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Broncos release ex-Pro Bowl DT Jurrell Casey after one season

The Denver Broncos acquired Jurrell Casey (L) from the Tennessee Titans before the start of last season in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI
The Denver Broncos acquired Jurrell Casey (L) from the Tennessee Titans before the start of last season in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Denver Broncos released veteran defensive tackle Jurrell Casey after only one season, the team announced Thursday.

The 31-year-old Casey played in just three games with the Broncos before suffering a season-ending torn biceps during the team's Sept. 27 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Casey had no guaranteed money remaining in his contract, which was set to run through the 2022 season. According to Spotrac, the move saves Denver about $11.9 million against the salary cap in 2021.

The Tennessee Titans selected Casey in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of USC. The Broncos acquired Casey from the Titans before the start of last season in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft.

Casey, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, finished with 14 total tackles and three passes defensed in 2020.

In 142 career games with the Titans and Broncos, Casey recorded 507 total tackles, 51 sacks, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 16 passes defensed. His best season came in 2013, when he notched a career-best 10.5 sacks in 15 games.

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Casey is the second defensive player to be released by the Broncos this off-season. Veteran cornerback A.J. Bouye was released earlier this month after one year in Denver.

The Broncos now have more than $42 million in salary-cap space as free agency nears.

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