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It was a rough first wave of cuts for some former Broncos

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The first wave of cuts are in the books and we will see the remainder happen today as teams get their rosters down to 53-players. The Broncos made some moves, but we also saw a number of notable former Broncos see their times with their respective teams to come to and end.

Probably the most notable former Broncos cut was their former first-round pick, quarterback Paxton Lynch getting released by the Seattle Seahawks. He was battling Geno Smith to be Russell WIlson’s backup in Seattle but he obviously lost out.

This might be the end of the line for Lynch who has failed to show much at all during his time in the NFL. He does have the size and first-round pedigree that may earn him another chance, but the odds are quickly becoming stacked against him.

Lynch wasn’t the only former Broncos first-rounder to be released during Friday’s first wave of cuts. Shane Ray who signed with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason failed to make their squad. He was trying to latch on as a backup edge rusher but like Lynch, it just didn’t pan out.

That is your 2015 and 2016 first-round picks by the Broncos who first failed to do much with the Broncos and now failed to make the 53-man roster of their second teams. Not a great look for Broncos General Manager John Elway.

Other former Broncos who received their walking papers on Friday were linebacker Corey Nelson and cornerback Kayvon Webster.

The other notable former Broncos player to be released on Friday was former starting linebacker, Brandon Marshall. He signed with the rival Raiders but didn’t show enough to crack their 53-man roster. He however, sounds like a player who really wants to come back home and play for the Broncos. WIll John Elway and company want to do that? We shall see.

News and notes from around the league

Cowboys will place Daniel Ross on injured reserve – ProFootballTalk
Defensive tackle Daniel Ross played 13 games for the Cowboys in 2018. He won't play any for them this season. The Cowboys will place Ross on injured reserve Saturday, ending his season, the Dallas Morning News reports. Ross has a shoulder injury.

Seahawks release DeShawn Shead, waive Shalom Luani – ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks have made a couple of their roster decisions in the secondary. According to Brady Henderson of, the Seahawks have released veteran defensive back DeShawn Shead and waived safety Shalom Luani. Shead confirmed the move in a message on his Twitter account Friday evening.

Melvin Gordon holdout lingers – ProFootballTalk
The Chargers and running back Melvin Gordon continue to be at an impasse, with no end in sight to the tailback's holdout. But a window could be sliding open for a face-saving conclusion to the dispute. "I'm disappointed it has lasted this long," G.M. Tom Telesco recently said, via Eric D.

Bruce Arians: Lavonte David fine for Week 1, “it’ll be close” with Vita Vea – ProFootballTalk
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians took a break from making cuts to get the team down to 53 players to update a couple of injury situations ahead of Week One.

Report: Jadeveon Clowney doesn’t want to play for Dolphins – ProFootballTalk
The Texans may or may not have a deal with the Dolphins to send Jadeveon Clowney to Miami. It doesn't matter. As Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Saturday and reiterated Friday: The ball's in Clowney's court.

Ben Roethlisberger won’t continue his weekly radio show – ProFootballTalk
The Ben Roethlisberger radio show is no more. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Steelers quarterback will not continue his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.

Jerry Jones keeps pushing the flawed “honor your contract” argument – ProFootballTalk
Since running back Ezekiel Elliott isn't in Dallas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones can't try to persuade Elliott to take whatever offer the team is willing to make. So Jones needs to use a different strategy. His fallback? Make Elliott look bad for holding out.

Jones on Zeke: We haven't won SB with him here -
Jerry Jones said Thursday that the Cowboys are operating as if Ezekiel Elliott is "going to miss regular season games" and on Friday pointed out they haven't won a Super Bowl with Zeke.

Dante Scarnecchia's enduring brilliance integral to Pats dynasty -
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the headliners of New England's dynastic run, but another man has played an integral role in the franchise's Super Bowl splurge. Mike Giardi profiles the Patriots' O-line whisperer, Dante Scarnecchia.

Raiders center Rodney Hudson signs 3-year extension -
The Raiders are signing center Rodney Hudson to a three-year extension worth $33.75 million, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Hudson receives $24.4M in guarantees, per Pelissero.

Patriots trading for Bills center Russell Bodine -
The Buffalo Bills are trading center Russell Bodine to the New England Patriots in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

Seahawks waive Paxton Lynch; Geno wins backup job -
Paxton Lynch is out in the Emerald City. The Seattle Seahawks waived the former first-round pick on Friday ahead Saturday's deadline to finalize 53-man rosters.

Notable NFL roster moves ahead of cut down day -
Wide receiver Terrelle Pror and defensive tackle Datone Jones both joined the Jaguars this offseason. Now they're both on their way out. A day before cutdown day, Jacksonville is releasing the two veterans.

Raiders expected to keep all three QBs on roster -
After holding a preseason-long backup quarterback competition, the Oakland Raiders are expected to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, with Mike Glennon as the backup to Derek Carr.

Cuts tracker: NFL teams finalize 53-player rosters -
The NFL preseason has ended. The regular season is less than a week away from kicking off and that means it's time for teams to cut their rosters down to 53 players before Saturday's deadline.