Broncos released K Connor Barth.
Barth loses his roster spot to new LG Evan Mathis. Signed in November last season after Brandon McManus' early-year struggles, Barth went 15-of-16 on field goals and nailed all 15 extra points. With McManus performing well in camp and preseason, Barth is out of a job. The Broncos will keep him on speed dial should McManus falter again. Owners that drafted Barth can pick up McManus.
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Broncos are "passing" on free agent OT Jake Long.
The Broncos have an ugly tackle situation with second-rounder Ty Sambrailo and Chris Clark penciled in as the Week 1 starters, but they didn't see enough from Long to take a flier. Long has also visited the Giants and Falcons.
Free agent OT Jake Long will visit the Broncos.
Long is in New York visiting the Giants on Wednesday after meeting with the Falcons on Monday, so he's starting to get some play with teams opening training camp. Denver could use some help after losing LT Ryan Clady for the season.
PFT's Mike Florio reports the collusion evidence between the Cowboys-Broncos and their unsigned franchise players Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas stems from a conversation between Bryant and Cowboys VP Stephen Jones.
Per Florio's source, Jones explained to Bryant that the Calvin Johnson contract -- which contains the benchmark $48 million guaranteed Bryant and Thomas are said to be seeking -- has no relevance because it was signed before the rookie-wage scale. Jones reportedly then told Bryant that Jones spoke with Broncos GM John Elway about the situation. Hence the evidence of collusion. Jones will undoubtedly deny the allegations when they'll then likely be swept under the rug.
Broncos waived OG John Moffitt.
It's a procedural move after Moffitt unofficially retired in 2013. Moffitt has been training the last three months and is attempting to make a comeback. 28-year-old Moffitt could resurface on a veteran-minimum deal.
Broncos waived OG Jon Halapio.
A 2014 sixth-round pick of the Patriots, Halapio was signed to Denver's practice squad late last season. Theoretically a mauling power blocker, Halapio was never going to mesh well with Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme.
Bears waived/failed physical OT Paul Cornick.
Cornick was just claimed off waivers from the Broncos on Tuesday. It's unclear what caused Cornick to fail his physical. He appeared in 12 games for Denver last season, making six starts. He'll compete for someone's final tackle spot once he gets healthy.
Bears claimed OT Paul Cornick off waivers from the Broncos.
Cornick was somewhat surprisingly waived by Denver. A 2012 undrafted free agent, he appeared in 12 games last season, making six starts. He provides depth for one of the league's weakest tackle corps.
Broncos waived OT Paul Cornick and WR Jeremy Kelley.
Cornick appeared in 12 games for the Broncos last season, making six emergency starts at right tackle. Although he was highly ineffective, Cornick should get a chance to compete for a 53-man roster spot elsewhere.
NBC Denver considers it a "virtual certainty" that the Broncos will draft a quarterback.
With Peyton Manning nearing the end and Brock Osweiler unproven in the regular season, longtime Broncos reporter Mike Klis expects a rookie to be added to Denver's quarterback corps. Klis considers Colorado State's Garrett Grayson the "most ready" to slot in behind Manning and Osweiler. Grayson could come off the board on Day 2, which may be too early for the win-now Broncos.
Broncos waived DE Quanterus Smith with a failed physical designation.
Smith served as DeMarcus Ware's backup last season, recording 11 tackles and zero sacks. He ended the year on injured reserve due to a knee injury and was likely to lose his roster spot to Shaq Barrett this year.
Beat writer Mike Klis expects the Broncos to select Florida State C Cameron Erving if he's available at No. 28 overall.
Offensive line is the biggest priority for the Broncos, who have just Ryan Clady and Louis Vasquez locked in as starters right now. Guys like Gino Gradowski, Manny Ramirez, Shelley Smith, Ben Garland and Chris Clark are candidates to round out the line. Erving would be an excellent fit as a zone-blocking center who could slide right into the Gary Kubiak scheme. If he's not there, expect John Elway to look at a tackle to play opposite Clady.
Broncos released WR Kerry Taylor.
Taylor, 26, hasn’t appeared in a game since 2013. Getting waived at this stage of the offseason is a bad sign for his NFL future.
TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports the Rams "love" Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney.
McKinney is huge at 6-foot-4 and 246 pounds. He's believed by some to be a fringe first- or second-round prospect and checks in as Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris' No. 4 off-ball linebacker. Pauline also reports the Broncos are eyeing McKinney. In the Rams' 4-3, McKinney could start out at strong-side linebacker before eventually replacing overpaid and overrated MLB James Laurinaitis.
The Broncos are not expected to re-sign free agent Wes Welker.
Welker has attracted zero interest on the open market, unsurprising for a concussion-riddled wideout who turns 34 in May. The Broncos will wisely roll with Cody Latimer as their No. 3 wideout behind starters Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Welker, who has flirted with retirement before, should strongly consider it now.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak says free agent C Samson Satele is someone "we've talked about."
The Broncos have also monitored free agents Will Montgomery, Chris Myers and Scott Wells. Despite starting all 16 games for the Dolphins in 2014, Satele finished 31st out of 40 qualified centers in Pro Football Focus' year-end rankings. He received a slightly positive grade in run blocking but was brutal in pass protection. Matt Paradis and Shelley Smith could play center if the Broncos fail to land any of their free agent targets. Myers would be their best option.
Colts signed ILB Nate Irving, formerly of the Broncos, to a three-year, $9.25 million contract.
A torn ACL cut Irving's 2014 season in half, but he was having a fine year before the injury. He finished 22nd out of 60 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings. Teams ran all over the Colts last season and Irving can help in that area. D'Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman will hold down the fort at linebacker until Irving is healthy enough to contribute.
Falcons signed TE Jacob Tamme, formerly of the Broncos, to a two-year contract.
Tamme picked the Falcons over a return to the Broncos. He'll have a shot at far more looks in Atlanta than he ever would have in Denver. 2015 marks only the second season Tamme, 30, has played in his career without Peyton Manning. Levine Toilolo's a mere end-of-the-line blocker. New OC Kyle Shanahan's offense likes to feature the tight end, which works in Tamme's favor. We still wouldn't be surprised if Atlanta addressed tight end early in the draft. It'd be a great round-two landing spot for Minnesota's Maxx Williams.
ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports Jacob Tamme has agreed to a deal with the Falcons, though he "wouldn't rule out the Broncos" until the contract is signed.
With underachieving Levine Toilolo penciled in as the starter, the Falcons needed to address tight end and it sounds like they're doing so with Tamme. However, as McClure points out, there's also incentive to return to Denver, as Tamme has a close relationship with Peyton Manning having played with him since 2008. Owen Daniels and Virgil Green currently sit atop Denver's tight end depth chart.
Free agent Jacob Tamme is currently visiting the Falcons.
The Tamme visit comes on the heels of Atlanta meeting with Rob Housler. Housler would be a higher-ceiling target than 30-year-old Tamme, who is best suited for a No. 3 tight end role at this stage of his journeymanish career.