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Report: Broncos to release pass-rusher Gregory

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The Denver Broncos are releasing pass-rusher Randy Gregory, sources told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

Denver signed Gregory to a five-year, $70-million deal ahead of the 2022 season, but the team now wants to focus on its younger players, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The Broncos had been trying to trade Gregory this week but couldn't find a partner, reports NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Gregory will be eligible to sign with any team upon his release.

The 30-year-old joined Denver after five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys but failed to contribute much to the Broncos. He missed 11 games in 2022 with a knee injury and played just 56% of the team's defensive snaps through four contests this year.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound edge defender has struggled with availability for much of his career. He's never played in every game of a season in his six NFL campaigns. He made a career-high 14 appearances in 2018.

Nik Bonitto, who started over Gregory in Week 4, Jonathon Cooper, and Thomas Incoom are all 25 or younger at the outside linebacker position. Bonitto had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in Denver's comeback victory over the Chicago Bears.

Veteran Frank Clark, 30, provides depth and is being paid just $5.45 million this year.

Gregory finishes his tenure in the Mile High City with 21 total tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles.

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