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Broncos release Louis Vasquez

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Louis Vasquez #65 of the Denver Broncos celebrates their 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Broncos appear to be on the verge of losing defensive end Malik Jackson to the Jaguars, which isn’t their choice but was an expected development this offseason.

It would be their choice to part ways with starting right guard Louis Vasquez, however, as he’s under contract for one more season. According to multiple reports, that’s just what they’re doing and Vasquez will hit the open market after his release becomes official.

Vasquez was set to make $5.5 million during the 2016 season and the Broncos will get that money back under the cap, although they will be left with $1.25 million in dead money thanks to the $5 million signing bonus that Vasquez got when he signed with Denver in 2013.

Starting left guard Evan Mathis is set to become a free agent on Wednesday, which could leave the Broncos with a very different offensive line than the one they deployed while winning the Super Bowl last month.

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15 Responses to “Broncos release Louis Vasquez”
  1. gplsek says: Mar 8, 2016 1:34 PM

    welcome back to San Diego!!

  2. uknepatsfan says: Mar 8, 2016 1:36 PM

    This is why they had to win this year just past, as they mortgaged everything on winning now and having to blow it up afterwards.

    Bold move that paid off.

  3. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 8, 2016 1:40 PM

    Philly better be on the horn right phuggin now.

  4. broncospianoman says: Mar 8, 2016 1:40 PM

    Cap Casualty. He’s still good, but at $5.5mil we needed the money. Malik’s already out the door – Trevathan is next. Osweiler is a crazy wild card – not sure why we didn’t extend him before the season ended.

  5. TB12RALLYCRY says: Mar 8, 2016 1:49 PM

    this team will be a shell of what it finished last season….enjoy it Denver

  6. cclaser says: Mar 8, 2016 1:58 PM

    I would blow up that offensive line too. Title in hand, but they were garbage.

  7. boogerhut says: Mar 8, 2016 2:00 PM

    uknepatsfan says:
    Mar 8, 2016 1:36 PM
    This is why they had to win this year just past, as they mortgaged everything on winning now and having to blow it up afterwards.

    Bold move that paid off

    Riiight. Really blowing it up. Elway, in the past, has released players only to re-sign them back for less. And if you ever bothered to listen to him you’d know that his strategy is not “win now”, it’s “win from now on”. SB teams lose players every year. That’s the NFL. Great GMs deal with it and plan for it.

  8. stealthjunk says: Mar 8, 2016 2:47 PM

    uknepatsfan says:
    Mar 8, 2016 1:36 PM
    This is why they had to win this year just past, as they mortgaged everything on winning now and having to blow it up afterwards.

    Bold move that paid off.
    ==================

    Mortgaged everything and “blowing it up afterwards”?? The Broncos are losing Louis Vasquez, Owen Daniel, and Malik Jackson. Yes, these guys would be a decent set of players on most crappy teams, but they’re not crucial to Denver’s success and probably aren’t even one of the top 10 players on the team. When you’ve built a roster as well as Denver has done, you’re bound to lose good players. The alternative of collecting and losing a bunch of crappy players isn’t all that appealing. Only a fool would interpret that as “mortgaging everything.”

  9. frostymugobeer says: Mar 8, 2016 2:54 PM

    The O line was the weakest link last season…these moves will have little to no impact on the team going forward.
    Elway knows his best bet is to keep the D intact as much as humanly possible.
    No small feat in this era when you just won the Super Bowl !

  10. cambodianbreastmilk says: Mar 8, 2016 4:05 PM

    I was pissed when Chargers let him walk cause he was a young starter and they always needed help on the OL. I could see him going back to SD. He played well with the Chargers, he’s big, and he’s familiar with McCoy.

  11. nflgtcfl says: Mar 8, 2016 4:27 PM

    Why the NFL is the best league … parity. Good teams get poached of players because of the enforced cap.

    Sucks for the teams losing players, but great for all those Sundays you don’t have to watch visiting teams full of scrubs.

  12. mataug says: Mar 8, 2016 5:17 PM

    Folks, you do know that he can be resigned later on lol

  13. n0funnystuff says: Mar 8, 2016 6:39 PM

    TB12RALLYCRY says:
    Mar 8, 2016 1:49 PM
    this team will be a shell of what it finished last season….enjoy it Denver

    I bet they beat the pats again at home next season. Broncos won’t be that bad off losing Vasquez he doesn’t fit Kubiak’s system anyway. Denver will be just fine.

  14. jasonculhane says: Mar 8, 2016 8:00 PM

    I get they won the Superbowl, but you would think with not re signing Peyton, that would free up money to keep the team intact. They are clearly cleaning house it seems

  15. racerx1225 says: Mar 9, 2016 8:01 AM

    I get they won the Superbowl too but they couldnt score a single TD VS the Raiders in 2 games, 1 with Peyton and 1 with Osweiler and lost 1 and were dominated in their fluke win due to 2 Oakland miscues. Denver is done. The West belongs to Oakland now with the addition of Osemele and Irvin, the return of Aldon Smith in November and more FA and the draft to come, Denver is done. Stick a fork in them.

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