Now under new management, the Denver Broncos have reportedly made their first big move of the 2021 offseason.
Broncos are releasing CB A.J. Bouye per source. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 10, 2021
After going undrafted in 2013, the Houston Texans picked up the standout UCF defensive back. Bouye played four years in Houston, slowly building a reputation as a solid young corner.
The 2017 season was his breakout year. In his first season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bouye rose to new heights — notching a career-high six interceptions, 53 solo tackles and a Pro Bowl selection. Paired alongside All-Pro corner Jalen Ramsey, this stacked secondary helped lead the Jaguars to an AFC Championship game (losing to Patriots).
Following a few more years in Jacksonville, Bouye was traded to Denver prior to the 2020 season.
This year was an up-and-down year for the corner to say the least. In the first half of the Broncos’ first game of the season, Bouye was knocked out with a shoulder injury. Despite lingering injury issues in his Week 7 return, the first-year Bronco actually played pretty well through the next stretch of the season — collecting 23 tackles over the next six games.
After Week 13, Bouye was suspended for six games after violating the NFL’s PED regulations. As a result, the former Jag missed the remainder of Denver’s 5-11 season.
With two games remaining on his suspension, Bouye was scheduled to make $11.7 million (not guaranteed) from the Broncos in 2021. Newly-hired GM George Payton ultimately decided the corner’s inconsistency wasn’t worth the price.
If this move is any indication, it looks like the Broncos are headed into yet another rebuild.