Former Denver Broncos Draft Pick Tavarres King Cut in Carolina


Aug 28, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Tavarres King (12) runs after a pass reception as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Isaiah Green (39) defends during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

We’re not going to report on every roster move made around the league, even though there will be some interesting ones, but I wanted to get you this bit of news to chew on for a bit today.

The Carolina Panthers have waived former Georgia wide receiver and Denver Broncos draft pick Tavarres King. King was a 5th round pick of the Broncos last year, waived at final cuts, and surprisingly made it through waivers onto the Broncos’ practice squad, where he was monitored all year by teams.

The Broncos liked King enough to keep him away from teams once during the season, signing him to the active roster but waiving him again before he could play a game with the team. The Panthers snatched him off waivers, and he had a good first preseason game this year before kind of fizzling out, according to some different reports.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind here.

1. Why would the Panthers, a team desperate for receiver help, let go of King?

2. Would the Broncos have him back?

John Elway and the Broncos’ scouts obviously valued King’s prospects as a developmental player but not enough to try and play keep away from the rest of the league for an entire year. All that being said, I think he’d be an intriguing pickup if they’re able to stash him away on the practice squad again.

Teams like the Browns might not let a young player like King with upside get through, but if he clears waivers and can be signed to the practice squad, it wouldn’t shock me to see the Broncos bring him back. They pulled a similar move with Gerell Robinson, who was signed to the Cardinals’ practice squad for awhile.