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Old 02-16-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Broncos released DLs Dewayne Robertson and John Engelberger, LBs Jamie Winborn and Niko Koutouvides, TE Nate Jackson, and SS Marquand Manuel.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:14 PM   #2
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Default Broncos Release Six More Players (M)

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos on Monday announced the release of the following six players: John Engelberger, Nate Jackson, Niko Koutouvides, Marquand Manuel, DeWayne Robertson and Jamie Winborn.

Engelberger started six games for the Broncos in 2008, recording 51 tackles, and had spent the previous three seasons with the club. He began his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

2008 was Jackson's fifth year in the NFL, having spent every season with the Broncos. He started three games in place of the injured Tony Scheffler and caught 11 passes before being placed on injured reserve on November 20.

Koutouvides was a first-year Bronco after spending four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He saw action in 14 games in 2008, playing mostly on special teams.

Manuel was also a first-year Bronco after having played for the Bengals, Seahawks, Packers and Panthers. He started 14 games at strong safety for the Broncos in 2008.

Robertson joined the Broncos via trade with the New York Jets on April 24, 2008 and started 15 games at defensive tackle. He spent the first five years of his career with New York.

2008 marked Winborn's eighth year in the league and second with the Broncos. He started 11 games at linebacker after Boss Bailey suffered a season-ending injury.
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and the true bloodletting begins......
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:15 PM   #4
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Can't say I'm devastated by any of those. Robertson wasn't bad this past season but that cap number was nasty.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:17 PM   #6
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no surprises there.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:18 PM   #7
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Winborn is a surprise to me ... especially in that we might go to a 3-4 and need linebackers.
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Releasing Winborn was stupid, even if he has clashed with Nolan in the past on other teams.

Popps is probably going to buy everyone in Burbank a beer for Engelberger's release.

Koutouvides is a good ST'er, but an average of 2.5m per season is too high for that so I agree with that, Nate Jackson has never provided any kind of value outside of dressing up as Santa Claus for McCaffrey's kids in 2003.

I hope they put some effort in trying to work a major restructuring and/or reduction of Robertson's contract before releasing him because he has value and is the only one on the current roster who has played at NT even if he doesnt like it. DEN is now razor thin at DT.
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Winborn is a surprise to me ... especially in that we might go to a 3-4 and need linebackers.
not a surprise to most as Mike Nolan is the defensive coordinator now in Denver
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:24 PM   #10
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Winborn was ****ing useless. A headless chicken who belongs on special teams, running like a headless chicken downfield trying to make a tackle.

Apparently our new D scheme will require thought from the players, so Winborn is out.

All the releases are awesome news quite frankly. Robertson was a given with his cap number, and the rest were all slighty above useless players who don't belong on anything other than league minimum salary.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:24 PM   #11
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I pray I never have to see Manuel in an nfl uniform again. Nate will wind up a Texan.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:28 PM   #12
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Why let go of so many D players? Is it because they are making room for players who CAN play?
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great news I might miss Nate Jackson's blog on the broncos website the most of any of them that guy was funny at least.
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Winborn is a surprise to me ... especially in that we might go to a 3-4 and need linebackers.
Winborn was the embodiment of everything that was wrong with this defense last year. He was #1 on my list of players I would have hated to see on the field in a Broncos uniform ever again.
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Boss Bailey should be on that bus out of town also.
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Nate Jackson is a nice player, sad to see him go. Excellent hands and totally unafraid to go up in traffic after a ball.
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I never have to see Winborn dance in orange and blue again!
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There may never be a more fragile NFL player than Nate Jackson, the only human being ever known to tear an ACL by correctly using a Q-tip.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:39 PM   #20
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Flame me all you want but i liked John Engleberger embodiment of a blue collar guy
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:39 PM   #21
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I hope DeWayne gets the proper chance in a 4-3 he deserves.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:39 PM   #22
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You guys are crazy Winborn is a total scrub. Robertson is basically a 4-3 DT that isn't that good, no reason to pay him. Engleberger, Koutivides also scrubs.

I like it the FO finally realizes no reason to waste a roster space on a guy you know stinks. Move on and look for new blood.
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I think we'll keep Boss.

He can likely be a decent SOLB while we're grooming a young guy to take over. He can play the nickel pretty well too. Obviously he's getting too much given how fragile he is, but at least when healthy he can play.

Guy like Winborn though, ****ing hell. I've had nightmares about that play against New England. Hands down the stupidest thing I've ever seen any one guy do in a game of any sport.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:41 PM   #24
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There are so many people that are going to go nuts over this. I can't wait to see Popps' reaction. I'm personally glad to see Winborn and Manuel gone.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:42 PM   #25
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With DJ cap number this yr being 11 million don't be surprised when Broncos tell him to either restructure or get cut. DJ would get about a 3-4 deal for maybe 20 million total if he was a FA.
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