ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Meet your 2012 Denver Broncos.
On Friday, the club waived or released 19 players — including veteran cornerback Drayton Florence — placed two on the reserve-suspended list and another on injured reserve to reach the regular-season roster limit of 53 players.
Here is a list of the transactions:
Beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. MDT, the Broncos can establish a practice squad of up to eight players. Every player the team waived — except Thompson — is eligible for the practice squad.
In addition, the team has the No. 25 waiver priority — based on last season’s record — to claim any players waived from other teams.
After Friday’s moves, here’s a quick look at Denver’s roster, position-by-position.
- Three quarterbacks
- Four running backs
- One fullback
- Five wide receivers
- Three tight ends
- Nine offensive linemen
- Eight defensive linemen
- Seven linebackers
- Five cornerbacks
- Five safeties
- Three specialists
Nine rookies made the active roster — including a college free agent for the ninth consecutive season. Linebacker Steven Johnson, who led the team in tackles in the preseason and notched a sack and a forced fumble, and long snapper Aaron Brewer kept the streak alive. It’s the first time multiple college free agents made the roster since the 2008 season.