Gaffney traded to Washington for DL Jeremy Jarmon

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos have dealt WR Jabar Gaffney to Washington in return for DE Jeremy Jarmon. Jarmon was a third-round pick out of Kentucky by the Redskins in the 2009 supplemental draft and has played in 16 games over the past two seasons (starting one).

The 30-year-old Gaffney spent two years with the Broncos, during which he caught 119 passes for 1,607 yards and four touchdowns. He was due to make $2.4M in salary this season, while his cap number for the year was $2.75M. Jarmon is scheduled to make $480K in 2011 and $565K in 2012, after which he will be a free agent.

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Orton likely headed to Miami

6:07am ET Thursday - Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald places the chances of the Orton deal happening at only 60/40, for what that's worth

11:50pm ET - Jason "TV Dude" LaCanfora is reporting that the Broncos are pursuing former Colts DT Danny Muir.  Muir is relatively unknown, but if you are a combine freak, you'll probably remember Muir posted better numbers than Brandon Mebane, who was in the same draft class, in almost all categories.  Particularly impressive was his bench press (37 reps).  In other news, the Rams are in the mix as well.  The Rams and Broncos are now pursuing every DT on the planet...at the same time. - TJ

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The Daily Lard 7-27-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As far as defensive tackles go, Mike Klis says the Broncos are going after Seattle's Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel of Miami. Denver is apparently interested in Cullen Jenkins, but he may prove too expensive, and the Saints' Remi Ayodele is a natural fit due to his familiarity with Dennis Allen, although no word on whether Denver has contacted him. Plus, Legwold says the Broncos are in on Aubrayo Franklin and Derek Landri.

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Why would John Elway trade Kyle Orton?

By this time tomorrow, it's likely Kyle Orton will no longer be the property of the Denver Broncos.

How did we get here?  How did a quarterback, who, by all accounts, has been better than average, and by many other accounts, has been better than the guy he replaced, Jay Cutler, get put on the trading block?

The story is fairly straightforward.  John McDaniels liked, but wasn't completely satisfied with Orton.  So he traded for Brady Quinn.  Then McDaniels fell in love with Tim Tebow's potential.  So he drafted the kid.

In many ways this has been the story (unfair or not) of Kyle Orton's career--good, but leaving people wanting just a bit more.     

As the debate rages even now about whether Orton is a better option than Tebow, I find myself realizing it doesn't really matter.

That's right.  Who is better means nothing.  Assuming Tebow wasn't the second coming of Ryan Leaf, it never did.

Orton was probably destined for this outcome all along.

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Gut Reaction: Colby Whitlock

In this year's draft, the worst-kept secret in the world was the Broncos' need to acquire a defensive tackle.

Yesterday, they finally did, signing Texas Tech lineman Colby Whitlock.

Surprisingly, he might stick around.

Whitlock played a lot of 3-4 nose tackle for Texas Tech.  As you'll see from this tape, that helped him to develop a certain toughness that one doesn't see from 4-3 defensive tackles.  In the 3-4, you need to be stout at the point of attack, you need to be willing to sacrifice yourself at even the slightest hint of a double team, and you'd better have a motor that never stops.  

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2011 Broncos undrafted free agents

Here are the undrafted players Denver has reportedly agreed to terms with thus far:

Position Player School Draft Profiles
CB Brandon Bing Rutgers CBS
DT Ronnell Brown James Madison NFLDS
WR Mark Dell Michigan State NFLCBS
LB Derek Domino South Dakota State NFLDS
RB Mario Fannin Auburn NFL, CBS
WR D'Andre Goodwin Washington CBS
OT Adam Grant Arizona NFL, CBS
WR Jamel Hamler Fresno State NFL, CBS
CB Chris Harris Kansas CBS
LB A.J. Jones Florida CBS
LB Deron Mayo Old Dominion NFLDS
OT Curt Porter Jacksonville State CBS
CB James Rogers Michigan CBS
FB Austin Sylvester Washington CBS
QB Adam Weber Minnesota CBS
DT Colby Whitlock Texas Tech CBS
WR Marshall Williams Wake Forest NFL, CBS

 

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A final reflection on the labor negotiation

I’m the kind of guy who has a large social circle that’s comprised of a roughly equal number of men and women.  It’s a function of being a fraternity man, and also of relentlessly attending various networking events in the Cleveland area.  I like to attend every event that I’m invited to, if possible, and when I’m there, I maximize the social opportunity.  All the people I know tend to overlap in various ways, because Cleveland isn’t a very big city when you filter it down to young professional types.  There are probably less than 500 or so who fit a similar profile to me.  (I’d define that roughly as unmarried, younger than 40, college-educated, active, extroverted, and possessing a white collar job with an income above the median, mainly in the downtown Cleveland area.)

I realize that not everybody socializes like I do, but try to picture this.  You have two friends of roughly equal stature in your loyalty hierarchy, one man and one woman.  (I can think of a few of you who’d accuse me of making a political statement if I made it two people of the same gender.  Yawn…)

The man and the woman (let’s call them Tom and Mary) become involved, and eventually, you and your significant other hang out with them a lot.  They become your go-to friends, and you even go on vacation together.  It’s funny how these things work, but the chemistry is just there, and it’s a really value-adding relationship.  This goes on for years, and everything is great.

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Arizona & Miami reportedly interested in Orton

10:15pm ET - Klis says the Broncos are making a push to re-sign Marcus Thomas.

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Bumper stickers you may have missed - Post-lockout edition

The lockout has come to an end.

I find myself filled with terror--more terror than that time I woke up in downtown Oakland with an orange and blue butterfly tattoo and wearing only a Broncos thong.

Am I going to have Roger Goodell to pick on any more?

Probably.  As long as Goodell makes a ridiculous $10 million for being Jerry Jones' lapdog and imposing inconsistent fines, he'll remain a comedic gold mine.  If not, I thought I'd get my licks in one last time.

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The Daily Lard 7-26-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! That was quite a busy night, and I won't recap everything here that we already covered a few hours ago - if you missed any of the signings or TJ's late-night UDFA Edition Gut Reactions, just head back to the earlier entries. The biggest news of the morning, if not a surprise, is Mike Klis' report that the Broncos are in fact putting Kyle Orton on the trading block. However, Klis also interestingly writes that if the FO doesn't find an offer to its liking, he thinks Orton will remain the starter in Denver.

Worth repeating here for clarity's sake, Brandon Browning was originally reported as having agreed to terms with the Broncos, but it appears he has ended up with the Rams. Plus, as IAOFM reader Snaggins astutely pointed out, "dead money" from contracts terminated before March 11, 2011 will not count against the salary cap in 2011. I will have more thoughts on this development later on, but this has major implications for the Broncos and puts the release of Justin Bannan in a new perspective.

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