Broncos cut Florence, establish their quarterback hierarchy


Broncos cut Florence, establish their quarterback hierarchy

Syd’Quan Thompson came up with an interception during Thursday’s preseason finale at Glendale, Ariz., then the cornerback was cut by the Denver Broncos on Friday.
Adam Weber was cut by the Denver Broncos on Friday when the team decided to keep just three quarterbacks: starter Peyton Manning, backup Caleb Hanie and third-string rookie Brock Osweiler.
Caleb Hanie had one touchdown toss and one interception this preseason but was sacked nine times – an astonishing once per every 4.3 dropbacks, including five times Thursday night. The Colorado State alumnus will back up Peyton Manning.

ENGLEWOOD – Tenth-year cornerback Drayton Florence was cut Friday when the Denver Broncos kept three quarterbacks on their roster.

Caleb Hanie was sacked nine times in the preseason, but he played better than 21-year-old rookie Brock Osweiler, who was drafted in the second round as the Broncos’ QB of the future.

Hanie will back up four-time MVP Peyton Manning.

“He made it. Surprise,” Broncos boss John Elway said wise.

If things go the way Manning and Elway hope, neither Hanie nor Osweiler will see the field in 2012.

Elway said Manning’s progress from a series of neck surgeries that weakened his throwing arm and led to him switching teams in the offseason is on track.

“He’s probably right where I thought he’d be,” Elway said. “I really didn’t have a lot of doubts once we heard the reports when we were back at Duke in March, and the expectations of what we heard from the doctors and where he would be at this point in time – if anything, he’s exceeded that.

“So, is it surprising to me? No. And so we’re excited to finally get through the camp and through all that hype that we’ve been through since Peyton’s been here, and it’s time now to start playing football, which is the fun part.”

Florence signed a two-year deal with Denver in May after his release from Buffalo, but the Broncos kept just five cornerbacks when they trimmed their roster to 53. Tony Carter won the nickel back job, and fourth-round draft pick Omar Bolden will be the dime back.

Asked why he kept Carter over Florence, Elway said, “He played better. ... We just felt that Tony was a better football player.”

The Broncos also kept veteran linebacker Keith Brooking, who missed the entire preseason after pulling a hamstring during his second practice.

“I think we’re going off reputation and the leadership that he can bring,” said Elway, who also kept safety/punt returner Jim Leonhard, who had offseason knee surgery and made a spectacular Denver debut Thursday night at Arizona.

Other notable cuts included free safety Rafael Bush, tackle Ryan Harris, running back Jeremiah Johnson, middle linebacker Mike Mohamed, cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson and quarterback Adam Weber.

Johnson was beaten out by former first-round pick Knowshon Moreno, who was one of the bigger surprises in camp after recovering from knee surgery that cut short his 2011 season.

“That was a tough decision, but Knowshon will probably make us a better football team,” Elway said.

Overall, Elway said the cuts were tougher this year, “which is a good thing. That means you’re getting better as a football team.”

The Broncos also placed defensive end Jeremy Beal on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Weakside linebacker D.J. Williams (at least six games) and backup tight end Virgil Green (four games) were placed on the reserve/suspended list after failed drug tests. Williams’ punishment could be extended after his recent conviction for driving while ability impaired.

Hanie came on strong halfway through camp but was up-and-down in the preseason games, where he completed 22 of 39 passes for 246 yards. He had one touchdown toss and one interception but was sacked nine times – an astonishing once per every 4.3 dropbacks, including five times Thursday night.


