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Broncos Cut Surprising Veteran to Open Up Roster Spot

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Denver Broncos have cut a surprising veteran in order to open up a roster spot.
The Denver Broncos have cut a surprising veteran in order to open up a roster spot. / Chris Unger/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos just cut their roster down to 53 players, but they aren't done making moves. Young players worth taking flyers on have hit the waiver wire, which will result in some veterans who have underperformed getting the boot.

That appeared to be the case Wednesday as Denver let go of a recent mainstay to open up roster space.

Royce Freeman Broncos

The Broncos have officially parted ways with running back Royce Freeman after he spent three seasons with the team. Denver made a pair of waiver pickups on Wednesday, including RB Nate McCrary, which left Freeman on the chopping block.

The Broncos selected Freeman in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. However, he was usurped by undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay on the depth chart, and his role was reduced further by the arrival of Melvin Gordon in 2020. Despite Lindsay's departure this offseason, Freeman was still in for limited use with rookie Javonte Williams set to be a focal point from the jump.

Freeman recorded 1,187 yards and 8 TDs on 297 total rushing attempts across three years in Denver. The former Oregon product added another 69 receptions for 409 yards and 1 TD as well.

Freeman's dual-threat potential could see him latch on quickly with a team in need of RB depth ahead of Week 1.

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