6:09pm ET - The Broncos have announced that WR D'Andre Goodwin, OT Adam Grant, RB Jeremiah Johnson, S Kyle McCarthy, WR Eron Riley and FB Austin Sylvester will join Beal and Weber on the practice squad. Earlier reports had suggested that McCarthy was ineligible for the PS, but obviously those were incorrect.
5:34pm ET - Denver has signed former ZOMG Patriots CB Jonathan Wilhite, a fourth-year player whom New England originally selected 129th overall in the 2008 Draft (4th round). What are they trying to do, become the Patriots West?!?! In 39 career games (13 starts), Wilhite has three INTs, nine passes defensed and 93 tackles. New England had waived Wilhite last Monday.
5:20pm ET - Our latest calculations suggest the Broncos have just over $97M committed to the salary cap at this juncture
Notable cuts: Colts DT Tommie Harris, Bears RB Chester Taylor, Cowboys DT Igor Olshansky, Bucs DT John McCargo, Bengals G Max Jean-Gilles, Titans WR Justin Gage and DE Jacob Ford, Patriots S Brandon Meriweather, Eagles DE Anthony Hargrove, DT Derek Landri, CB Joselio Hanson, Raiders CB Lito Sheppard, Dolphins CB Will Allen, Rams WR Donnie Avery, Bucs S Ahmad Black, Dolphins QB Pat Devlin
The Broncos announced today that they have released CB Nate Jones & waived RB C.J. Gable, LB Braxton Kelley, LB Deron Mayo, G Shawn Murphy, T Curt Porter, and DE David Veikune. This brings the roster number to 80 players, and the deadline to reach the 53-man limit is Sep 3 at 6pm EDT. None of the cuts are big surprises, although Kelley had impressed throughout the preseason. Jones is the most significant player among those let go and was due to make $810K this season (the veteran minimum for players of his experience) and count for $1.06M against the salary cap; he had struggled mightily in camp and during preseason games. The release of Jones makes it that much more likely that Darcel McBath sticks on the final roster as the team's swingman between safety and corner. Expect the practice squad to be comprised of players released in final cuts - not the players waived today.
Third-year TE Richard Quinn was released by the Broncos with an injury settlement just three days after clearing waivers and being placed on IR. The former Tar Heel had been considered Denver's starting TE until the team signed veterans Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario, and he suffered a knee injury two days prior to the Broncos' preseason opener at Dallas. Quinn's brief stint in Denver was a rough one, as his most memorable moment involved getting chewed out by then-head coach Josh McDaniels in last year's regular season opener after the TE forgot his assignment and cost the team a timeout.
Broncos head coach John Fox announced earlier this afternoon that Kyle Orton will be the Broncos' starting quarterback when Denver hosts Oakland on MNF on September 12. Only weeks after the team tried to deal Orton to Miami and presumably hand the starting job to Tim Tebow, Orton is now the clear-cut starter, while Tebow is battling with Brady Quinn for the Broncos' backup job.
The Broncos have released Denver native LenDale White, who missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon and had gained 10 yards on four carries during the team's preseason opener in Dallas. White had been listed as fourth on the Broncos' initial depth chart behind Knowshon Moreno, Willis McGahee and Lance Ball, and his release was likely hastened by the impressive performance thus far of Jeremiah Johnson, who gained 28 yards and scored a TD on four carries Thursday.
Bowen (6-1, 222) dressed for two games last year with the Jaguars, was originally a fifth-round pick of the Bills in 2008, and has also been a member of the Redskins and Seahawks. Denver had signed Leonard just prior to their season finale last year, while Domino was an undrafted free agent signed this year out of South Dakota State.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled Tim Tebow/Kyle Orton debate for some other news this afternoon.
The Denver Broncos reported that undrafted free-agent running back Mario Fannin cleared waivers and is now back with the Broncos on injured reserve.
Yesterday the Broncos waived Fannin due to a knee injury he suffered in practice earlier in the week.
Adam Schefter is reporting that the Broncos have signed longtime Patriots Defensive Lineman Ty Warren to a 2-year, $10 million deal with $2.5 million guaranteed. I discussed the prospect of having eight quality NFL D-Linemen, and now it seems likely that the Broncos have nine. Warren has primarily been a DE for the Patriots, but he grew up as a DT for the Texas A&M Aggies, and I expect that he’ll mostly play inside for the Broncos.
Warren is 6-foot-5 and weighs 300 pounds. He missed the entire 2010 season with a hip injury that he suffered in training camp, and he was released last week when he failed the Patriots’ demanding physical. Evidently, the Broncos have a less rigorous one.
The Broncos have agreed to terms with DE Derrick Harvey (6'5" 252), who had been waived by the Jaguars on Friday. Harvey was selected eighth overall in the 2008 Draft by Jacksonville and has played in 47 of 48 possible games as a pro, starting 32 of them and accumulating 70 tackles and eight sacks with one interception and five passes defensed.
Meanwhile, Mike Klis says Denver is trying to sign both Jamaal Anderson, who is visiting with the Titans next and supposedly will make his decision then, and Ty Warren, who headed to Houston yesterday and has since added a stop with Kansas City to his itinerary.
The Broncos also announced they have finalized their deal with TE Dante Rosario after he passed his physical, and released WR Marshall Williams, who had signed last week as an undrafted rookie.