|Offense||27th||92.8 (27th)||230.3 (21st)|
|Defense||4th||130.3 (28th)||185.8 (1st)|
|48||Barrett, Shaquil||OLB||6-2||250||11/17/1992||4||Colorado State|
|35||Bibbs, Kapri||RB||5-11||203||1/10/1993||3||Colorado State|
|15||Brown, Marlon (FA)||WR||6-5||214||4/22/1991||5||Georgia|
|51||Davis, Todd||ILB||6-1||230||5/17/1992||4||Sacramento State|
|55||Day, Dillon||C||6-4||299||10/17/1991||1||Mississippi State|
|68||Dora, Vontarrius||LB||6-3||256||9/7/1992||1||Louisiana Tech|
|Edebali, Kasim||LB||6-2||253||8/17/1989||4||Boston College|
|20||Forsett, Justin (FA)||RB||5-8||195||10/14/1985||10||California|
|16||Fowler, Bennie||WR||6-1||212||6/10/1991||3||Michigan State|
|Gafford, Thomas (FA)||LS||6-2||244||1/29/1983||10||Houston|
|99||Gotsis, Adam||DT||6-4||287||9/23/1992||2||Georgia Tech|
|82||Heuerman, Jeff||TE||6-5||255||11/24/1992||3||Ohio State|
|Iosia, Iosia||DE||6-7||297||12/28/1991||1||West Texas A&M|
|58||Miller, Von||OLB||6-3||250||3/26/1989||7||Texas A&M|
|11||Norwood, Jordan (FA)||WR||5-11||180||9/28/1986||8||Penn State|
|73||Okung, Russell (FA)||T||6-5||310||10/7/1987||7||Oklahoma State|
|Overbaugh, Jeff||LS||6-2||236||11/24/1993||R||San Diego State|
|61||Paradis, Matt||C||6-3||300||10/12/1989||3||Boise State|
|90||Peko, Kyle||NT||6-1||305||7/23/1993||1||Oregon State|
|Peko, Domata||DT||6-3||325||11/27/1984||12||Michigan State|
|19||Raymond, Kalif||WR||5-9||160||8/8/1994||1||Holy Cross|
|29||Roby, Bradley||CB||5-11||194||5/1/1992||4||Ohio State|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||315||3/10/1992||3||Colorado State|
|10||Sanders, Emmanuel||WR||5-11||180||3/17/1987||8||Southern Methodist|
|Sharp, Hunter||WR||5-11||198||4/25/1994||1||Utah State|
|31||Simmons, Justin||SS||6-2||202||11/19/1993||2||Boston College|
|26||Stewart, Darian||FS||5-11||214||8/4/1988||8||South Carolina|
|88||Thomas, Demaryius||WR||6-3||229||12/25/1987||8||Georgia Tech|
|70||Turner, Billy||G||6-5||310||10/17/1991||4||North Dakota State|
|96||Walker, Vance (FA)||DE||6-2||305||4/26/1987||9||Georgia Tech|
|94||Ware, DeMarcus (FA)||OLB||6-4||258||7/31/1982||13||Troy|
|Watson, Menelik||T||6-5||315||12/22/1988||5||Florida State|
|36||Webster, Kayvon (FA)||CB||5-11||198||2/1/1991||4||South Florida|
|97||Winn, Billy (FA)||DE||6-4||300||4/15/1989||5||Boise State|
|Harris, Shelby||DE||6-2||290||8/11/1991||2||Illinois State|
|Lang, Cedrick||TE||6-9||255||5/12/1992||R||Texas-El Paso|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Talib was involved in a shooting incident in June of 2016 during which he clipped himself in the leg. He will be required to undergo a firearm safety course, but will not receive a suspension or fine for the incident. Talib was ranked the league's No. 1 cornerback by Pro Football Focus entering Thanksgiving weekend last season despite missing three games with a lower back injury, and is a big reason why the Broncos were the NFL's best pass defense last year with 185.8 yards allowed per game through the air.
Stewart has experienced somewhat of a rebirth in his seventh season, recording 44 combined tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery so far this season. His three interceptions in 2016 match his career total prior to this year, and he is one of the reasons the Broncos defense has been so dominant this season. He will continue starting at free safety for Denver.
