The Broncos made the fateful decision to move on from their 2013 second round pick. It's wasn't an easy decision. But, after trying to trade him and finding no purchase, John Elway decided to move on and cut his losses.
Gradkowski was acquired via trade earlier in the year from Baltimore. He started out as the first-team center, but lost out to Matt Paradis, who took over the position like he owned it.
Ball and Gradkowski were waived to make room for center James Ferentz and tight end Mitchell Henry, whom the Broncos were awarded off of waivers today. We knew Elway was likely to keep looking for additional tight end help and Ferentz offers true center depth behind Paradis.
It's never easy to cut a second round pick, especially just two years into his career. But Ball simply couldn't get it done. From the time he injured his groin, up until now, things just haven't been going his way.
However, as a young player and former high-round pick, Ball will likely get claimed by another NFL team. Perhaps all he needs is a change of scenery. He didn't fit into Gary Kubiak's system, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have talent. His performance down the stretch as a rookie in 2013 tells us that he has the skills to play in this league.
Just not with the Broncos.
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