ELWAY DEFERS BONUS: In a move to give the Denver Broncos more space under the salary cap, John Elway deferred a March 1 roster bonus of $1.45 million, according to a published report.

Elway's decision in late February allowed the Broncos to sign left guard Mark Schlereth and defensive end Neil Smith to new contracts. Elway was given an extra $155,000 for agreeing to postpone the payment and would have to be a member of the Broncos to get the $1.6 million payment in March 1999.