In a turnabout, the Broncos have tendered restricted free agent Tony Carter at the $1.542M right of first refusal* level. The low level tender gives Denver an opportunity to match an offer sheet signed by Carter with another team.
According to Aaron Wilson, "several teams" showed interest in signing Carter over the weekend, which presumably prompted the Broncos' decision. By tendering Carter at the lowest level, Denver retains the ability to sign Carter and trade him to an interested team.
As expected, the looming signing of Rodney Hudson by Oakland has the Broncos turning their attention to Stefen Wisniewski and Chris Myers, reports Jeff Legwold.
Wisniewski, the former Oakland center and
son nephew of former longtime Raiders guard Steve, figures to be somewhat less expensive than the man who will replace him. He'll be 26 in two weeks and graded out at minus-2.5 over 1,041 snaps last season.
Rodney Hudson is staying within the AFCW, but he won't be a Bronco. Instead, he'll get a tick under $9M/year from the Raiders, who will give him $44.5M over five seasons, according to Jason La Canfora.
Denver was said to be interested in Hudson, but now may turn to Oakland's own free agent, Stefen Wisniewski.
Orlando Frankin's deal with San Diego is expected to be worth $36.5M over five seasons ($7.3M per), including $20M in guarantees, according to Adam Schefter and Jeff Legwold.
On Sunday, Michael Gehlken reported that Franklin was likely to return to right tackle for the Chargers and Mike McCoy.
NFL Free Agency: The Free-For-All Has Begun
6. LB Nate Irving, Broncos. This might be a bit of a stretch given that Irving has only 12 career starts. But eight of those starts came in the first eight weeks last season, where he showed sharp play recognition and quickness as a three-down ‘backer. He finished the year on IR with a torn MCL but should be 100 percent entering 2015.
Indeed, it's been reported that Irving has drawn wide interest. Given that he'd only be a backup for them, its' really hard to see Nate returning to the Broncos.
According to multiple reports, New England is retaining free safety Devin McCourty, agreeing to a five-year deal worth a reported $47.5M. Jacksonville, Philly, and the Giants were also in on McCourty, who reportedly gave the Pats something of a hometown discount.
Then again, Mike Reiss reports that McCourty will receive a whopping $28.5M in guarantees.
As expected, the Chiefs have agreed to a reworked contract with Tamba Hali, according to ESPN; the linebacker had been due to draw a $6.75M salary and count for nearly $12M against the team's cap.
Despite severe cap limitations, KC has franchised Justin Houston and is expected to sign wideout Jeremy Maclin on Tuesday. They've already cut Joe Mays, Vance Walker, Anthony Fasano, Donnie Avery, and A.J. Jenkins, and are expected to release Dwayne Bowe as well.
Denver will host free agent defensive lineman Kendall Langford sometime this week, according to Mike Klis. The 6-6, 313-pounder was released by St. Louis two weeks ago; he had been set to make $6M in the final season of a four-year deal signed in 2012.
Because he was cut, Langford is free to sign with any team and would not count toward any compensatory pick calculations.
Despite significant remaining caponomic problems, Kansas City is expected to sign wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Tuesday, reports Chris Mortensen. Per Mort, the Chiefs will likely clear out cap space for Maclin by cutting overpaid wideout Dwayne Bowe.
Expect Julius Thomas and Rahim Moore to cash in big, reports Jason La Canfora. It's been widely reported that Thomas is heading to Jacksonville once the new league year begins on Tuesday, and La Canfora hears the tight end will get close to $10M per year, which would be a 50% boost from the contract Denver reportedly offered him last summer.