August 26 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Caleb Hanie (16) throws a touchdown pass to tight end Jacob Tamme (84) during the second quarter of a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
By releasing Hanie on Saturday, the Broncos prevented his $1 million contract from becoming guaranteed. Klis says that the Broncos could re-sign him on Tuesday, when Week 1 of the NFL season has passed.
At least until then, Osweiler becomes the primary backup for Manning. Osweiler was the Broncos' second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. With a free spot on the 53-man roster following Hanie's release, the Broncos made a corresponding move, promoting defensive tackle Sealver Siliga from the practice squad.
Hanie has thrown for 679 yards and three touchdowns and 10 interceptions in parts of three NFL seasons.
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