Broncos release Owen Daniels, Louis Vasquez

The Denver Broncos have released Owen Daniels.
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The Denver Broncos have released tight end Owen Daniels and guard Louis Vasquez, the team announced.

Daniels, 33, caught 46 passes for 517 yards and three touchdowns last season after joining the Super Bowl champion Broncos from the Baltimore Ravens. He memorably scored in the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, and had worked with head coach Gary Kubiak in Baltimore and Houston.

“These decisions are never easy, but we appreciate the contributions Louis, Owen and Aaron made to our team, especially during our Super Bowl,” Broncos president John Elway said.

The Broncos also released guard Louis Vasquez and long-snapper Aaron Brewer as they continue to shuffle their roster with many key players coming off the books and Peyton Manning retiring. Vasquez, a former All-Pro guard, was a three-year starter in Denver. Brewer had been with the team since 2012.

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The moves create $8,430,000 of cap space, according to the team, and that combined with $19 million off the cap from Manning’s retirement gives the Broncos some added flexibility to retain players — including franchise-tagged linebacker Von Miller.

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