Report: Broncos not expected to exercise option on Shane Ray’s deal

While Shane Ray expected the Broncos to exercise the fifth-year option on his contract, it doesn’t appear they will after drafting Bradley Chubb.

Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News reports the Broncos are not expected to pick up the $9.23 million option on Ray’s contract for 2019. Ray is scheduled to make $1.68 million this season and would become a free agent in 2019 without an extension.

The 28-year-old journeyman is coming off a breakout 2017 season in which he recorded three interceptions and 13 passes defensed in just 10 games as the Indianapolis Colts’ top-performing cover man. He surrendered an opposing passer rating of just 60.3, which, according to Pro Football Focus, was the 10th-lowest qualified mark in the league. 

The Seahawks may or may not have Thomas on the trade block; they may or may not be “counting” on him; the Cowboys may or may not still have interest in trading for him; and Thomas may or may not holdout in the absence of a new contract. Are you following?

Thomas and the Seahawks appear to know as much about his future as you and I do.

This much is known: Thomas currently is scheduled to make $8.5 million in base salary before becoming a free agent in 2019.

Like Robinson, Graham didn’t come cheap. But it was refreshing to see the Packers spend some money on the open market, especially on a player who should immediately help them score points. The 31-year-old might not be good for 1,000 yards like he was earlier in his career, but Graham still earned a second consecutive Pro Bowl nod while catching a league-high 10 touchdown passes in the red zone last season in Seattle. 

If he hits a wall, only $11 million of Graham’s three-year, $30 million contract is guaranteed. But there’s a better chance the highest-rated passer in NFL history finds a groove with one of the toughest players in football to defend. 
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