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Malcontent
02-16-2009, 04:31 PM
Barry Gutierrez The Rocky

Denver Broncos' Brian Xanders talks to the media about his new role as the new general manager for the team at Dove Valley in Englewood, Colo. Monday, Feb. 16, 2009.

Related LinksVIDEO: Broncos introduce new GM Xadners More Denver BroncosKRIEGER: Bowlen takes back the Broncos LEGWOLD: NFL housecleaning begins Xanders secures Broncos' GM reins More stories ENGLEWOOD In his first public comments since being named Broncos general manager, Brian Xanders promised a unified front office that can set the team on a playoff course.

And he made it clear he had already taken a hard look at the team's salary cap situation for the upcoming season.

Asked Monday if the Broncos could have one player set to count $16 million against the $123 million salary cap as defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson will once the new league year begins Feb. 27, Xanders responded: "No. It's a team sport and one person can't take a huge burden against the existing framework of the salary cap. So we'll try to spread it around and figure it out that way.''

The Broncos will be under the league-mandated cap when free agency opens, but the team looks poised to address some of the bigger cap figures. Players can be asked to renegotiate and often are released if they refuse.

The Broncos currently have 18 players slated to count at least $1 million each against the '09 salary cap and 10 of those players are on defense where the Broncos finished at or near the bottom in every major defensive category in 2008.

Robertson's bonus-heavy contract leads the way.

The next two highest cap figures on the team belong to cornerback Champ Bailey ($13.669 million) and linebacker D.J. Williams ($11.635 million), who are both starters and defensive captains.

However, linebacker Niko Koutouvides ($3.062 million), linebacker Jamie Winborn ($2.25 million) and defensive end John Engelberger ($2.185 million) also could face renegotiation or potential release.

In a wide-ranging session Xanders also said Broncos owner Pat Bowlen approached him about a potential promotion to general manager only last Thursday. Xanders was formally announced as the team's general manager last Friday.

Xanders, who came to the Broncos last season after 14 years with the Falcons, added he had quickly found a kindred spirit in first-year head coach Josh McDaniels in the vision to repair a team that has won just one playoff game since the start of the 1999 season and has missed the postseason in each of the last three years.

"We're both competitive, we both have high passion to win football games, we both love this franchise and we both want to do everything we can to help us win,'' Xanders said. "We both realize we have great opportunities and we both want to fulfill those opportunities and do what Mr. Bowlen wants and that's win football games and get him back to the Super Bowl and get the Super Bowl back to the fans

Inkana7
02-16-2009, 04:40 PM
Josh
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Brian
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I imagine this is carved on a tree somewhere near Dove Valley.

SureShot
02-16-2009, 04:41 PM
I am cautiously optimistic about the Colonel's secret recipe for this team.

crazyhorse
02-16-2009, 04:45 PM
DJ Williams 11.365? Yikes.

Kaylore
02-16-2009, 04:45 PM
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/feb/16/new-broncos-gm-promises-spread-salary-cap-wealth/

There is a video of the Q&A if you scroll down.

crazyhorse
02-16-2009, 04:55 PM
Not trying to piss anybody off, but I have an honest question. Do you folks feel like Bailey would be worth 13+ million this coming season?

Inkana7
02-16-2009, 04:58 PM
Not trying to piss anybody off, but I have an honest question. Do you folks feel like Bailey would be worth 13+ million this coming season?

Yes. He's actually coming to us cheap compared to other Corners. Isn't Nate Clements making like 20 million this season?

Sorry dudes, but Champ's still a top-3 corner.

OBF1
02-16-2009, 05:09 PM
Xanders looks alot like Roger Clemens

Hallside
02-16-2009, 05:11 PM
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/feb/16/new-broncos-gm-promises-spread-salary-cap-wealth/

There is a video of the Q&A if you scroll down.

Xanders comes across very well.

Hamrob
02-16-2009, 05:12 PM
I hate to say it...but Xanders sounds like an idiot! Let's hope he is alot better player evaluater than he is public speaker. Duh, uh...I just want to win games! Why the Hell we didn't go after a real GM when we had the chance is amazing!

OBF1
02-16-2009, 05:13 PM
The next two highest cap figures on the team belong to cornerback Champ Bailey ($13.669 million) and linebacker D.J. Williams ($11.635 million), who are both starters and defensive captains

Now this is a number that concerns me alot more than Champs does.

