Here's how much tenders would cost Broncos for Barrett, Paradis
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By Jon Heath

With NFL free agency just over one week away, the Denver Broncos have around $23 million in available salary cap space.

The team will undoubtedly try to create more cap space through cuts, trades and restructures, but at the moment, general manager John Elway doesn’t have a lot of money to court big-name free agents such as quarterback Kirk Cousins.

And before he even looks at the open market, Elway will have to make some decisions about Denver’s own free agents. The team has three restricted rights free agents this year — outside linebacker Shaq Barrett, center Matt Paradis and wide receiver Bennie Fowler.

Because those players have restricted rights, the Broncos can use first-, second- or low-round tenders on them for the 2018 season. Those tenders would pay the players $4.149 million, $2.914 million and $1.907 million, respectively, according to Joel Corry of CBS Sports.

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So, for example, if Denver placed a $2.914 million tender on Paradis, an NFL team would have to give up a second-round draft pick if they wanted to sign the center. If the Broncos used a low- (original-) round tender on Fowler, teams could sign him away for nothing because the receiver entered the league as an undrafted free...

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