Originally Posted by 76Texan
Dreessen's new contract with the Broncos only took up $1.833M in cap space last year, so they could have resigned him if they wanted to (along the way, they probably cut a receiver who earned little just to make room on the roster, or any player really, from Barrett Rudd to Alan Ball to Shilo Keo - they may make little like in the $400-600K range; minimum guys.)
Just a note but there's more to it than money.
Dreessen is from Colorado. I think he gave the Broncos an extra home-town discount in order to play with Manning.