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Published on 06/04/2010 at Fri Jun 04 10:48.
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Tom Brandstater passes during an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Tom Brandstater passes during an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

And then there were three.

Six weeks after the Denver Broncos selected quarterback Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Broncos shallowed their quarterback pool Friday by releasing backup Tom Brandstater, per multiple reports.

Brandstater, a sixth round draft pick in 2009, was usurped by Tebow on the team’s depth chart and practice reps rotation last week.

The Broncos now have three quarterbacks on their roster: Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, and Tebow.

UPDATE: Fullback Kyle Eckel, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, was added to the roster in Brandstater’s place. (Yes, folks, the Broncos have a fullback!).

Everyone knew a move was coming sooner or later, it was just a matter of “who” and “when.” Now that we know it’s Brandstater’s release (which was always the most likely option), perhaps the Kyle Orton trade rumors will settle down, and the Broncos can move forward with unmitigated focus with Orton as their presumed starter for 2010, and Quinn and Tebow in the wings.

  • Ian Henson

    A roster cut this early in June is very unusual, especially given that Brandstater was eligible for the practice squad and at worst could have been what is often referred to as a, ‘camp arm’.

    This early release could be seen as a bold statement on Josh McDaniels behalf, but I’m thinking it basically boils down to not having enough reps to go around and a two or three-way battle for the first string quarterback position.

  • Banjo

    True, and must not have been able to milk a late round draft pick out of him. The writing was on the wall for Tom as it is for Kyle. Hopefully Brady has a tremendous training camp and pre-season so Denver can trade Kyle before the season. Might as well start rolling with the future guys sooner than later.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Cutting Brandstater rather them placing him on the practice squad, also allows the kid to try and make the cut somewhere else. Considering that it would be more beneficial to give any extra reps to Tebow, it was the right etiquette move as well.

  • flbronc

    he was a late round draft pick (6th if i recall correctly). he didnt play other than preseason, and even then he was decent but he wasnt spectacular. there was no way we'd even be able to trade him for a 7th.

  • E. Halsey Miles

    This certainly means Kyle Orton is not on the trading block, and is highly unlikely to be traded.

  • Paradisimo

    Exactly! Classy move by McDaniels letting him go now so he has a better chance of catching on with another team. If he doesn't catch on with another team then we can still sign him to the practice squad later on.

  • Fan From Spain

    the little that I saw of Brandsater on the field I liked. Hope he gets picked up by a team and becomes a starter some day, the kid has potential.

  • CJ

    I really like Tom,,, but theres simply no room

  • BroncoJoe

    Were not going to trade Orton now that Brandstater is gone then we would only have 2 QB's.

  • landoflove

    It's a sad day in Denver…They never gave him a chance..

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  • dogheadbrew

    Good Luck Tom. Smart guy and good size. I would think at least a few teams would like to have a look at him. Especially if a backup gets dinged during training camps.

  • Denver

    Tom is an awesome guy and a developing QB in the NFL. He will be picked up before the week is over I am sure. Hopefully by a team that doesnt decide to pick up one of the better winning QB in college a year after they pick him up. What happened to giving your players an opportunity and loyalty? Freakin NFL, just a business.

  • robtink242

    I can really see the guy landing in our division… He can possibly be the number 2 in Oakland, KC and 3rd at SD.

  • TheTroglodyte

    ” Freakin NFL, just a business.” If they don't win the fans bitch. If a team doesn't stick with a draft pick that never proved himself in training camp, the fans bitch.

    You can't have it both ways. Do you want loyalty in the form of giving a guy 3 or 4 years to prove himself on a team that has no room for him, or do you want a winning team?

  • Riverscanblowme

    The kid has nice pocket awareness and seems to not get jumpy while constantly looking downfield during the play. Good Luck TB and all the best.

  • Elway4Life

    They didn't give Tom a chance or enough time to develop. I'm disappointed to see him gone already. I would of rather seen Kyle Orton released or better yet traded.

  • herc_rock

    We rarely keep 3 QB's on the final roster.

  • herc_rock

    Well…I guess Shanahan didn't. Nevermind.

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  • Sptsfan22

    Tebow's movin up on the list! Go Timmy!

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