Denver has signed three of its 2011 draft choices, agreeing to four-year deals with seventh-round pick TE Virgil Green, fourth-rounder TE Julius Thomas and sixth-round pick LB Mike Mohamed. According to Mike Klis, Green's contract includes a
$17,282 $69K signing bonus. The rest of Denver's nine picks should sign in relatively short order, as the new CBA prevents holdouts and places specific guidelines on how much teams can spend on their draft choices. With Green's $2.16M deal, Thomas' $2.592M $2.42M deal ($384K bonus) and Mohamed's $2.2M deal (the latter two figures reported by Lindsay Jones), the Broncos should have $37.698M left to sign the balance of their picks.
According to Aaron Wilson, the Broncos have placed WR Demaryius Thomas on the non-football injury list while the second-year receiver recovers from surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon. The NFI list differs from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list in that Thomas will remain an active member of the Broncos' roster and be eligible to return to practice at any point after being cleared via physical. Were he on the PUP list or the reserve/non-football injury list, Thomas would be unable to practice or play until after Week 6 of the regular season. Don't read too much into this though, as Thomas could of course be placed on the PUP list at a later juncture.
On July 18, Loren Landow, sports performance expert for Steadman Hawkins Clinic drew 45 players to his workout for pro ballers. They included Brady Quinn, Robert Ayers, Joe Mays, Richard Quinn, Dan Gronkowski, Lance Ball, Cassius Vaughn, Matt Willis and the regular group of offensive linemen led by Chris Kuper and including Russ Hochstein, J.D. Walton and Zane Beadles, as well as free agent-to-be Ryan Harris. That shows me that there’s still a lot of will and cohesion on the team, despite the problems of the 2010 season. It’s a good start.
"We have all the talent in the world," said Broncos punter Britton Colquitt at the Diamonds in the Rough Charity Golf Classic, Cherry Hills Country Club. "We just didn't have all the X factors to put it all together. Now we've got the coaching, we've got the motivation. Everybody's going to want to come in there and have a great camp."
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos have dealt WR Jabar Gaffney to Washington in return for DE Jeremy Jarmon. Jarmon was a third-round pick out of Kentucky by the Redskins in the 2009 supplemental draft and has played in 16 games over the past two seasons (starting one).
The 30-year-old Gaffney spent two years with the Broncos, during which he caught 119 passes for 1,607 yards and four touchdowns. He was due to make $2.4M in salary this season, while his cap number for the year was $2.75M. Jarmon is scheduled to make $480K in 2011 and $565K in 2012, after which he will be a free agent.
6:07am ET Thursday - Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald places the chances of the Orton deal happening at only 60/40, for what that's worth
11:50pm ET - Jason "TV Dude" LaCanfora is reporting that the Broncos are pursuing former Colts DT Danny Muir. Muir is relatively unknown, but if you are a combine freak, you'll probably remember Muir posted better numbers than Brandon Mebane, who was in the same draft class, in almost all categories. Particularly impressive was his bench press (37 reps). In other news, the Rams are in the mix as well. The Rams and Broncos are now pursuing every DT on the planet...at the same time. - TJ
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As far as defensive tackles go, Mike Klis says the Broncos are going after Seattle's Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel of Miami. Denver is apparently interested in Cullen Jenkins, but he may prove too expensive, and the Saints' Remi Ayodele is a natural fit due to his familiarity with Dennis Allen, although no word on whether Denver has contacted him. Plus, Legwold says the Broncos are in on Aubrayo Franklin and Derek Landri.
By this time tomorrow, it's likely Kyle Orton will no longer be the property of the Denver Broncos.
How did we get here? How did a quarterback, who, by all accounts, has been better than average, and by many other accounts, has been better than the guy he replaced, Jay Cutler, get put on the trading block?
The story is fairly straightforward. John McDaniels liked, but wasn't completely satisfied with Orton. So he traded for Brady Quinn. Then McDaniels fell in love with Tim Tebow's potential. So he drafted the kid.
In many ways this has been the story (unfair or not) of Kyle Orton's career--good, but leaving people wanting just a bit more.
As the debate rages even now about whether Orton is a better option than Tebow, I find myself realizing it doesn't really matter.
That's right. Who is better means nothing. Assuming Tebow wasn't the second coming of Ryan Leaf, it never did.
Orton was probably destined for this outcome all along.
In this year's draft, the worst-kept secret in the world was the Broncos' need to acquire a defensive tackle.
Yesterday, they finally did, signing Texas Tech lineman Colby Whitlock.
Surprisingly, he might stick around.
Whitlock played a lot of 3-4 nose tackle for Texas Tech. As you'll see from this tape, that helped him to develop a certain toughness that one doesn't see from 4-3 defensive tackles. In the 3-4, you need to be stout at the point of attack, you need to be willing to sacrifice yourself at even the slightest hint of a double team, and you'd better have a motor that never stops.
Here are the undrafted players Denver has reportedly agreed to terms with thus far:
|DT||Ronnell Brown||James Madison||NFLDS|
|WR||Mark Dell||Michigan State||NFL, CBS|
|LB||Derek Domino||South Dakota State||NFLDS|
|RB||Mario Fannin||Auburn||NFL, CBS|
|OT||Adam Grant||Arizona||NFL, CBS|
|WR||Jamel Hamler||Fresno State||NFL, CBS|
|LB||Deron Mayo||Old Dominion||NFLDS|
|OT||Curt Porter||Jacksonville State||CBS|
|DT||Colby Whitlock||Texas Tech||CBS|
I’m the kind of guy who has a large social circle that’s comprised of a roughly equal number of men and women. It’s a function of being a fraternity man, and also of relentlessly attending various networking events in the Cleveland area. I like to attend every event that I’m invited to, if possible, and when I’m there, I maximize the social opportunity. All the people I know tend to overlap in various ways, because Cleveland isn’t a very big city when you filter it down to young professional types. There are probably less than 500 or so who fit a similar profile to me. (I’d define that roughly as unmarried, younger than 40, college-educated, active, extroverted, and possessing a white collar job with an income above the median, mainly in the downtown Cleveland area.)
I realize that not everybody socializes like I do, but try to picture this. You have two friends of roughly equal stature in your loyalty hierarchy, one man and one woman. (I can think of a few of you who’d accuse me of making a political statement if I made it two people of the same gender. Yawn…)
The man and the woman (let’s call them Tom and Mary) become involved, and eventually, you and your significant other hang out with them a lot. They become your go-to friends, and you even go on vacation together. It’s funny how these things work, but the chemistry is just there, and it’s a really value-adding relationship. This goes on for years, and everything is great.