This article examines some key Denver Broncos veterans from last season who will see a diminished role in 2012. Whether replaced by free agents, draft picks, or other circumstances, some players who had a big part in the 2011 AFC West Championship campaign will take a back seat this coming season.
The most obvious and visible player who once fit this category is now no longer on the roster. Having dealt displaced quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets on Wednesday, Tebow now no longer qualifies for this discussion.
Therefore, as the organization moves forward into 2012, the Denver Broncos are set to leave the McDarkness era behind completely, and so too will this examination of players who will not have the same impact with the team that they did one year ago.