Former Mizzou star defensive end Shane Ray has a four year deal with the Denver Broncos that will pay him $9.116 million. After watching the first week of OTA’s from the sidelines, Ray is finally back on the field, but not how he wants to play. The Denver training staff finally feels that Ray has made enough progress from a foot injury that they cleared him for some limited participation in drills and he expects to be even more active as the offseason program continues.
During his first six days on the sideline, Ray was studying the outside linebacker position in place of on-field work, asking and listening to coaches and teammates as he hit them with questions to gain a better understanding of the defense. Ray went through a few individual drills Monday, but he probably won’t be ready for full-speed, 11-on-11 practice until training camp in late-July. Ray is still bothered by a toe injury he suffered in the New Year’s Day Citrus Bowl.
Ray’s deal included a signing bonus of $4.891 million.
The Tennessee Titans agreed to a contract with former Mizzou bust Dorial Green-Beckham, their second round pick, the 40th selection overall. In two years with Mizzou, he had 87 catches for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns. He spent the 2014 collegiate season practicing with the Oklahoma football team, but he wasn’t eligible to play because of NCAA transfer rules, after he was kicked off the Tigers by Gary Pinkel.
Early in 2014, he was arrested along with two men after Springfield, Missouri police found marijuana in their car. Green-Beckham was also charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession in Columbia, Missouri, and later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing. The final straw at Mizzou came after a police investigation of a suspected burglary involving Green-Beckham. The case was closed with no arrests and shortly thereafter, Green-Beckham was cut from the team.