Friday’s NFL Transactions
NFL–Suspended Washington S Tanard Jackson indefinitely for violating the league’s substances abuse policy. Fined Minnesota S Harrison Smith $21,000 for a hit on San Diego WR Mike Willie during an Aug. 24 game.
ARIZONA CARDINALS–Released CB Crezdon Butler, LB Antonio Coleman, S Blake Gideon, LB Clark Haggans, G Russ Hochstein, DT Ricky Lumpkin, LB Colin Parker, CB Larry Parker, WR Demarco Sampson, TE Steve Skelton, RB Alfonso Smith, LB Quan Sturdivant, DE Ronald Talley, DE Everrette Thompson, TE Martell Webb, C Scott Wedige, WR Isaiah Williams and OT D.J. Young. Waived/injured LB Brandon Williams and WR Stephen Williams. Placed QB Richard Bartel and RB Javarris James on injured reserve.
ATLANTA FALCONS–Reached injury settlements with TE Lamark Brown and G Andrew Jackson. Waived LB Spencer Adkins, LB Rico Council, WR Drew Davis, CB Dominique Franks, OT Bryce Harris, LB Jerrell Harris, C Tyler Horn, WR Marcus Jackson, CB Marty Markett, RB Dimitri Nance, DT Conrad Obi, DT Micanor Regis, WR James Rodgers, LB Pat Schiller, CB Peyton Thompson and S Suaesi Tuimaunei. Waived/injured WR Kerry Meier. Placed S Shann Schillinger on injured reserve. Released FB Mike Cox and LS Joe Zelenka.
BALTIMORE RAVENS–Waived RB Anthony Allen, S Omar Brown, LB Josh Bynes, LB Nigel Carr, G-T Jack Cornell, WR Dorian Graham, G-T Cord Howard, NT Nicholas Jean-Baptiste, NT Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, G Antoine McClain, DE Terrence Moore, QB Curtis Painter, WR Logan Payne, S Cyhl Quarles, LB Chavis Williams and G Tony Wragge. Placed TE Matt Balasavage, RB Damien Berry, G-C Justin Boren, LB Ricky Brown, TE Bruce Figgins and WR Tommy Streeter on injured reserve.
BUFFALO BILLS–Released WR Kamar Aiken, OL Mark Asper, TE Kevin Brock, RB Zach Brown, LB Tank Carder, OL James Carmon, WR Marcus Easley, DE Robert Eddins, DT Dwan Edwards, DT Jarron Gilbert, DB Isaiah Green, WR Derek Hagan, DT Kellen Heard, WR Ruvell Martin, LB Scott McKillop, P Shawn Powell, WR Naaman Roosevelt, DB Nick Saenz, OL David Snow, RB Johnny White and OL Keith Williams. Placed OL Zebrie Sanders on injured reserve.
CAROLINA PANTHERS–Acquired S Colin Jones from San Francisco for a future undisclosed draft pick. Waived WR Seyi Ajirotutu, CB Darius Butler, LB David Nixon, DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo, RB Tauren Poole, CB R.J. Stanford, DL Ryan Van Bergen, LB Kion Wilson. Waived/injured WR Jared Green and OT Matt Reynolds.
CHICAGO BEARS–Waived RB Armando Allen, WR Joe Anderson, OT Cory Brandon, OT Cornelius Brown, OT James Brown, WR Terriun Crump, CB Isaiah Frey, WR Brittan Golden, OT A.J. Greene, G Ricky Henry, S Mark LeGree, CB-KR Greg McCoy, DT Jordan Miller, TE Brandon Venson, DE Aston Whiteside and LB Jabara Williams. Terminated the contracts of LB Xavier Adibi, DE Chauncey Davis, WR Rashied Davis, QB Josh McCown and DB Jonathan Wilhite. Placed DT Nate Collins on the reserve/suspended list.
CINCINNATI BENGALS–Waived CB T.J. Heath, RB Dan Herron, G Otis Hudson, LB Grant Hunter, DE Micah Johnson, LB Emmanuel Lamur, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, DT Vaughn Meatoga, LB Roddrick Muckelroy, T Matthew O’Donnell, QB Zac Robinson, FB Jourdan Brooks, TE Colin Cochart, LS Bryce Davis, FB James Develin, DE DeQuin Evans, WR Vidal Hazelton and G Reggie Stephens. Waived/injured DT Nick Hayden. Placed DT Pat Sims on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Moved LB Dontay Moch to the reserve/suspended by commissioner list. Placed S Tony Dye on injured reserve.
