While Julius Thomas is expected to sign with Jacksonville on Tuesday for $9M/year, there are conflicting reports concerning whether Denver tried to retain their explosive tight end.
They obviously can't both be right, but either way, Denver has some serious red zone production to replace, starting tomorrow.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have expressed interest in tight ends Owen Daniels and Ed Dickson, fullback Jerome Felton, and center Samson Satele. Denver will meet with Javon Langford on Wednesday, and echoing an earlier report by Jeff Legwold, Klis says the team has been in contact with center Chris Myers.
Daniels followed Gary Kubiak from Houston to Baltimore last year, and has been frequently mentioned as a Denver target. He caught 48 passes for 527 yards and four scores in 2014.
New England won the Super Bowl with a new pair of starting corners last year. They may have to defend that championship with another new set of bookends.
The Pats have declined their prohibitive $20M option on Darrelle Revis, who will now become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday when the league calendar flips. Once that happens, it's expected that the Pats and Jets will compete to sign Revis.
The Broncos hired Ray Jackson as their director of player development; he takes over for Jerry Butler, who followed John Fox to Chicago. Jackson has held similar positions with the Browns (2002-04) and Steelers (2005-14) for the past 13 seasons.
A graduate of Denver's Montbello High School and Colorado State University, Jackson played corner for six NFL seasons, three each in Buffalo and Cleveland.
In a turnabout, the Broncos have tendered restricted free agent Tony Carter at the $1.542M right of first refusal* level. The low level tender gives Denver an opportunity to match an offer sheet signed by Carter with another team.
According to Aaron Wilson, "several teams" showed interest in signing Carter over the weekend, which presumably prompted the Broncos' decision. By tendering Carter at the lowest level, Denver retains the ability to sign Carter and trade him to an interested team.
As expected, the looming signing of Rodney Hudson by Oakland has the Broncos turning their attention to Stefen Wisniewski and Chris Myers, reports Jeff Legwold.
Wisniewski, the former Oakland center and
son nephew of former longtime Raiders guard Steve, figures to be somewhat less expensive than the man who will replace him. He'll be 26 in two weeks and graded out at minus-2.5 over 1,041 snaps last season.
Rodney Hudson is staying within the AFCW, but he won't be a Bronco. Instead, he'll get a tick under $9M/year from the Raiders, who will give him $44.5M over five seasons, according to Jason La Canfora.
Denver was said to be interested in Hudson, but now may turn to Oakland's own free agent, Stefen Wisniewski.
Orlando Frankin's deal with San Diego is expected to be worth $36.5M over five seasons ($7.3M per), including $20M in guarantees, according to Adam Schefter and Jeff Legwold.
On Sunday, Michael Gehlken reported that Franklin was likely to return to right tackle for the Chargers and Mike McCoy.
According to multiple reports, New England is retaining free safety Devin McCourty, agreeing to a five-year deal worth a reported $47.5M. Jacksonville, Philly, and the Giants were also in on McCourty, who reportedly gave the Pats something of a hometown discount.
Then again, Mike Reiss reports that McCourty will receive a whopping $28.5M in guarantees.
As expected, the Chiefs have agreed to a reworked contract with Tamba Hali, according to ESPN; the linebacker had been due to draw a $6.75M salary and count for nearly $12M against the team's cap.
Despite severe cap limitations, KC has franchised Justin Houston and is expected to sign wideout Jeremy Maclin on Tuesday. They've already cut Joe Mays, Vance Walker, Anthony Fasano, Donnie Avery, and A.J. Jenkins, and are expected to release Dwayne Bowe as well.