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Old 02-03-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Denver Broncos hire noted cap guru Mike Sullivan as their new contract negotiator. He's a CPA and a lawyer, and according to the Post, he's a notorious "bulldog" when negotiating contracts.

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Old 02-03-2012, 02:42 PM   #2
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wonder if thats a good thing or bad thing
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:42 PM   #3
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Also said he's that guy who invented the option bonus.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:47 PM   #4
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wonder if thats a good thing or bad thing
Better players for less money is a good thing.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:53 PM   #5
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Better players for less money is a good thing.
or...worse because free agents from our and other teams say **** it and sign with someone else...
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:00 PM   #6
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or...worse because free agents from our and other teams say **** it and sign with someone else...
My point is - everybody has a salary cap. Having a guy who really knows how to jumble the numbers and put them in places that allow us to spend money without "spending" money.

He built up a solid reputation negotiating for players, and as such probably has a lot of respect around the league. He's just on the other side of the table now.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:08 PM   #7
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This guy's coming over after 25 years on the dark side (well according to owners anyway) He'll know more than most about how a player and his agent thinks and what the team can get away with.

The Broncos should be in the top 10 or so in available caproom so let's hope they use the most of it this year and start seeing real value for their spending, like McGahee brought in 2011. Just before the season started in 2011 according to Jason LaCanfora, the Broncos had the 4th highest caproom total with $24m plus still available for last years contracts that was not utilised.

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Old 02-03-2012, 03:09 PM   #8
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players will get paid according to what their worth.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:39 PM   #9
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this can only be a good thing, means they will be after bang for the buck but also trying to land some guys.
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This team has been headed in the right direction since mCd got ****canned, too bad we had to go through that mess for Bowlen to get his head out of his ass!
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it actually seems as if Elway knows what he's doing. who would have thunk it
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I can't be bothered to read the article but no Patriots on his resume, right?
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So what exactly does Xanders do now for the team?
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Isn't it the same thing Xanders is supposed to be good at?
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I see Xanders getting faxzed out... good bad or indifferent. Im sure elway is fairly clueless about how this all works. who better to teach him then this guy.
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Isn't it the same thing Xanders is supposed to be good at?
I wondered the same thing. That is what he was best known for coming out of Atlanta.
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I see Xanders getting faxzed out... good bad or indifferent. Im sure elway is fairly clueless about how this all works. who better to teach him then this guy.
Sullivan isn't the GM... he's the cap guy. I'm sure Sullivan won't have much say as far as the draft is concerned.

That said, it's interesting the direction the Broncos are headed in - hearing how they're letting go so really long-time fixtures of the team. Tuten was with the team for what, 25 years? And the guy Sullivan replaced was here for 17 years... it's like loyalty has worn off, and the team is focusing on winning now rather than the business environment.

Who's next? Greek?
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From the Washington Post:

Before his hiring, which was announced Friday by Broncos boss John Elway, Sullivan was regarded as one of the top contract negotiators in the business. He’s ushered in some of the more creative salary terms in the industry, including the guaranteed salary/option bonus structure on bigger deals.

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This guy is supposed to do what? I don't see much of an addition to the organization. Joe Ellis bringing in a buddy, or what?
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This guy is supposed to do what? I don't see much of an addition to the organization. Joe Ellis bringing in a buddy, or what?
Just look at the press release from the Denver Broncos, dude:

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With the Broncos, Sullivan will direct the club’s negotiating and structuring of all player contracts. He will be responsible for managing the Broncos’ football budget and salary cap as well as ensuring the club’s compliance with the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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We need this guy to sign cheap FA's

Seriously I like this move if we become a major player in FA in 2013.
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