CLEVELAND BROWNS–Waived OL Dominic Alford, DL Ronnie Cameron, WR Josh Cooper, OL Stanley Daniels, DB James Dockery, OL Garth Gerhart, DL William Green, TE Dan Gronkowski, LB Benjamin Jacobs, DL Ernest Owusu, DL Brian Schaefering, OL Jarrod Shaw , OL Jeff Shugarts, FB Brad Smelley, LB Quinton Spears, RB Adonis Thomas, DL Kiante Tripp, WR Rod Windsor, TE Evan Moore and QB Seneca Wallace. Traded S David Sims to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a conditional 2013 draft choice.
DALLAS COWBOYS–Waived OL Jeff Adams, LB Baraka Atkins, DT Ben Bass, WR Tim Benford, NT Robert Callaway, QB Rudy Carpenter, WR Danny Coale, RB Lance Dunbar, FB Shaun Shapas, DT Clifton Geathers, OL Harland Gunn, WR Saalim Hakim, LB Adrian Hamilton, OL Ronald Leary, LB Orie Lemon, OL Pat McQuistan, RB Jamize Olawale, CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB Lionel Smith, TE Andrew Szczerba, CB Teddy Williams and S Eddie Whitley. Waived/injured OL Daniel Loper.
DENVER BRONCOS–Placed DE Jeremy Beal on injured reserve. Released CB Drayton Florence, S Rafael Bush, OT Ryan Harris, RB Jeremiah Johnson, LB Mike Mohamed, LB Jerry Franklin, TE Cornelius Ingram, DE Jamie Blatnick, G Adam Grant, DT Ben Garland, CB Syd’Quan Thompson and QB Adam Weber. Placed LB D.J. Williams and TE Virgil Green on the reserve/suspended list.
DETROIT LIONS–Released G Rodney Austin, G Pat Boyle, DE Everette Brown, DE Ugo Chinasa, P Ryan Donahue, WR Patrick Edwards, DT Andre Fluellen, G Dan Gerberry, TE Alex Gottlieb, WR Nate Hughes, S Reshard Langford, WR Lance Long, DE Edmon McClam, LB Carmen Messina, WR Wallace Miles, CB Justin Miller, DT Tracy Robertson, CB Alphonso Smith, WR Maurice Stovall, CB Ross Weaver and TE Austin Wells.
GREEN BAY PACKERS–Released OT Shea Allard, WR Diondre Borel, TE Brandon Bostick, QB B.J. Coleman, FB Nic Cooper, OT Andrew Datko, C-G Tommie Draheim, C-G Sampson Genus, WR Curenski Gilleylen, WR Tori Gurley, DE Lawrence Guy, S Anthony Levine, CB Otis Merrill, WR Dale Moss, DT Daniel Muir, RB Marc Tyler, G Greg Van Roten and G-T Reggie Wells. Placed OT Derek Sherrod on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Placed LB Vic So’oto on injured reserve.
HOUSTON TEXANS–Traded CB Sherrick McManis to Chicago for FB Tyler Clutts. Released QB Case Keenum, FB Moran Norris, WR Juaquin Iglesias, RB Jonathan Grimes, S Eddie Pleasant, TE Logan Brock, DE Keith Browner, LB D.J. Bryant, NT Hebron Fangupo, DE David Hunter, LB Delano Johnson, DE Mitch King, LB Shawn Loiseau, WR Jeff Maehl, OT Nathan Menkin, LB Rennie Moore, TE Phillip Supernaw, C Cody Wallace and G Cody White.