CEH
02-16-2009, 05:42 PM
The next two highest cap figures on the team belong to cornerback Champ Bailey ($13.669 million) and linebacker D.J. Williams ($11.635 million), who are both starters and defensive captains

Now this is a number that concerns me alot more than Champs does.

I hope DJ's cap number this year plus last encompasses most of his guarenteed money. He better be a $5MM LBer next year. No way he's worth $11MM it better be a one year bubble.

You can have DJ Williams or for $2 MM more you can have Champ.

Broncos_OTM
02-16-2009, 05:51 PM
Not trying to piss anybody off, but I have an honest question. Do you folks feel like Bailey would be worth 13+ million this coming season?

I think since he is going to be playing up on his man yet again, i am gonna give him the benefit of the doubt. and say yes.

broncofan7
02-16-2009, 05:52 PM
The next two highest cap figures on the team belong to cornerback Champ Bailey ($13.669 million) and linebacker D.J. Williams ($11.635 million), who are both starters and defensive captains

Now this is a number that concerns me alot more than Champs does.

I would love to see what type of value Champ could bring--I do hope that we at least put some feelers out.......as I have written before--having a top tier CB on this defense is like having $15K rims and a $250 Ford Escort to put them on--We need big guys up front desperately.

Broncos_OTM
02-16-2009, 05:52 PM
Xanders looks alot like Roger Clemens

I know they both have roiders chin dont they! lol

Broncos_OTM
02-16-2009, 05:54 PM
I hope DJ's cap number this year plus last encompasses most of his guarenteed money. He better be a $5MM LBer next year. No way he's worth $11MM it better be a one year bubble.

You can have DJ Williams or for $2 MM more you can have Champ.I think i read somewhere dont quote me on it that says most of the money is from his extension or bonus. so i am sure we are not gonna see the crazy number at the end of his contract. so basically i think its front loaded

broncosteven
02-16-2009, 06:31 PM
...

"We're both competitive, we both have high passion to win football games, we both love this franchise and we both want to do everything we can to help us win,'' Xanders said. "We both realize we have great opportunities and we both want to fulfill those opportunities and do what Mr. Bowlen wants and that's win football games and get him back to the Super Bowl and get the Super Bowl back to the fans

After reading this I am sure that they both suffered through all the tough years like those of us here that love this franchise.

I am sure their hearts broke a little during SB XII, XXI, XXII, XXIV, and their love of the Broncos was confirmed with the Back to back SB wins of SB's XXXII and XXXIII!

These guys really love the Broncos. I am sure of it not because they draw paychecks but because they really do!

I am sure that they wouldn't say the same thing if they worked for KFC or Chuggers or that other team in that hole in either LA or Oakland or where ever.

SUPERBOWLS are coming back to the fans!

U4EA
02-16-2009, 06:41 PM
I hate to say it...but Xanders sounds like an idiot! Let's hope he is alot better player evaluater than he is public speaker. Duh, uh...I just want to win games! Why the Hell we didn't go after a real GM when we had the chance is amazing!

A lot is two words and evaluator is spelled with an "o."

Just sayin' as you did throw the I-word out.

U4EA
02-16-2009, 06:44 PM
After reading this I am sure that they both suffered through all the tough years like those of us here that love this franchise.

I am sure their hearts broke a little during SB XII, XXI, XXII, XXIV, and their love of the Broncos was confirmed with the Back to back SB wins of SB's XXXII and XXXIII!

These guys really love the Broncos. I am sure of it not because they draw paychecks but because they really do!

I am sure that they wouldn't say the same thing if they worked for KFC or Chuggers or that other team in that hole in either LA or Oakland or where ever.

SUPERBOWLS are coming back to the fans!


That was a bit rich for a new guy, wasn't it? Wonder if either of 'em can even spell Alzado.

broncosteven
02-16-2009, 06:44 PM
That was a bit rich for a new guy, wasn't it? Wonder if either of 'em can even spell Alzado.

Rep to you my new INTERNETs Friend. Rep.

BroncoBuff
02-16-2009, 06:51 PM
Josh
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Brian
4 Ever

I imagine this is carved on a tree somewhere near Dove Valley.
Dove Valley?

