Broncos' Cap Wizard Mike Sullivan Will not Return to Team as Contract Expires: Report

Chad Jensen

Although his title is Director of Football Administration, Mike Sullivan has been the Denver Broncos' cap wizard for a majority of the John Elway front-office era. However, according to a new report from NFL Network's James Palmer, Sullivan's days in Denver are now numbered. 

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It's a curious decision by the Broncos not to re-sign Sullivan, as he has been very effective in his job. The Broncos are known around the league for being shrewd negotiators, and while Elway the GM gets the credit for that, it's due in large part to Sullivan's financial savvy. 

Sullivan originally joined the Broncos back in 2012 and played a big part in the salary cap maneuverings that brought home the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 50. The previous year, with an elite-level max quarterback contract on the books (Peyton Manning), the Broncos were able to stay aggressive while remaining frugal in signing T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware in free agency. 

It's hard to know the exact reasons why the Broncos aren't willing to keep Sullivan around, but there's no question that he leaves the team in good position to make a splash in 2020. The Broncos enter this offseason — before any roster cuts are made — with just under $62 million in cap space. 

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Comments (6)
No. 1-3

I have a few questions here:

  1. Is it his decision or the team’s decision that he’s not coming back?

  2. When exactly does his contract expire? Will he be involved in any more offseason activities?

  3. Is this normal timing for an announced change at the position? It seems like being less than two months out from the start of free agency isn’t the best timing.


Weird coz they announce it while he's with Elway at the Senior Bowl. Maybe something wasn't getting done or he wanted a lot more money? They must have someone else in mind unless Sully forced their hand...

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

I wonder if Sullivan wants some more direct power than just operating as a financial guy and figuring out contracts/ cap ramifications. Possibly looking for a role as a GM or something to that effect. Odd move, but if that's the case I don't blame him because he is very obviously not going to have that opportunity in Denver with Elway leading the charge.