The Denver Broncos will continue their search for capable players for their backfield after placing running back Zac Brooks on the reserve/retired list Thursday.
Although there has been no report from Brooks himself, placing him on the retired list means exactly what fans would think — he plans to retire. If he changes his mind, the Broncos own his rights similar to the way the Seattle Seahawks own the rights to Marshawn Lynch at the moment.
Seattle drafted Brooks with the No. 247 overall pick in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a rookie contract with Seattle, but the Seahawks cut him during training camp on Aug. 30 of last year. He cleared waivers and began the year on the Seattle practice squad, but the Seahawks officially released him on Oct. 25.
After that, he spent about a week on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad and then returned to the Seahawks for a brief period in November. The Broncos signed him to their practice squad in December and then locked him up to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 2. He has yet to appear in an NFL game.
Brooks played college football with the Clemson Tigers. He ran for 607 yards on 116 carries and made 17 receptions for 197 yards in his career. He also scored 8 touchdowns and played in the 2016 National Championship game.
Last season, rookie Devontae Booker led Denver with 612 rushing yards. C.J. Anderson was second with 437 yards. Improving the running game may be one of Denver’s biggest goals in next week’s draft.