Schon: Rumors, Rants and Raves 6/16/09

Although he led the league with 17-sacks in 2009 and has totaled out 43-sacks over four years, his new pay scale amounts to a hop, skip and a jump above Lonie Paxton, the team's long snapper who actually set foot on the field an average of just over five times per game last season, to hike the ball on punts and field goals.

Right out of the gate I'm in a foul mood. Haircuts and I just don't agree – never have, never will. This one was no exception – spent the next 2 ½ hours convincing myself I could have done a better job with a bottle of vodka and lawnmower.

It didn't work…

That being said, here's the latest edition of RR&R.

On the Broncos front Elvis Dumervil - given no other logical choice - signed his $3.168 million restricted free agent tender on Monday. Although he led the league with 17-sacks in 2009 and has totaled out 43-sacks over four years, his new pay scale amounts to a hop, skip and a jump above Lonie Paxton, the team's long snapper who actually set foot on the field an average of just over five times per game last season, to hike the ball on punts and field goals.

Not that I don't appreciate what Paxton brings to the table – bending over and tossing a football between your legs a good ten to fifteen-yards back certainly takes a great deal of talent and effort – it's just not commensurate with a guy that faces some of the toughest offensive lineman in the league, who are more than willing to severe your manhood and scotch tape it to the locker room wall rather than give up a sack on their million dollar quarterback, let alone 17 of them.

Paxton's deserves his money – But Elvis is Elvis, and if Denver had an ounce of loyalty or appreciation they would have locked this guy up for the next five-years with a contract commensurate with those on his same level, if for nothing more than showing the the rest of the team their dedication to winning.

I'm told Broncos general manager Brian Xanders and Dumervil's agen, Gary Wichard, are trying to iron out a deal as we speak, but having been a witness to the Cutler, Marshall Foxworth, Jackson, Hillis demise, my faith in their ability to work out a deal is about as strong as my belief in the fact that Kobe Bryant was innocent.

Denver has until the season opener on Sept. 12th against Jacksonville to strike a deal or the chances of "Elvis leaving the building" will be really tough for Broncos fans to swallow.

Eighty-seven days we'll have the opportunity to see what kind of stones McDaniels and Bowlen really have for the long term success of this franchise.

Just like Elvis – I wouldn't hold my breath…



Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past twelve-years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio and Internet stations around the country. You can follow all of Schon's updates on Twitter - Facebook or drop him an email at Michael John Schon



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