Ahead of NFL roster cutdown day, the Denver Broncos have made a trade to address a weakness on their roster, sending Canadian defensive lineman Christian Covington to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for linebacker Austin Calitro.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
Covington signed a one-year contract with Denver worth $1.75 million this off-season but was in a fierce competition to make the Broncos final roster. With the Bengals going out and acquiring him the day before rosters shrink, he can likely breath a sigh of relief that he is in Cincinnati’s plans going forward.
The son of Canadian Football Hall of Famer Grover Covington was born in Vancouver, played for Vancouver College and earned a scholarship to Rice University in Houston. The Houston Texans selected Covington in the sixth round, 216th overall during the 2015 NFL Draft. The B.C. Lions picked Covington in the fifth round, 43rd overall of the 2015 CFL Draft, but Covington has spent his entire pro football career to date in the NFL.
Covington played the 2019 NFL season with the Dallas Cowboys, suiting up in 16 games making six starts while recording 28 tackles, one sack and knocking down one pass. The 26-year-old was with the Houston Texans for the first four years of his NFL career. Through 66 career NFL games, Covington has registered 93 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes defended and forced one fumble.
Now Covington will provide much needed depth for the Bengals, backing up the likes of Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and his former Houston teammate DJ Reader.