Michigan offer sounds like leverage for Jim Harbaugh with Raiders

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, will Jim Harbaugh be coaching the Raiders next season? Speculation continues to point that way, but Mark Davis is going to have to write a big check to get it done.

According to multiple reports, Harbaugh has already drawn a massive contract offer from his alma mater, Michigan. It's reportedly worth $49M over six years ($8.17M per). Such a figure, if real, would give Harbaugh a 63.4% raise over his Niners salary and make him the highest paid head coach in either college or the NFL.

It's also 57% more than the Wolverines reportedly offered him in 2011.

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Klis: Expect Broncos to use franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos plan to use their franchise tender on pending unrestricted free agent Demaryius Thomas, with hopes of locking him into a multiyear contract before training camp.

The tender value for wideouts was $12.3M last offseason; how much that figure rises next year will depend upon the overall salary cap increase. Klis puts the 2015 number at $12.7M, but that is likely based upon a conservative $138M-141M cap estimate.

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Bears bench Jay Cutler, possibly to facilitate trading him

The Bears' dumpster fire has grown to a multi-alarm blaze. According to ESPN, Cutler will be benched for Sunday's home game against Detroit, in favor of the terrible, no good quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

Last week, Ian Rapoport cited anonymous sources in reporting that Bears officials regretted giving Cutler his massive contract ($38M guaranteed!). Shortly thereafter, OC Aaron Kromer tearfully apologized to the team for being one of Rapoport's sources.

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49ers cut Ray McDonald amid rape investigation

San Francisco cut defensive end Ray McDonald after police said they are investigating him for an alleged sexual assault. San Jose Police detectives searched McDonald's home on Wednesday.

The Niners were criticized earlier in the season for sticking by McDonald amid allegations that he'd physically abused his pregnant fiancee. Prosecutors opted not to press charges in the case, one made more controversial by the involvement of an off duty San Jose policeman at McDonald's house.

Broncos promote safety Josh Bush, add former Pats draftee to practice squad

Denver filled one of its two roster openings by promoting safety Josh Bush from the practice squad. The Broncos first added the former Jet and Wake Forest alum a month ago. Guard Jon Halapio was signed to the practice squad in Bush's place. The Florida alum was a 2014 sixth-round choice of New England's.

According to Mike Klis, Shaq Barrett is likely to be called up to fill the remaining vacancy; Denver opened two spots on Tuesday by placing Danny Trevathan on IR and waiving TE Dominique Jones.

PFF’s 2014 Pro Bowl team includes five Broncos, but not Peyton Manning

Five Broncos made PFF's Pro Bowl team for 2014: Demaryius Thomas, Von Miller, Brandon Marshall, and Chris Harris are among the first-teamers, while Emmanuel Sanders is recognized as a reserve.

The glaring omission here, of course, is Peyton Manning, who inexplicably was beaten out by Matt Ryan, among others. No, Peyton's not playing at the level he did in 2013, but his 8.08 ANY/A ranks second only to that of Aaron Rodgers (8.55), and is far higher than his career prior to 2014 (7.24).

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Aqib Talib named AFC Defensive POW

Aqib Talib was named the AFC's defensive player of the week for his performance during Denver's AFCW-clinching win at San Diego. The veteran corner notched an interception, eight tackles (seven solo), and three passes defensed to take home his second career weekly honor (2010 with Tampa Bay against Arizona).

Talib graded out at +3.3, matching his highest mark of the season (also against San Diego). As for Broncos defensive players receiving honors this year, Von Miller was named the AFC's defensive POM for October.

Looks like Jay Cutler is about to have his fifth head coach

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis shares a few thoughts on a few personnel questions on the collective minds of Broncos Land:

Like Woody Paige, Klis thinks Peyton Manning will play out his Broncos contract, which runs through 2016. Related to that, Klis thinks Denver should hang onto Brock Osweiler for another year, and that Zac Dysert may have a decent future here (as a backup).

Klis thinks pending free agent Rahim Moore will probably be back next year, even if he's not as high a priority to re-sign as are the Thomases.

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Chargers will call San Diego home for at least one more year

The Chargers will not exercise the $17.6M termination clause in their Qualcomm Stadium lease, instead remaining in San Diego for a 55th season. Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the city of San Diego will unveil a stadium proposal sometime in January.

It had been speculated that as many as two teams out of the Chargers, Raiders, and Rams might again call Los Angeles home in 2015.

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