Happy Tuesday, friends. As promised, I’m back with Part 2 of my salary cap and free agency primer. Here’s Part 1, in case you missed it. If you did, you missed the homework assignment, so read all the way down and catch up. We’ll wait.
Okay, welcome to the party. There were a lot of good ideas in the comments yesterday, and today, I’m going to describe what I would do if I ran the Broncos. The idea isn’t to reflect what they will do, in other words. It’s intellectually equivalent of my annual Rational Actor Mock Draft, which is months away from being done for 2013.
As you’ll recall from yesterday, the Broncos are now without two starting DTs, a starting and backup MLB, two backup safeties (one a key special teamer), a starting slot WR, a backup WR, a backup CB, and a backup center. (That’s just the unrestricted free agents.) We have $15.5 million of cap room to spend, after we allocate $3 million to the 2013 Draft.
The zany story of two self ordained sports science entrepreneurs
Ross prescribed a deluxe program, including holographic stickers on the right elbow; copious quantities of the powder additive; sleeping in front of a beam-ray light programmed with frequencies for tissue regeneration and pain relief; drinking negatively charged water; a 10-per-day regimen of the deer-antler pills that will “rebuild your brain via your small intestines” (and which Lewis said he hadn’t been taking, then swallowed four during the conversation); and spritzes of deer-antler velvet extract (the Ultimate Spray) every two hours.
“Spray on my elbow every two hours?” Lewis asked.
“No,” Ross said, “under your tongue.”
Toward the end of the talk, Lewis asked Ross to “just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back on this this week.”
As pointed out by Mike Florio, it's a little late for Lewis to face any repercussions from the league, if they even bother to investigate.
If you're unfamiliar with deer antler fuzz, be sure to check out Doc's in-depth article on it from almost exactly two years ago.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As mentioned two days ago, President Obama expressed some of the same concerns many of us have about the long-term health issues of playing football, in a recent interview with the New Republic.
Naturally, the President's comments prompted plenty of reaction in New Orleans and elsewhere.
Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari stand on different sides of the debate, as Jay says he has much bigger concerns for their son, while Kristin plans to push five-month-old Camden to a less dangerous sport.
In 2011, the Broncos offensive line had the remarkable fortune of staying healthy enough for all first-teamers to start all 16 games of the regular season.
Unfortunately, the finale of that regular-season slate kicked off a regression to the mean of sorts, as right guard Chris Kuper suffered a gruesome leg injury from which he still has not recovered. Kuper struggled mightily in the playoff loss to Baltimore, and it was announced last week that he would undergo further surgery which kept him from playing in Sunday's Pro Bowl.
Including the playoff game, Kuper started only six games for Denver this season, after having missed only two starts in the prior four seasons combined.
The Lions hired former Broncos general manager Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive. Xanders will assist with pro and college scouting, while Mayhew retains final say over the roster.
“As I indicated following the season, we are re-evaluating all aspects of our football operation,” Mayhew said in a statement. “Brian’s addition, given his diverse background, positively impacts all aspects of our team’s football operations. He brings experience as a general manager and has worked in both pro and college scouting. In addition to his personnel background, he has experience in contract negotiations and expertise in the development and use of technological resources in player personnel. Brian will effectively improve on the structure we have in place and will add another set of eyes to the evaluation process.”
The guy that might have drafted Clay Matthews over Robert Ayers just found a new home in Detroit. Any job is better than no job at all, right? If you don't believe us, just ask Ted Sundquist, who has gone so long without work, he finally gave himself a title: "The Football Educator."
General Manager still sounds better. Perhaps someday.
This does give us a chance to bring out everyone's beloved toy, The Brian Xanders Random Quote Generator. This is our personal favorite:
We are going to have our college scouts start cross-checking the players in February, instead of later in the process in January.
Tear it up in Detroit, X-Man.
