Denver Broncos: Biggest developments from 2020 roster cuts

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Denver Broncos, Todd Davis
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) /

2. The Todd Davis bombshell

As Todd Davis worked back from a calf injury he suffered in training camp, the assumption was he would be ready for the season opener against the Titans and nothing would be all that different for the Broncos at linebacker, besides Mark Barron’s presence on third downs with Justin Strnad’s injury.

Instead, the Broncos opted for the $4.5 million in cap savings and they cut Davis, the reigning leading tackler for the team and the main communicator of Vic Fangio’s defensive play calls.

Davis’ responsibilities on the defense were huge, but the Broncos apparently liked what they saw enough from Josey Jewell to make this move, and obviously they believe Barron can help them based on his track record in the league.

The Todd Davis release was the most shocking move based on the timing, though if you look back at some of our posts from really early in the offseason, it’s not totally surprising the Broncos took these cap savings and will likely carry them into 2021.