Denver Broncos: 3 players who have overstayed their welcome with team
At least in Butt’s case, he has an injury excuse. Jeff Heuerman has been available for nearly 80 percent of the team’s regular-season games since being drafted by the team and has left much to be desired.
In 5 career games, Heuerman has caught a total of 63 passes. He’s just not a big part of the offense and never will be, at least from a receiving perspective. Some may argue that his role is more as a blocker, but the team went out and signed Nick Vannett in free agency this offseason.
Vannett can do everything Heuerman has done and he is a much cheaper option.
In addition to Fant, Okwuegbunam, Vannett and Butt, the Broncos also have Troy Fumagalli and Austin Fort on the roster in addition to fullback Andrew Beck, who brings many of the same qualities of a tight end.
There are going to be a couple of guys on the outside looking in and Heuerman could be one of those guys. He was a high draft pick at one time by the team, but it is difficult to make a case for him sticking around.
If the Broncos were to run with Fant, Okweugbunam, Vannett and a guy like Butt or Fumagalli, they likely would not miss Heuerman in any way, shape or form.