You can’t accuse the Broncos front office under coach Josh McDaniels and G.M. Brian Xanders of not being bold. Reckless, perhaps.
Saturday was another chapter in McDaniels fitful effort to remake the Broncos roster in his image on the fly. Consider their moves, pointed out lovingly by Mike Klis of the Denver Post:
1. They traded Alphonso Smith, the cornerback they traded a first-round pick to acquire in 2009. Smith got one year in the organization and in return they got a third-string tight end.
2. They cut former Patriots defensive end Jarvis Green, who collected $3.255 million guaranteed as a free agent this year. He never played a snap for the team. Consider him the defensive version of Antonio Bryant.
3. They cut 2009 fourth-round guard Seth Olsen after one season.
4. They team placed wideout Brandon Stokley on injured reserve and will reach an injury settlement with him soon. Stokley already got $600,000 in bonuses this year.
At least this move indicated solid depth at the position.
We think the Broncos could be better than people think this year if they can shake the injury bug, but moves like this show their roster has a long way to go.
There’s another thing you can’t accuse the Broncos front office of: Being afraid to admit mistakes. They’ve had their share.