Following his big Super Bowl win last week, former UK linebacker Danny Trevathan finds himself without a contract next season. The Broncos have yet to re-sign him, along with other major contributors on their championship-winning team. Denver finds itself in the post-Super Bowl hole, one that many teams have fell into in recent years. Players such as Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and Manning’s backup QB Brock Osweiler are set to become free agents, unless the Broncos fork over a lot of money to keep them. Unfortunately for Trevathan, he may be too far down the list to remain in Denver.
Broncos’ GM John Elway finds himself with many new challenges this week. Will Peyton Manning retire? How much is it going to cost to keep Von Miller? Do they need to re-sign Oswiler just in case? All of these questions now plague the winners of Super Bowl 50. For Danny Trevathan, the question will be how much salary cap remains when Elway gets to his name.
“They are all priorities,” Elway said. “Getting Derek Wolfe (four years, $36.7 million) done was the first step, and we want to get Danny and Malik done. We want to try and keep the group together. But it’s a fluid process. We will talk to their representatives and see where we are at and get a feel for it.”
Without Trevathan, you could make a case that the Panthers could’ve been the victors of Super Bowl 50. Trevathan’s two fumble recoveries and 8 tackles were very crucial. Now it’s just a waiting game for the former #22 in blue. One team that appears to be making a run at Trevathan is Chicago. Even Danny himself mentioned talking with the Bears before the Super Bowl.
“I believe I can fit in any scheme. Coach Fox is one of the guys that gave me the opportunity to showcase I can fit within the scheme. I’m sure it’ll be there (Chicago), I’m sure we’ll end up talking, but right now my main focus is this game. Whatever happens, happens. This game could make or break my contracts. It’s up to me to make the most of it. I think I’m doing a good job right now and I’m locked in and focused.”
Trevathan made $1.5 million dollars this season with the Denver Broncos. If they want to keep him, his price will double at least. No matter where Trevathan signs, he’ll be making big plays. According to the Denver Post, he’s a mobile, tackling machine that the Broncos need to keep.