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#pounditThursday, July 18, 2024

Report: Broncos to move on from 3-time Pro Bowl player

Sean Payton wearing a headset

Aug 11, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton looks on against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos are in the early stages of rebuilding their defense, and they are reportedly planning to move on from yet another big-name player.

Veteran defensive end Frank Clark agreed to take a pay cut on Thursday that will reduce his $3.5 million base salary to the veteran minimum of $841,000, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. ESPN’s Field Yates added that the contract restructure was the first step toward Clark being traded or released.

Clark signed a 1-year, $5.5 million deal with the Broncos back in June. The contract had the potential to be worth up to $7.5 million with incentives. Clark has played in only two games this season.

The 30-year-old Clark was with the Kansas City Chiefs for four seasons prior to signing with Denver. He made the Pro Bowl in the last three of those.

The Broncos traded veteran defensive lineman Randy Gregory last week and have received inquiries about several other players. All indications are that they will continue to be sellers in the wake of their 1-4 start to the season.

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