Despite having leaving behind $8.17 million in dead money, the Broncos are cutting ties with former Raiders tackle Menelik Watson. The team placed Watson on injured reserve today, the second time the injury prone tackle has landed on IR for the Broncos in less than ten months. They plan to release Watson once he gets healthy.
It was just last year that the Broncos committed $18.75 million to Watson on a 3-year deal to become their right tackle. It seemed laughable at the time, and even more so now that the Broncos are taking over an eight million dollar bath for their mistake. This after having already paid him $3.27 million for his seven-game stint last season.
That’s nearly $11.5 million for seven games. Great for Menelik, but ‘Ouch’ for the Broncos.
Watson was the Raiders’ second round pick in the 2013 draft and from the moment he walked in the injuries began piling up. He started his first camp on the Non-football injury list and a week later went on the Physically Unable to Perform list and would ultimately miss all but five games of his rookie season.
Over four years in Oakland he would never play a full 16 games including missing the entire 2015 season. Despite this, the Broncos invested big money into him. He appeared in just 7 games last season before heading to injured reserve. And even in those seven games, he didn’t perform well.
I wish Watson all the best. And hopefully some other team will give him a shot and he can eventually put together some healthy seasons. But maybe don’t pull a John Elway and plunk down big money on a multi-year contract for a player who has never proven he can stay on the field long enough to earn it. Elway is as good with contracts as he is at evaluating quarterbacks.