Contrary to an earlier report from FOX Sports, Wes Welker has told the Denver Post that he intends to play a 12th NFL season in 2015. The legendary slot wideout is scheduled to hit free agency after making $12M over two seasons in Denver.
Given Denver's caponomic situation, his concussion history, and the hiring of Gary Kubiak - in whose offense #3 wideouts tend not to excel - it would be a surprise to see Welker back with the Broncos in 2015.
Hey, remember that time when the 49ers were supposed to name Adam Gase their next head coach, but then went with Jim Tomsula instead, just hours later? According to a report from Tim Kawakami, the Niners pulled a fast one on Gase, first agreeing to his choice of assistants, but then trying to foist Tomsula on him as his DC.
Per Kawakami, Gase quickly nixed that idea, and the Niners promoted Tomsula.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Woody Paige, Peyton Manning will be back in 2015, and yes, it will be with the Broncos.
However, Woody says not to expect an announcement just yet, but sometime within the next two weeks, adding that Peyton's leg injury was worse than what the player and team admitted to publicly.
Meanwhile, Woody's pal Mark Kiszla says Manning shouldn't be in such a rush to come back, and he hilariously posits that John Elway would make Peyton take a pay cut, that is, if he were a "smart football man" like Kiz clearly is.
In 2013, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $35M, which is pretty remarkable, when one really thinks about it. That's a lot of money for someone who appears to be terrible at their job.
The devil's advocate would likely say that Goodell makes his bosses a lot of money and deserves hazard pay for absorbing the public's scorn on their behalf. Instead of hating the 32 owners, fans can direct their ire at Goodell, so the story goes.
Manning reportedly met with John Elway on Thursday to discuss the possibility of returning for a fourth season in Denver. His $19M salary becomes fully guaranteed on March 9.
Gary Kubiak completed his first Broncos coaching staff by adding assistant wideouts coach Marc Lubick (son of former longtime CSU coach Sonny) and assistant secondary coach Samson Brown. Lubick worked under Kubiak for four years in Houston, with other stints with the St. Louis Rams as a scouting assistant, at CSU as a receivers and tight ends coach, and most recently at Vanderbilt, where he coached wideouts for one season. Brown has worked as an assistant in the NFL with the Jets and Bills, and at several college programs in New York state prior to that.
Peyton Manning, chaperoned by Joe Ellis, flew to Denver on Thursday and met with John Elway to discuss his near term future, but is not yet ready to announce a decision, according to Mike Klis. Manning's team physical will take place sometime between Feb 23 and Mar 5, and his $19M salary becomes fully guaranteed on Mar 9, the final day of the 2014 league year.
All signs have pointed to Manning returning in 2015, and Klis says Thursday's meeting is another positive indicator. Earlier in the week, Jason Cole reported that Elway & Co. weren't absolutely certain about wanting Peyton back.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The 2015 NFL Draft is still a full 12 weeks away, but some clarity is already developing at number one.
Tampa Bay cut starting quarterback Josh McCown, who had one year and $5.25M remaining on his two-year deal. The team may also look to trade Mike Glennon, their 2013 third-rounder who started 18 games over his first two seasons.
This clearing of the decks appears to confirm the Bucs' plan to take either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the #1 overall pick.
PFF rolled out a trio of posts today covering 2014 tackling efficiency figures. Overall, Denver's defense ranked very well, tying for the sixth-best missed tackles rate. But as Broncos fans might have expected, the special teams coverage units tied for 30th according to that same measure.
Pending unrestricted free agent Wes Welker is seriously considering retirement after 12 seasons, according to Mike Garafolo. In 2014, Welker played only 27 snaps fewer than he did in 2013, but his production fell off signficantly - from 73 catches, 778 yards, and 10 touchdowns, to 49 catches, 464 yards, and two touchdowns.