Broncos move away from Joe Mays

As Denver star linebacker Von Miller appeals a four-game NFL suspension, the Denver Broncos released another veteran linebacker.

The team announced Tuesday morning it has cut Joe Mays. The inside linebacker was a popular, tough player, but his ability was limited. It has long been expected that the team may move away from Mays. He started 21 games in the past three seasons in Denver.

The team is turning to Nate Irving, Stewart Bradley and Steve Johnson at middle linebacker with Irving getting the first crack at winning the job. Denver reportedly saves $3.5 million in salary-cap room by cutting Mays.

In other AFC West notes:

  • The Football Outsiders think San Diego cornerback Shareece Wright is primed to have a breakout year.

  • The Football Outsiders think the Oakland Raiders have the worst collection of young talent in the league. I think that can change in the next couple of years if the current young talent develops and the team drafts well.

  • The Bengals cut veteran offensive tackle Travelle Wharton. He is versatile, and with most of the AFC West teams needing depth on the offensive line, he could be a name to keep an eye on if he can stay healthy. He is visiting Carolina on Tuesday.

  • Oft-injured Kansas City tight end Tony Moeaki has been cleared to begin training camp.