Broncos release veteran LB D.J. Williams
D.J. Williams had been a versatile linebacker and regular starter for the Denver Broncos, until he lost his job to fifth-year linebacker Wesley Woodyard in 2012. The nine-year veteran D.J. Williams’ off-field issues have been a distraction throughout his career; and he was yet again suspended nine games by the NFL last season – four games due to a failed urine test. D.J. Williams had his career’s least productive season in 2012, finishing with just 14 tackles and one pass defensed in seven games.
However, D.J. Williams also tied for the team’s longest tenured player alongside Champ Bailey and was the team’s leading tackler through five of his nine seasons with the Denver Broncos.
“We appreciate the contributions made by D.J. Williams during his time with the Broncos,” said Denver Broncos executive Vice President of basketball operation John Elway, in a statement released by the team. “He was a solid player with this team for a number of years, showing a lot of versatility at linebacker. Our organization wishes D.J. all the best going forward.”
D.J. Williams amassed 824 tackles, 20.5 sacks, two interceptions, 31 pass breakups, 13 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries during his nine-year NFL career.
However, the last year of D.J. Williams’ six-year $32 million contract with the Denver Broncos in 2008, also played a role in his release. The Denver Broncos believed D.J. Williams was a tad too expensive on the $6 million he was scheduled to make for 2013.
The Denver Broncos also released quarterback Caleb Hanie on Monday. The former Colorado State standout Caleb Hanie played four seasons as a backup with Chicago Bears (who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009), before he joined the Denver Broncos last season. However, Caleb Hanie didn't take a single snap last season, as the Denver Broncos’ third-string quarterback behind Peyton Manning and his backup, rookie Brock Osweiler.
In his 10 career games (with four starts), Caleb Hanie threw for 679 yards and three touchdowns, including 10 interceptions.