Broncos get down to 90-man roster limit by waiving these four players

Denver Broncos rookie pass rusher Andre Mintze. Mandatory Credit: C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos rookie pass rusher Andre Mintze. Mandatory Credit: C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports /

After signing a large group of undrafted players, the Denver Broncos went over the 90-man roster limit mandated by the NFL. 

To get down to the limit, the team chose to part ways with four players, all of which came to the team through the same undrafted route.

The Broncos waived offensive linemen Drew Himmelman and Zack Johnson, linebacker Andre Mintze and tight end Shaun Beyer. All four players faced long odds to make this year’s team.

Prior to the draft, Beyer was one of just four tight ends on the roster, with Albert Okwuegbunam, Andrew Beck and Eric Tomlinson being the others.

The team then selected Greg Dulcich in the second round of the draft before signing both Dylan Parham and Rodney Williams as undrafted free agents. For added insurance, the team chose to bring back Eric Saubert, which spelled the end for Beyer.

Undrafted out of Iowa, Beyer spent last season on Denver’s practice squad.

The same was the case for Himmelman though, like Beyer, he never appeared in a game for the team. The Broncos signed Johnson late last season and he spent that time on the team’s practice squad.

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Iowa tight end Shaun Beyer (42) is pictured during the final spring football practice, Friday, April 26, 2019, at the University of Iowa outdoor practice facility in Iowa City, Iowa. /

With so much competition along the offensive line, the Broncos trimmed that group just a bit.

If there is any surprise here, it would be Mintze, who was an undrafted darling last summer, making the team’s 53-man roster.

The outside linebacker who spent his college career at Vanderbilt played in six games for the Broncos but a hamstring injury last October landed him on injured reserve.

With the free-agent signing of Randy Gregory and the second-round selection of Nik Bonitto along with having players like Aaron Patrick and Jonathan Kongbo on the back end of the roster, the chances of Mintze making the team for a second straight year were slim.

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The Broncos now have their 90-man roster.