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Published on 09/04/2009 at Fri Sep 04 14:57.
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UPDATED list with Saturday’s cuts here

The roster cuts have begun, and we’re checking with beat writers Lindsay Jones and Frank Schwab of the Denver Post and the Colorado Springs Gazette respectively for the latest. Big thanks to them as they keep us informed, and we’ll update this list as news breaks. The NFL-mandated deadline for all teams to be at 53 players is 2:00 p.m. MT Saturday.


Released Players:
(as of 10:30 a.m. Sat)
RB Darius Walker
DL Everette Pedescleaux
(as of 6:30 p.m.)
CB Joshua Bell
(as of 3:30 p.m.)
QB Ingle Martin
CB Rashod Moulton
WR Nate Swift
(as of 2:30 p.m.)
C Kory Lichtensteiger
DT Carlton Powell
LB Lee Robinson
RB Marcus Thomas
OT Clint Oldenburg
DE Matthias Askew
OG Matt McChesney (Injured Reserve)

  • BroncoinVA9986

    wow Kory….most of these guys are no shock

  • kerry

    Lichty wasnt built for the power blocking McDaniels is using.

  • Danh

    Kory will find a job next year in Dallas with Mike Shahahan. Yes… I said it. ;)

  • Bronco D

    Hard to argue any of these cuts. The coaches see them everyday so they should have a feel who fits this system. Moss might have saved himself a place with last nights performance. He does have a burst off the edge! If he learns leverage like Dooms he can make it in this league.
    I don’t think the Broncos will be claiming many cut players from other teams. It is a little late in the game to be getting anyone else ready for the season.
    I think the Broncos will go 8 & 8 this season with a great lean going into next season. I like the model McDaniels is using.

  • robtink242

    i’m sorry but Kory will be back to work for the Texans, Raiders, Chiefs, or Titans. He’s a good C for the ZBS. I wish him the best. I hope the rest of these guys had a quality education or made the most of their schooling. NFL makes promises like coach McD tells the truth.

  • DC

    we don’t have the linemen for the power blocking scheme.

  • robtink242

    Goodbye Nate Swift

  • robtink242

    Ingle Martin also

  • roshon2411

    Yeah, I though Kory might be saved as backup behind Weigmann. I know Ben Hamilton can play center but not sure if he can last the whole season at guard. I think if Carton Powell was let go, that probaly means Nic Clemons will make the team. Toss up b/t the two for me. Clemons played better during the preseason but thought Powell would get b/c of potential. Lee Robinson was a personal udfa favorite, hopefully we can get him on the practice squad.

    Also, heard Jeff Garcia might be released, if thats the case hopefully Denver picks him up. Thought they should of during the offseason.

  • Roy

    This is always an interesting time of year. I was pulling for Lee Robinson, hopefully he gets picked up somewhere else.

  • Roy

    On a completely different subject, what is going on with the fantasy football?

  • AtomicLeo

    Litcky is a surprise given the shaky backup situation at center. He’ll be picked by the Texans in heartbeat.

  • BroncoinVA9986

    oh i hear he is being issued his texans gear right now….how about that shut out last night

  • Ian Henson

    Sad to see Josh Bell go… I liked him last season stepping up to fill in at nickel and for Champ.

  • Ian Henson

    roshon- Which QB would you cut to make room for Jeff Garcia?

  • roshon2411

    I personally would cut Orton. But we all know that probably wouldn’t happen. McDaniels is got a lot riding on Orton this year, being had his choice of a few quarterbacks (ie Jason Campbell). I think that’s why he named Orton the starter early in the process. However, he has played the poorest among Brandstater and Simms and thats with the first team Offense.

    Don’t think they can cut Simms. Paid him too much money. Brandstater can have potential but I think if Orton and Simms didn’t go down he could have been put on the practice squad.

    That being said I think Garcia would give this team the best shot to win this year. Just like Orton, he’s only a stop gap, but I’d feel more comfortable if our QB’s were Garcia, Simms, and Brandstater.

    Of course could be only QB’s that get released too. But what happens if neither Simms or Orton can go next week. Who would be the backup?

  • ryan

    Hope we can get Nate Swift onto the PS.

  • roshon2411

    sorry *could be other QB’s that get released*

  • Eric in Vegas

    roshon – I think I remember hearing somewhere that Eddie Royal had done some QB in high school on an emergency basis, so I guess he would be the emergency backup. Then again I might be flashing back to Rod Smith.

