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What the Broncos' release of Joel Dreessen means for the roster moving forward

The Denver Broncos have parted ways with Tight End Joel Dreessen

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The Denver Broncos announced today that they have designated tight end Joel Dreessen as released/failed physical. It was assumed that Dreessen would start camp on the PUP list, but it seems the team decided to part ways instead.

The injury bug has bit the veteran tight end. Dreessen underwent three knee surgeries in a nine month span, and did hope to play one more year. He also battled  through problems with his joint this offseason.  What exactly does this mean for the roster?

That leaves Julius Thomas, Virgil Green, Jacob Tamme, Gerrell Robinson, Jameson Konz, and Cameron Morrah as the tight ends on the roster.

I believe this opens up more playing time for Virgil Green since he's arguably the best blocking tight end on the roster currently.  With Julius Thomas, Virgil Green, and Jacob Tamme likely to make the roster, there is a void to be filled not only at TE but also with 90-man roster which now sits at 89.

One more implication this move has is on the active negotiations between the team and Julius Thomas, and Demaryius Thomas.  This adds 2.5 million to the cap space and boosts the Broncos number up to about 6.8 million.  The more space the merrier as the Broncos look to lock down these players into long-term deals.