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Broncos acquire ILB Austin Calitro in trade with Bengals

The Denver Broncos have swapped players with the Cincinnati Bengals as they look to fill in some holes at the inside linebacker position.

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The Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to trade players on Friday per a report from Dianna Russini on Twitter. The Broncos will get fourth-year inside linebacker Austin Calitro from the Bengals and will send sixth-year defensive lineman Christian Covington to Cincinnati.

Calitro, a former undrafted free agent in 2017, has spent time with six other teams in his short career. He has seen game action in each of the last two seasons totaling 81 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The Broncos have a need at inside linebacker having lost Justin Strnad for the season and Todd Davis is still working back from a calf injury. He will join recently signed Mark Barron to help fill the void Denver is currently dealing with that the position.

According to the report, the Broncos will send Christian Covington to the Bengals as part of the deal. Covington, a former sixth-round pick in 2015, had signed a one-year deal worth $1.75 million in April. Denver will come out positive on that end with Calitro’s contract also being a one-year deal, but worth $750,000.


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