According to a pair of reports, the Broncos may have to deal with multidimensional threats Randall Cobb and Percy Harvin on a regular basis. Bill Williamson says the Raiders are expected to pursue Cobb if Green Bay opts not to use its franchise tag on him. Cobb, who turns 25 in August, posted new career highs with 91 catches, 1,287 yards, and 12 touchdowns in 2014.
According to the DP and Atlanta JC, the Jaguars and Falcons are expected to be among the suitors for pending free agent Julius Thomas.
Also at the DP, Troy Renck presents some excellent thoughts about how Broncos Country continues to bury their soon-to-be-former unique threat:
Julius Thomas makes an easy villain.
Pop Quiz: How bad of a blocker is Julius Thomas?
Ask a Broncos fan these days, and it seems those are the only three options. There's no room for nuance. It doesn't matter whether he improved from 2013 to 2014, and apparently, it doesn't actually matter how well other receiving tight ends fare in blocking. Everyone's suddenly an expert on tight end blocking skills, and JULIUS THOMAS IS THE WORSTEST.
Predictably, the Broncos will meet with free agent fullback/tight end James Casey (6-3, 240) on Thursday, according to Mike Klis. A native of Texas, spent his first four NFL seasons playing for Gary Kubiak in Houston, was released by the Eagles last week.
Casey could fill multiple needs for the Broncos, who currently have no fullback and only one tight end under contract, in Dominique Jones.
Brandon Marshall is scheduled to become an exclusive rights free agent, IAOFM has confirmed through a reliable source. This means that Denver will be able to tender Marshall a one-year deal at a salary of $585K, and the linebacker will not be free to negotiate with any other teams, unless the Broncos inexplicably choose not to tender him.
Obviously, there's no chance of Denver dumping its leading tackler, so for all intents and purposes, Marshall is not going to reach free agency this offseason, and will be a restricted free agent in 2016.
Last week, I discussed a few offensive prospects who'd stood out to me during the college all star games, for better or worse. Today, let's do the same for the year's defensive prospects:
Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn - Marshall has a fun story. He showed up at the Senior Bowl, to which he had been invited as a quarterback, went to the first positional meeting, and then went to the powers that be. He told them that he wanted to switch to cornerback, and they agreed to it. He’s 6-1, 207, and he showed a lot of skill at the position.
He seems to prefer press man. That makes him even more attractive as a pro. A long player who isn’t uncomfortable mixing it up and going for the high point should attract plenty of attention. He’s also able to play safety.
Pending free agent Julius Thomas is seeking a contract with "near record guaranteed money" relative to tight ends, according to Jeff Legwold. What does that mean?
As we all know by now, it's all about whether money is fully guaranteed, guaranteed for injury only, or only conditionally guaranteed, as Thomas's agent characterized Denver's last offer to Julius. And as we can see here, no tight end has gotten more than the $16M in full guarantees that Baltimore's Dennis Pitta and Jared Cook of St. Louis did.
If the Raiders and Chargers shack up in Los Angeles, the Chargers and Rams may switch places in the AFCW and NFCW, writes Peter King, in his latest MMQB column. Per King, realignment would not be about any competitive issues, but rather an issue of CBS and FOX getting to share the LA market.
In case you're wondering what's going to happen with pending free agents Jacob Tamme and Will Montgomery, Woody Paige has the scoop:
Tamme probably won't be invited back...Even though Montgomery played in a zone-blocking offense at Washington, he's not in the Broncos' future.
For all of John Elway's talk about liking the roster he put together last year, it appears it's up for another significant overhaul. This shouldn't really be much of a surprise, as there's a new head coach and new (old) schemes on both offense and defense.
Also, there are lots of pending free agents, and it would be something of a shock if the Broncos were to re-sign a significant portion of them, reports Mike Klis. Per Klis, starters Orlando Franklin, Julius Thomas, Terrance Knighton, and Rahim Moore are likely all headed out of town, unless Moore is willing to stay for less cash than he might get elsewhere.