By Romi Bean

(CBS4) — The Denver Broncos have released defensive lineman Jurrell Casey after a brief stint with the team.

Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey of the Denver Broncos stands on the field during a training session on Aug. 20, 2020.

Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey of the Denver Broncos stands on the field during a training session on Aug. 20. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

The Broncos signed the veteran lineman in the 2020 offseason, acquiring him from Tennessee in exchange  for a 7th round draft pick. Casey was coming off 5 consecutive Pro Bowl seasons and was averaging 6.5 sacks per season. 

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The move spares the Broncos from the final two years of Casey’s contract amounting to $25.7 million. 

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The Broncos never got a chance to see what Casey could do after he suffered a season-ending injury just three games into his Broncos career. 

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This is the second significant move by new general manager, George Paton. Earlier this month, Paton released cornerback A.J. Bouye, who would have been owed $11.69 million in 2021. The two moves combined clear more than $23 million in cap space for 2021. 

Romi Bean