In their first wave of cuts, the Denver Broncos have decided to part ways with tight end Daniel Graham.
"They just called me a few hours ago. I went up there and (Broncos GM Brian Xanders) told me I'm making too much next year," Graham said in breaking the news via our phone conversation.
Graham, a Denver native and University of Colorado graduate, says he took the news in stride after leaving Dove Valley.
“When Xanders told me I really didn’t say much. I know this is a business. I know how it goes,” added Graham.
Last season Graham logged 18 receptions for 148 yards-the lowest such sum of his career. In nine NFL seasons, he has amassed 2,465 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns.
Regardless of the stats, Graham says he has a lot of football left in his legs.
“I know I have at least three or four years left in me, and then I am done.”
Graham also said that the Broncos never asked him to take a pay cut Wednesday, and that at the time Xanders' tone sounded definitive too him.
After the news broke Broncos’ brass released a quick statement expressing their gratitude for having Graham as
a part of their organization.
“We're thankful for everything Daniel Graham did for the Broncos and the Denver community,” said Broncos executive vice president John Elway via Twitter Wednesday. “Tough to let him go. We wish him the best.”
Graham was a first round draft pick for the Patriots in 2002. He spent five seasons in New England and four in Denver.