Open Thread: Saturday Week 16

Philly at Washington.

ESPN previews San Diego at San Francisco.

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Michigan talk puts pressure on Jim Harbaugh’s NFL suitors

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jim Harbaugh and his next coaching gig remain the football world's top story.

According to Adam Schefer, Harbaugh's family and friends are pushing him to return to his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Per Schefter, Harbaugh's own preference is to remain in the NFL, as has been widely suggested.

It doesn't seem like a situation that will take very long to play out though, as recruiting is in full swing; Schefter's report suggests Harbaugh would have to accept the Michigan job within a couple of weeks, if at all.

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Is there a worse idea than sitting Peyton Manning with the #1 seed at stake?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The NFL's slate of mostly awful Thursday night games came to an appropriate conclusion, with a matchup between 2-12 teams.

Jacksonville won the game, 21-13, but Tennessee was the big picture victor, as they remained in the running for the #1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.

That race is likely coming down to the Titans and Bucs. The Raiders, who are 2-12 like Tampa Bay, lose strength of schedule tiebreakers to both teams, and thus need an outright worse record to move into the top draft slot.

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Open Thread: Tennessee @ Jacksonville

PFFESPN, and KSK preview the matchup; enjoy the game!

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Examining the details of the Chris Harris extension

The details (or at least the raw numbers) of Chris Harris's contract extension have been posted over at Over The Cap, and they're pretty interesting. What first jumps out is that the fully guaranteed portion of the deal is only the $10M signing bonus Harris received.

The initial report from Mike Klis said the deal included $24M in guarantees, including $18M over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. To be frank, I should have seen through that before suggesting the full guarantee might be as high as $18M. A look at other cornerback contracts should have made clear that Harris wasn't getting anywhere close to $18M in full guarantees.

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Broncos re-sign Dominique Jones, tried to claim Player A from Wells Report

Two days after they waived him, the Broncos re-signed tight end Dominique Jones to their 53-man roster. This might suggest the health of Jacob Tamme (rib) isn't improving as quickly as expected.

Instead of putting Jones back on the practice squad, as they'd been expected to do, they signed tackle DeMarcus Love, who's had four NFL stints since entering the league as a 2011 sixth-rounder.

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Michigan offer sounds like leverage for Jim Harbaugh with Raiders

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, will Jim Harbaugh be coaching the Raiders next season? Speculation continues to point that way, but Mark Davis is going to have to write a big check to get it done.

According to multiple reports, Harbaugh has already drawn a massive contract offer from his alma mater, Michigan. It's reportedly worth $49M over six years ($8.17M per). Such a figure, if real, would give Harbaugh a 63.4% raise over his Niners salary and make him the highest paid head coach in either college or the NFL.

It's also 57% more than the Wolverines reportedly offered him in 2011.

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Klis: Expect Broncos to use franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos plan to use their franchise tender on pending unrestricted free agent Demaryius Thomas, with hopes of locking him into a multiyear contract before training camp.

The tender value for wideouts was $12.3M last offseason; how much that figure rises next year will depend upon the overall salary cap increase. Klis puts the 2015 number at $12.7M, but that is likely based upon a conservative $138M-141M cap estimate.

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Bears bench Jay Cutler, possibly to facilitate trading him

The Bears' dumpster fire has grown to a multi-alarm blaze. According to ESPN, Cutler will be benched for Sunday's home game against Detroit, in favor of the terrible, no good quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

Last week, Ian Rapoport cited anonymous sources in reporting that Bears officials regretted giving Cutler his massive contract ($38M guaranteed!). Shortly thereafter, OC Aaron Kromer tearfully apologized to the team for being one of Rapoport's sources.

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49ers cut Ray McDonald amid rape investigation

San Francisco cut defensive end Ray McDonald after police said they are investigating him for an alleged sexual assault. San Jose Police detectives searched McDonald's home on Wednesday.

The Niners were criticized earlier in the season for sticking by McDonald amid allegations that he'd physically abused his pregnant fiancee. Prosecutors opted not to press charges in the case, one made more controversial by the involvement of an off duty San Jose policeman at McDonald's house.

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