Denver Broncos make Todd Davis a surprising roster cut

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The Denver Broncos made inside linebacker Todd Davis part of their roster cuts on Friday.

In a surprising turn of events, the Denver Broncos shook up their inside linebacker group on Friday.

Todd Davis has been cut by the team.

Inside linebacker had been a concern for the Broncos lately as there really hasn’t been much depth there. But the team did sign Mark Barron recently following the season-ending injury to Justin Strnad.

The Broncos also made another move to add to the inside linebacker position, sending defensive lineman Christian Covington to the Bengals for Austin Calitro.

Davis had recorded over 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons—248 tackles to be exact. He was a pretty good player for the team since becoming a full-time starter in 2016.

The move opens up for Mark Barron to have a much more significant role in the Broncos defense in the 2020 season, whereas he probably would have played a lot less, with Davis and Alexander Johnson as the previous starters at the position.

It also creates an extra $4.5 million in cap space for the Broncos. If that money isn’t spent this year, it rolls over to the following season.

Davis’ release also bodes well for Josey Jewell, who has not really panned out so far during his short career.

The move to release Davis gives the Broncos an extra $5 million in cap space. That begs the question, “Okay, so what are they going to do with that extra money?”

Well, it would make sense to use that money by acquiring or signing a depth player, as Cody Roark suggested here:

There will be more cuts to come and possibly some more surprise moves, but the release of Davis is perhaps the biggest move that the team will make.

Sayre Bedinger provided several names who would be surprise cuts.

These cuts are just getting started with Saturday being the deadline for every team to cut down to the 53-man limit.

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Stay tuned, Broncos Country…Things could get even more interesting.