Caponomics

Alex Smith gets $30M from Chiefs; Kyle Orton gets $5M from Bills

Wow, this has been quite a weekend for so-so quarterbacks.

Alex Smith got a four-year extension from Kansas City through the 2018 season, including a reported $30M (!) at signing.

According to PFT, an additional $15M injury guarantee would vest early in the next league year.

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Broncos release Kevin Vickerson

In a confirmation of their newfound defensive line depth, the Broncos have released veteran tackle Kevin Vickerson.

Big Vick totaled 108 tackles, five sacks, one interception, seven passes defensed, and two forced fumbles in 47 games (41 starts) over four seasons with the team.

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Report: Kyle Orton heads to Buffalo

Is Kyle Orton the new Brett Favre? Perhaps, at least in the worst way.

Six weeks after having been cut by Dallas under the guise of retirement, Orton has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Buffalo.

It's widely being reported as a one-year contract, but Tim Graham says Orton holds a hefty option for a second year.

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Is DeMarcus Ware overrated and overpaid?

He surely didn't know it (nor would he care), but Monday was a rough day for DeMarcus Ware in the football analysis corner of the internet.

The tenth-year player made two dubious lists - Doug Farrar's most overrated defenders, and Jason Fitzgerald's worst contracts per team.

Farrar cites Ware's position change under Monte Kiffin as having hampered his season.

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Broncos release Dreessen

In a long expected move, the Broncos have released tight end Joel Dreessen with one year remaining on his three-year contract.

Dreessen failed a physical after having had three knee surgeries over the past two offseasons.

The Coloradan and CSU alum might have been a cap casualty anyway, but his knee issues are apparently severe enough for him to have missed the season.

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Elway: Broncos willing to negotiate with Thomases into preseason

With training camp a week away, John Elway has already backed off his self-imposed deadline for extending the contracts of Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Following a Tahoe practice round with John Fox and Joe Sakic, Elway told Lindsay Jones that he's willing to negotiate with the pending 2015 free agents through the first couple weeks of the preseason, suggesting a new deadline of mid-August.

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Orton beats Cowboys in game of chicken

The Cowboys have surprisingly relented their game of chicken with Kyle Orton, opting to release the backup quarterback.

Throughout the offseason, Orton made clear that he had no intention of reporting to the team, skipping OTAs and offseason workouts.

He reportedly prefers to retire.

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Broncos continue public negotiation with Demaryius Thomas

According to Vic Lombardi and the Denver Post, the Broncos have made a five-year offer to Demaryius Thomas, who is entering the final season of his rookie deal.

However, Mike Florio reports that no formal offers have been extended, with his source bluntly characterizing the negotiation as "nothing going on."

It doesn't require much of a leap to conclude that the Broncos are the source for Lombardi and the DP, while Thomas's agent is Florio's.

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