The Denver Broncos have released cornerback A.J. Bouye, according to various reports. Bouye was coming off his first season with Denver, who acquired the cornerback via a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars last March.

Bouye's lone season with the franchise was a rather turbulent one. After suffering a dislocated shoulder in Week 1 and being replaced on the injured reserve into October, Bouye was later suspended for six games by the NFL in December when he violated the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension will carry over into the 2021 season, as Denver only had four remaining games at the time of the suspension and did not qualify for the postseason.

In his first season in Denver, Bouye combined for 23 tackles and recorded six pass breakups. Per reports, the move will save Denver more than $13 million in cap space.

Before the trade to Denver, Bouye was set to enter his fourth year in Jacksonville after originally signing a five year, $67.5 million deal to join the team after breaking into the NFL with the Houston Texans. Paired with former Florida State star Jalen Ramsey, Bouye would become a perfect No. 2 corner for the "Sacksonville" defense, which dominated to the point that the Jaguars were able to go from perennial basement dwellers to minutes away from advancing to Super Bowl LII.

After losing the AFC Championship Game to the New England Patriots that season, Jacksonville would regress back to the mean, and Bouye's exit was the latest in a series of departures by the core of the 2017 Jacksonville defense.

Like much of the team around him, the 2017 season was the best of Bouye's NFL career by far, as he posted career-highs in interceptions (6) and pass breakups (18) on his way to Pro Bowl and Second-Team All-Pro honors. Despite that production, Bouye's 2017 season was an outlier compared to the rest of his time in Duval County. He only had one interception in both 2018 and 2019, as well as just eight pass breakups in each season. However, he did post a career-high in tackles last season with 65.

Bouye, a native of Tucker, Georgia, was a two-star recruit in the Class of 2009. He played college football at UCF. Bouye recorded 110 total tackles and six interceptions en route to recording a pair of defensive touchdowns over his four years in Orlando. He had a season-high 42 solo tackles as a senior in 2012.