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Broncos cut backup quarterback Caleb Hanie

Caleb Hanie,  Brandon Williams AP

If Peyton Manning goes down in his Denver debut, Caleb Hanie won’t be there to replace him.

The Broncos released Hanie, their backup quarterback, today. That leaves rookie Brock Osweiler as Manning’s only backup.

The Broncos apparently decided that they need depth on the defensive line more than they need depth at quarterback, because they signed defensive tackle Sealver Siliga from the practice squad with the roster spot made available by cutting Hanie. The Broncos have long liked the potential of Siliga, who was also on the Broncos’ practice squad last season.

Because he is not on the Week One roster, Hanie’s base salary of $1 million will not be guaranteed. That may have contributed to the Broncos’ decision to release him, and he may be back with the Broncos next week.

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26 Responses to “Broncos cut backup quarterback Caleb Hanie”
  1. mazblast says: Sep 8, 2012 3:08 PM

    Hanie may wind up as the next Tyler Thigpen, bouncing from team to team, each enthralled with his “potential”.

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 8, 2012 3:14 PM

    That Osweiler kid cannot play. Stupid move IMO.

  3. jstottredsoxfan says: Sep 8, 2012 3:20 PM

    I love the Broncos, but the moves that become commonplace, by EVERY TEAM’S executives are becoming more and more ruthless. They will cut a man for two days just to resign him so that they do have to guarantee his contract, or they ask a player to take a pay cut in the 3rd year of a 5 year deal or be cut, but if you play beyond your contract, YOU HAD BETTER HONOR SAID CONTRACT AND NOT EXPECT TO BE PAID MORE (ie; MJD)! Why are these athletes paying agents that allow this s..t to happen to their clients? Why won’t one agent step up and insert provisions that protect the true amount of the contract and penalize the teams for screwing the players over? If a player agrees to 10 million over 5 years and it is a bad deal because he has outplayed his contract, then the player has to honor it. If the team signs a player to 20 million over 3 years and he doesn’t turn out the way they hoped he would, sorry about their luck, but they also need to honor that contract as well….

  4. shootscuz says: Sep 8, 2012 3:56 PM

    He will be back on the roster next week.

  5. rubicon202 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:35 PM

    Perhaps they will re-sign at a cheaper price? OMG if PM has to sit for a few games due to injury…who is Osweiler?

  6. larryboodry says: Sep 8, 2012 4:40 PM

    Maybe the Broncos felt that last year’s game against the Bears was the only game Hanie would ever win for them.

  7. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 8, 2012 4:48 PM

    Is that Vince Young’s phone I hear … ?

  8. lovef111 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:57 PM

    Ask any Bears fan whether Hanie belongs in the NFL, even as a 3rd qb. Last season when he finally got a chance to play, Hanie had one of the lowest passer ratings since the merger, for a qb playing a significant number of snaps. The only reason he was or will be on the roster is to assure His Peyton-ness he will never, EVER have to look over his shoulder.

  9. td30 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:02 PM

    they shouldve cut him last week and kept weber…I’ll die a bit inside if they re-sign him

  10. villa41 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:12 PM

    Both Denver lines are why this team isn’t making the playoffs or winning the West. The O-line is below average, while the D-line is poor.

    A lot of people seem to think Del Ro can make chicken salad out of chicken (insert the four letter word here). He can’t, though. Peter King goes all the way back to 2002 to make the case of how Del Rio improved the Panthers from a bottom of the league defense to top 5. Well, gee, the Panthers drafter a guy named Julius Peppers in 2002, and had another couple guys named Kris Jenkins and Mike Rucker on the D-line back then. My God, a lot of D coordinators would have looked good with that group. Del Rio went to Jax next and had the good fortune to have John Henderson and Marcus Stroud as his D-tackles in their prime for about the next 6 years.

    Del Rio isn’t working with any D-lineman in Denver anywhere near that caliber. Del Rio’s whole defensive scheme is predicated on having really good two gap run stuffing D-tackles. He doesn’t have that in Denver, and that’s why Denver is going to get run on all day. That will keep Manning off the field. When Manning does get on the field, he’ll be working behind that sub par O-line. It’s not going to go well for the Donks this season.

  11. EJ says: Sep 8, 2012 5:20 PM

    I hope someone signs Hanie before the Broncos can make a move to bring him back, because you know that is what they are doing.

  12. maximusprime107 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:35 PM

    @villa41

    Where do you get the idea that the Broncos o-line is poor? They have one of the best in the league, and they’re all under 30

  13. tformation says: Sep 8, 2012 5:39 PM

    Caleb had one really good game for the Bears in the playoffs relieving Cutler. In the regular season last year, he was awful. Just awful.

    Without Peyton, the Broncos literally have nothing. I don’t think it’s going to matter much who the backup QB is… Hanie or Osweiler… if Peyton goes down, so goes the season…

  14. metrocritical says: Sep 8, 2012 5:54 PM

    Why was Hanie on the roster in the first place? Why not have a back up capable of actually backing up when necessary? With the roster as currently configured, the Broncos would be picking number one in 2013 if Manning were to be injured so maybe that’s their back up plan.
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    As for jstottredsoxfan, the point of every contract is for the player to strive to play up to their utmost potential and exceeding a contract, outside the rookie contract, is highly unusual. The collective bargaining agreement and each contract allows management to make such cuts and roster adjustments as needed. The players have already agreed to be bound by these terms and assertions to the contrary are nonsense.

