Back in August, Mike Klis reported the Broncos would release Watson from injured reserve once he’s healthy, so this was expected to occur. Watson will now enter the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
Watson, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Raiders back in 2013. He played the final year of his four-year, $4.15 million rookie contract before signing a three-year deal worth $18.3 million with the Broncos in 2016.
Watson was set to make a base salary of $5.5 million for the 2018 season.
In 2017, Watson appeared in seven games for the Broncos and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 76 offensive tackle out of 79 qualifying players.