While other teams around the league made some coaching noise on “Black Monday” in the NFL, the Denver Broncos stayed quiet, signing nine players to futures contracts.
The Broncos protected nine guys that were on their own practice squad. This is a typical practice for teams after a season ends as players who are not on an active roster can be signed by other teams if not given future contracts.
These players can then be carried over onto the 90-man roster when training camp begins in the summer.
The Broncos signed the following players on Monday, keeping them around for the future.
Victor Bolden, Wide Receiver
Tyreik McAllister, Running Back
Parker Ferguson, Offensive Lineman
Faion Hicks, Cornerback
Delonte Hood, Cornerback
Devon Key, Cornerback
Ray Wilborn, Linebacker
Wyatt Ray, Linebacker
Hunter Thedford, Offensive Lineman
The Broncos signed Bolden in November. He had a short stint with the Arizona Cardinals after playing for the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL. He was named as the MVP of the USFL Championship Game last summer in which he caught six passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos also retained Faion Hicks, a player who they drafted in the seventh round this past spring. He was waived before the season started and re-signed to the practice squad, He appeared in two games this season but only saw snaps on special teams.
Undrafted running back Tyreik McAllister is a player that has some upside but a hamstring injury derailed his bid to make the team this past summer. He will get another shot in 2023 at a position where the Broncos could have some room for a guy to make some noise.
The Broncos had five other players on the practice squad who they chose not to sign. The biggest name on that list is wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland. Other players not retained were tight end Dalton Keene, offensive lineman George Moore, linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi and wide receiver Kaden Davis.
Those players will all become free agents, free to latch on with any team.