  15. rajbais says: Sep 8, 2012 6:13 PM

    What a waste of a roster spot!

    I felt that Adam Weber should have stayed, but Peyton Manning nor Brock Osweiler is hurt.

  16. broncosnative says: Sep 8, 2012 6:37 PM

    jstottredsoxfan

    Contracts are made to be broken, no matter what line of business it is. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the businessmen always have the upper hand, yes everybody deserves to make a living but at the same time, a business owner has an asset to protect. In football perspective, if you’re paying five guys 10 million a year and they don’t live up to the potential, they will get cut, that’s 50 million the company invested in that didn’t work out. Now for your everyday workers, we may not negotiate our wages but we still work on contract and if you’re not doing your job right, you get fired and replaced. The pats did it a day before the superbowl cutting a WR for a much more needed debt on defense. All the teams make moves like this all the time, it just business.

  17. broncosnative says: Sep 8, 2012 6:52 PM

    tformation says: Sep 8, 2012 5:39 PM

    Caleb had one really good game for the Bears in the playoffs relieving Cutler. In the regular season last year, he was awful. Just awful.

    Without Peyton, the Broncos literally have nothing. I don’t think it’s going to matter much who the backup QB is… Hanie or Osweiler… if Peyton goes down, so goes the season…

    In most cases, no team has a backup plan when their starter goes down, the bears experienced it last season, though yates did good for the Texans, he’s still no match for the elites. On rare occasions, a backup can take over and not give the job back, happened raided with the rams and brady with the pats. Osweiler is a project QB so yes if manning went down, season is over. Still I’ll take an elite QB any day then having to make a change throughout the season because of poor play.

  18. insanelomein2 says: Sep 8, 2012 7:00 PM

    I’m sure Manning will feel much more secure without having Hanie looking over his shoulder for the starting job….lol

  19. Punk says: Sep 8, 2012 7:37 PM

    I think the Broncos have learned what the Colts knew.

    “If Manning goes down we are so hosed so we might as well save money on the guy that will be losing 13 games.”

  20. voiceofreason18 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:14 PM

    Hey redsoxfan… Although you may be right to a certain extent, If the system wasn’t built like that it would be like bball, baseball etc. Teams stuck with paying a guy tons of money when he is no longer producing. Potentialy destroying the teams we love with 1 bad contract. Thats 1 of many reasons why the NFL is the great!

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    Mr. Hanie sucks. Proved that last year with the Bears when he replaced Cutler who injured a thumb. Move on Broncos.

  22. raiderapologist says: Sep 8, 2012 11:46 PM

    If the Broncos need to re-sign him, he will be available.

  23. warrenpeacephotography says: Sep 9, 2012 3:45 AM

    lovef111 says: “Ask any Bears fan whether Hanie belongs in the NFL”
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    Yes, because “any Bears fan” is as knowledgeable as the coaching and management staff in Denver. I’m sure that Bears fans are experts on his potential, since his performance on a different team running a different system with a different offensive line tells you everything you need to know about how well he might play for the Broncos.

  24. jstottredsoxfan says: Sep 9, 2012 9:01 AM

    jstottredsoxfan

    Contracts are made to be broken, no matter what line of business it is. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the businessmen always have the upper hand, yes everybody deserves to make a living but at the same time, a business owner has an asset to protect. In football perspective, if you’re paying five guys 10 million a year and they don’t live up to the potential, they will get cut, that’s 50 million the company invested in that didn’t work out. Now for your everyday workers, we may not negotiate our wages but we still work on contract and if you’re not doing your job right, you get fired and replaced. The pats did it a day before the superbowl cutting a WR for a much more needed debt on defense. All the teams make moves like this all the time, it just business.

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    My whole point was that if teams know at the time that they offer a contract that it will never make it past yes 2 or 3 then the players agent should insert provisions that force the team to make a pay out. This is only for the top tier players whose skills have not eroded since the signing of the contract. If a player doesn’t have the right to break a contract (as long as they are still producing at a high level) then the teams should be held accountable as well. Football employment cannot be compared to the typical forms of employment that most of us see on a day to day basis. I have never had a boss cut me on Friday just to resign me on Monday so that he didn’t have to guarantee my salary.

  25. itsmammoth says: Sep 9, 2012 10:06 AM

    1 million dollar contract…

    aaaaaaaaand IT’S GONE.

  26. frostymugobeer says: Sep 9, 2012 12:11 PM

    If Manning did get injured , the Broncos would be better off getting Osweiller some game experience .Rather than seeing if Hanie could pull off a win or 2.
    they used a 2nd round pick on the kid and would be wise to find out if he has what it takes to lead the team this year.
    Elway is planning for the future and the future is NOT Caleb Hanie

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