The Denver Broncos have released veteran tight end Jeff Heuerman on Friday. Mike Klis of 9News first reported the news. This decision firms up the teams youth movement on offense as Heuerman was the longest tenured offensive player still on the roster. That honor now goes to Garett Bolles.
Heuerman, 27, was a third round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He piled up 63 career receptions for 678 yards and 5 touchdowns in his time with the Broncos. With the addition of Noah Fant in 2019 and rookie Albert Okwuegbunam, the move is all about youth for Denver. Well, almost all about youth. The Broncos will also shave $4.375 million in salary cap, which will boost their available cap in 2020 to around $16 million for their Top 51.
The Broncos tight end room will now consist of the aforementioned Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam, along with Jake Butt, Austin Fort, Troy Fumagalli, and Nick Vannet. There is also fullback/tight end Andrew Beck to consider, but he is on the COVID-19 reserve list for now.