Sunday afternoon, Sam Adams made his 11th start of the season.
Tuesday afternoon, he was waived.
Denver parted ways with the 14-year defensive tackle after an 11-game stint in which he logged eight solo tackles and added nine assists. He did not record a sack, meaning that if he does not return to the NFL this season, he will have his first sackless campaign since entering the league as a first-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 1994.
Adams was inactive for one game this season, at Indianapolis. He also was held out of practice for each Wednesday session this year.
The Broncos also opted to waive cornerback Jeff Shoate, who had been with the team since joining as a fifth-round draft pick in 2004. Shoate played sparingly in his 2004 rookie campaign, spent all of 2005 on injured reserve following knee surgery and then sat on the practice squad in 2006 before cracking the 53-man roster once again this year.
After playing in each of the Broncos’ first six games this year — during which he logged seven solo tackles — Shoate was inactive for the Week 8 game against the Green Bay Packers before returning for the Week 9 loss at Detroit, during which he notched two assists.
Shoate was inactive for each of the four games that followed leading up to his release.