We still use that old place?

BroncoMan4ever
02-16-2009, 06:52 PM
Yes. He's actually coming to us cheap compared to other Corners. Isn't Nate Clements making like 20 million this season?

Sorry dudes, but Champ's still a top-3 corner.

i agree, but i would still like to renegotiate his deal and convert some of that into bonus money so we have a little more to work with in the cap.

broncosteven
02-16-2009, 06:57 PM
i agree, but i would still like to renegotiate his deal and convert some of that into bonus money so we have a little more to work with in the cap.

Why? he deserved it. He came back early and played hurt, he was the only sure tackler on the D outside of DJ.

Leave him be, Keep Bly, coach up the young guys for their replacements down the road.

We will need good players somewhere on the D. It is not like we have a lot of guys that can play on this D.

Dedhed
02-16-2009, 07:01 PM
Not trying to piss anybody off, but I have an honest question. Do you folks feel like Bailey would be worth 13+ million this coming season?
No. I've been on the trade Champ bandwagon all off-season. However, you're always going to have those guys on a team that have just flat out earned a giant payday through past performance. Even if they can no longer play at a level worthy of that #.

Killericon
02-16-2009, 07:02 PM
After reading this I am sure that they both suffered through all the tough years like those of us here that love this franchise.

I am sure their hearts broke a little during SB XII, XXI, XXII, XXIV, and their love of the Broncos was confirmed with the Back to back SB wins of SB's XXXII and XXXIII!

These guys really love the Broncos. I am sure of it not because they draw paychecks but because they really do!

I am sure that they wouldn't say the same thing if they worked for KFC or Chuggers or that other team in that hole in either LA or Oakland or where ever.

SUPERBOWLS are coming back to the fans!

They love the franchise that gave them their first big desk, I'm sure.

broncosteven
02-16-2009, 07:08 PM
No. I've been on the trade Champ bandwagon all off-season. However, you're always going to have those guys on a team that have just flat out earned a giant payday through past performance. Even if they can no longer play at a level worthy of that #.

The probowl is based on this philosophy.

NFLBRONCO
02-16-2009, 09:21 PM
The Broncos currently have nine picks in April's draft and eight picks in the 2010 draft, but Xanders said the team might try to secure more picks in the coming weeks, even if it dips a little more into free agency this year, a season Xanders called "transition."

This is the part I was thinking might happen to upgrade this D.

Popps
02-16-2009, 09:25 PM
However, linebacker Niko Koutouvides ($3.062 million), linebacker Jamie Winborn ($2.25 million) and defensive end John Engelberger ($2.185 million) also could face renegotiation or potential release.



!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SoCalBronco
02-16-2009, 09:30 PM
The Broncos currently have nine picks in April's draft and eight picks in the 2010 draft, but Xanders said the team might try to secure more picks in the coming weeks, even if it dips a little more into free agency this year, a season Xanders called "transition."



Very good.

NFLBRONCO
02-16-2009, 09:32 PM
Very good.

I knew that would please you buddy

Ambiguous
02-17-2009, 10:02 AM
Engelberger sucks, why is he one of the top cap figures?

Ambiguous
02-17-2009, 10:03 AM
However, linebacker Niko Koutouvides ($3.062 million), linebacker Jamie Winborn ($2.25 million) and defensive end John Engelberger ($2.185 million) also could face renegotiation or potential release.



!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Treed - I agree 100%. He's barely a starter, wtf is he doing making that much?

TheReverend
02-17-2009, 10:11 AM
Dove Valley?

We still use that old place?

Shhhh... don't ask Pat for a new practice facility.

Touchy subject, apparently.

Kaylore
02-17-2009, 10:50 AM
http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.php?id=334&storyID=8844

Here's a link to the video of the complete Q&A. Somethings I liked ( his desire to make the team tough, smart and aquire lots of draft picks) and some things I didn't like. It's definitely worth a listen.

broncosteven
02-17-2009, 06:11 PM
http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.php?id=334&storyID=8844

Here's a link to the video of the complete Q&A. Somethings I liked ( his desire to make the team tough, smart and aquire lots of draft picks) and some things I didn't like. It's definitely worth a listen.

Tough and Competent? Maybe they were hired because they thought like Gene Kranz?

Maybe this isn't so bad after all!