With Derek Newton and Doug Free already back with their old teams, the market for available right tackles is heating up. According to the Journal Sentinel, Packers lineman Bryan Bulaga is seeking $7M-$8M annually, and has drawn interest from Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, and Washington.
It would appear the Packers raised Demaryius Thomas's price tag by re-signing wide receiver Randall Cobb to a reported four-year, $40M contract. That's a big number on an annual basis, and takes a top wideout off the market.
They're not similar players, as Thomas is a physical freak and outside man-beater, while Cobb is smaller and plays inside. Cobb has just one year of elite production, and was limited by injury to just six games in 2013. Thomas, on the other hand, has been one of the league's top handful of receivers for three years running, and hasn't missed a game since 2011.
The Broncos may not be the only AFCW team that's going for it with an aging, elite quarterback. According to various reports, the Chargers may make a run at signing free-agent big fish Ndamukong Suh, Randall Cobb, and Mike Iupati.
San Diego currently has a shade under $26.3M in cap space available. While it would seem impossible for them to sign all three players, these reports clearly indicate the Chargers are going to be active next week.
Derek Newton seemed a natural fit for Denver at right tackle, given his history with Gary Kubiak. Perhaps the Texans feared the same, as they pushed to re-sign the impending unrestricted free agent.
Houston reportedly gave Newton $10M in guarantees as part of a five-year deal that will prevent him from reaching the open market. It's not clear whether the Broncos would have pursued the 27-year old, but now, they won't get the chance to.
The Broncos will not use a restricted free agent tender on linebacker Steven Johnson, which will make him an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins. An original round tender, the lowest iteration, would have cost $1.542M.
Denver had two other scheduled restricted free agents, but already extended Aaron Brewer and is expected to non-tender corner Tony Carter. They tendered three of their four exclusive rights free agents, and appear to have non-tendered DE John Youboty.
Yes, they’re hot for Darrelle Revis, and we could see the most dramatic Jets-New England Patriots tug-of-war since the Curtis Martin saga in 1998—assuming Revis doesn’t re-up with the champs before Tuesday. The smart money says he doesn’t, forcing the Patriots to release him to avoid a prohibitive $20-million option. The border war is about to escalate once again.
In theory, this is a win/win for Denver - the Pats either lose Revis, or pay him a lot more in cash and cap than they'd wanted to.
Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton's exit from Broncos could leave big void
In Knighton’s case, it’s likely to create a chasm in what suitors offer and the Broncos’ price point. His market could settle between $7 million-$10 million annually. The Raiders are expected to pursue Knighton, along with the Dolphins. So, too, are the Lions, if Ndamukong Suh defects as a free agent.
Renck floats Nick Fairley, Dan Williams, and Cedric Thornton as possible replacements for Knighton. Pot Roast was terrific for Denver, but they can't afford to pay that kind of cheddar to a guy who played just 48% of their defensive snaps (33 per game) last year.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The NFL transaction wire remains busy ahead of Saturday's opening of the legal tampering period and Tuesday's calendar flip to the 2015 league year.
Kansas City continues to work toward getting under the salary cap, cutting defensive tackle Vance Walker but re-signing linebacker Josh Mauga. They may even find a way to hang onto Tamba Hali, who says he's working on a restructure of the contract that calls for him to count for nearly $12M against the cap.
Reggie Wayne hasn't announced whether he's playing in 2015, but he definitely won't be back with the Colts. The 36-year-old wideout is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and the only NFL team he's ever played for said on Friday that he won't be back with them for a 15th season.
It will be natural for folks to envision Wayne reuniting with Peyton Manning in Denver. In theory, his familiarity with Manning would be an easy sell, but assuming he takes Wes Welker's spot on the roster, Denver would be getting even older than they already were last year.
The Broncos will have to revisit the 2012 playoff nightmare against Baltimore at least twice in 2015. San Diego agreed with Jacoby Jones to a two-year deal reportedly worth up to $5.5M.
Jones, who streaked past Rahim Moore for a tying 70-yard touchdown in the final minute of Denver's divisional round loss to the Ravens, was cut by Baltimore last month.