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Cody Latimer is in a Rocky Place

Cody Latimer

Cody Latimer was a second round draft pick out of Indiana in the 2014 NFL Draft. Latimer is in a very rocky place currently, pun intended.

Latimer is in the fourth, and final, year of his rookie contract.  According to spotrac, Latimer’s 4 year deal will pay him $3,708,650.

Here are the full number’s of Latimer’s deal:

year base salary signing bonus cap hit yearly cash
2014 $420,000 $254,300  $674,300  $1,437,200
2015 $588,575 $254,300 $842,875 $588,575
2016 $757,150 $254,300 $1,011,450 $757,150
2017 $925,725 $254,300 $1,180,025 $925,725
  • all numbers from Spotrac
  • note his full signing bonus was paid in 2014, but the hit on the cap was spread out over the life of the contract.

Latimer has largely been a bust to this point.  In 3 years he has a whopping total of… 16 receptions.  Remind me again why some think Denver would be better off without Demaryius Thomas, please.

Latimer’s career numbers are listed below:

 games played receptions TD Yards YPC Fumbles Targets
 34 16 1  158  9.9  0  30

So, Why is Latimer worthy of  a Story?

Despite the thinking of most, just simply being a bust only works for first-round picks or guys who tanked due to off the field issues.

Latimer got to his hard place by being an idiot and forgetting there are cameras everywhere.  In February, Latimer slapped a bouncer and was promptly pepper sprayed; however, the video was not released until Saturday.

The video can be found here:

Latimer having made a very minimal impact has made himself expendable.  Denver probably won’t cut him over this incident. However, he should not expect Denver to show any real interest in resigning him. His only hope is to have a breakout season in 2017 and be handed a Franchise Tag.   Make no mistake, Latimer will be playing for a job this year.  The good news for him is he will have 16 games to audition for his spot.  He must show that he belongs on the team.

I suspect this will be Latimer’s final season in the Mile High City, he just has not had a positive impact on the field.  Simply put, in today’s NFL you can not be a bozo off the field if your production isn’t worth the headache.

John Gillon

John Gillon

Author at SportsTalkLine
Denver Broncos Senior Analyst providing - hopefully - non-biased, intelligent analysis. An example: Denver has been less than optimal at the quarterback position.