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Published on 03/03/2013 at Sun Mar 03 10:59.
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As expected, the Denver Broncos are planning to part ways with veteran linebacker D.J. Williams this spring.  Per the Denver Post:

“When the NFL season officially opens for business March 12, the Broncos are expected to place Williams on the trading block. It won’t be easy trading a player who is scheduled to make $6 million in 2013, is on the wrong side of age 30 and is coming off a double suspension that crippled his production in 2012,” wrote Mike Klis.  [...]

“If no team is willing to give the Broncos a draft pick in return, they are expected to release Williams before April 15, when players report to Dove Valley headquarters for team conditioning.”

Williams (30) was drafted by the Broncos in the first round (17th overall) in 2004.  Since then, he has recorded 824 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and forced 10 fumbles.

With the emergence of Von Miller (23) and Wesley Woodyard (26), Williams has become expendable at outside linebacker, especially when his off-the-field troubles are added into the equation.  Moving forward, middle linebacker is the LB position up for grabs, with third-year, 240-pounder Nate Irving appearing to have the inside track to win the gig this summer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.koch.5 Jeffrey Koch

    i like the duo of woodyard and miller on the edges i would be tickled to death if steven johnson won the starting job

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.koch.5 Jeffrey Koch

    at middle linebacker

  • heykyleinsf

    Ever since Tebow came in.. it seems all sense of loyalty and tradition have been thrown out the window.. People forget how many great years DJ put in for the Broncos. All the consternation… is it pettiness or amnesia?

    Either way.. IMHO… DJ deserves better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.kuhns.507 Mark Kuhns

    I don’t believe there needs to be any sense of loyalty. Let us not forget that the NFL is a business, and any player that makes the money they do is going to be ok. The only thing that matters is winning, and his off the field activities do cast a shadow on Denver Nation. He is a good player and I hope to see him move on to play elsewhere, hopefully for a pick that will improve the Broncos.

    PS I hope to see Irving mature in to a starting MLB.

  • dogheadbrew

    Al Wilson was more deserving of respect and left further out in the cold long before Tebow had a stint here. Unfortunately NFL players are both employees and commodities, so this is not uncommon. That said, DJ is a talent, but was never really a MLB, and we have better talent, age and mentality now. Thank you for your time DJ, I hope you find a good situation. Lets use that cap space for a position that needs more help.

  • Roy88

    He deserves better? What about the fans? What about his teammates? This guy played well for us for a while, but we (the fans and team) deserve a player who can make good decisions and find the field on a consistent basis.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Ever had a loved one killed by a drunk driver? Probably not. See ya DJ, call a cab in your next town.

  • Doom92

    WORD! All this loyalty crap is making me want to toss… The Broncos were Over loyal to him and gave him more chances than they have typically given a guy. Think about guys that have done the same type stuff – GONE! So NO he deserves exactly what he has gotten, in-fact he never got what he deserves… And yes, I have…

  • Doom92

    So what is it about SJ that you like more than Nate Irving? He may be a little quicker but I think Nate hits harder and is a little more instinctive – from what we’ve seen any way…

  • TD30ismvp

    You are totally correct, DJ Williams forgot about loyalty and tradition and thought only of himself. He forgot about the fans and his team mates when he decided to drink and drive and cheat on multiple drug tests…thanks for bringing up all the years he threw away being selfish heykyleinsf.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.bell.71653 Thomas Bell

    Klis never sighted any sources — does he have any information, or is he just stating his opinion? It’s amazing to me how many other sites picked up this story, and ran it as fact.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mblumenshine Mark Blumenshine

    I like Irving on ST. He is solid and a dependable tackler.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonmark93 Jon Broncos Heath

    Chances are Elway (or somebody else in the organization) hinted at this to Klis and then he stated it as his own reporting, then other sites starting citing it as fact.

  • TD30ismvp

    Klis talked to the turf guys who were having some beers with the Chef who overheard the equipment guy saying that even after his pee test DJ really had to go…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.koch.5 Jeffrey Koch

    i really dont know, i always like to root for the under dog.

  • Cheyenne Kid

    Join me over at Mile High Report. It’d be great to see you guys over there. This thing is dead in the waterv and most of them are over there now!