The Denver Broncos will not pick up the fifth-year option of linebacker Shane Ray, who was their first-round draft choice (No. 23 overall) out of Missouri in 2015, according to multiple media reports.
However, he had only one sack last season as he battled a wrist injury and played in only eight games.
Ray, who will be 25 this month, finds himself behind All-Pro Von Miller and promising Shaq Barrett. The Broncos also used the fifth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft last week to select pass-rushing specialist Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State.
The Broncos weren't willing to guarantee Ray $9.3 million for 2019, and could let him become a free agent after this season.