3 Broncos Who Won't Be on the Roster Next Season

Devon Platana
Three Denver Broncos players who won't be on the roster for the 2023 NFL season.
Three Denver Broncos players who won't be on the roster for the 2023 NFL season. / (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Projected to be Super Bowl contenders before the 2022 NFL season began, the Denver Broncos found new ways to disappoint fans every week. The team was plagued with key injuries all year, Russell Wilson looked like a shell of his former self and ex-head coach Nathaniel Hackett couldn't even keep his job for the full season.

Needless to say, general manager George Paton has a lot to fix this offseason. While bringing new players to help will be on his mind at some point, he also must figure out which current Broncos won't be coming back in 2023.

Here are three Broncos who like won't return for the 2023 NFL season.

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1. K.J. Hamler, WR

The 46th overall pick in 2020, K.J. Hamler hasn't lived up to his draft stock, mainly due to a long list of injuries. The 23-year-old wideout suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in Week 8, meaning he's only been able to suit up in just 23 of a possible 49 games in his career. Unfortunately, Hamler was even quiet in the games that he did play this season, catching only seven passes for 165 receiving yards without a touchdown. Although the former Penn State product is under contract in 2023, the Broncos can free just north of $1.5 million in cap space by buying him out this offseason, according to Spotrac. Even if he doesn't get bought out, Hamler is still young enough that another team could take him off the Broncos' hands in a trade. Either way, a fresh start is best for both sides.

2. Ronald Darby, CB

Another Bronco constantly dealing with injury woes is none other than Ronald Darby. After signing a three-year, $30 million deal with Denver in 2021, Darby has played just 16 total games — including only five this season. There's still one more year left on his contract, but I have a tough time imagining the Broncos wanting to carry his $13 million cap hit in 2023 if he can't stay on the field. The good news is that Paton & co. can free up a whopping $10 million in cap room (Spotrac) by buying him out this offseason. A lot of improvements can be made with that sort of money and it's not like the team would be losing a key contributor. After all, the Broncos have allowed the 11th-fewest passing yards thus far and the majority of that was accomplished without Darby, meaning his absence likely won't be felt that much.

3. Mike Boone, RB

The Broncos' running back room was ravaged by injuries this season, requiring them to lean a lot on backup options. One of those depth rushers ended up being Mike Boone, who saw 24 carries over nine games for 102 rushing yards. Despite looking decent at times, Boone never managed to impress his coaches enough to earn a bigger role (also due to injuries of his own). Instead, Denver brought names like Marlon Mack and Latavius Murray into the mix, pushing Boone further down the list. With his being a free agent and the Broncos having Javonte Williams and Chase Edmonds under contract in 2023, I won't be shocked if they let Boone walk in hopes of finding another depth RB with higher upside and a better injury history.

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