Denver Broncos surprisingly release longtime starting LB Todd Davis

Broncos linebacker Todd Davis during game against Chiefs.
Oct 28, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Todd Davis (51) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

NFL teams are getting an early start with cut-down day coming Saturday. That includes some surprising veterans being given pink slips ahead of the start of the 2020 season.

We can now add another one to the list. According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the Denver Broncos have released longtime starting linebacker Todd Davis.

This comes as a pretty big surprise given that Davis has started at inside linebacker in Denver over the past four seasons.

In 2019 alone, the 28-year-old Davis recorded 134 tackles (78 solo) and six tackles for loss. Davis had been dealing with a groin injury prior to the Broncos surprisingly deciding to release him.

Denver Broncos depth chart following release of Todd Davis

A fourth-round pick out of Iowa back in 2018, Josey Jewell was seemingly on the roster bubble ahead of Friday’s news. He now moves up on the depth chart and is a potential strter next to fellow inside linebacker Alexander Johnson.

It was late late last month that Denver signed former Rams first-round pick Mark Barron. A safety by trade, he’s making his name known more as an inside linebacker in the NFL. Barron, 30, started nine game for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season. He recorded 82 tackles (58 solo), three passes defended and an interception.

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In news relating to the Davis release, Denver traded defensive tackle Christian Covington to the Cincinnati Bengals for linebacker Austin Calitro on Friday.

The 26-year-old Calitro has started nine games in two seasons between the Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars. He could figure into the starting inside linebacker competition moving forward.