During his Thursday presser from the combine, someone apparently asked John Elway a question not related to Peyton Manning's status for 2015. How dare they, right? Anyway, Elway confirmed that Denver will use its franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas if they two sides are unable to reach a longterm agreement by the March 2 tag deadline.
The franchise tender for wideouts should be somewhere around $13M for one year. Once the tag is applied, Demaryius and Denver will face a July 15 deadline to sign a longterm deal. As far as signing the tender - which makes it fully guaranteed - it will be in Thomas's best interest to hold off on that until that July deadline.
Although the Manning Offense doesn't require a fullback, Gary Kubiak's does, and the new head coach says the Broncos will be looking for candidates this week at the combine. Kubes also mentioned that smaller tight ends have often functioned as fullbacks for him, which brings us to James Casey, who was cut by the Eagles on Thursday.
Indy's trade of a first-round pick in exchange for Trent Richardson seemed somewhat desperate the day they made it. Seventeen months later, it's looking like one of the worst trades in recent NFL history. This is obvious to everyone, including the Colts.
So now, Indy is trying to weasel its way out of paying the guy his $3.184M fully guaranteed salary for 2015, and their justification is that Richardson prioritized a real-life-is-scary-as-shit moment over a sporting event (that he might not have played in anyway).
The Broncos will reportedly meet this week with the agents for pending free agents Demaryius Thomas, Terrance Knighton, Orlando Franklin, and Rahim Moore. However, they will not meet with the agent for Julius Thomas, according to Mike Klis.
Last summer, Denver had apparenlty offered Thomas a deal worth around $8M per year. But that was before his latest ankle injury caused him to miss three games and practically wiped out his production. Since then, there's been very little to suggest the 26-year old will return to Denver for a fifth season.
As they seem to do every year, the NFL has started to increase its estimate of the yearly salary cap, this time moving their predicted range of $138.6M-141.8M up to $140M-143M. Last offseason, the NFL's first estimate of a $126M cap was woefully shy of the final $133M figure.
Over the last couple of weeks, I spent time watching practice and game film from the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, and Senior Bowl. Some players stood out, for reasons good and bad. I haven’t gone back and watched their regular season film yet. I didn’t see more than the usual number of college games last year. Southeastern North Dakota vs. Cuttlefish Tech just doesn’t grab me for some reason.
The all-star games themselves were the icing on the season’s cake. Most scouts have moved on. They’re back home. They’ve cued up the software, prepping for combine. They’re watching film of the players they thought highly of in practice.
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.