Vikings signed RB Ronnie Hillman, formerly of the Broncos.
Hillman led the 2015 Broncos in rushing with 863 yards and seven touchdowns, but he was far too inconsistent and fumbled the ball three times. He was beat out by rookie Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs behind C.J. Anderson at final cuts in Denver. Hillman will slide in as the Vikings' No. 3 back and could make a move up the depth chart in short order if Matt Asiata and/or Jerick McKinnon struggle in the wake of Adrian Peterson's (likely) season-ending knee surgery.
Broncos released S Shiloh Keo.
Keo was set to return from his two-game suspension next week. The timing of his release suggests the Broncos didn't want his salary. Denver will move forward with rookies Justin Simmons and Will Parks in reserve/special teams roles.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos "kept tabs" on Rams QB Case Keenum this summer, and that the sides had trade talks.
It's highly unsurprising, as Keenum broke into the league under coach Gary Kubiak, making eight starts in 2013. Talks presumably broke down once the Rams realized No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff wasn't going to be anywhere near ready for Week 1. Keenum isn't many things, but he's definitely a better option than Trevor Siemian.
The Broncos worked out free agent Brandon Tate.
Tate was a surprise cut from the Bengals this week. He would be a candidate for Denver's return job if signed.
Cowboys signed QB Mark Sanchez, formerly of the Broncos, to a one-year, $2 million contract.
He can earn another $3.375 million though playing-time incentives. Sanchez finds a new gig the same day he was released by the Broncos. In Dallas, he'll be rookie Dak Prescott's clipboard holder as the No. 2 until Tony Romo (back) is ready to return. The Broncos tried to engage the Cowboys in trade talks for Sanchez, but they weren't willing to part with a pick and pay his salary.
Broncos released RB Ronnie Hillman.
The 2012 third-rounder had nine lives in Denver, but not much production. Hillman was surprisingly re-signed in April, but was always going to be a roster reach. Hillman is a mistake-prone third-down back who hasn't shown much between the tackles. His phone won't be ringing off the hook.
Broncos released QB Mark Sanchez.
Acquired for a conditional seventh-rounder in March, Sanchez was soundly outplayed by second-year UDFA Trevor Siemian. Sanchez's career has been a slow-dripping downward spiral since his first snap. Sanchez is still only 29, and a class act, but he isn't good enough at football. He'll hunt for No. 2 work, but it could be a while before he finds it.
Broncos released DL Henry Melton.
Denver's Melton experiment lasted less than two weeks. The 29-year-old is coming off a disappointing year in Tampa Bay and is clearly on the decline. Melton will find work again once injuries begin to sap teams of healthy bodies.
Broncos waived RB Juwan Thompson, OLB Sadat Sulleyman, and OLB Vontarrius Dora.
Thompson was competing for the final running back spot in Denver behind C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, and Kapri Bibbs. Thompson has some positional versatility as an RB/FB hybrid and can also play special teams.
Broncos waived CB Taurean Nixon, WR Kalif Raymond, NT Kyle Peko, OLB Eddie Yarbrough, ILB Dwayne Norman, and CB John Tidwell.
Nixon was a 2015 seventh-round pick. The rest were undrafted rookies.
Broncos released P Britton Colquitt.
Colquitt refused a pay cut, so the Broncos will roll with Riley Dixon.
Broncos waived/released WR DeVier Posey, WR Durron Neal, TE Manasseh Garner, S Antonio Glover, DL Calvin Heurtelou, DT David Moala and LB Danrell Sankey.
Posey has made one appearance over the past two seasons. Both Posey and Neal were apparently having solid camps, but couldn't crack the Broncos' front-loaded receiver corps. Posey is only 26, but he's running out of NFL rope.
Free agent DT Henry Melton worked out for the Broncos on Sunday morning.
Melton logged two sacks as a backup for the Bucs last season and hasn't generated much interest on the free agent market. Denver is looking to add some defensive line depth after losing Vance Walker to a torn ACL.
Broncos released DT Phil Taylor (knee) from injured reserve.
The Broncos placed Taylor on I.R. last month, but there wasn't much upside to stashing him on a one-year deal. Taylor's knee problems jeopardize his career.
Ex-Broncos RB Montee Ball was sentenced to 60 days in jail on Friday in his domestic abuse case.
It's been a far fall for the 2013 second-round pick. Ball was part of the Broncos' final cuts last year, then spent close to two months in the Patriots' organization, but was cut in February after he was arrested following an altercation with his girlfriend. Ball was out on bail when he was found drinking at a bar, violating the terms of his bail. Ball will now serve two consecutive 30-day sentences. His playing career is over at 25 years old.
Broncos waived/injured WR Marlon Brown.
Brown lasted eight days on the roster. He reportedly suffered a back injury a few days ago and isn't able to practice. OL Sam Carlson takes his roster spot.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said the team is not interested in free agent QB Nick Foles.
The Broncos have serious questions at quarterback, with Mark Sanchez struggling to beat out seventh-round sophomore Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch well of the pace. Even so, they rightly have no interest in a quarterback who was benched for Case Keenum. Josh McCown would be a much better target for Denver.
Agent Tom Condon admitted on the Rich Eisen Show that Sam Bradford's camp requested a trade out of Philadelphia with a "goal" of "plac(ing) Bradford in Denver."
It's a good look into the dealings between an agent and teams. "We thought we had a chance to go to a really good team and be there for a long time," Condon explained. "And that opportunity was there and actually the attempt was made. When the Broncos contacted the Eagles and talked about the trade, they couldn't agree on the price and so they drafted somebody in the first round (Paxton Lynch). ... So our next best option is to go back and prepare for the season." Bradford's camp ultimately caved, and he is now seen as having thrown a temper tantrum. It remains difficult to empathize with a league-average or worse player to whom the Eagles committed an $11 million signing bonus just ten weeks ago.
Lions signed WR Andre Caldwell, formerly of the Broncos, to a one-year contract.
A third-round pick of the Bengals in 2008, Caldwell caught just 32 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns in 54 appearances for the Broncos since 2012. Caldwell is not a difference maker, but he is a veteran presence that can contribute in a thin receiver corps. He will likely compete with T.J. Jones and Jeremy Kerley for the No. 3 receiver job.
ESPN's Rich Cimini believes Denver's decision to draft Paxton Lynch could facilitate Ryan Fitzpatrick's return to the Jets.
The Broncos never pursued Fitzpatrick, but any chance he had of going to Denver died as soon as GM John Elway traded for draft Lynch at No. 26. Denver's quarterback opening gave Fitzpatrick leverage in negotiations with New York, but now the Jets are the only team with a "Help Wanted" sign. So far Fitzpatrick has held firm at his $16 million a year asking price, but he's lost most of his negotiating power and will have to settle for less if he wants to rejoin Gang Green.