  • broncoNM

    I actually dont mind the Jeff Garcia idea. I was quietly pulling for us to grab him this off season too. Might get a little interesting with cuts this week. Im not sure which one of our current QBs would be left out but there is still a good chance that raiders cut garcia or the lions cut o’connell (McD already made a play for him once).

  • Ian Henson

    Here’s the deal with Garcia- he would not need to pass waivers as far as I know. He’s a vet and thus would go immediately to free agency, where he could pick the team that he’d like to go to. The system in Denver would take time to learn though.
    However, getting rid of Orton is preposterous. Brandstater wouldn’t have cleared waivers and if you break it all down, Orton played more in preseason than the other QB’s so it makes sense that he had the worst statistics (other than completion percentage).
    O’Connell is more likely in my opinion than Garcia, Garcia has much more of an upside, but I like Orton and I’m willing to say we’re OK in Denver with our trio of QB’s.
    The glass can either be half full or empty when you’re looking at their being an actual controversial decision in whether or not you should start your third string QB.

  • Jon Krause

    wow u were right Kory… man i am surprised about Carlton Powell tho! he was supposed 2 B so much

  • Jon Krause

    Garcia huh? NICE backup, but I don’t think they’d want him as a QB over Orton.

  • broncoNM

    I understand what your saying… bringing in a QB at this point is a reeeaalll long shot and our trio of QB’s could be capable of getting the job done. I am not that disappointed in Orton’s play in the preseason but he is a stop gap QB and because some of his physical abilities still leaves much to be desire anytime a more physically talented QB becomes available these questions will arise. I think we know that Orton’s experience is the only thing keeping him ahead of brandstater… Learning the system would be real rough for any QB and thats why i really never wanted to give up anything for a derek anderson type QB because half the season would be him learning the system. But thats why Garcia and O’Connell enter the conversation. Garcia would need to learn the system but he is a seasoned vet that could learn as he goes… he is mobile and is very accurate in short pass systems. O’Connell obviously knows the system and is the ideal QB size. He has good arm strength but lacks some accuracy. I am definitely content opening the season with the 3 QB’s we have but orton and simms are injured at the moment and brandstater as impressive as he looked is still a rookie with a huge learning curve ahead of him. I think any proven talent at QB hanging around on the waiver wire should be carefully researched and considered.

  • anthony33

    Here’s what I don’t get. If Garcia is that good, why does he get released every year? Seems to be a decent player, but you have to wonder what’s going on behind the scenes.

    The Bronx have already shown an interest in O’Connell by claiming him off waivers. Here’s the dilemma, suppose Detroit waives him today, do the Broncos pick him and risk waiving Brandstater or would they keep four QB’s? If I am not mistaken, you have to waive someone and they have to clear waivers before you can put them on the practice squad.

  • roshon2411


    I don’t understand why you say Orton should have the worst statistics b/c he’s played the most. Shouldn’t it be the other way? Besides he’s had the advantage of playing with the first team line and guys like Eddie Royal, while Bradstater and Simms haven’t had that luxury. Of course there will be a learning curve if someone new comes in but Orton had months to grasp the system and he’s still struggling.

    Maybe they wouldn’t cut anyone. If Simms and Orton can’t play they’ll probably bring in a QB for a week or two than release them. Hearing about Orton’s injury, I couldn’t imagine him being able to throw a ball in at least a couple weeks.

  • soxbigdog

    nothing really surprising so far… on the final roster I put together, I had a tough time choosing between Lamont Jordan and Walker… but figured Jordan would win out due to his prior experience with McD… Walker got enough touches in preseason to warrant getting a shot elsewhere.

    Swift and Bell so far look like the best candidates for the practice squad.

    Unless Orton or Simms trip over something between now and next Sunday, I don’t foresee them bringing in another QB

  • NM Bronc

    Walker is out…in lieu of Jordan I presume.

    I hope this was Turner’s decision and not McAdjective.

  • Pope Ray

    You gotta keep Bronco Brandy over Simms. Brandy has the tools and this is his first NFL team, so he doesn’t have another system in his mind that he has to unlearn or that will confuse him in the Broncos new system. Simms is prone to injury and a little bad luck. I’m ready to live or die with Brandy as our number 1, with Orton and/or Garcia (if we can get him) as our backups.

  • Ian Henson


    Orton’s playing against number one defenses and is passing more often, thus the possibility of throwing more interceptions/incompletions.

  • roshon2411


    He also on the number one offense, and should have more touchdowns than interceptions. And yet he only had one touchdown pass all preseason.