Originally Posted by TonyR
But it appears you have tunnel vision here. Yes, Freeney is a downgrade from Doom. Clearly. But with the savings (which are large) the Broncos can also address other needs. Again, right or wrong, the Broncos don't value Doom's production at $12 million. And they feel they can get more overall value for the team at that number. That overall value isn't limited to one position or player.
And yes, there is a "roster limit". But there is also a "spending limit". It's called both a salary cap and a cash budget.
There is no better value on defense of a team that is in a "win now" mode than a player who gets turnovers and sacks.