Sep 14, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Jurrell Casey (99) in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos release DE Jurrell Casey

The Denver Broncos released five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jurrell Casey, the team announced Thursday.

Casey spent one season with the Broncos after being acquired from the Tennessee Titans in March for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The 31-year-old Casey recorded 14 tackles while starting three games in 2020 before sustaining a torn biceps that ended his season.

The move to part ways with Casey will save the Broncos $11,874,750 in 2021 salary cap space and $13.85 million in 2022, per Spotrac.

Casey started 137 of his 139 games with the Titans from 2011-19 since being selected by Tennessee with a third-round pick in 2011.

Casey’s career totals through 142 games (140 starts) include 507 tackles, 117 quarterback hits, 51 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media

Sep 14, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos release CB A.J. Bouye in salary dump

The Denver Broncos on Wednesday announced the release of cornerback A.J. Bouye after just one season, saving the team $11.68 million in salary cup space.

Denver acquired Bouye in March 2020 in a trade with Jacksonville for a fourth-round pick, but injuries and a late-season suspension limited the former Pro Bowl defensive back to seven games. He recorded six passes defensed, no interceptions and had 23 tackles.

Bouye, 29, made the Pro Bowl in 2017 with a career-high six interceptions for the Jaguars.

Bouye was suspended in December for six games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. He missed the last four games of the season and will have to sit out the first two games of the 2021 season, should he sign with another team.

Bouye has 14 career interceptions in 100 games (69 starts) for the Broncos, Jaguars and Houston Texans (2013-16).

–Field Level Media

Oct 13, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; A detail view of a Denver Broncos helmet in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Former Broncos Pro Bowl OT Tony Jones dies at 54

Former offensive tackle Tony Jones, a starter on two Super Bowl championship teams with the Denver Broncos in the late 1990s, died Friday at age 54.

The team announced his passing but did not state a cause of death.

Jones played with the Broncos from 1997 to 2000, his final four NFL seasons. He played right tackle and helped Denver beat the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII after the 1997 season, then served as the left tackle when the Broncos topped the Atlanta Falcons in the following Super Bowl. He made the Pro Bowl in the 1998 season.

Undrafted out of Western Carolina, Jones broke into the NFL with the Browns in 1988, and he played in Cleveland through 1995.

After playing for the Baltimore Ravens in their inaugural 1996 season, he joined the Broncos.

Jones started all but five games in his last 11 seasons, making 16 starts in a year nine times.

Broncos Hall of Famer Steve Atwater tweeted of Jones, who was nicknamed T-Bone, “One heck of a guy who would destroy you on the field, but had a heart of gold. We’re going to miss you Bone! RIP and God Bless his family.”

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Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) throws against Buffalo Bills  during the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Lock in limbo as new GM gets keys to Broncos

Denver Broncos general manager George Paton takes over personnel decisions from John Elway effective immediately and it’s no grand surprise the quarterback position is the first order of business.

“Quarterback is the most important position in sports,” Paton said Tuesday. “If you don’t have stability at quarterback, you’re going to have a hard time sustaining and winning. Very important. We all want the franchise quarterback. That’s the No. 1 goal.”

Paton said he was attracted to the job because of the “core pieces” in place and mentioned quarterback Drew Lock as one of them.

“I liked Drew coming out of the draft,” Paton said. “He’s talented. He can develop.”

Elway will remain with the organization in a management role but forfeits the day-to-day management of the personnel department to Paton. Paton, introduced Tuesday, was hired away from the Minnesota Vikings where he served as the right-hand man to Rick Spielman.

Paton is not planning to change coaches with Vic Fangio — a former division rival in the NFC North with the Chicago Bears — remaining in place.

“I had to prepare for Vic twice a year … and that was no fun,” Paton said.

With the Vikings, quarterback was a chronic concern, but Minnesota reached the playoffs with six different quarterbacks, Paton recalled. The Broncos are still determining whether Lock is the best fit in Denver.

Minnesota selected quarterback Christian Ponder 12th overall in 2011, the same draft in which the Broncos selected Von Miller No. 2. There have been rumblings that Denver might part with Miller via trade.

“All of those tough decisions start when I can meet with the coaches and the scouting staff,” Paton said. “Until you have your meetings, get your plan for the offseason and develop your needs — that’s when it all starts.”

Paton said all evaluations, and developing players from within, will be part of a meticulous plan. Elway made his position known on Lock, but won’t block Paton from making a change.

“I’m still high on Drew,” Elway said of the team’s 2019 second-round draft pick. “I think he’s got the physical abilities to do it. I think this year was essentially his rookie year. I think he was put behind the 8-ball with everything that went on with COVID, with offseason, especially with a young offense and new offensive coordinator. It was not by any means an ideal situation for Drew.

