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Broncos defensive linemen Justin Bannan (l) and Jamal Williams talk during the game against the Arizona Cardinals on December 12, 2010 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Broncos defensive linemen Justin Bannan (l) and Jamal Williams talk during the game against the Arizona Cardinals on December 12, 2010 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos continued revamping their roster Thursday by releasing veteran defensive linemen Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams.

Both were big additions to Josh McDaniels’ 3-4 defense last summer. The Broncos are going back to a 4-3 scheme under new coach John Fox, and the Broncos saved $1.5 million in bonus payments by cutting them loose.

Williams, who turns 35 this year, was due $1 million next week and $4.2 million next season. Bannan was due $500,000 next week and $3.5 million next season.

The moves came a day after the Broncos cut nine-year veteran tight end Daniel Graham, who was due a $1 million roster bonus Thursday. Graham and Bannan both starred at the nearby University of Colorado.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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