It's an easy decision with really no ramifications—a guy is a free agent, and if you think he's worthy of being on your team, you make the decision to negotiate with him.
If you deem a certain player to not be valuable to your team moving forward, you simply let him walk towards free agency.
This is a much trickier situation.
This slideshow is about players who shouldn't be on Denver's roster next year. What is the issue here?
Well, they're under contract for 2013 and/or beyond. So by releasing them the Broncos will absorb a cap hit.
Unless they trade these players. The problem is, trades in the NFL rarely happen. Another issue here is these players aren't considered worthy enough to acquire in a trade, hence, the reason why they're even in this article in the first place.
There are guys that have either worn out their welcome for a team, had high expectations and never fulfilled them or are just completely useless in contributing to the team's goals in the future that roster spots should not be wasted on these guys.
Here are five Broncos that should be released/traded before the 2013 season starts.