Following yesterday’s 53-man roster deadline, the Denver Broncos picked up few players off waiver claims — meaning it was time for a couple players on the existing roster to go.
According to reports from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, one of the players to get the boot was fourth-year running back Royce Freeman.
With a couple of waiver claims and the need for space on the roster, the #Broncos are cutting RB Royce Freeman, source said. He’s averaged 4 yards per carry over two years in Denver.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2021
After he was drafted with a third-round pick in the 2018 draft, Freeman got off to a solid start with the Broncos. In his rookie season, the former Oregon Duck logged 521 yards and five touchdowns through 14 games and eight starts. The next season in 2019, he continued his solid production as the No. 2 running back behind Phillip Lindsay, notching 496 yards and three touchdowns.
This past season, Freeman’s production took a significant dip — largely due to the arrival of new leading rusher Melvin Gordon III. Through 2020, the third-string back collect just 170 yards and zero touchdowns.
While Lindsay left the team to join the Houston Texans in free agency this offseason, the Broncos picked up highly-touted North Carolina running back Javonte Williams in the second round of this year’s draft.
Freeman may be without a team right now, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll go too long without landing on a new roster.
At just 25 years old with a proven ability to produce as a backup running back, the former Bronco should find a new home in no time.