Graham -- a Denver native son of former Bronco Tom Graham -- was given a big-money contract by former coach Mike Shanahan in 2007.
Graham, 32, has seen his production dwindle. He was signed primarily to be a blocker in the running game. But his age and contract had forced Denver to move on. He had 18 catches in 16 starts in 2010 for 148 yards. He had 102 catches for Denver in four seasons.
“Our organization is extremely grateful for the character, leadership and high level of play that Daniel Graham brought to the Broncos during his four seasons with this team,” Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said in a statement released by the team. “Beginning at Thomas Jefferson High School and throughout his time at the University of Colorado and as a Broncos team captain, Daniel always has been embraced and respected by everyone in Denver … We are thankful to Daniel for all of his dedication to the Broncos and this community, and we wish him all the best.”
Denver will likely look for both a blocking and receiving tight end in the draft and free agency. One possibility could be Carolina’s Jeff King. He is a good blocker who new Denver coach John Fox liked while he coached the Panthers.
I don’t think Graham will be a high priority on the open market, but possible suitors could included both Kansas City and San Diego. Graham played for Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli and the Chiefs would use a veteran blocking tight end. San Diego could also be interested in adding a blocking tight end.