Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Make no mistake about it, folks - the 2014 free agency process has already begun.
The pre-FA tampering period may not start until two weeks from Saturday, with free agency itself not officially opening until the following Tuesday.
According to John Ourand of SportsBusiness Daily, Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino will no longer be part of the CBS studio crew, with Tony Gonzalez replacing one of them, and another hire expected.
We're extremely biased here, but this is incredibly disappointing news; the HOFer and Broncos ROFer had been with CBS Sports for 10 years.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As you might have noticed, we set up a free agency rumor tracker last night, once word came that Denver is interested in Louis Delmas.
As always, there figures to be an endless supply of Broncos-related rumors over the coming weeks, with free agency and the 2014 league year set to begin just three weeks from today (at 4pm ET).
We'll do our best to sift through it all, but of course, the trick will be in trying to separate legitimate rumors (oxymoron?) from pure speculation.
Of course, this is a hopelessly impossible task, as there's no real way of knowing which reports have any truth behind them.
|Player||Pos.||2014 Age||Old Team||Notes|
|Louis Delmas||S||27||Detroit||2/17: Reported interest (Jason La Canfora)|
|D'Qwell Jackson||LB||31||Cleveland||2/27: Visited Broncos (3/3), signed with Colts (3/6)|
|Mike Mitchell||S||27||Carolina||3/8: Broncos, others interested|
The Broncos are reportedly among the teams currently expressing interest in safety Louis Delmas, who was released by Detroit in a cap-related move last Thursday.
Selected by the Lions atop the second round of the 2009 Draft (#33 overall), Delmas was often discussed as a possible pick for Denver that year.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, what will be long-term results of the Wells Report and the coming out of Michael Sam?
According to Peter King, the Commish has met with more than 30 players over the past two months, seeking input for how to turn NFL locker rooms into more tolerant and professional environments.
Surely, this news will prompt many responses about the league turning soft, or about so-called political correctness (a term that happens to be used only by racists, sexists, bigots, and homophobes).
We have another term for what's about to happen: the NFL is going to do a better job of ensuring players aren't complete assholes to one another, which is a rather noble pursuit.
Ditka is a Stafford fan but thinks he shouldn't wear hat backwards
“I’m not knocking him. I’m just saying that’s the first thing I would tell him if I inherited him. When you’re going to go do an interview, put [your hat] on like it’s supposed to be on, not backwards, sidewards, whatever way they put them on anymore.”
This might explain why Ditka isn't coaching anymore, since backwards caps have been pretty mainstream for oh, at least 25 years now.
Post-Super Bowl craziness for MVP Malcolm Smith finally ends
The day of Sam’s announcement, Smith tweeted: “There is no room for bigotry in American sports. It takes courage to change the culture.” He wasn’t just speaking about Sam.
“It was about the fact the Redskins’ name is what it is; the fact that (Miami Dolphins tackle) Jonathan Martin doesn’t feel comfortable; the fact that (Oklahoma State basketball player) Marcus Smart is being called names on the sideline,” Smith said. “It was more about all those things than just him. I think that’s just another example, Michael Sam coming out. We need to face things head-on and be a little bit more responsible about the way we see things.”
Does it reduce the sting of SB 48, that Denver lost to some well spoken young men with great perspectives on life? No, it does not. (via PFT)
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The offseason is going to start ramping up a bit this week.
Starting on Monday, teams will have two weeks - until 4pm ET on Monday, March 3, to apply their franchise tags to pending unrestricted free agents.
Denver has done so for two straight years - first with Matt Prater in 2012, and again with Ryan Clady in 2013.
There's no chance they make it a threepeat, given their pending UFAs and the likely tag values.
Don't lose crucial parts of 'the code'
Many have said Martin has broken “the code” and will never be welcomed back in the locker room. What about “the code” that says we love one another? We play hard for one another? We set aside our differences and bond together as one?
What about that fraternity, that code?
It says a lot that Mark Schlereth - at the time, a journeyman scrap-heap signee, and self-proclaimed least confrontational person you'll ever meet - was able to stand up for a young Broncos teammate in 1995. And it says very little for the 2013 Dolphins and their apparent leadership vacuum.