With just days remaining until the start of training camp the Broncos have waived two players and signed another. It was announced on Monday that the team has released running back Mike Bell and kicker Garrett Hartley and agreed to terms with 2008 fourth-round draft choice Kory Lichtensteiger.
Bell amassed 677 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie campaign with the Broncos. His rookie stats accounted for the fourth-most yards and second-most touchdowns by an undrafted rookie since the inception of the modern draft in 1967. Last season Bell saw little time at the running back position totaling three yards on six carries in five games played.
Hartley was signed to the Broncos as a college free agent this offseason. The rookie out of the University of Oklahoma received some reps at kicker during OTAs.
Lichtensteiger was a four-year starter at Bowling Green State. He started all 13 games for the Falcons last season and was a a finalist for the Rimington Trophy awarded to the nation’s top center in addition to being named first team all conference.
With the addition of Lichtensteiger the Broncos have signed six of their nine selections from the 2008 NFL Draft.
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com