Peko, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon State, hasn't seen any game action this season as he had previously resided on the Broncos' practice squad up to this point. Barring an injury to Sylvester Williams, he's unlikely to receive much playing time in the season finale next Sunday versus the Raiders.
Walker was carted off the field during Monday's practice, and an MRI confirmed the worst case scenario. The veteran defensive lineman was projected to backup Derek Wolfe on the left side of the line this season. Calvin Heurtelou now figures to slide into that role.
Richardson spent 15 games with the Saints in 2015, recording 40 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one interception, and a pass deflection. He'll now look to compete for a spot on the Broncos 53-man roster this offseason.
Though he needed some time for his troublesome hips to heal, Thomas should be ready to participate in most or all of the Broncos' offseason program. He hinted he has a plan to avoid future problems of a similar nature, saying "I'll be on top of it," when asked if he thought his hips would be an issue during the upcoming season. The larger concern is Denver's quarterback play, with Thomas coming off a 2016 season in which he had his lowest marks for receptions (90), receiving yards (1,083) and touchdowns (five) since 2011, despite playing all 16 games for a fifth straight year. The team is expected to hold a competition between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, hoping that both players' increased experience -- in addition to an improved offensive line -- will at least push the Denver offense back toward the middle of the NFL pack.
Nelson serves as a reserve linebacker behind Brandon Marshall so it isn't likely he sees the field too much on Sunday, but his active status is a reassuring sign for the team.
The defensive tackle heads to Denver after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Bengals. Peko has been an ironman on the field as he has not missed a contest since 2009. He'll join his cousin, Kyle Peko, on the defensive line in Denver and the two will likely compete for reps as the starting nose tackle.
Siemian's return to full health comes after the quarterback had a minor surgery on his left shoulder back in January. The Broncos' starter for the majority of last season was always expected to be ready for OTAs, so Joseph's confirmation that he's been cleared comes as no surprise. Nonetheless, it's encouraging to know Siemian enters Denver's offseason work with no limitations, as he'll now embark on another competition with Paxton Lynch for the team's starting gig in 2017. According to Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post, Joseph says Siemian's odds of earning that role are 50/50 right now, setting the stage for a decisive few months prior to Week 1.
Norwood's punt returning ability was an asset during the Broncos' Super Bowl run, and he even set a Super Bowl record for longest punt return. That element of his game became a liability in 2016 as he fumbled five times down the stretch, losing three. Two of those losses came in Denver's overtime defeat against the Chiefs in Week 13. Norwood was the Broncos' third most prolific wide receiver in 2016, a title that carries little weight given his competition. Based on his issues with ball security in 2016 and younger options available, it wouldn't be a surprise if Norwood's days in Denver are over.
Turner was a depth lineman in the Dolphins' offensive scheme so his absence shouldn't effect the team too heavily.
With Brandon Marshall (hamstring) ruled out of Sunday's game against the Titans, backup Corey Nelson will fill in with the first-string defense. Since Nelson is usually a mainstay on special teams, Gause was signed in order to allow Nelson to focus on his defensive responsibilities. An undrafted rookie from Rutgers, Gause himself projects to be exclusively contained to special teams.
This will represent the start of Nixon's second stint with the Broncos this season as he'd previously spent time on the active roster in November when starting corner Aqib Talib was out with a back issue. This time, Nixon's signing presumably comes as a corresponding move to CB Kayvon Webster's (concussion) placement on injured reserve.
Davis started for Denver last season after former starter Danny Trevathan left via free agency, and Davis will expect to start once again in 2017. He had 97 tackles and three passes defensed in 16 games in 2016.
In the same press conference, Thomas said that Lynch is smiling more around the Broncos' facility, no longer burdened with the pressures of being a rookie. This is the second time Thomas has taken Lynch under his wing, as he was seen on the sidelines talking to the QB after the then-rookie didn't get to play in the Broncos' 2016 season finale against Oakland - saying afterwards that the team believed in him. Thomas, as he has to, will be diplomatic when asked about his quarterbacks this summer, and he praised last year's starter, Trevor Siemian in the same press conference. Any faith he shows in Lynch, however, could aid in helping Lynch become more of a leader -- something head coach Vance Joseph has said that he needs to show if he is to take the reins in Denver.
