Englewood, CO- The Denver Broncos have released three veteran players in order to clear cap space ahead of the start of NFL free agency. Tight end Owen Daniels, guard Louis Vasquez, and long-snapper Aaron Brewer were all cut Tuesday.
Daniels was released after just one season with the team. He started every game with Denver last season, recording 46 regular season receptions and three touchdown catches.
Daniels, 33, has spent all ten of his NFL seasons with Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak in both Houston and Baltimore. Last offseason, he signed a three-year, $12.25 million contract with the Broncos, again following Kubiak to Denver. Now, for the first time in his NFL career, Daniels will have to play for a brand new coaching staff.
Vasquez, 28, had been an All-Pro with the Broncos in 2013. However, since then he’s dealt with serious back injuries and this past season showed him to be ill-equipped for Kubiak’s zone blocking system. He was expected to count for $6.75 million against the cap for the Broncos this season.
Brewer, 25, has been with the Broncos since 2012 and has become one of the most reliable long-snappers in the NFL. However, the four-year, $4 million contract he signed last March appears to now be too rich for the Broncos blood.
The moves the Broncos made Tuesday will free up approximately $8.43 million in additional cap space. With 15 unrestricted free agents on the Broncos roster, that money could go a long way towards retaining players like quarterback Brock Osweiler, who is reportedly strongly considering an offer from the Houston Texans, or signing other team’s available free agents.
Broncos General Manager John Elway believes the moves are simply part of the hard business of the NFL. "These decisions are never easy, but we appreciate the contributions Louis, Owen, and Aaron made to our team, especially during our Super Bowl run," Elway said.
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