The Denver Broncos made their mandatory cuts Friday to bring the roster down to it’s standard 53-men. Among those cut were nine year veteran cornerback Drayton Florence and fourth-string quarterback Adam Weber.
Florence was the big surprise of cut day. Broncos fans are rather familiar with him as he played with the San Diego Chargers for five seasons before going to Jacksonville for a season, and then on to Buffalo. Florence had three interceptions in each of his last two seasons with Buffalo including two interceptions run back for a touchdown.
Florence signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Broncos as a free agent this off season and was expected to add some depth to the Broncos’ secondary, however, second-year man Chris Harris beat Florence to the job.
Florence had 5 tackles in four preseason games.
A fan favorite, Weber hit Greg Orton for a 45-yard pass Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals to set up a Matt Prater winning field goal, but it didn’t matter. Weber was left off the 53-man roster again this year after serving on the practice squad in 2011.
Weber didn’t see much action in preseason with Brock Osweiler, Caleb Hanie, and of course, Peyton Manning ahead of him on the depth chart. He didn’t play in the Broncos second preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks and he played in just the final minutes of the Broncos two previous games. He went 8-for-17 for 137 yards and a touchdown in the 2012 preseason. Weber still has eligibility left on the practice squad so look for him to return to that role this season.
Among others who have been waived are Jamie Blatnick, Rafael Bush, Jerry Franklin, Ben Garland, Adam Grant, Ryan Harris, Tony Hills, Duke Ihenacho, Cornelius Ingram, Jeremiah Johnson, Mike Mohamed, Greg Orton, Gerell Robinson, Sealver Silliga, Syd’Quan Thompson, and Wayne Tribue.
Defensive end Jeremy Beal was placed on the IR list with an injury.
All seven draft picks from the 2012 draft made the roster.