INDIANPOLIS COLTS–Waived WR Kashif Moore, WR Jeremy Ross, RB Darren Evans, TE Andre Smith, TE Kyle Miller, OL Steven Baker, OL Hayworth Hicks, OL Mike Tepper, OL Zane Taylor, DL Chigbo Anunoby, DL Jason Shirley, LB Greg Lloyd, LB Jerry Brown, S Latarrius Thomas and LS Justin Snow. Waived/injured RB Deji Karim, DE James Aiono, LB Tim Fugger, DB Brandon King and DB Mike Newton. Placed WR Jabin Sambrano and CB Korey Lindsey on injured reserve. Released OT George Foster from injured reserve.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS–Placed G Will Rackley G Jason Spitz and C John Estes on injured reserve. Waived S Courtney Greene, DT Corvey Irvin, S DB Rod Issac, CB Trumaine McBride, RB Richard Murphy, QB Jordan Palmer, OT William Robinson, CB Leigh Torrence, WR Demetrius Williams, G Daniel Baldridge, TE Colin Cloherty, DE Odrick Ray, FB Will Ta’ufo’ou, DE Kendrick Adams, OT Lee Barbiasz, WR Mike Brown, DE Ryan Davis, CB Antonio Dennard, G D.J. Hall, LB Joshua Jones and LB J.K. Schaffer.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS–Released DT Amon Gordon, LB Leon Williams, FB Patrick DiMarco, OL Darryl Harris, OL David Mims, DL Brandon Bair, DB Neiko Thorpe, DB Terrance Parks, DB Chandler Fenner, DB Mikail Baker, OL Darryl Harris, OL Lucas Patterson, OL Rob Bruggeman, OL Rich Ranglin, DL Jerome Long, LB Gabe Miller, WR Jamar Newsome, WR Josh Bellamy, WR Junior Hemingway and S Donald Washington. Placed DB De’Quan Menzie and QB Alex Tanney on injured reserve. Placed LB Tamba Hali on the reserve/suspended list.
MIAMI DOLPHINS–Traded OL Ryan Cook to Dallas Cowboys for a 2013 late-round draft pick. Waived WR Roberto Wallace, WR B.J. Cunningham, WR Clyde Gates, WR Chris Hogan, WR Jeff Fuller, DE Jamaal Westerman, OT Lydon Murtha, OT Ray Feinga, OT Will Barker, OL Andrew McDonald, OL Chandler Burden, CB Vincent Agnew, DB Anderson Russell, CB Quinten Lawrence, LB Cameron Collins, LB Shelly Lyons, DT Isaako Aaitui and DT Ryan Baker. Waived/injured DE Jarrell Root and DB Kevyn Scott. Terminated the contract of LB Gary Guyton.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS–Placed OT DeMarcus Love on injured reserve. Terminated the contracts of CB Chris Carr, DE Jeff Charleston, S Eric Frampton and QB Sage Rosenfels. Waived WR Emmanuel Arceneaux, DT Chase Baker, G Chris DeGeare, FB Ryan D’Imperio, CB Bobby Felder, DT Trevor Guyton, RB Lex Hilliard G Trevor Holmes, CB Reggie Jones, OT Kevin Murphy, LB Corey Paredes, G Austin Pasztor, DE Nick Reed, C Quentin Saulsberry, TE Mickey Shuler and RB Jordan Todman.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS–Released WR Deion Branch, S Sergio Brown, DL Marcus Harrison, WR Jesse Holley, QB Brian Hoyer, S James Ihedigbo, OL Matt Kopa, C Dan Koppen, LB Niko Koutouvides, S Derrick Martin, LB Jeff Tarpinian, S Malcolm Williams, FB Eric Kettani, DL Aaron Lavarias, TE Alex Silvestro, WR Kerry Taylor, WR Jeremy Ebert, OL Derek Dennis, TE Tyler Urban, OL Dustin Waldron, OL Jeremiah Warren and OL Darrion Weems. Placed RB Jeff Demps on injured reserve.
NEW ORLEANS–Terminated the contracts of WR Greg Camarillo, K John Kasay and TE Derek Schouman. Waived LB Kadarron Anderson, DE Braylon Broughton, LB Ezra Butler, QB Sean Canfield, DE Alex Daniels, TE Michael Higgins, CB Nick Hixson, S Jerico Nelson, G DeOnt’ae Pannell, T Aderious Simmons, WR Andy Tanner, C-G Matt Tennant and LB Lawrence Wilson. Placed RB Joe Banyard, S Jose Gumbs, CB Marquis Johnson and WR Nick Toon on injured reserve. Placed LB Ramon Humber and DE Will Smith on the reserve/suspended list.
