The Denver Broncos is expected to exercise the cornerback Bradley Roby’s fifth-year contract option worth $8.526 million deal, a league source confirmed, keeping the 24-year-old with the professional American football team until 2019, except for major injury.
That will be quite the raise in salary from the $1.368M he will make this upcoming 2017 NFL season.
The guarantee is only for injury, however, and the full salary does not become fully guaranteed until the first day of the league year in 2018. Bradley Roby — who was drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio State — has been a solid member of the Broncos, but the cornerback did have a bit of a down season in the most recent season, which is likely why the fifth-year option was in hesitation. To be fair, Roby is also targeted more than anyone else on the roster due to the secondary having the two best cornerbacks in the league right now in Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib.
The option is afforded to only first-rounder draft selections after the first three season of their rookie contract deal. The salaries, determined by the professional American football player’s position and draft slot, are guaranteed for injury only but become fully guaranteed on the first day of the option year.
As the 31st overall pick in 2014 NF Draft, Roby’s fifth year option comes with a significant raise from his $1.02 million base salary for the 2017 season and could be a starting point for discussions regarding a long-term contract extension.
In his three seasons in the National Football League, he has quickly evolved into a core weapon and a starter in most respects in Denver Broncos league-leading secondary with his ability to play both the slot and outside cornerback roles. In his professional career, Roby has played all 48 regular-season contests so far and has completed a total of 143 tackles, five interceptions, a couple of sacks, and 31 pass breakups.
In 2016 NFL season, Bradley Roby was in on 685 defensive snaps, or 59.8 percent of the club’s defensive plays, but the cornerback’s overall efficiency nosedived, along with his ranking by Pro Football Focus. And in 2015, Roby was graded as the 25th-best cornerback in the NFL. In 2016, meanwhile, Roby was No. 83, with Harris and Talib standing in No. 1 and 2, respectively.
His big play tendencies may have helped general manager John Elway and the Denver Broncos decide there is still something there worth keeping around at a much higher salary. It will be interesting to see how Bradley Roby responds to the Denver Broncos new commitment.