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Broncos general manager George Paton made the first big roster move of his tenure by releasing cornerback A.J. Bouye, a source confirmed Wednesday.
Bouye, who is scheduled to be suspended for the first two games of 2021 due to a performance-enhancing substance violation, played one year for the Broncos.
Cutting Bouye creates $13,218,750 in cap space.
Bouye, 29, was acquired from Jacksonville last March for a 2020 fourth-round pick.
Counted on to be the Broncos’ top cover cornerback, Bouye injured his shoulder in the Week 1 loss to Tennessee and missed the next five games. He sustained a concussion in the Week 8 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, forcing him out of the next game. And he was suspended six games in early December.
Bouye finished the season with 23 tackles and six pass break-ups in seven games (273 snaps).
The Broncos have Bryce Callahan, Michael Ojemudia and Essang Bassey as their current top three cornerbacks under contract, but Callahan (foot) and Bassey (ACL) are rehabilitating season-ending injuries.