The Denver Broncos released veteran quarterback Caleb Hanie on Saturday (Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE).

Broncos Release QB Caleb Hanie

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The Denver Broncos have released Caleb Hanie.  The former Colorado State University quarterback lost the backup battle this preseason to second-round pick Brock Osweiler and given the Broncos’ need for depth at other positions, the decision was made to go with just two quarterbacks on the active roster.

Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga was promoted from the practice squad to take Hanie’s spot.  The Broncos’ front seven is in great need of depth given its struggles inside in recent years.  While Siliga has yet to appear in a regular season NFL game, the roster move gives the Broncos added game day flexibility even if he is inactive on Sunday because Hanie likely would not have been one of the seven inactive players. The likes of safeties David Bruton, Jim Leonhard and linebacker Keith Brooking will also assuredly be on the active roster for Sunday’s game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers as a result.

The Broncos will save $1 million from Hanie’s base salary and a $250,000 roster bonus, giving them more latitude to make an acquisition later in the season if necessary.  Look for the Broncos to add a quarterback to their practice squad early next week; possibly even through the re-signing Hanie.

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