INDIANAPOLIS – John Eluay could not talk about Denver Broncos' new starting defender on the first day of the Scout Combine, but he said that his "advantage" was to turn Case Keenum back as a backup team. 19659002] Broncos has an on-the-spot deal to buy Joe Flacco from Baltimore Ravens as Denver's starting defender, but the team can not yet recognize the deal and trade will not become official until a free agency opens on March 13.
So, Elway, as President of the Broncos on Football Operations / General Manager, spent much of his public debate on Wednesday about the situation with the defenders of the team, talking about how Kinum could be prepared as a back-up. for Flacco became public, and one of the scenarios they were discussing was Keenum, who returned to Broncos.
Keenum signed a two-year contract for $ 36 million in March last year.
"Well, there should be a contract adjustment, First, and it will depend on it," Elway said on Wednesday. "It will be to what he wants to do there. As I told him by telephone, we are going to work with him and this is what he wants to do with him. "
Elway also added," My advantage is that he stayed (with Broncos) … I would return the matter because I think he is a good footballer who can help us. I gave this flexibility a deal. & # 39; & # 39;
Eluay also said on Wednesday that neither Kinum nor his representatives were asked to find a trading partner, but "if they did, we would like to."
The film came out earlier this month. Jason Romano "Sport Spectrum" podcast and discussed the trade of Flacco.
"Elway called me that morning and we had a great conversation that he should not do, and I appreciated it," Kinum said. definitely shocked. It was a surprise to us, and you know, I think, probably, the first day or so, that it was. You know, for us, we are certainly frustrated ̵
Kinum spoke about his stay at Broncos in the past, suggesting "My time with Broncos was I liked every second, I was so proud of the fact that I went to this building … to represent Broncos as their protector … This It was an honor. "- The three advancing lines that began to play Broncos last season were hit by a traumatic reserve – Kinum was inconsistent, ending with 3890 meters, 18 landings and 15 interceptions.
Keenum has to count 21 million dollars against the Broncos salary for the 2019 season – more than a fee in the p measuring 18.5 million dollars for salary in 1919. Broncos also has to pay Keenum $ 7 million on her basic salary of $ 18 million – whether it's on the registry or not. The registry – $ 10 million – is approximately the same. Also has the option No. 10 in the project.
Also on Wednesday, Elway said that Broncos would implement options in contracts for a wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and defensive end Derek Wolfe. Sanders ($ 12,938 million) And Wolfe ($ 10.925 million) will receive fourth and highest team salary in 2019 after the official addition of the Flacco contract.
Sanders coming from the torn Achilles tendon December is guaranteed $ 1.5 million if his choice is made, but Elway said that he "likes" Sanders to play a major role in the offense next season.
"The only concern is the broad receiver from Achilles," Elway said. "There's everything I like about Emmanuel Sanders and he would be a great asset to us, but the question is how he is going to break away from this by Achilles in 31 year?
Wolf has a $ 1 million bonus. 19659018]