Denver Broncos release veteran RB Stevan Ridley

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 19: Stevan Ridley
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 19: Stevan Ridley /

Running back Stevan Ridley, who signed with the Broncos after the injury to Devontae Booker, has been released and is a free agent…

The Denver Broncos have reportedly let go of running back Stevan Ridley, after he signed with the team near the start of training camp.

Ridley had a very strong camp and preseason for the Broncos, ascending to the point that he practiced and played at times with the starting unit.

With the Broncos keeping five backs including fullback Andy Janovich, it simply came down to a numbers game with Ridley, who has unquestionably earned a shot again with another NFL team.

Among the backs on Denver’s roster prior to Friday’s player movement, Ridley was one of two (Jamaal Charles) to have registered a season with over 1,000 yards rushing at the NFL level.

Fumbles and injuries essentially ended a once promising career for him with the New England Patriots, and he’s bounced around to a couple of different teams since then trying to find his way back into a lineup.

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When the Broncos called, he was more than eager to get back to work and flied to town on little to no sleep, worked out for the team, and signed later in the day.

The Broncos are deep at running back, which justifies this move. We saw Ridley put on a pretty nice performance in the preseason finale against Arizona, and other teams certainly took notice.

With C.J. Anderson the lead back and Jamaal Charles proving himself healthy, the Broncos also have Devontae Booker coming back from a wrist injury and De’Angelo Henderson showing out in preseason and training camp play as well.

The running back position shouldn’t be a problem, and if Ridley doesn’t end up signing on with another team, the Broncos can always call him back now that he’s familiar with the offense in case there’s any injury.