Last month, it was reported here that Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson had agreed to a pay cut that reduced his 2012 compensation, and cap number, by $1.3 million.
According to Mike Klis of The Denver Post, Vickerson wasn't the only defensive tackle coming off an injury that the Broncos approached about a pay cut. Ty Warren was asked to lower his salary, but has yet to agree to do so and is not attending the team's off-season workout program.
Warren, 31, missed all of 2011 with at torn triceps and is due $4 million in base salary in the second season of a two-year, $8 million contract. Warren has yet to take a snap in a Broncos uniform and has not played in an NFL game that counted since a January 10, 2010 playoff game when he was with the New England Patriots.
Warren missed all of 2010 with a hip injury and was released by the Patriots after the lockout. Warren played in the 2011 preseason opener before suffering his season-ending triceps injury in practice.
If healthy, and willing to reduce his salary, Warren would likely start at nose tackle for the Broncos. A potential sticking point in negotiations for a reduced rate could be tied to playing-time incentives. In addition to shying away from signing bonuses -- only three clubs have less money committed to signing bonuses than Denver currently does -- the Broncos are not big on incentives, with Champ Bailey the only player eligible to earn an incentive this season.
Should the stalemate continue, Warren could be released. The Broncos have added depth at the position, signing Justin Bannan -- who started all 16 games for the Broncos in 2010 -- and used a second round pick on Derek Wolfe, who played all over the defensive line at the University of Cincinnati.