Tebow has one less competitor in Denver

Tom Brandstater's future in Denver was seriously altered when the Broncos drafted Tim Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick in April.

Friday, Brandstater’s short time in Denver ended. He was released by the team.

Brandstater was a sixth-round draft pick last year. He was considered an intriguing long-term project under coach Josh McDaniels. However, it became clear this offseason that Denver was not high on Brandstater when it added Brady Quinn through a trade in addition to drafting Tebow. Tebow leapfrogged Brandstater as the No. 3 quarterback last week.

The timing of Brandstater’s departure is a tad surprising. He was considered a potential practice-squad player. For Denver to cut Brandstater before its minicamp next weekend shows the team has no interest in him at all.

Brandstater will likely get some interest around the league as an inexpensive project.