Hail To the Chief: Part Two

Ken KooimanContributor IMarch 27, 2009

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 2: Owner Pat Bowlen of the Denver Broncos surveys the crowd before the Class of 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 2, 2008 in Canton, Ohio.   (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

My second article written with BR was titled "Hail To The Chief." In this article, I stated, "One thing Pat Bowlen did establish is, it's his team to do with what he pleases. To be a fan of the Denver Broncos, you must deal with the decisions he has made and will make. After all, it is HIS money."

I stand by that statement and am still a Bronco fan. Some no longer are.

With all that has happened lately with the Broncos, fans are falling by the wayside. They have looked for a place to put the blame. A rookie head coach? A disgruntled, childish QB? If you must blame someone it falls on Bowlen.

He is dedicated to returning a winning team to Denver and has given the new coach free reign to do so. In this freedom, the coach decided to entertain thoughts of acquiring his former QB to replace the incumbent in Denver. In doing this he has alienated said QB.

He needs to apologize, but cannot seem to say the words. The QB needs to accept that this kind of thing happens in the NFL. Most of all the owner, Bowlen, needs to get out his checkbook. If all three things happen, this can be resolved. If not, Denver will be saying goodbye to a future star.

I'm not going to talk about trading or trade offers of the QB. Instead I am going to talk about why Denver will have to say goodbye to a star.

Bowlen has always taken a hard stance on the issue of restructuring contracts before the final year remaining on it. They are not talking contracts now with the QB, who signed a six year $48 million contract three years ago.

So far, he has collected $17 million of that over three years. An average of $5.67 million per year. That leaves $31 million for three years.

This year, he is scheduled to earn a little over $1 million. Less than the backup QB the new coach has signed.

In reality, it would be more, because it would be an average of $4.75 million per year.

Now, I know that's a lot of money, but when you hear that the QB they tried to trade him for is going to get $14.5 million, it's a little hard to swallow.

Anyway, they will owe him $30 million for the last two years of his contract. Then he will finally get the bigger money he is looking for now. The reasons he is looking for the payday now should be clear. What if he sustains an injury this year? Could I get a new contract somewhere else?

Bowlen has said Jay Cutler should not be here if he is not going to be happy. Well he is not going to be happy unless we restructure his contract this year. 

If he is forced to come in under the existing contract, expect about the same production as Chad Johnson gave Cincy last year.

For six years, $48 million was not out of line for either party, $8 million a year. Problem is, he is not getting paid that. If Denver does want to keep him, they must ante up now.

Have him sign a new contract paying him the $31 million they owe him over three years. If not, all those saying they want him to stay in Denver are wasting their breath, because he will not come in and play for $1.2 million this year with the chance of getting hurt.

People have said recently the ball is in the QB's hands now, but I disagree. The ball is in Bowlen's hands, and has been for quite some time. Whether or not he chooses to spend HIS money to keep the QB in Denver is up to him. The fans who have remained faithful will have to deal with the consequences.