The Broncos are asking defensive end Elvis Dumervil to take a pay cut so they can create salary-cap room for free agency.
Dumervil signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2010 when Josh McDaniels was coaching the team and before John Elway joined the Denver front office. The seven-year veteran is scheduled to make $12 million in 2013.
The team wants Dumervil to take a cut or restructure his contract, according to a person familiar with the situation, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the negotiations were not public.
Dumervil had 11 sacks last season, second on the team behind Von Miller. Dumervil led the league with 17 sacks in 2009.
The Broncos need cap space while trying to shore up their interior defensive line, as well as cornerback and running back.
Peyton Manning will earn $20 million in 2013 and if the Broncos had Dumervil play at his current number, those two would account for more than a quarter of their cap space.
Titans keep Bironas
The Titans have agreed to a two-year deal with Rob Bironas , keeping the kicker where he has spent the past eight seasons.
Bironas, 35, ranks as the third most accurate kicker in NFL history, connecting on 85.6 percent of his attempts. He trails only Al Del Greco as the franchise’s leading scorer with 916 points.
He has the NFL records for most field goals made in a game (8) and most consecutive games with a field goal 40 yards or longer (10).
The Titans also kept Keyunta Dawson, signing the defensive end to a one-year contract.
Giants free up $6m
Giants cornerback Corey Webster and center David Baas have reworked their contracts for the 2013 season, clearing roughly $6 million in cap space for the Giants, according to a person familiar with the situation.
NFL Network said Webster took a $3 million pay cut, and will earn $4 million in the final year of his contract, while Baas restructured his five-year contract, lowering his 2013 base salary $1.25 million with $3 million coming as a signing bonus.
Meanwhile, the Chargers released 36-year-old linebacker Takeo Spikes in their first major move under new general manager Tom Telesco. Spikes has played 15 seasons, including the last two with San Diego, but has never been on a playoff team.
Saturday ends as Colt
Indianapolis gave Jeff Saturday a chance to fulfill his NFL dream.
On Thursday, he came back to thank the town and the team that embraced his improbable journey from undrafted free agent to NFL star.
Before playing in his sixth and final Pro Bowl last month, Saturday had already said he was retiring. He even made a cameo appearance with the AFC so he could snap the ball one more time to his close friend, former Colt and current Bronco Peyton Manning.
Green Bay cut Saturday last month, a procedural move that made Thursday’s festivities possible.
Moments after signing his final contract with the Colts, Indianapolis’s longtime center officially retired with the team that brought him into the league 14 years ago.
‘‘This does not happen for many players, especially many offensive linemen,’’ Saturday said. ‘‘I’m excited to retire as a Colt. I mean, this is my home. This is what we’ve supported for so many years. I was known, no matter what team I was playing for, as a Colt.
‘Redskins’ on trial
The latest round is underway in the attempt by Native Americans to strip the Washington Redskins of their federal trademark petition.
Both sides appeared Thursday in a 90-minute hearing before three judges on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in Alexandria, Va.
A lawyer representing a group of American Indians said the word ‘‘redskin’’ is a slur, but the case isn’t that simple. The plaintiffs have to show the name Washington Redskins was disparaging to a significant population of Native Americans when the team was granted its trademarks decades ago.
General manager Bruce Allen said afterward that he doesn’t know if it’s been proven that the name is offensive and that the team has no plans to change it.
There won’t be a resolution any time soon.
Lawyers said they expect the judges to take as long as a year to issue a ruling, and the Redskins are sure to appeal if it doesn’t go their way. A similar case, ultimately won by the team, was filed in 1992 and needed 17 years to go through the legal system before the Supreme Court declined to intervene.
The Redskins lost this round the first time. The board stripped the club of its trademark protection in 1999, but the ruling was overturned on appeal in part because the courts decided that the plaintiffs were too old and had thus waited too long to make their complaint.Continued...