Although he's been quiet in the majority of his games to start the season, he's had a pair of big games over his last three matchups. In Week 3, he sacked Andy Dalton three times while notching six tackles, and his second this week's contest brought him up to four on the season. The second-year player has exceptional ability to get to the quarterback, and he's potentially a high-upside option in IDP leagues.
Derby will be missing his second consecutive game due to a concussion. With Virgil Green (concussion) also in danger of sitting Sunday, Jeff Heuerman could be Denver's top option at tight end.
Kerr was able to practice in full heading into the weekend, so his availability comes as no surprise in Week 15.
Simmons was limited in practice all week, and although initial reports were encouraging, the reserve defensive back will not be able to go Sunday, leaving Darian Stewart as the only true free safety on the roster.
Marshall joins fellow key defenders T.J. Ward and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe on the inactive list in Sunday's season finale. The linebacker finishes the 2016 campaign with 52 tackles in 11 games.
Taylor appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos in 2016 after spending the entirety of the 2015 campaign on the team's practice squad, ultimately collecting 16 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns while serving in a depth role at wide receiver. It's possible he could push for the No. 3 job this summer given Denver's lack of talent behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the depth chart.
With less than three accrued seasons in the NFL -- 13 games, in his case -- Bibbs was limited to signing the tender offered by the Broncos last month, or not playing at all in 2017. After C.J. Anderson was lost for the season with a torn meniscus and Devontae Booker disappointed in his stead, head coach Gary Kubiak hinted midseason that Bibbs was playing well enough to earn an expanded role on offense. However, Bibbs' hopes were dashed when he suffered a concussion and high-ankle sprain in back-to-back games in Weeks 12 and 13, ending his own campaign. He'll enter Denver's offseason program next week with 29 carries for 129 yards and two receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown on his career ledger.
In desperate need of a left tackle, the Chargers jumped head-first into the first day of free agency, locking down one of the best available tackles in Okung with a four-year deal. While the amount of guaranteed money is still unknown, the move conceivably means current LT King Dunlap will be released in the following days, saving the Chargers some much-needed cap space.
Leary's deal includes $20 million in guaranteed money. The fifth-year guard will take home a big paycheck after playing 13 games on the notoriously dominant Cowboys offensive line in 2016.
Paradis had surgery on his right hip only a month ago, but even with this most recent left hip procedure he is expected to be fully recovered by the time the 2017 regular season commences. According to Jhabvala, Paradis is the only Broncos player that has played every snap in each of the last two seasons despite persistent pain in his hips, so the surgeries will likely help him stay durable as time goes on.
"Stout," as Cosmo Kramer would say, Anderson's stocky physique seldom got in the way of big-time plays early in his career as evidenced by his 48-yard game-winner against New England in 2015 and his 51-yard catch-and-run in Oakland in 2014. Last season, however, Anderson lacked that big-play ability during an injury-shortened season. Anderson averaged a play of 20 or more yards just once ever 42 touches in 2016 as compared to once every 25 touches in 2015 and once every 19 touches in 2014. Head coach Vance Joseph prioritized finding players who can take the ball from the line of scrimmage to the house during his press conference on Monday. Perhaps a few less pounds can give Anderson's elusiveness a boost and prevent the kind of injuries that have sidelined him in 2015 and 2016. If not, Denver has met with a number of early and mid-round running back options for the upcoming draft.
If Graham Gano's kick was true, Harris would have been the goat of the game after picking up a penalty on fourth and forever earlier in the drive. Instead, Harris will be remembered as one of they key reasons Denver won the contest with his sticky coverage and bat-and-pick that set up the Broncos' go-ahead score. The diminutive corner batted a pass intended for 6-foot-5 receiver Kelvin Benjamin and laid out for the interception deep in Carolina territory.
Heuerman saw career highs in snaps, catches and targets with A.J. Derby and Virgil Green out on Sunday. Should either of them return to the lineup in Week 17, Heuerman is likely to take a small step back, but don't be surprised if his role remains prominent as the game will be all about evaluating young talent and injuries have limited the 2015 third-round pick's usage in his first two seasons.
McManus will spend at least another season in Denver, this time making $2.75 million, a significant raise for the kicker compared to last season. In 16 games last year, McManus converted 29 of 34 field-goal attempts and 32 of 33 extra-point attempts.
Kreiter served as the Broncos' long snapper for most of the season before injuring his calf in Week 10 against the Saints. Veteran Thomas Gafford will take over for the remainder of the campaign.
