Breaking Broncos News: Five Starters Already Gone, Likely More to Go
Just four weeks after celebrating their Super Bowl win, next year's version of the Denver Broncos looks vastly different. Five starters were just released.
With the official retirement of Peyton Manning on Monday. We already knew the Broncos would have a new starting quarterback in 2016. No surprise there at all, and we knew there would be other subtractions.
Although it's a pretty fluid situation that could change at any moment, the Broncos have released starting guard Louis Vasquez, tightend Owen Daniels, and long snapper Aaron Brewer. Daniels release was somewhat surprising given his past history with Coach Gary Kubiak. Daniels came up big this year in the AFC Championship win over New England, catching two touchdown passes from Peyton Manning.
On the defensive side of the ball, Malik Jackson has signed with Jacksonville. This leaves the Broncos with a huge hole to fill on their defensive line. There may be more to come. At this point, it remains uncertain if linebacker Danny Trevathan and defensive end DeMarcus Ware will return to Denver. Trevathan is reportedly close to signing with Chicago.
Another player to watch is running back C.J. Anderson, who is a restricted free agent. The Broncos historically don't hold onto running backs very long, regardless of their productivity. Starting guard Evan Mathis is set to become a free agent on Wednesday and will be free to sign with any team.
Any way you slice it, if the Denver Broncos hope to get back to the Super Bowl they'll be counting on a lot of new faces.