Report: Broncos Letting DL Adam Gotsis go in Free Agency

Chad Jensen

The Denver Broncos have seen everything they need to from defensive end Adam Gotsis. Per 9NEWS' Mike Klis, the Broncos are letting the free-agent Gotsis go and aren't expected to approach him about a new deal. 

A free agent, Gotsis received communication from the team here Wednesday during the NFL Combine there would be no offer before he hits the market on March 18.

Gotsis was the Broncos' 2016 second-round draft pick. It was an odd selection at the time and viewed as a reach, as most draftniks projected Gotsis to go somewhere early on day three of the draft. 

There's an apocryphal story about Broncos' D-line Coach Bill Kollar pounding the table for GM John Elway to take Gotsis in round two. Gotsis was extremely raw when he arrived in Denver from Georgia Tech. 

The Australian-born Gotsis took a lot of time to develop, as is common for D-linemen entering the league. Toward the end of the 2018 season, it felt like perhaps Gotsis was turning a corner, as he played very well down the stretch. 

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But he didn't appear to be a great fit for Vic Fangio's defense, which came along with the new head-coaching hire in 2019. Although Gotsis started off the season as a starter, he eventually lost his spot and went a stretch as a healthy scratch before the knee injury that had been lingering since he was drafted flared up to a point that required surgical attention. 

Gotsis was placed on injured reserve ahead of Week 16 and underwent surgery to repair his ACL. As Klis reports, because of the surgery, there's a good chance Gotsis won't be ready for football by the time the regular season rolls around, which absolutely has something to do with why the Broncos are letting him go. 

In 28 starts, Gotsis compiled 109 tackles (69 solo) and five sacks. Not the type of return on investment a second-round pick should garner. Then again, a second-round pick should be of the caliber that warrants a second contract. 

Gotsis had a little bad luck to end a contract year, but his knee isn't the only reason the Broncos are saying goodbye. But it does increase the urgency for Denver to get something figured out soon with fellow free-agent DL Derek Wolfe. 

Wolfe's agent reportedly had a positive conversation with the Broncos at the Combine this past week. Shelby Harris is also hitting unrestricted free agency and the Broncos are expecting him to garner a contract richer than what they'll be willing to pay. 

Happy trails to Adam Gotsis. 

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Comments (7)
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What looked to be a solid 2016 draft may go down as an average one at best. While Simmons is a stud and huge hit, Jano may be the only other one left when the season kicks off and he plays a position that will be diminished in the new offense.

Start adding up the 2013-2017 drafts and the number of holes this team has makes a ton of sense. Despite a couple good drafts now, Elway really needs some hits this year to turn the ship around. The rumor is WR round one, but I really think they are setting themselves up for failure if they get zeroed in and forego a better player at a different position there. And for this team, it’s likely going to fit a position of need.

ZED Fan from Aus
ZED Fan from Aus

As an Aussie this is sad news. But I'm a Broncos fan first and I have to trust that the Broncos are making positive moves with the momentum.