Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 5/13/12

Denver Broncos defensive tackle Ty Warren looks on during the team's practice at the Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (Denver Post/David Zalubowski)

The Denver Broncos and presumed starting defensive tackle Ty Warren aren’t seeing eye-to-eye.

Warren signed a two-year deal with the Broncos as a free agent in 2011 after missing 2010 with a hip injury. A torn triceps in training camp left the Broncos without Warren in 2011. He’s the presumed starting nose tackle heading into 2012, but relying on a defensive lineman on the wrong side of 30 who hasn’t played a snap in two years is like putting all your money on a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. The Broncos would like to halve that risk.

So, the Broncos approached Warren about reducing his pay from the $4 million owed him in 2012 to less than $2 million, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.

According to Klis, Warren balked at the idea.

But here’s the catch: they approached DT Kevin Vikcerson with a similar request, asking him to restructure his contract from $2.25 million to $1.2 million. Vickerson, not wanting to be released, accepted.

So now, the Broncos have a choice: honor Warren’s free agent contract, or play hard ball and cut the overpriced veteran. The former would be a slap in Vickerson’s face. The latter would seriously decimate their depth at defensive tackle.

All the Broncos wanted from Warren when they signed him in 2011 was a veteran defensive tackle who would hold his ground. Now they need him to budge. Hopefully some middle ground between the Broncos and Warren can be found.


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