million for Graham and $3.43 million for Williams.

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