The Denver Broncos have released veteran tight end Joel Dreessen with a failed physical designation.

Dreessen caught seven passes last season, one year removed from a 41-catch season with five touchdowns.

Dreessen underwent several operations on his left knee.

He was due a $2.5 million base salary this year.

Dreessen caught 48 passes for 403 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons with the Broncos.


For his career, Dreessen has 158 receptions for 1,767 yards with 19 touchdowns.

He was selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL draft after a standout collegiate career at Colorado State University. A two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection for the Rams, he started all 45 games played in four seasons for the school and had 123 receptions for 1,295 yards with 10 touchdowns.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun