The Broncos have released starting inside linebacker Todd Davis, according to a source, confirming the initial reports from NFL Network and 9News.
Davis was in the final year of his contract and his release creates $4.5 million in salary cap space. The Broncos will carry a $1.5 million “dead” cap charge this year. Davis sustained a calf injury Aug. 20, but he had returned to practice in a limited capacity earlier this week and coach Vic Fangio anticipated him being available for the Sept. 14 opener against Tennessee.
Davis’ salary would have been fully guaranteed had he been on the Week 1 roster.
Davis and the Broncos are “moving on,” so he will not be a candidate to re-sign after the first game, when his salary would be week to week, according to a source.
The 28-year-old Davis was a four-year starter for the Broncos, totaling 114 and 134 tackles the last two years.
Minus Davis, the Broncos will move Josey Jewell into the starting lineup opposite Alexander Johnson, but newcomer Mark Barron could be the primary sub-package linebacker.