“Drew is a young guy, obviously,” Elway said. “He showed flashes this year. He made mistakes. I made a million mistakes my first two, three years. … Georgie is going to continue to look to fill that spot if we don’t think that Drew is that guy.”

Lock, 24, is 8-10 as a starter through two seasons, completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 3,953 yards with 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Aug 25, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Von Miller subject of police investigation

Parker, Colo., police are conducting an investigation into whether Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller committed a crime.

A spokesman for the police department, Josh Hans, emailed the Denver Post: “The case is currently under investigation, and no information can be released at this time.”

ESPN reported that a decision on possible charges is unlikely to occur in less than a few weeks.

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to the Post that it has yet to be receive a case for review.

The Broncos issued a statement that read, “We are aware of an investigation involving Von Miller and are in the process of gathering more information.”

The investigation is focused on text messages that Miller sent to his former girlfriend, Megan Denise, that she shared on social media, according to the Washington Post.

Denise stated online that she and Miller are expecting a child. An Instagram story post from Denise earlier this month included an ultrasound photo along with texts that she maintained were from Miller. Among the texts were:

–“I’m honestly praying for a miscarriage”

–“I hate you! … You gon get yours! Believe that”

–“And get an abortion!”

Denver7 TV also reported that Miller is being investigated regarding allegations of domestic abuse.

Denise posted Friday in another Instagram story, “at no point in our relationship was there any type of physical abuse or violence by Von, whatsoever. For anyone to say otherwise, or to speculate such, is wrong.”

Miller, 31, is a three-time All-Pro who has been selected to eight Pro Bowls. He missed all of the 2020 season because of an ankle injury that led to surgery.

–Field Level Media

Sep 14, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; A Denver Broncos helmet on the ground before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: George Paton to become GM of Broncos

George Paton agreed to terms on a six-year deal to become the general manager of the Denver Broncos, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.

Paton reportedly will take over the post formerly held by Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway, who remains the team’s president of football operations.

The Broncos, however, have yet to formally make an announcement as of early Wednesday afternoon.

Paton has spent 14 years with the Minnesota Vikings, including as assistant general manager under Rick Spielman.

Paton will attempt to shake up the Broncos, who limped to a 5-11 record this past season. They have yet to return to the playoffs since posting a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Denver Broncos general manager John Elway before the game against the New York Jet at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Elway stepping down as Broncos’ general manager

John Elway announced Monday that he plans to relinquish his role as the general manager of the Denver Broncos.

Elway, however, will remain as the team’s president of football operations and plans to hire a general manager that will work closely with head coach Vic Fangio. Elway has served as the Broncos’ general manager since 2011.

“Working in this role for the last 10 years and going back to my playing days, I’ve always tried to do everything I can to help the Broncos win and get better,” Elway said as part of a lengthy statement. “As part of a transition I’ve thought about for a long time, I have made the decision to step up into an elevated role and hire a general manager to lead our personnel and football staff.”

Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis said that the two had “very positive — and honest — conversations about improving the team.”

“John Elway is the most important and impactful person in the history of the Denver Broncos. I have nothing but gratitude for how he accepted this challenge 10 years ago and helped us accomplish great things as an organization,” Ellis said.

“… John arrived at this decision, and I’m fully supportive of him and his new structure. With all of his experience and competitive fire, I know John will be a tremendous resource for the Broncos in this role.”

Matt Russell, who has worked alongside Elway for 10 years, was going to be granted an opportunity to interview for the general manager job. Russell, who served as the vice president of player personnel, has opted to retire from the organization.

Elway, 60, helped the Broncos to two Super Bowl titles during his 16-year playing career. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Elway was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Under his watch as general manager, the Broncos have appeared in two Super Bowls. They have yet to return to the playoffs since posting a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders’ two-point conversion beats Broncos

Derek Carr was 24-of-38 passing for 371 yards and two touchdowns, Josh Jacobs ran for 89 yards and two more scores, and the visiting Las Vegas Raiders rallied to beat the Denver Broncos 32-31 on Sunday.

Darren Waller had nine catches for 117 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion and Bryan Edwards also had a TD reception for Las Vegas (8-8). Waller set the franchise record for receptions in a season with 107.

Drew Lock was 25-of-41 passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns, Jerry Jeudy had five catches for 140 yards and a score and Melvin Gordon rushed for 93 yards and a TD for the Broncos (5-11).

Down 31-24, the Raiders had the ball on their 23 with 1:47 left and no timeouts. Carr drove them to the Denver 1, and Jacobs scored on fourth down. Waller caught the two-point conversion to put Las Vegas ahead with 24 seconds left.

The Broncos drove to midfield and the Raiders blocked Brandon McManus’63-yard field goal try to win it.

Las Vegas led by a touchdown at the half but Denver rallied. McManus, who had a 70-yard field goal try blocked at the end of the first half, had a 37-yarder and another from 26 yards out to cut the deficit to 17-16.

Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III fumbled after a hard hit, and five plays later Gordon ran it in from the 10. Lock passed to Jeudy for the 2-point conversion to put the Broncos ahead 24-17.

Jacobs’ 28-yard touchdown run with 7:27 left tied it at 24 but Denver answered with Lock’s 92-yard TD pass to Jeudy, setting up the final rally by the Raiders.

Lock’s one-yard touchdown pass to Troy Fumagalli gave Denver a 10-3 lead, and the Raiders matched it on Carr’s 28-yard TD pass to Waller.

The teams traded punts and Las Vegas started a drive at its own 44 with 1:39 left in the second quarter. Facing a third-and-15 from the 26, Carr connected with Edwards for a touchdown with 26 seconds left in the first half to give the Raiders a 17-10 lead.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; NFL former running back Floyd Little is honored prior to the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Indiana Hoosiers at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Hall of Fame Broncos RB Little dies at 78

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little died on Friday night at the age of 78.

Little, who starred at Syracuse then played nine seasons with the Denver Broncos, reportedly had been battling a rare form of cell cancer.

“Floyd Little was a true hero of the game. He was a man of great integrity, passion and courage. His contributions off the field were even greater than his amazing accomplishments he did on it. Floyd’s smile, heart and character epitomized what it meant to have a Hall of Fame life,” Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Floyd’s wife, DeBorah, and their entire family. We will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration for future generations. The Hall of Fame flag will be flown at half-staff in Floyd’s memory.”

His former college teammate, Patrick Killorin, publicly revealed in May that Little had been diagnosed with cancer. He organized a GoFundMe drive for Little and had kept fans updated about the former running back’s condition.

Little was a three-time All-American at Syracuse and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 2010. He also is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

“Floyd Little is a Syracuse treasure,” Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said. “The legacy that he leaves here is so much more than just one who wore No. 44, was an All-American, was in the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Floyd’s legacy is that he was a wonderful, wonderful person. He treated everyone with genuine care and respect and was always there for people. His impact as a person is those that he impacted. He was always willing to share his time, his wisdom, his support. … It is a legacy that will last forever and will never be replaced. He is someone who leaves a legacy of pure class in every single respect. There was only one Floyd Little and there will never be another one like him.”

Little played for the Broncos from 1967-75 and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and first-team All-Pro in 1969. In 1971, when the NFL played 14-game seasons, he led the league with 284 rushes and 1,133 yards, as well as 1,388 yards from scrimmage.

In 117 career games, he gained 8,741 yards from scrimmage and scored 52 touchdowns.

In three seasons at Syracuse (1964-66), he ran for 2,750 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also had 591 receiving yards and four more TDs.

The Broncos selected him No. 6 overall in the 1967 draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Herbert sets rookie mark as Chargers down Broncos

Justin Herbert passed for 253 yards and a touchdown, Michael Badgley kicked a go-ahead 37-yard field goal with 45 seconds remaining and the host Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 19-16 on Sunday at Inglewood, Calif.

Austin Ekeler rushed for 45 yards and had a TD reception for the Chargers (6-9).

Herbert set the rookie record for touchdown passes in a season with 28, one more than Baker Mayfield in 2018. He also joined Philip Rivers and Dan Fouts as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season.

Drew Lock was 24-of-47 passing for 264 yards and two interceptions and also ran for a score, while DaeSean Hamilton had five receptions for 77 yards for the Broncos (5-10).

Denver played without linebacker Bradley Chubb (ankle) and running back Phillip Lindsay (hip/knee), who was placed on injured reserve before the game. Denver then lost wide receiver KJ Hamler, who was placed in concussion protocol after being tackled in the first quarter.

Los Angeles played without tight end Hunter Henry, who was placed on the COVID-19 restricted list.

The Broncos trailed 16-3 before rallying to tie in the final three minutes. Brandon McManus hit a field goal from 50 yards out to make it 16-6, and it became a one-possession game when Lock scored on a quarterback sneak from the 1 as Denver pulled within 16-13.

After forcing another punt, McManus tied it at 16-16 on a 52-yard field goal with 2:47 remaining.

Herbert drove Los Angeles to the Denver 19, and Badgley kicked a 37-yard field goal — his fourth of the game — to put the Chargers back on top.

Hamilton’s catch at midfield with a second left gave the Broncos one last chance but Mike Williams intercepted Lock’s last-second heave into the end zone.

Badgley’s 37-yard field goal gave Los Angeles the early 3-0 lead in the opening quarter and Herbert fired his record-breaking touchdown pass of 9 yards to Ekeler to make it 10-0. Badgley increased it to 13-0 at halftime with a 43-yard field goal.

The Broncos finally scored when McManus kicked a 30-yard field goal with 5:11 left in the third quarter. Badgley hit from 25-yards out to make it 16-3 with 14:54 left.

–Field Level Media