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Lindsay, Broncos ‘mutually part ways’

Broncos rescinded their original-round tender, effectively letting Lindsay go to the open market.

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The Broncos announced this morning that after productive talks with Phillip Lindsay’s camp in recent days, the team and Phillip Lindsay had agreed to “mutually part ways.”

Denver rescinded the right-of-first-refusal tender placed on Lindsay on Wednesday to allow the former Pro Bowl running back a greater chance in the free agent market.

Lindsay, who ran for Denver South High School and at the University of Colorado, went undrafted before signing with his third hometown team as a free agent.

Although Lindsay’s 2020 season was spoiled by injuries, his first season in 2018 ended with a Pro Bowl nod, and he gained more than 1,000 yards in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Lindsay finished his career in Denver with 534 carries for 2,550 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The running back totaled 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns his first season, going past 100 yards in three games. According to, only two players in franchise history posted a higher yards-per-carry average in a season than Lindsay did in 2018.

Lindsay earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors in Week 13 against the Bengals. He was also named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team that year.

In his second season, Lindsay rushed for 1,011 yards and scored seven rushing touchdowns while also adding two more 100-yard games. Lindsay became the first undrafted running back to begin his pro career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

Last season No. 30 gained 502 yards and a touchdown in 11 games, sitting out five for injury. He also earned another 100-yard effort when he got the rock 23 times for 101 yards in a road win over the Patriots.

Lindsay tweeted his thanks to the Broncos - noting his chance to fulfill a “dream of playing for my home team” - and also a big thank you to the fans.