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Broncos free up cap space after releasing two veterans

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The Denver Broncos have released veteran defensive lineman Zach Kerr and linebacker Dekoda Watson on Monday.

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The Denver Broncos made a couple of cap-saving roster moves on Monday ahead of the 53-man roster cut down coming up on Saturday, August 31, 2019. According to Mike Klis of 9News, the Broncos cut both defensive lineman Zach Kerr and outside linebacker Dekoda Watson.

The moves clearly indicate a need to free up cap space. According to Spotrac, the Broncos were down to just $111K in cap space from their top 51 in salaries. How that fits in with the cap allow next week, I am unsure. The fact here is that these two cuts free up about $3.3 million in cap space.

Back during the 2019 NFL Draft, the Broncos acquired Watson from the San Francisco 49ers. They gave up a fifth-round pick in exchange for Watson and a sixth-round pick. With Watson fighting for playing time, the coaching staff must have felt comfortable with rookies like Justin Hollins and Malik Reed moving forward.

As for Kerr, he just signed a two-year extension in March. However, as Joe Rowles noted this week, it seemed Kerr was losing his job to Mike Purcell and that appears to be just what happened.

Both veterans were ideal cap casualties as the Broncos front office looks for more wiggle room heading into the regular season.

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