When the Broncos released defensive end John Engelberger, tight end Nate Jackson, linebacker Niko Koutouvides, safety Marquand Manuel, defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson and linebacker Jamie Winborn it had massive salary-cap consequences.
All together, the Broncos freed up $22,198,000 in salary-cap savings with $1,888,000 in dead money — quite a savings on players that were not being counted on to contribute much.
Here is the breakdown:
Robertson: $16,000,000 cap savings based on $16,000,000 in ’09 money against zero dollars in prorated acceleration.
Koutouvides ($3.06 million): $1,061,000 cap savings based on $2,395,000 in ’09 cap money against $1,333,320 in prorated acceleration.
Winborn ($2.25 million): $2,250,000 cap savings based on $2,250,000 in ’09 cap money against zero dollars in prorated acceleration.
Manuel ($1.33 million): $1,166,000 cap savings based on $1,133,000 in ’09 cap money against $166,000 in prorated acceleration.
Engelberger ($2.18 million): $1,164,333 cap savings based on $2,185,000 in ’09 cap money against $166,666 in prorated acceleration.
Jackson (less than $1 million): $557,000 cap savings based on $770,000 in ’09 cap money against 212,500 in prorated acceleration.