Rosterbation

Broncos add defensive end Sanford

Denver signed former Browns and Raiders defensive end Brian Sanford (6-2, 280) on Tuesday. He joins a long list of players who were first signed by Tom Heckert in Cleveland, and again with the Broncos.

Undrafted out of Temple in 2010, Sanford saw 108 snaps last season for Oakland and Cleveland, grading out at -2.5 according to PFF. He was officially credited with four tackles and four assists in seven games, including one start.

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Gut Reaction: First depth chart of 2014

With Denver set to open the preseason on Thursday against some squad from Seattle, the team released its first depth chart on Sunday evening.

Andrew Mason and Mike Klis have it pretty well covered, so rather than go line-by-line, we'll just share a few impressions:

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The Broncos signed a kicker!!!

Competition, baby!

Okay, maybe not. Mitch Ewald is obviously here as camp fodder to give Matt Prater some rest.

Broncos release Dreessen

In a long expected move, the Broncos have released tight end Joel Dreessen with one year remaining on his three-year contract.

Dreessen failed a physical after having had three knee surgeries over the past two offseasons.

The Coloradan and CSU alum might have been a cap casualty anyway, but his knee issues are apparently severe enough for him to have missed the season.

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Elway: Broncos willing to negotiate with Thomases into preseason

With training camp a week away, John Elway has already backed off his self-imposed deadline for extending the contracts of Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Following a Tahoe practice round with John Fox and Joe Sakic, Elway told Lindsay Jones that he's willing to negotiate with the pending 2015 free agents through the first couple weeks of the preseason, suggesting a new deadline of mid-August.

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Orton beats Cowboys in game of chicken

The Cowboys have surprisingly relented their game of chicken with Kyle Orton, opting to release the backup quarterback.

Throughout the offseason, Orton made clear that he had no intention of reporting to the team, skipping OTAs and offseason workouts.

He reportedly prefers to retire.

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Broncos continue public negotiation with Demaryius Thomas

According to Vic Lombardi and the Denver Post, the Broncos have made a five-year offer to Demaryius Thomas, who is entering the final season of his rookie deal.

However, Mike Florio reports that no formal offers have been extended, with his source bluntly characterizing the negotiation as "nothing going on."

It doesn't require much of a leap to conclude that the Broncos are the source for Lombardi and the DP, while Thomas's agent is Florio's.

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Broncos sign three, waive three

The Broncos made a sextet of roster transactions on Monday, following the weekend's rookie minicamp.

Denver added safety Charles Mitchell (who'd been waived last Monday), former CSU-Pueblo linebacker Chase Vaughn, and wideout Greg Hardin.

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Broncos waive Mitchell

Having agreed to terms with 15 undrafted free agents, the Broncos needed to release two other players to honor the 90-man roster limit.

They got halfway there on Monday, waiving safety Charles Mitchell, whom they'd signed in January.

Denver Broncos 2014 Undrafted Free Agent Tracker

Player Pos School Links Notes
Kenny Anunike DE Duke Source, CBS, DS 5 surgeries in college (4 knee, 1 ankle)
Shaquil Barrett LB CSU Source, NFL, CBS 20.5 TFL, 12 Sacks, MWC DPOY in '13
Kapri Bibbs RB CSU Source, NFL 31 touchdowns tied to lead nation
Isaiah Burse WR Fresno State Source, NFL, CBS, DS Second-team All-MWC punt returner
Steven Clark P Auburn Source, NFL, DS A punter!!!
Brennan Clay RB Oklahoma Source, NFL  
Mister Cobble DT Kentucky Source, DS  
Bennie Fowler WR MSU Source, NFL, DS  
Greg Hardin WR North Dakota Source, DS Mentioned by Gil Brandt
Greg Latta DE Purdue Source, DS  
Bryn Renner QB UNC Source, NFL, CBS November shoulder surgery
Aslam Sterling T Kansas Source, DS  
Jordan Sullen S Tulane Source, DS  
Juwan Thompson RB Duke Source, DS  
Louis Young CB Georgia Tech Source, CBSDS  

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