Phillip Lindsay and Broncos Officially Part Ways


Phillip Lindsay waves to the fans following the Broncos loss to the Lions in December 2019 at Empower Field at Mile High (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos and running back Phillip Lindsay agreed to part ways Thursday morning. Lindsay had received an original round Restricted Free Agent tender earlier in the week which meant if another team wanted to sign the Denver native, the Broncos had the right to match the offer. But after discussions with Lindsay's agent, Mike McCartney, the team decided to let Lindsay become an unrestricted free agent and seek employment elsewhere. Both the team and his agent, as well as Lindsay all had positive messages on Twitter.

Undrafted in 2018 out of the University of Colorado, Lindsay burst onto the scene with hometown team. In fact, one player said following their first team practice in the Spring, that the Denver South High alum would be the 3rd down back that season. But early on, it was obvious Lindsay would be much more than that.

As a rookie Lindsay rushed for 1,037 and made the Pro Bowl, something no other undrafted rookie had ever done. He didn't play in the game as he broke his wrist in the next to last game of the year, a loss at the Raiders on Christmas Eve. After returning from the wrist injury, Lindsay ran for 1,011 in his sophomore campaign.

Last off season, the Broncos brought in Melvin Gordon on a 2-year contract, and to be the lead back, but with Lindsay still slotted to get close to 50% of the snaps. Very rarely did that materialize as Lindsay's 2020 season was slowed by injury. Thus, he only rushed for 502 yards.

His fate was inevitable when the Broncos agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent running back Mike Boone who spent the last 3 years in Minnesota.

The market should be solid for Lindsay, as teams have inquired about trading for him, so he should land with a new team in no time.


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