Former 49er charged with attacking ex-boyfriend
Former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris will appear in San Mateo County Superior Court today on charges he assaulted his former boyfriend at a Menlo Park restaurant during an argument over soy sauce and underwear.
...Harris and his alleged victim had been in a romantic relationship but were no longer involved when they met at Su Hong restaurant in Menlo Park, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti. Harris’ attorney Alin Cintean confirms the pair were previously involved but were just friends at that point. Harris was to drive Geier to San Francisco International Airport but instead became upset when he poured soy sauce on a plate of rice, according to the suit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court.
The men argued for approximately seven minutes and Harris said he would no longer take Geier to the airport, the suit states. As the men left to remove Geier’s belongings from Harris’ car so that he could instead take a cab, Harris tried pulling the other man’s pants down and accused him of stealing his underwear, according to the suit. Geier unsuccessfully tried pushing Harris away but the bigger man shook him violently and punched him in the arms, the suit states.
Police reports list Harris as 6 feet 7 inches and 240 pounds while Geier is 6 feet 1 inch and 220, Guidotti said. Geier allegedly hit Harris three times in the face but Harris “seemed only to grow more agitated” and punched him in the face several times until he fell, the suit states. Harris allegedly threw Geier’s property from the car and left while Geier hailed a cab and was taken to an emergency room in San Jose. Geier had surgery to repair broken orbital bones and required a metal plate to repair the damage. Harris was arrested at his home.
Whether gay or straight, it's never a good idea to mix soy sauce and underwear, my friends. It's bound to lead to some of the "ultra violence."
This applies doubly when the offended party is 6 feet 7 inches and probably weighs three bills.
Happy Monday, friends. We’re on the other side of the Pro Bowl now, with only a who-gives-a-damn Super Bowl left to go. For today, I decided to start putting together some salary cap and free agency ideas, so we can all start getting our minds around what’s to come. There’s already a bunch of speculation out there about who the Broncos should sign or trade for, and most of it is silly.
Today, we’re going to be serious, and we’re going to dismiss all of the delusions of grandeur that a lot of fans and reporters have. A football team has to plan for both the short term, as well as the long term, and the long-term planning that the Broncos face doesn’t allow for the big splash signings that get people excited.
Let’s start by doing some math, and by understanding how the Broncos currently sit structurally within the constraints of the salary cap. The cap in 2013 is expected to be around $121 million, and the Broncos currently look like they’ll have $18.5 million at the beginning of the NFL year. It’s easy to think that they can just go out and spend $18.5 million in average annual value on free agents, but it’s not that simple.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! While speaking at the Senior Bowl earlier in the week, John Elway said he wants to continue to build through the draft and augment with free agency, because what else is he going to say?
Jeff Legwold squeezed three columns out of that comment, analyzing it relative to age, money, and the lazy-but-convenient "This is how the SB teams constructed their teams, so of course every other team now needs to copy them" thread. (Let's not forget that the Broncos allowed 55 fewer points last season than did the Ravens, and had a better defense than them by any measure, while the Niners only allowed 16 fewer points than did Denver.)
Meanwhile, Mark Kiszla is ready to thank Josh McDaniels for having provided Denver with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Zane Beadles, and J.D. Walton in the 2010 Draft.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! LOLJets all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis is set to earn $6M in 2013 and has player options beyond that which he surely won't be triggering - so he's essentially entering the last year of his current deal.
There was talk earlier in the week that the team would consider dealing him, since they don't have a franchise tag at their disposal to use on Revis - his current contract stipulates they cannot do so. Complicating matters is that Revis is coming off ACL surgery, but the reality is that if he were on the open market, he'd command a massive contract with guarantees that would dwarf the $15M that Champ Bailey got from Denver two years ago.
Revis reacted to the trade talk with indignation, but new GM John Idzik claimed to have smoothed things over with the 27-year old over the phone.
Now comes news that the LOLJets were looking into dealing their best player prior to his Week 3 injury, but of course, that was back when Mike Tannenbaum was heading the front office.