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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Orlando Franklin has spent quite a bit of time under the knife/laser this offseason.
We already knew that Franklin underwent shoulder surgery shortly after the 2012 season ended, and corrective eye surgery, during which he had contact lenses implanted permanently.
But he also had surgery to repair an injured toe, which he says is fully healed, unlike the shoulder, which he puts at 85% of full health.
We've lost track of all the procedures undergone by Denver's starting linemen, but as far as we know, Zane Beadles is the only one not recovering from some type surgery.
The Broncos announced the jersey numbers for this offseason's acquisitions, including veteran free agents, draft choices, and undrafted rookies.
Chances are, there will be more changes as players are cut throughout the summer. But it's May 8, so this is the riveting stuff we get to discuss.
Some observations, in numerical order:
Updated 4:25pm ET to include veteran switches
Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway and Matt Russell spoke to season-ticket holders on a conference call yesterday, mainly about the draft and the hiring of new personnel man Tom Heckert.
Elway, who tends to choose his words wisely, did rookie running back Montee Ball no favors, likening his running style to that of Terrell Davis's. Granted, he didn't quite say they're similar players, or that he expects TD-like production from Ball, but how many will read/hear those comments and tell themselves John thinks Montee is the next TD?
Meanwhile, both Elway and Russell seem to describe Kayvon Webster as their version of the matchup safety Ted's been begging for.
The secure Duke also says the Broncos feel they've "more than replaced" the pass rush skills lost by the departure of Elvis Dumervil, with Shaun Phillips, Quant Smith, and a larger role for Robert Ayers.
Throughout the offseason, we've heard from Johns Elway and Fox that the Broncos plan to have Nate Irving, Steven Johnson, and Stewart Bradley compete for the starting middle linebacker job.
As always, actions speak louder than words.
So does Denver's decision not to draft an inside linebacker (they instead signed CU's Doug Rippy and BYU's Uona Kaveinga as undrafted rookies) mean they're happy with what they've got?
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As had been expected ever since they drafted a punter in the fifth round (!), Minnesota released civil rights champion Chris Kluwe on Monday.
Although Kluwe posted the best net average of his career in 2012, that mark ranked just 18th in the league, and he graded out as the 25th best punter according to PFF.
More recently, Kluwe has been, along with former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, an outspoken supporter of gay rights and marriage equality.
Baltimore may have gotten a good measure of revenge on John Elway in recent months, but he still owns Cleveland.
The Broncos have announced the hiring of former Browns GM Tom Heckert as their new director of pro personnel, the role recently vacated by Keith Kidd.
But Heckert was fired by the Browns, who went just 14-34 during his three-year tenure there, so how does this count as Elway sticking it to Cleveland again?
You see, Heckert was actually a popular figure in northeastern Ohio - at least enough for one activist Browns fan to set up a Dont Fire Heckert (sic) website, and another to start an online petition imploring new (and now troubled) owner Jimmy Haslam to keep the incumbent GM.
Updated 12:41pm ET
With the 173rd pick in the 2013 Draft, the Broncos took Virginia Tech tackle Vinston Painter. Three picks later, the Texans took tackle David Quessenberry. Both players have positional flexibility and might play guard in the NFL. Each was converted from another position - Painter from defensive tackle, and Quessenberry from tight end.
I’ve read in a couple of articles the idea that Painter only has a single year of offensive line work to point to, but it’s not quite true. To clarify how much experience Painter has there, consider this:
Painter, who is the cousin of Virginia Tech receiver Randall Dunn, earned first-team All-Tidewater and first-team All-Eastern District honors on the offensive line as both a junior and senior at Maury High. He was also was second-team all-district as a defensive tackle. Painter actually began his Virginia Tech career at defensive tackle, as he worked there during the fall of his redshirt season (2009), before he moved to offensive tackle for spring practice.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Dolphins continue to whine about the decision by the Florida House not to give them a taxpayer handout to spruce up their ancient stadium, which was last updated way, way back in 2006.
Dolphins CEO Mike Dee says the team will not scale back its renovation plans to compensate for the lack of sports welfare payments, and is instead going to scrap them altogether and sulk.
Dee even had the nerve to call a publicly subsidized renovation a "public-private partnership," as if the public would in any way stand to share in the team's resulting profits, and he suggests that whomever welfare queen Stephen Ross sells the team to someday, could move the team out of town.
The decision not to renovate is said to threaten Miami's chances of housing future Super Bowls, including SB 52, which Denver is vying to host.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been said that for athletes in our major sports to come out as gay, general managers and coaches will have to make clear that such openness wouldn't harm their chances of making their teams.
This is likely true to an extent, but a fine place for such progress to take place is at the ownership level. As with most things, New England's Robert Kraft is ahead of the curve. Says Kraft:
We’re about winning, and (if) someone can come in here and help us win, I don’t care what ethnic background, what racial background, what gender preference they have. If they can help us win and they’re about team then I’ll be happy to have them here.
It will, of course, take more than Kraft's words to get the message across. We hope Pat Bowlen, or John Elway/Joe Ellis on his behalf, will issue a similar statement.