Terrance Knighton wants to stay
He said he would be willing to take “somewhat of a hometown discount” but that he also wants to feel he is receiving fair market value for his position. He said the interest in him remaining put doesn’t appear to be mutual at this point.
“To be quite honest with you, it’s frustrating and it’s somewhat disrespectful just knowing how important I was to the team and what the defense could’ve been without somebody like me,” he said. “It’s almost like, the longer they wait, the worse it is going to be.”
And yet, Troy Renck terms re-signing Knighton "a priority" for Denver. Obviously, that message hasn't been sent to the player. There's still 3.5 weeks until free agency, so this should be fun!
“Julius is here to get his money and get out,” one teammate told me last week. “That’s just how some guys are. He didn’t grow up playing this game and it’s just not in his DNA to put it all out there.” When asked if Julius Thomas was soft like some say, he said, ” where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” According to the teammate, Julius Thomas was healthy enough to play multiple times last season but refused to. In one instance Julius Thomas was heard saying, “I’m about 90% – I’m getting close.”
For years, we all read about how intelligent and grounded Julius is, thanks to his wonderfully supportive upbringing. But now that the Broncos aren't going to re-sign him, we're to believe he's a glory boy diva because he doesn't want to cripple himself before he can make something above the league minimum?
Indy's trade of a first-round pick in exchange for Trent Richardson seemed somewhat desperate the day they made it. Seventeen months later, it's looking like one of the worst trades in recent NFL history. This is obvious to everyone, including the Colts.
So now, Indy is trying to weasel its way out of paying the guy his $3.184M fully guaranteed salary for 2015, and their justification is that Richardson prioritized a real-life-is-scary-as-shit moment over a sporting event (that he might not have played in anyway).
The Broncos will reportedly meet this week with the agents for pending free agents Demaryius Thomas, Terrance Knighton, Orlando Franklin, and Rahim Moore. However, they will not meet with the agent for Julius Thomas, according to Mike Klis.
Last summer, Denver had apparenlty offered Thomas a deal worth around $8M per year. But that was before his latest ankle injury caused him to miss three games and practically wiped out his production. Since then, there's been very little to suggest the 26-year old will return to Denver for a fifth season.
As they seem to do every year, the NFL has started to increase its estimate of the yearly salary cap, this time moving their predicted range of $138.6M-141.8M up to $140M-143M. Last offseason, the NFL's first estimate of a $126M cap was woefully shy of the final $133M figure.
Kiszla: Broncos need to gorge on more Pot Roast, so sign Knighton
What this team lacks is the leadership and character to overcome adversity…But please consider this: If Elway felt the need to stand in front of Denver coaches and players after being routed by the Patriots at New England in early November, it not only speaks to shortcomings of the coaching staff but to the lack of urgency and mental toughness by a roster selected by Elway.
The Broncos lack leadership, because John Elway didn't gather the right mix of players. And yet, it'll be an even bigger mistake if he changes the players. Makes total sense!
Over the last couple of weeks, I spent time watching practice and game film from the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, and Senior Bowl. Some players stood out, for reasons good and bad. I haven’t gone back and watched their regular season film yet. I didn’t see more than the usual number of college games last year. Southeastern North Dakota vs. Cuttlefish Tech just doesn’t grab me for some reason.
The all-star games themselves were the icing on the season’s cake. Most scouts have moved on. They’re back home. They’ve cued up the software, prepping for combine. They’re watching film of the players they thought highly of in practice.
Corry says a win-win for Wilson and the Seahawks would be “some sort of a deal that had set some sort of a record for guaranteed money that won’t be broken for a while. I mean totally guaranteed. But then the overall dollars are significantly less than what the typical quarterback deal would be or what you would expect the deal would be for him.’’ Corry threw out the idea of a possible five-year extension that would guarantee Wilson something like $75 million to $80 million.
On top of the guarantee, Seattle would have to take out a significant insurance policy on Wilson's health, because such a deal would present an enormous risk, from both a caponomic and cash standpoint. But it's an interesting idea, for sure.
Revis viewed his arrangement with Pats as one-year deal
Sure, $20 million fully guaranteed for one more season would be good. But $40 million or more on a multi-year contract would be even better — especially since this may be his last shot at a major payday.
Mike Florio needs to spend some time perusing the tables over at OTC, where he'd see that $40M in guarantees would be $14.5M more than any cornerback currently has, and more than three times what Richard Sherman got last year (albeit not on the open market).
Broncos' offensive line dance begins with prospects
Free agency will dictate plans, especially if the Broncos are unable to retain defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and tight end Julius Thomas. The Broncos have not begun contract talks with Knighton this offseason, and if Thomas demands top dollar at his position he might have to find it elsewhere.
Given that it's mid-February, we wouldn't read much into the lack of talks. But FWIW, Renck wrote just yesterday that Oakland and Jack Del Rio are expected to make a run at Pot Roast in a few weeks.