Broncos waived RB Kapri Bibbs.
Bibbs was promoted from the practice squad last month after drawing interest from Buffalo. He didn't appear in any games. The Broncos signed RB Jeremy Stewart in a corresponding move.
The Denver Post reports the Broncos have no interest in free agent RBs LeGarrette Blount and Ben Tate.
A team source tells the Denver Post there simply isn’t enough time left in the season for a back to "come in and learn the team’s offensive system." The Broncos are content going forward with Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs behind C.J. Anderson as they wait for Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball to get healthy.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Colts are unlikely to claim ex-Browns RB Ben Tate on waivers, but will "likely" be interested if he clears.
It's unclear if beat writer Mary Kay Cabot is simply spitballing, but she is reliable. Cabot reports the Broncos are "not interested." Tate is likely to draw more interest than fellow released back LeGarrette Blount, as he's younger, and has a much-shorter trail of incidents. Indy makes almost too much sense as a landing spot after the Colts lost Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Broncos passed on signing free agent OG Richie Incognito following Tuesday's visit.
He'll be added to the Broncos' emergency list. Now 31, time is running out for Incognito to make a comeback after last year's "Bullygate" scandal.
Free agent RB Mikel Leshoure worked out for the Broncos on Tuesday.
The Broncos want to add a body behind Ronnie Hillman, C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson with Montee Ball (groin) sidelined. Leshoure worked out for the Colts in early September, but has otherwise been greeted by a cold market since his release from the Lions.
Broncos released K Matt Prater.
Brandon McManus has won the Broncos' placekicking job and is worth owning in all fantasy leagues, despite a slow statistical start. Prater's base salary was $3 million while McManus only costs the veteran minimum. Now an unrestricted free agent, look for Prater to resurface quickly. Still only 30 years old, Prater was one of the best kickers in football last season.
Browns signed G/T Vinston Painter.
He was signed off the Broncos' practice squad. The No. 173 pick of last year's draft, Painter has yet to make a regular-season appearance. He's just a depth signing, one the Browns could be hoping to eventually store on their own practice squad.
Broncos waived/released WR Nathan Palmer, LB Shaquil Barrett, RB Kapri Bibbs, S John Boyett, WR Bennie Fowler, OG Vinston Painter, C Matt Paradis, TE Gerell Robinson, DE Brian Sanford, CB Jordan Sullen and CB Louis Young.
Painter's lone regular-season appearances came with the Colts in 2012. Bibbs showed well in the preseason (19/84/3), and should be ticketed for the practice squad.
Broncos waived QB Zac Dysert.
The Broncos are only going to roll with Brock Osweiler behind Peyton Manning for now. Dysert went 12-of-19 for 106 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in two preseason appearances. He's a strong candidate for Denver's practice squad, but could draw multiple claims.
Broncos released DT Kevin Vickerson.
The 31-year-old Vickerson got his hip healthy in time to play in the final two preseason games, but it wasn't enough. Marvin Austin and Mitch Unrein are now the primary candidates to back up Terrance Knighton and Sylvester Williams. The Broncos save $2 million by dumping Vickerson.
Broncos waived OG Ryan Miller.
A 2012 fifth-round pick of the Browns, Miller missed all of 2013 after suffering a serious head injury in training camp. Miller still has practice squad eligibility.
Broncos waived/released DT Sione Fua, LB L.J. Fort, CB Jordan Sullen, CB Jerome Murphy, TE Cameron Morrah and TE Jameson Konz.
Sua was signed last November, and active for two games down the stretch. He did not appear during the Broncos' playoff run. The 2011 third-round pick of the Panthers was limited to five games between Denver and Carolina last season. He'll search for reserve work.
Broncos waived/released RB Brennan Clay, OT Winston Justice, LB Jamar Chaney, WR Greg Hardin, LB Jerrell Harris, S Charles Mitchell, DT Will Pericak, QB Bryn Renner, DE Chase Vaughn, RB Jerodis Williams, and WR Greg Wilson.
Clay reportedly showed well during OTAs, but he clearly got exposed when the pads came on, getting outplayed by fellow UDFA Juwan Thompson. Justice is the biggest name in this group. There are no true surprises.
Broncos released TE Joel Dreessen.
Dreessen was cut with the "failed physical" designation. He underwent surgery on his left knee in February, his third operation on the same knee in less than a calendar year. Dreessen will turn 32 on Saturday and may be nearing the end of the line with his body starting to betray him. The Broncos save $2.5 million.
Broncos S Eric Hagg is retiring.
A 2011 seventh-round pick of the Browns, Hagg combined for 22 appearances across his first two NFL campaigns, but was out of the league last season. Rather than play out his remote shot at cracking the Broncos' 53-man roster, Hagg has decided to go out on his own terms. The Nebraska product is only 23.
Colts signed S Mike Adams.
A ten-year veteran, Adams brings experience to the Colts' secondary. He's spent time with the 49ers, Browns, and most recently the Broncos. Adams generally struggled in Denver, starting 27 games over two seasons but grading out poorly in pass coverage. Adams, 33, will compete with Delano Howell and Sergio Brown for the starting safety spot opposite entrenched starter LaRon Landry. There's no noticeable upgrade to the Colts' weak safety corps here.
Free agent TE Tony Scheffler has retired from the NFL after eight seasons.
Scheffler, 31, suffered three concussions the past four years and was released by the Lions in October. The No. 61 overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Broncos spent four seasons each with Denver and Detroit, catching 258 passes for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns. Scheffler had a decent two-year stretch from 2007-2008 when he reeled in 89 balls for 1,194 yards and eight scores for Mike Shanahan's Broncos. He caught seven passes in 2013.
Broncos waived G/T Ramon Harewood.
The 2010 sixth-rounder was signed to a reserve/future deal in January. All six of Harewood's career appearances came with the Ravens in 2012. Even at age 27, he appears to be getting near the end of the NFL line.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos are "talking about" trading up in the draft.
Denver's biggest need is middle linebacker. We suspect they could be targeting Alabama's C.J. Mosley or Ohio State's Ryan Shazier. Mosley would be a Week 1 starter for the Broncos, offering plus pass-coverage skills and disruptive ability against the run. Shazier would also fit, even if he isn't a "prototype" Mike 'backer. He could run for days off Terrance Knighton's backside. GM John Elway knows Peyton Manning's "window" is closing, and isn't afraid to be aggressive.
NFL draft insider Tony Pauline is "told" Colorado State C Weston Richburg could be a "surprise" first-round pick.
Pauline had a similar report on Travis Frederick last April, and the Cowboys selected him 31st overall. This year's center class is shallow, so according to Pauline, "the feeling is if you need one, Richburg is the guy, and you better grab him early." Pauline mentions the Packers, Patriots, and Broncos as possible late first-round suitors for Richburg, as well as the Jaguars at No. 39.