Al Wilson on the Trading Block?

Al Wilson's reign as the Denver Broncos defensive captain and emotional leader may soon be coming to an end.

Is Denver Broncos middle linebacker Al Wilson on the trading block?

Apparently so.

According to sources the nine-year veteran is actively being shopped around the league and the New York Giants appear to be the current frontrunner, although it's not known exactly who the Giants would be willing to part with in order to secure the Broncos defensive captain.

For the Giants, it's a no-brainer. Wilson would play out huge along side seven-year veteran Antonio Pierce, giving New York it's strongest linebacking corps. in recent memory.

For Denver, it's strictly a matter of money. After a wild spending spree in which they shelled out a guaranteed $15 million for tight end Daniel Graham and $12 million guaranteed for running back Travis Henry, the team is cash strapped, and despite the fact that Rod Smith agreed to restructure his current contract last week, they still find themselves scrambling for cap space.

Currently Wilson is scheduled to make just slightly over $5.2 million in base salary plus another $600,000 in workout bonuses.

Denver-based agent Peter Schaffer, who represents Wilson, has confirmed that he's been in contact with several teams, including Philadelphia and Detroit, but cautions that a trade would only be made under ideal circumstances.

"We are involved with the Broncos and a number of teams about Al's future," Schaffer told the Denver Post.

"No decision has been made on whether or not Al will be playing in Denver or elsewhere, but we are exploring all options. Our first priority is to put our clients in the position to further their playing careers in the best possible situation."





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