NEW YORK GIANTS–Waived WR Greg Jones, WR David Douglas, WR Dan DePalma, DE Craig Marshall, DE Matt Broha, DT Dwayne Hendricks, LB Jake Muasau, TE Larry Donnell, OL Matt McCants, OL Selvish Capers, OL Stephen Goodin, QB Ryan Perrilloux and DB Laron Scott. Terminated the contracts of RB D.J. Ware, CB Dante Hughes, DT Marcus Thomas, WR Isaiah Stanback and OL Chris White. Waived/injured CB Bruce Johnson. Placed CB Terrell Thomas and DT Shaun Rogers on injured reserve. Placed S Tyler Sash on the reserve/suspended list.
NEW YORK JETS–Waived WR Joseph Collins, LB Marcus Dowtin, OT Robert Griffin, G Fredrick Koloto, C Matt Kroul, P Spencer Lanning, DB LeQuan Lewis, TE Tarren Lloyd, S D’Anton Lynn, DB Julian Posey, DE Jay Richardson, WR Eron Riley, LB Brett Roy, QB Matt Simms, DB Donnie Fletcher, LB Ricky Sapp, WR Royce Pollard, WR Jordan White OT Paul Cornick, TE Hayden Smith, RB Terrance Ganaway and NT Martin Tevaseu.
OAKLAND RAIDERS–Placed LB Aaron Curry on the physically unable to perform list. Waived KR Roscoe Parrish, LB Nathan Stupar, LB Kaelin Burnett, LB Chad Kilgore, WR Derek Carrier, WR Brandon Carswell, WR Eddie McGee, WR Travionte Session, OL Kevin Haslam, OL Nick Howell, OL Dan Knapp, OL Colin Miller, DL Hall Davis, DL Dominique Hamilton, TE Kyle Efaw, RB Lonyae Miller, S Curtis Taylor and K Eddy Carmona. Placed TE Tory Humphrey, P Marquette King and S Brandon Underwood on the reserve-injured list.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES–Acquired DB David Sims from Cleveland for a conditional draft piuk. Released DB Joselio Hanson, DB O.J. Atogwe, WR Chad Hall, WR Mardy Gilyard, WR Marvin McNutt, LB Keenan Clayton, TE Brett Brackett, TE Chase Ford, P Mat McBriar, DT Antonio Dixon, DT Ollie Ogbu, DT Frank Trotter, DT Landon Cohen, FB Emil Igwenagu, OT D.J. Jones, LB Adrian Moten, LB Ryan Rau, DE Monte Taylor, S Phillip Thomas, OL Steve Vallos, QB Mike Kafka and OL Brandon Washington.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS–Released OL Trai Essex, P Jeremy Kapinos, QB Jerrod Johnson, DB Damon Cromartie-Smith, DB Terrence Frederick, DB Josh Victorian, LB Brandon Hicks, LB Marshall McFadden, DL Corbin Bryant, DL Igbinosun Ikponmwosa, DL Jake Stoller, RB DuJuan Harris, WR Tyler Beiler, WR Toney Clemons, WR David Gilreath, WR Marquis Maze, WR Derrick Williams, OL linemen Ryan Lee, OL John Malecki and OL Chris Scott. Placed LB Sean Spence on injured reserve.
ST. LOUIS RAMS–Released DT Cornell Banks, C Tim Barnes, QB Tom Brandstater, DE Mason Brodine, LB Aaron Brown, LB Sammy Brown, CB Kendric Burney, QB Kellen Clemens, DE Vernon Gholston, FB Ben Guidugli, TE Cory Harkey, OL T. Bob Hebert, DE Jamaar Jarrett, WR Nick Johnson, T Joe Long, G Bryan Mattison, FB Ovie Mughelli, TE Deangelo Peterson, RB Chase Reynolds, DE Scott Smith, OL Jose Valdez. Placed WR Austin Pettis on the reserve/suspended list.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS–terminated the contracts of DE Jacques Cesaire, OT Anthony Davis, OT Mario Henderson, RB Jacob Hester and K Nick Novak. Waived RB Edwin Baker, C Colin Baxter, LB Bront Bird, DT Charlie Bryant, LB Ricky Elmore, LB Daryl Gamble, DB Gregory Gatson, DE Logan Harrell, DE Arthur Hobbs, QB Jarrett Lee, P Robert Malone, DB DeAndre Presley, DE Damik Scafe, G Stephen Schilling, TE Kory Sperry and WR Mike Willie. Placed S Sean Cattouse on injured reserve.