Broncos Release QB Blake Bortles, Promote DT Sylvester Williams


According to Ryan O’Halloran, the Broncos are releasing QB Blake Bortles from their practice squad and promoted DT Sylvester Williams to the active roster. 

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Bortles, 28, was taken with the No. 3 overall pick by the Jaguars back in 2014. He played out the final year of his four-year, $20,654,796 rookie contract when the Jaguars picked up his fifth-year option.

Jacksonville elected to sign Bortles to a three-year, $54 million contract that included $26.5 million guaranteed. However, they cut him loose last year after signing Nick Foles to a contract.

Bortles caught on with the Rams on a one-year, $1 million deal for the 2019 season. He signed on with the Broncos last month but couldn’t beat Brett Rypien for the backup role. 

In 2019, Bortles appeared in three games for the Rams and completed one of his two passing attempts for three yards.

Williams, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Broncos back in 2013. He played out the final year of his rookie contract after the Broncos declined to pick up his fifth-year option in 2017. 

From there, Williams signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Titans that included $7.25 million guaranteed. However, he was released the following year.

After brief stints with the Lions and Dolphins, Williams signed on with the Saints last year but was among their final roster cuts. The Chargers signed him in October and finished out 2019 with Los Angeles. 

He signed with the Broncos’ practice squad earlier this month. 

In 2019, Williams appeared in five games for the Chargers and recorded five total tackles, one pass defense, and no tackles for loss or sacks. 

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