Nearly five months after the NFLPA decertified their union and owners instituted a lockout, the players today voted to ratify the new CBA which promises 10 years of labor peace. With this news, the 2011 league year has officially begun, and players with new contracts like returning Broncos Brian Dawkins and Marcus Thomas and new acquisitions Ty Warren, Willis McGahee, and Derrick Harvey are finally eligible to practice.
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TJ, I hate Merril Hoge, and I hope people in Denver don't take anything he has to say about Tim Tebow seriously.
-- Jim Rebough, Englewood, Colorado
Jim: First, let's not hate anyone. I could recommend a good therapist in the Denver Metro area if you need to get that under control. With respect to Merril Hoge, he certainly knows more about football than most of us, but that doesn't mean he's right about Tim Tebow. After Hoge's Twitter account exploded with Tebow criticism yesterday, he went on 104.3 The Fan and continued his tirade.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Mike Freeman, the players and owners have finished hashing out the details of the new CBA, and it appears that there will in fact (thankfully) be curbs on Roger Goodell's power as it relates to the player conduct policy. Rather, word is that appeals of fines and suspensions would not be heard by Goodell (the very person who comes up with them in the first place) but by jointly selected appeals officials instead. Players will vote today to approve the CBA, and then the 2011 league year will begin by 4pm ET, with veterans who renegotiated contracts and free agency acquisitions finally able to practice.
As Doug Farrar writes, the disciplinary process was the main sticking point of the last few days, and it's likely that experienced arbitrators will handle those aforementioned appeals. And guess what? Once this afternoon passes, we'll have ten years of NFL labor peace, and August has just begun. Pretty great, if you ask me.
Good evening, Broncos fans! There were a few items worth noting from earlier today, and although many of you are already aware of them, I figure it's worth covering them here. For one, Adam Schefter filed an interesting report on ESPN regarding Denver's QB situation, including the following quote:
Kyle Orton is not going to be traded. Kyle Orton is not going to be a Miami Dolphin this season.
Meanwhile, Mike Lombardi echoed that thought on NFLN, saying,
[Orton] will be the starter in Denver. He will not be traded...He’s in limbo right now. I said all offseason I thought Tim Tebow wasn’t in their plans. . . I think ultimately he is not in their plans.
Well, the Broncos are finally breaking new ground and obtaining a variety of players at reasonable cost for the DL. Marcus Thomas was already in the fold on Monday, as was Jeremy Jarmon; Derrick Harvey and Brodrick Bunkley were obtained on Monday, and Ty Warren came on Tuesday. The EFX team started a little slower than I expected (which makes me the fool for believing a guy at a poker game, which is very much what FA can be). The DT crew has been a long time coming, but I like what they’ve done with it in the short run, and the rest we’ll find out when the games matter.
Some of the young guys including Von Miller, Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter are still playing first team roles, as is Orlando Franklin at right tackle. The news out of camp is pretty much what you’d hope for - no one’s been arrested, there are no ego-meltdowns and everyone seems to know their job for this phase. It’s nice to have football, and nice to have good news.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Andrew Mason points out, Ty Warren has been banged up for much of the past three seasons, even before the hip injury that put him on IR last year. Warren missed three games each in both 2008 and 2009, after having played in 89 of 90 regular season games prior to that. However, Mason also thinks Warren should have more success in Denver than did Jamal Williams, thanks to being five years younger and finding himself part of a deeper rotation at DT.
On the flip side, Denver lost out in its bid to bring back Ryan Harris, who instead signed with the Eagles for less money, and in a not-so-comforting thought, Klis suggests that Chris Clark could actually "push" Orlando Franklin for the starting gig at RT.
Adam Schefter is reporting that the Broncos have signed longtime Patriots Defensive Lineman Ty Warren to a 2-year, $10 million deal with $2.5 million guaranteed. I discussed the prospect of having eight quality NFL D-Linemen, and now it seems likely that the Broncos have nine. Warren has primarily been a DE for the Patriots, but he grew up as a DT for the Texas A&M Aggies, and I expect that he’ll mostly play inside for the Broncos.
Warren is 6-foot-5 and weighs 300 pounds. He missed the entire 2010 season with a hip injury that he suffered in training camp, and he was released last week when he failed the Patriots’ demanding physical. Evidently, the Broncos have a less rigorous one.
Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to another edition of You Got Served. I launched this recurring Tuesdayish feature when I joined IAOFM in January, and I explained what it was all about at that time. Since we’re finding a lot of new readers lately, (our traffic has just been exploding), and just to do a quick reset for the existing reader base, I decided to do a quick couple paragraphs explaining the concept.
YGS is meant to be somewhat structureless, in the sense that I feel free to write about whatever football thoughts I have in a week. While this is primarily a Broncos site, I’ve always been an around-the-league guy, and I’ll always talk about teams other than the Broncos, to keep everybody abreast of the NFL-wide scene, since no national NFL reporters really know what they’re talking about, beyond repeating what people tell them.
We’ll get into some technical football here, and I’ll always be aiming to point out non-obvious things that are happening on the football field and in the business environment around the game. I’m going to talk about what I’m thinking about, in the style that works for me. It’s what I’ve always done, going back to Shallow Thoughts and Nearsighted Observations. Sometimes you’ll disagree with me, and sometimes I’ll offend your sensibilities, but I hope that at the end of the read, you'll feel like you’ve gotten your money’s worth.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! In an interesting and pleasantly surprising development, Mike Klis says T Ryan Harris is likely to re-sign with the team. Throughout the offseason, it has been almost a foregone conclusion that Harris would leave, perhaps to rejoin Shanny in Washington or head to Houston with Kubes. None of the Broncos' brass ever brought up Harris' name voluntarily when discussing the offensive line this offseason, and they even gave draftee Orlando Franklin his jersey number the other day, so they obviously didn't expect the guy back, either. But bringing Harris back could prove an extremely valuable transaction to the team, perhaps buying Franklin the time to learn his new position gradually, or if Franklin impresses, Harris will instantly become one of the best backup tackles in the league.
Meanwhile, the Broncos will only have to pay new DE Derrick Harvey the $600K minimum, and Brodrick Bunkley will make $685K (the fifth-year minimum has been raised from the $635K figure I cited yesterday). Harvey is expected to back up both Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers, while the pick Denver dealt to Philly for Bunkley is a conditional 2013 choice. In other great financial news, Denver is paying new TEs Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario one-year veteran minimum contracts. To make room for Bunkley and Harvey, the Broncos released S Nick Polk, who had signed a futures contract in January, and CB James Rogers, who was signed as an undrafted rookie last week.
Now that John Elway is back with the Broncos, the suffering of Cleveland Browns fans can commence yet again.
Enter Brodrick Bunkley. For whatever reason--whether Bunkley wouldn't report to the Browns or not--Bunkley won't have the pleasure of seeing grown men gorge themselves on dog biscuits.
Instead, he's coming to Denver.
After watching Brodrick Bunkley on film last year, it's easy to see why the Broncos traded for him.
Bunkley is workmanlike; he does his job. That's been a rarity in the last two years in Denver.
Bunkley will be a welcome addition.
I watched two of Bunkley's game tapes. The first was from Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys, which Pro Football Focus (PFF) rated as Bunkley's best game. The second was the Week 3 matchup against the Jaguars, which PFF rated as his worst game.