Denver cuts starting LB Akin Ayodele

August, 24, 2010
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The Denver Broncos made a curious cut Tuesday by releasing linebacker Akin Ayodele.

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Ayodele started the Broncos’ first two preseason games at inside linebacker and had eight tackles in those games, including six Saturday night against Detroit. Ayodele was signed to compete for a starting job during the draft weekend when Denver didn’t draft an inside linebacker early.

There has been no explanation why Ayodele was cut. Unless there was an off-field issue the team had with Ayodele, the Broncos probably cut him early to give him a chance to catch on elsewhere because they knew he wouldn’t make the final roster. Still, it's unusual for a player to start two games and then be whacked.

The Broncos have been high on Joe Mays since he was acquired in a trade for J.J. Arrington right before camp started and third-year player Wesley Woodyard has long been considered a potential standout by the team. It will be interesting to see what Denver does at the spot. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos keep their eyes open for a 3-4 inside linebacker on the waiver wire in the next couple of weeks.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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