With the expected departure of their two-year starting tight end, the Broncos are making a push to retain their backup.
Julius Thomas could draw as much as a $9MM-per-year offer, which would take up nearly half of the Broncos’ remaining cap space. Green, who is a superior blocker and saw his role increase as Denver deviated to a run-first offense last year, could max out at barely a third of that per-year figure, although the parameters of the four-year backup’s offer aren’t known.
Despite making just six receptions last year for less than 100 yards, Green graded as Pro Football Focus’ 11th-best tight end (subscription required) — ahead of Thomas — and his versatility will make him valuable in Gary Kubiak‘s run-heavy approach.
The Broncos’ top three tight ends — Green, Thomas and Jacob Tamme — are each free agents.