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS–Released LB Ikaika Alama-Francis, LB Eric Bakhtiari, RB Rock Cartwright, OT Derek Hall, LB Joe Holland, DT Tony Jerod-Eddie, LB Cam Johnson, QB Josh Johnson, DT Matthew Masifilo, CB Anthony Mosley, TE Kyle Nelson, OT Al Netter, WR Chris Owusu, WR Nathan Palmer, OT Mike Person, TE Konrad Reuland, LB Kenny Rowe, WR Brett Swain, S Michael Thomas, OT Kenny Wiggins and LB Michael Wilhoite.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS–Waived DB Phillip Adams, DE Pierre Allen, LB Allen Bradford, WR Deon Butler, WR Kris Durham, G Paul Fanaika, G Rishaw Johnson, WR Jermaine Kearse, LB Kyle Knox, DE Cordarro Law, WR Ricardo Lockette, TE Sean McGrath, C Kris O’Dowd, QB Josh Portis, DB DeShawn Shead, LB Korey Toomer and WR Lavasier Tuinei. Waived/injured TE Cooper Helfet and RB Vai Taua. Waived/injury settlement DL Lazarius Levingston. Placed LB Matt McCoy on injured reserve. Placed DB Walter Thurmond on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Placed G Allen Barbre on the reserve/suspended list.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS–Waived DT Frank Okam, DT Amobi Okoye (injury settlement), S Larry Asante, S Sean Baker, WR Landon Cox, LB Rennie Curran, LB Jacob Cutrera, TE Drake Dunsmore, K Kai Forbath, T Jermarcus Hardrick, RB Robert Hughes, FB Cody Johnson, RB Mossis Madu, DT Jordan Nix, C Moe Petrus, TE Zack Pianalto, QB Brett Ratliff, CB James Rogers, WR Jordan Shipley, WR Tiquan Underwood, DT Teryl White, DL E.J. Wilson and G Desmond Wynn (waived/injured).
TENNESSEE TITANS–Waived WR Devin Aguilar, TE Brandon Barden, DT Zach Clayton, G Kyle DeVan, DT Lamar Divens, S Aaron Francisco, TE Cameron Graham, CB Chris Hawkins, G Michael Jasper, WR James Kirkendoll, FB Collin Mooney, C Chris Morris, WR Michael Preston, DE Malcolm Sheppard, S Tracy Wilson and WR DJ Woods. Placed DE Dave Ball, DE Leger Douzable, G Ryan Durand, LB Kevin Malast and CB Terrence Wheatley on injured reserve.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS–Released CB David Jones, LB Bryan Kehl, DL Darrion Scott, WR Anthony Armstrong, WR Terrence Austin, DB Travon Bellamy, OT Tom Compton, C Erik Cook, QB Jonathan Crompton, RB Tristan Davis, NT Marlon Favorite, C Grant Garner, LB Donnell Holt, NT Delvin Johnson, TE Richard Quinn, OT Willie Smith, CB Brandyn Thompson, LB Markus White and DE Doug Worthington, Waived/injured FB Dorson Boyce and LB Brian McNally. Placed DE Kentwan Balmer on the reserve/left squad list. Placed S Tanard Jackson on the reserve/suspended list.

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Broncos cut Florence, establish their quarterback hierarchy

Syd’Quan Thompson came up with an interception during Thursday’s preseason finale at Glendale, Ariz., then the cornerback was cut by the Denver Broncos on Friday.
Adam Weber was cut by the Denver Broncos on Friday when the team decided to keep just three quarterbacks: starter Peyton Manning, backup Caleb Hanie and third-string rookie Brock Osweiler.
Caleb Hanie had one touchdown toss and one interception this preseason but was sacked nine times – an astonishing once per every 4.3 dropbacks, including five times Thursday night. The Colorado State alumnus will back up Peyton Manning.
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