According to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, the Broncos have cut 9-year veteran Clinton McDonald.
Broncos have cut DL Clinton McDonald, per source.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 1, 2018
The Broncos originally brought him over from the Buccaneers to add some interior pass rush, on a two year deal. However, struggling with a shoulder injury and missing OTAs, along with a strong preseason from Demarcus Walker, prompted Denver to feel comfortable moving on.
Broncos had big plans for Clinton McDonald as inside pass rusher, signing vet to 2-year, $7M, w/$4M guaranteed in '18. But infection from old shoulder surgery caused new contract with $0 guarantees. McDonald could wind up in division. Oakland was previously interested. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 1, 2018
This should be seen as a vote of confidence in the rest of the defensive line depth for Denver.
Sources: Broncos DT Clinton McDonald took a paycut of $3M for 2018. He can earn back the $2M in base salary and $1M roster bonus by being on the 53-man roster ($140,625/game) and 46-man roster ($46,875/game). Likely tied to his shoulder issue that has kept him out of OTAs.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 12, 2018