Broncos will not bring back McBean

Posted April 16, 2012 @ 10:56 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Broncos will release DT Ryan McBean after rescinding their RFA tender offer to the veteran lineman on Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent. The news was first reported by the Denver Post.

McBean was given an original-round tender offer by the Broncos at the start of the offseason. However, the team has since signed free-agent DT Justin Bannan, making McBean expendable.

Set to enter his fifth NFL season, McBean has played in 46 games since signing with the Broncos in 2009. His best year came last season, when he had a career high 33 tackles and four sacks as part of a DL rotation.

Though the team has not commented on the news, likely part of the reason McBean will not be brought back is that he is facing a six-game suspension in 2012 for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

The way we see it

McBean was a solid role player on the Broncos’ defensive line, and the news he will not be brought back makes the position an even greater need come draft time. Denver is counting on a pair of veterans — Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson — to return from injury this season, but could use some youth up front.