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Moreno stayed with Broncos because he’s cheaper, more versatile


Last month, the Broncos dumped running back Willis McGahee. They opted to keep running back Knowshon Moreno.

So why would the Broncos cut a former first-round pick who has had a very solid career and keep another first-round pick whose NFL tenure has been mediocre, at best?

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Moreno costs $800,000 less in 2013 base salary. Also, Moreno is better suited, both in skills and temperament, to being a third-down back and, more generally, a complement to Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Moreno definitely will have a Week One roster spot. Since he now has four years of service, his $1.7 million base salary becomes essentially guaranteed if he isn’t cut before the regular-season opener against the Ravens.