Texans reportedly give Andre Johnson permission to seek trade

Good Evening, Broncos fans! Two more players were tendered at the franchise level on Monday ahead of the afternoon deadline - New England placekicker Stephen Gostkowski and Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

That brings the number of tendered players to six - five at the franchise level (Demaryius Thomas, Justin Houston, Dez Bryant), and one at the transition level (Charles Clay).

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Dolphins use transition tag on tight end Charles Clay

Miami pulled a rare move by applying a transition tag to pending unrestricted free agent tight end Charles Clay; the resulting tender is worth $7.071M for one season. The Dolphins would have five days to exercise a right of first refusal for any prospective offer sheet signed by Clay with another team.

But unlike with a franchise tender, there's no draft choice compensation associated with a signed and unmatched offer sheet.

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Broncos use $12.823M franchise tag on wideout Demaryius Thomas

As had long been expected, the Broncos applied their non-exclusive franchise tag to pending unrestricted free agent wideout Demaryius Thomas just ahead of Monday's deadline.

The accompanying tender is worth $12.823M and will count against Denver's cap space immediately, even before Thomas signs the one-year deal. Denver and Thomas now have until 4pm ET on Wednesday, July 15 to agree to a multiyear contract. Once past this deadline, the two sides cannot execute a long-term deal until after the conclusion of the 2015 regular season.

A non-exclusive tag allows Thomas the freedom to sign an offer sheet with another team, but the Broncos would have the opportunity to match, known as a right of first refusal.

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Cowboys tag Dez Bryant

As expected, the Cowboys applied their $12.823M franchise tag on wideout Dez Bryant, who is forever linked with Denver's Demaryius Thomas.

In 2010, the Broncos took Demaryius two picks prior to Dallas's selection of Bryant; there was much debate at the time over whether Denver had chosen the right wideout. Denver has just more than two hours to use their tag on Thomas.

Scouting the 2015 Draft: Jake Fisher

With the zone blocking scheme installation coming in OTAs, Denver continues on their drive to improve the offensive line. Today, let's discuss former Oregon Ducks left tackle Jake Fisher.

He’s not related to Eric Fisher, the left tackle taken #1 overall in 2013 by Kansas City. Like Eric, though, he was a tight end before converting to tackle. The questions for Denver are whether he can develop the power that he’ll need for right tackle and the balance that he’ll need for the left side.

Usually, you want a power player at right tackle. Fisher uses technique rather than raw power. He does it so well, that I think he could come in and play right tackle as a rookie. If he adds enough power, he could also take over at left tackle when Ryan Clady’s contract runs out.

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PFT: Justin Houston may threaten holdout until Week 10

Justin Houston situation is about to get very interesting
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Per a league source, Houston intends to aggressively pursue an offer sheet from another team, targeting teams that would be giving up a low first-round pick in 2015 and, most likely, a low first-round pick in 2016…Houston, we’re told, is seriously considering staying away from the Chiefs until the Week 10 deadline for signing the franchise tender.

Aggressively pursue an offer sheet? Does that mean Houston is willing to take a much lower salary in exchange for heftier gauarantees?

Obviously, this would seriously harm the Chiefs' chances this offseason, as Houston will occupy $13.169M in cap space, hindering their ability to acquire other players.

2015 salary cap to be $143.28M

The NFL has announced an official salary cap of $143.28M for the 2015 season; the cap was $133M in 2014.

Denver is expected to apply its franchise tag to Demaryius Thomas by the 4pm ET deadline; the accompanying tender will amount to $12.823M. Based upon the cap space estimates at OTC, the Broncos will be left with $16.856M in room as soon as Demaryius is tendered.

Report: Chiefs tag Justin Houston

According to Adam Schefter, the Chiefs are the first team to use their franchise tag ahead of today's 4pm ET deadline, applying it to linebacker Justin Houston. Based upon a $143M cap, Houston's tender is for $13.169M.

Saddled with one of the league's worst cap situations, KC recently cut TE Anthony Fasano and wideouts Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins to help their cause. Among their other pending free agents are center Rodney Hudson and former Denver draftee Ryan Harris, both of whom have been linked to the Broncos in recent speculation.

If another team signs Demaryius Thomas to offer sheet, Broncos shouldn’t match

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver is fully expected to use a non-exclusive franchise tag on pending free agent Demaryius Thomas by today's 4pm ET deadline.

According to Mike Klis, there's a good chance Thomas delays signing the tender until the July 15 deadline, preserving the only (tiny) bit of leverage he holds. That would mean missing OTAs and minicamps, but from a player's perspective, there's very little reason to rush to sign a franchise tender.

Klis adds that last summer, the Broncos ($13M/year) and Thomas ($15M/year) were pretty far apart in their negotiation toward a long-term deal.

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Klis: Denver likely to sign top free agent center

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! We're just nine days away from the new league year and the start of free agency, and speculation is starting to ramp up.

Once past a terrible analogy between John Elway's Broncos and George Steinbrenner's Yankees (and Klis covered baseball...WTF?), Mike Klis says Denver is "almost certain" to sign a top free agent centers, perhaps one of KC's Rodney Hudson or Oakland's Stefen Wisniewski.

FWIW, Hudson graded out at plus-13.0 in 2014, while the son of Steve posted a minus-2.5 grade. In 2013, Wisniewski was at plus-11.4, while Hudson was at plus-4.4.

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