Broncos claim OL Sam Brenner off of waivers from Dolphins


The Denver Broncos on Wednesday acquired offensive lineman Sam Brenner off of waivers from the Miami Dolphins, and in a corresponding move also waived offensive lineman Shelley Smith.

The Dolphins had waived Brenner four times since September and he’d bounced around between starting a few games to being a member of the practice squad. Miami media and Dolphins fans felt like he was a player with some upside…

Even his teammates were leery of his being repeatedly released by the team…

Brenner was a member of the class of 2013 where he was signed as an undrafted free agent initially by the Dolphins. He is 25 years old and comes to the Broncos with varying levels of experience, but he at least provides a younger player on the interior offensive line that can provide perhaps some long-term upside where Shelley Smith didn’t, necessarily.

The Broncos list now on the active roster four players who play center in Matt Paradis, James Ferentz, Brenner, and rookie Max Garcia, who is listed as a C/G. The interior offensive line is shaping up as the scouting department might prefer, as all of those players (save for Brenner, at the moment) have gotten some playing time this season.

Rick Dennison knows how to coach up offensive linemen, and Gary Kubiak’s zone scheme is known for producing players up front who really fit what they’re trying to do.

The Broncos, in addition to having nine offensive linemen on the active roster, have two on injured reserve (Ryan Clady, Ty Sambrailo) and three (Kyle Roberts, Dillon Day, Antonio Johnson) on the practice squad.