According to 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos have released veteran backup Jeff Driskell. This move seemed inevitable after the team acquired the veteran Teddy Bridgewater last week prior to the 2021 NFL Draft.
Broncos have released veteran QB Jeff Driskell, per source. Nearly led Broncos to comeback win at Pittsburgh. Had one start for Broncos -- against Tampa Bay. That's all. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) May 3, 2021
This move clears $2,500,000 in cap space while the Broncos will eat $750,000 in dead money.
Driskell was signed last offseason to be Drew Lock’s backup. After Lock’s injury vs. the Steelers, he filled in admirably and nearly brought the Broncos back against them but in the end, came up short. He then had a brutal spot start against the Buccaneers who sacked him a number of times in his lone start.
He played a total of two games for the Broncos last season and totaled 432 yards passing, 3 touchdown passes, 2 interceptions, completed 54.69% of his passes, and was sacked a total of 11 times in those two games. He also rushed for 28 yards on 6 attempts as well.
With Bridgewater added and the team feeling good about Brett Rypien being the third quarterback, it only made sense to move on from Driskell. Also, his $2.5 million in cap savings was an added benefit as well.
It looks like the Broncos will enter camp with Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater, and Brett Rypien as their quarterbacks unless a certain quarterback from Green Bay eventually joins the room as well.