Forsett played for the Broncos, Lions and Ravens last season, bouncing around the league as a veteran running back capable of providing depth for teams in need. After joining Denver in December, Forsett went on to start three of the four games he played for the Broncos, finishing with 155 yards and a touchdown on 43 rushing attempts. However, at 31 years old and without a contract for next season, it remains to be seen whether Forsett will try to find a landing spot ahead of the 2017 campaign or decide to call time on his career after nine seasons.
Dora was signed to the active roster from the practice squad on Friday. He likely won't see time on the field unless the team faces injuries and is forced to suit him up in the next few weeks.
“We’re going to play the five best, and Fish gives us a whole lot of flexibility, he can play any position on the offensive line, and play at Pro Bowl caliber,” Reid said, per The Kansas City Star.
Barrett has been a quality backup linebacker for the Broncos the past two years, recording 86 tackles, including 7.0 sacks, and six forced fumbles in 32 games. He'll likely be a top backup once again in 2017.
Crick was drafted during the Gary Kubiak/Wade Phillips regime while they were all in Houston - so the familiarity is there. While neither coach's tenure lasted long enough to see Crick become a starter, defensive line coach Bill Kollar did coach Crick during his first year as a starter in 2014. Crick accumulated 104 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his last two years in Houston and his understanding of the defense could prove invaluable in stepping in and replacing Walker.
The undrafted-rookie was looking to secure one of the Broncos final receiver spots but he appears to have been the seventh or eighth option for the team. He'll be a candidate for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Sambrailo is set to start at right tackle.
Ware hangs up his cleats as the league's eighth all-time leader in sacks (138.5). The 34-year-old spent his final three seasons in Denver, where he won last year's Super Bowl, but he'll be most remembered for the wildly successful start to his career in Dallas. The 11th overall pick out of Troy in 2005, Ware registered at least 11 sacks in seven of his nine seasons with the Cowboys, including a whopping 20 in 2008, when he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year. Overall, Ware was selected to nine Pro Bowls across his 12-year career, which is likely to be capped off by him being inducted into the Hall of Fame before long.
For the first time all season, Miller was held without a sack twice in a three-week period. That said, it's impossible to complain about a player with 12.5 sacks who's an ultra-elite IDP linebacker.
After not dressing for a single game as a rookie, Schofield added weight and he looks forward to fighting for a starting job.
"I am going in there with that mentality. In the NFL everybody is competing," Schofield said during a road trip to see family in Illinois. "They are looking for someone to step up and take over. I want to make that jump."
The third-round draft pick of the Broncos in 2014 struggled with weight issues, but he is now up to 305 pounds. He also recognized that his pass protection needs improvement.
"Personally, I felt there were reasons I wasn't out there (for games). I wasn't consistent enough in pass pro (protection). And my weight was really fluctuating," Schofield said.
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak believes that the team's zone-blocking scheme can help Schofield elevate his game, and Schofield agrees.
"We like the Schofield kid, so we'll see. We think he's got some flexibility (in where he can play)," Kubiak said. "It will be very competitive."
"I feel like I am better suited for this," Schofield said. "You have to be able to reach block, and I feel the steps required fit me better."
McCoy served as the Broncos' offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012 before passing his system on to Adam Gase, who directed the Denver offense in 2013 and 2014. Sanders joined the Broncos in 2014 and immediately enjoyed what still stands as his finest season, catching 101 passes for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns on 141 targets -- all career-high marks. He fell far shy of those marks in Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison's more run-oriented offense the past two seasons, but the change probably had more to do with quarterback play than scheme. While it appears Sanders will again have to catch passes from Trevor Siemian and/or Paxton Lynch, the return of McCoy -- in combination with an improved offensive line -- does justify optimism that Denver's passing game will take a big step forward from last season. Sanders should be healthy for offseason workouts, as he played in the Pro Bowl in late January despite injuring his foot in Week 17.
Brenner spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a head injury last July. He said he's feeling well and has been training as intensely as he normally does in the offseason, but it looks as if he is keeping an open mind to the possibility of ending his career in the name of mental health.
"He was having a great camp for us and really playing well," Raiders coach Jack del Rio said.
Watson will be replaced by sixth-year veteran Austin Howard, who started at guard for Oakland last season.
