2012 NFL Free Agency: Denver Broncos Release Ryan McBean

Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 16, 2012

McBean will be looking for a new home for 2012.
McBean will be looking for a new home for 2012.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos are about to make yet another roster move, as the team is preparing to release defensive tackle Ryan McBean on Monday.

It will mark the end of a four-season run in Denver for McBean, who was originally signed to the practice squad in 2008.  He developed into a regular starter for Denver since then and has played an important role in the interior of the Broncos' defensive front last season.

He was also recently suspended for the first six games of the 2012 season after it was announced that he had failed multiple drug tests.  This will limit McBean's options in free agency, as whichever team decides to sign him won't see him on the field until the middle of October.

Originally a fourth-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2007 out of Oklahoma State, McBean has career regular season totals of 77 tackles and four sacks (all of which came in 2011) in 46 games.  He's a capable interior rushing threat, but doesn't play with enough of an anchor to consistently set the run defense in motion.

The Broncos would seem to be interested in one of the defensive tackles available when they pick in the upcoming NFL draft, having lost Broderick Bunkley in free agency and previously struggling to stop the run in 2011.