Broncs Cut Detron Smith, Pittman’s Pay
DENVER (AP) _ The Denver Broncos have releasd backup fullback Detron Smith and gave defensive end Kavika Pittman a hefty pay cut in an effort to make room under the salary cap.
Smith and Pittman both were exposed during the expansion draft.
The release of Smith on Wednesday saves the Broncos more than $400,000 against the salary cap. He had been scheduled to collect a $100,000 roster bonus March 31 and $600,000 in base salary.
The Broncos told Smith they would not rule out the possibility of re-signing him.
The Broncos also lowered Pittman’s base salary of $2.54 million for this coming season. The new deal will pay him $750,000 plus incentives based on playing time and sacks. He would have been cut had he not agreed to restructure.
The Broncos would have saved $250,000 by releasing him. Keeping Pittman frees up more than $1 million against the salary cap.