Anderson was carted off the field in the regular season finale due to a neck injury but it doesn't appear as though the issue will prevent him from playing again. He had 14 tackles and two forced fumbles while playing primarily special teams in 16 games in 2016.
The fifth-year back has played in 52 NFL games, including three starts, with the Ravens and Jaguars since 2012. Most recently he spent time with the Jets, but landed on injured reserve due to a hamstring issue, forcing him to miss the entirety of the 2016-17 season.
Webster spent his first four seasons in Denver, but he was stuck behind Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby over the past two years, resulting in just 19 total tackles. With Los Angeles, he'll likely compete for a starting spot against E.J. Gaines heading into the new season.
Fowler had a 76-yard scoring reception in Week 13 against Kansas City, but he was otherwise a non-factor throughout the 2016 season, finishing with only 11 catches for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 targets. He might get a shot to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job, as Denver will head into the draft with a thin depth chart behind its standout duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Janovich sustained a season-ending ankle injury in Sunday's game against the Chiefs that required surgery Wednesday. Kubiak said RB/FB Juwan Thompson will be the next man up.
Sharp spent the preseason with the Eagles but reached an injury settlement with the club just before the beginning of the regular season. The wideout will try and secure a spot on the Eagles' depth chart this offseason as he brings plenty of explosiveness and a solid route-running ability.
Gotsis appears fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered in his final season at Georgia Tech. He seems to be in line for a role as rotational defensive lineman with Denver in his rookie season. He did miss an opportunity to deflect a pass against the Rams, but he made up for it by consistently badgering the quarterback, setting up a sack by forcing quarterback Sean Mannion into the path of linebacker Sadat Sulleyman.
With A.J. Derby ruled out this week, Jeff Heuerman and Green are in line to head the team's TE corps Sunday, though neither are high-percentage fantasy play in Week 17.
Leary comes to Denver from Dallas, where he helped form one of the league's top offensive line units, and he's likely to play opposite Max Garcia at one of Denver's guard spots. With a revolving door -- in terms of both personnel shuffling and vulnerability to pass rushers -- at tackle in recent years, and last year's starting left tackle Russell Okung off to Los Angeles, Watson provides Denver with the necessary athleticism to compete for either spot. The additions signal a commitment to fixing what was Pro Football Focus' sixth-lowest-ranked offensive line in affording its running backs yards before contact in 2016. Provided Denver continues to address the line in the upcoming draft as expected, Booker figures to have more running room at his disposal during his sophomore campaign.
The three touches were a season-high for Thompson. The former undrafted free agent never got many looks at fullback after rookie Andy Janovich went on injured reserve nor has he gotten many opportunities at running back. Though Sunday should be all about preparing for 2017, it'd be a surprise if Thompson got much usage as Denver will almost surely want to get a long last look at rookie Devontae Booker.
Wolfe injured his neck in last week's loss to Kansas City and hasn't practiced since. Adam Gotsis will likely see some extra snaps as the only backup to starting defensive ends Jared Crick and Billy Winn.
Exercising Roby's option was a commitment to defense for the Broncos, as him and fellow cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris are huge reasons why the Denver ranked first in the NFL with 185.8 passing yards allowed per game last season. Expect Roby to have another strong season in 2017-18, given that he can stay healthy.
Just three years ago, Latimer looked like a combination of size and speed that was destined to do big things in Denver's passing offense. Instead, he's nabbed just 16 passes and one touchdown in three season and enters a contract year as more of a value on special teams than on offense - not exactly what one would hope for from a second-round pick. A more wide open attack under new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy may conjure up some of the production Latimer enjoyed in a spread offense at Indiana, but it's perhaps even more likely that Latimer will be playing football elsewhere sooner than later.
Edebali hasn't missed a game since coming into the league three years ago and racked up 54 tackles, eight sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble along the way. He projects as a rotational player for the Broncos and potential asset on special teams.
Ward missed last week's game due his concussion and has yet to return to practice. Will Parks is expected to start in Ward's place once again.
The details surrounding Brown's injury haven't been disclosed. The towering wideout previously spent training camp with the Broncos, and while he impressed in his limited time, was ultimately waived due to a back injury prior to the season opener. He then resurfaced in Denver weeks ago, but never made any sort of on-field contribution. His release allowed the team to add more depth at linebacker with Brandon Marshall (hamstring) on the shelf.