Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders: Won't restructure contract

Sanders (Achilles) posted Tuesday on his personal Twitter account that he isn't interested in restructuring his contract ahead of the 2019 season.

Coming off a torn Achilles suffered Dec. 5 and entering the final season of his three-year deal, Sanders surely can read between the lines that any restructure would involve a significant pay cut. Of course, he may be putting himself in danger of an outright release, as the Broncos can't be thrilled about the prospect of paying a $10.15 million base salary (per OverTheCap.com) to a player who's no lock to be ready for Week 1 of his age-32 season. His release wouldn't be a popular move in the locker room, but it makes sense from a standpoint of expected production per dollar. A contract extension might work for both parties, especially if it includes a signing bonus that can significantly reduce Sanders' 2019 cap hit without reducing his actual compensation. The veteran wide receiver is no longer wearing a walking boot over his injured foot, but he was spotted moving around with a limp as recently as last week.

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