And then there was one.
Chris Harris Jr is the last remaining member of the No Fly Zone after the Denver Broncos released strong safety Darian Stewart.
Stewart joins TJ Ward (cut 2017), Aqib Talib (traded 2018), and Bradley Roby (2019 free agent) in leaving the Broncos three years after winning Super Bowl 50 and being part of the best defense in all of football.
The 30-year-old’s departure is the latest cap-saving move by
Darian Stewart said John Elway called him today to inform him they’re releasing him. “It was in the air for the past couple of months and, shoot, people spoke it into existence. But I’m in a good place with it, and I was happy to hear it first from Elway.”— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 6, 2019
Stewart, who was a free agent acquisition in 2015, had two years left on a four-year contract signed in 2016.
His departure gives the Broncos an additional $3.6 million in cap space to play with when the new league year begins next week, taking their total to $38m.
In his four-year Broncos career, the South Carolina alum recorded nine interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 250 tackles during the regular-season.Embed from Getty Images
With Stewart out of Denver, Will Parks could be elevated to start alongside Justin Simmons after an impressive 2018 season.
The Broncos — and new head coach Vic Fangio — could scour the crowded free-agent safety market to land a veteran to join Simmons, Parks, Su’a Cravens, Jamal Carter, Dymonte Thomas, and Tre Marshall in their safety corps.
Among the big-name free agents are Super Bowl winner and six-time Pro Bowler Earl Thomas, as well as Pro Bowlers Landon Collins, Eric Weddle, Tyrann Mathieu, and Haha Clinton-Dix.