Last Friday, the Denver Broncos released quarterback Tom Brandstater and today, the Indianapolis ColtsÂ claimed him on waivers.
Brandstater, 25, was drafted by the Broncos in 2009 from Fresno State, signing a four-year, $1.6 million contract. He faced some stiff competition while at the Broncos with the offseason acquisitions of rookie quarterback Tim Tebow and ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn. Kyle Orton, at this point, is the starting quarterback.
In the offseason, Brandstaterâ€™s reps started to dwindle and the writing was probably on the wall.
As to why Brandstater was let go, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said in a National Football Post article, â€œWith the way practice was going and the repetitions, we felt like it was clear now that it’s time for us to make the decision to go ahead and not try to get everybody reps.The reps have been dwindling, and to try to continue to keep a guy in a loop where he can be a competitive player on your team with very few reps, it’s hard to do.â€
Daniels also said that the other three quarterbacks were a better fit than Brandstater for the team.
Now that Brandstater is with the Colts, heâ€™ll compete against Curtis Painter, Tim Hiller, and Drew Willy. Last season, with backup quarterback Jim Sorgi out, Painter had the role of backup for last yearâ€™s Super Bowl as a rookie if something had happened to Manning.
In the offseason, the Colts let Sorgi go.
The likelihood of Manning going down is low. He has the reputation of being a workhorse and is second to Brett Favre in the number of NFL quarterback starts. In the offseason, Manning had neck surgery; he has recovered and has been back since April, working with the teamâ€™s receivers.