Drayton Florence was one of the Broncos' key offseason signings, but now he is out of a job as the most prominent name among the Broncos' cuts, announced late Friday afternoon. Florence had struggled in coverage, particularly late in the preseason, and was supplanted as the Broncos' No. 3 CB by second-year veteran Chris Harris. By the end of the preseason, Tony Carter had passed Florence; Carter simply "played better," Broncos executive vice president John Elway said. The Broncos aren't necessarily done with their roster moves, Elway described the roster as "fluid."
Notable cuts: FS Rafael Bush (3rd year, 2011 waiver claim, South Carolina State) -- Bush "had a good camp," Elway said, but was beaten out by fourth-year safety David Bruton, who blocked two punts in the preseason and was a special-teams "terror" ... CB Florence (10th year, street free agent in 2011, Tuskegee) ... QB Adam Weber (2nd year, undrafted free agent in 2011, Minnesota) -- Weber only played in the late stages of the preseason opener and preseason finale, but the Broncos are still high on him and would like to bring him back on the practice squad.
Complete cut list
DE Jamie Blatnick (rookie, undrafted free agent, Oklahoma State), Bush, Florence, LB Jerry Franklin (rookie, undrafted free agent, Arkansas), DL Ben Garland (1st year, undrafted free agent in 2010 before going on miltary leave, Air Force), OL Adam Grant (1st year, undrafted free agent in 2011, Arizona), OL Ryan Harris (6th year, street free agent in 2012, Notre Dame), WR Jason Hill (6th year, street free agent in 2012, Washington State), OL Tony Hills (5th year, street free agent in 2011, Texas), SS Duke Ihenacho (rookie, undrafted free agent, San Jose State),
Other moves: Injured reserve -- DE Jeremy Beal (2nd year, 7th round in 2011 draft, knee). Suspended -- LB D.J. Williams (9th year, 1st round in 2004 draft, six-game suspension), TE Virgil Green (2nd year, 7th round in 2011 draft, four-game suspension).