Good Morning, Broncos fans! Although Denver has reportedly shown interest in free agent safety Mike Mitchell and is expected to go after T.J. Ward, one of their own free agent safeties is hoping to stick around.
Mike Adams, who started seven games at free safety after the frightening leg injury suffered by Rahim Moore, says he'd like to finish his career with the Broncos.
According to Adams, time spent with Jack Del Rio last week has him optimistic for a third year in Denver.
Ward, who turned 27 in December, was drafted 38th overall in 2010 by then-Cleveland GM and current Broncos pro personnel director Tom Heckert.
Denver has already signed a slew of former Browns players this offseason, but Ward would be the highest profile addition, by far.
Mitchell spent his first four seasons with the Raiders, who drafted him in the second round of the 2009 Draft.
Packers re-sign CB Sam Shields
The Green Bay Packers have re-signed cornerback Sam Shields to a four-year, $39 million deal that includes a signing bonus of $12.5 million, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
A source told Schefter that Shields will earn $30 million over the first three seasons—$15 million in the first year, $6 million in the second year, and $9 million in the third year.
FWIW, Shields graded out at +0.4 last year, while DRC was good for a +12.9 grade from PFF. Any questions?
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Once Denver made clear they were moving on from Trindon Holliday, and Chicago did the same with Devin Hester, we were intrigued.
However, as we noted, Hester has also had some major fumbling problems (4.64% of his career touches), albeit not nearly as severe as Holliday (8.27%).
The other problem with Hester is that he doesn't add a whole lot on offense. Of course, any contribution at all is infinitely more than what Holliday brings to the table.
Making matters worse, the soon-to-be ex-Bear would cost a whole lot more than does Holliday.
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Ideal Free-Agent Blueprint: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Sidney Rice, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, G Jon Asamoah, DE Jared Allen, MLB Daryl Smith, CB Derek Cox, CB Asante Samuel, CB Cortland Finnegan, KR Devin Hester
The thing is, with how well Elway & Co. have managed the cap, they can afford to get all of these deals done while still extending young stars like Demaryius and Julius Thomas.
As expected, the Broncos have tendered restricted free agents Chris Harris (second round, $2.187M) and Mitch Unrein (right of first refusal, $1.431M), and nontendered Trindon Holliday.
If you don't consider middle linebacker one of Denver’s biggest issues, please raise your hand. There will be men in white coats coming around to take you for a nice car ride soon...
We all know that the Mike has been problematic for Denver ever since Al Wilson went down with a neck injury back in 2006.
There’s been a laundry list of people who stepped in and did their best, but none were truly up to the job. I thought Wesley Woodyard was the best of the group (especially in coverage), but he’s a bit too small to hold up to the runs up the middle. That showed last season.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! With Champ Bailey out of the picture, there's no longer any doubt that Denver will be pursuing cornerbacks this offseason.
Mike Klis maintains the team will try to re-sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and he's sticking to his estimate of $6.5M-7M per year.
We're sticking to our opinion that such a number won't get it done - the salary cap has increased by more than 8% over 2013, and that has to change the calculus of free agency this year.
Meanwhile, Klis confirms Mike Chappell's report that Denver was prepared to pay D'Qwell Jackson a contract similar to what he got from Indy.
Agent's Take: Examining key issues for Eric Decker's free agency
After examining these salary metrics, Decker should feel comfortable seeking a five-year, $52.5 million contract, with $25 million in guarantees where $34 million is in the first three years.
Even though it’s a deep wide-receiver class in the draft, it would be somewhat of a surprise if Decker’s productivity, despite his weaknesses, didn’t land him a free agent contract from a new team in excess of Mike Williams’ deal with an average over $8 million per year and more than $15 million guaranteed.
We've seen some stupid numbers thrown out there, including Mike Florio's suggestion that Denver sees Decker as a $5M/year player.
Especially given the $133M salary cap, we're thinking Decker gets something close to what Corry says his agent should be seeking.