Denver Broncos depth chart fallout after Todd Davis release

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DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 1: Todd Davis #51 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after a turnover from a muffed punt return by the Los Angeles Chargers in the second quarter of a game at Empower Field at Mile High on December 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

What is the Denver Broncos linebacker depth chart fallout without Todd Davis?

The Denver Broncos found themselves a gem with Todd Davis, a castoff of the New Orleans Saints who wound up getting a second contract in Denver and becoming the team’s leader in tackles.

Davis was surprisingly released by the Broncos the day before final cuts, and merely minutes after I had published a piece looking at some guys who could be surprising cuts.

I didn’t think the Broncos would do anything quite this surprising, but here we are.

Davis injured his calf earlier in training camp and had been working his way back to practicing on a full-time basis, getting ready to help the Broncos face off against the Tennessee Titans in week one as the lead play-caller in the team’s base package.

In the ‘surprise cuts’ post, I had another linebacker — Josey Jewell — among the players who could be let go by the Broncos after their acquisition of Austin Calitro.

As it turns out, Calitro was acquired for depth as the Broncos prepared for Davis’ departure, along with the addition of $4.5 million to their current cap space number (now close to $30 million).

With Davis now a free agent, what are the Denver Broncos doing at linebacker?