Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Mike Klis, the Broncos weren't outbid by very much in the Charles Woodson sweepstakes.
Woodson took a reported $1.8M base (including a $700K signing bonus), plus $2.5M in incentives, for a max value of $4.3M to return to Oakland. Klis says the Broncos offered a contract with a maximum value of $3.7M, and we already know the base value was more than the $940K minimum.
Was it just about the money for Woodson, as Klis suggests? If it was, the difference may have been more than just the $600K gap in max value. We don't know how much Denver was willing to guarantee, or how easily reached the incentives would have been, versus the ones he got from the Raiders.
Charles Woodson may be the matchup safety Denver needs, but he won't be joining them in 2013. Woodson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Raiders that includes a $700K signing bonus, base value of $1.8M, and a maximum of $4.3M.
Originally selected by Oakland fourth overall in the 1998 Draft, Woodson spent his first eight years in silver and black before heading up to the frozen tundra for seven seasons. Green Bay released the 2009 DPOY in February to avoid what would have been $9.4M in compensation for 2013.
Only a few hours ago, we noted the signing bonus given Lerentee McCray by the Broncos, and what it meant.
What it doesn't mean, is that he's good enough for the NFL; the Broncos will presumably figure that out over the next few weeks and/or months.
As an example of how little regard teams can have for undrafted players, consider the case of former Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Charles Woodson will take his visit with the Raiders today.
Signing with them would not only be a homecoming and bring him closer to his own winery, but it would reunite Woodson with Matt Flynn and Reggie McKenzie, whom he knows from their time together in Green Bay.
As for Denver, Jeff Legwold suggests the primary sticking point between the two sides is Denver''s desire to only commit to one year with Woodson, who apparently wants a multiyear deal.
Of course, we've mentioned before that such a difference only matters if there's guaranteed money beyond the first year's compensation.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The first of three organized training activities (OTA) for Denver will take place today through Wednesday.
The second one will span three days starting next Wednesday, and then four days starting the Monday after that.
A week later, from June 11-13, the Broncos will hold their mandatory minicamp, and then they'll be off until training camp, the start date for which has not been announced.
There will be no contact allowed at these OTA's, but they are the first full-squad practices for the 2013 Broncos.
Updated 10:13am ET
As they had done with the contract for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Broncos have pushed some current cap dollars out into the future with their recent restructuring of Peyton Manning's deal.
Instead, Shutdown Corner reports that Manning received a $10M advance ($5M from each of his $20M salaries in 2013 and 2014) that will be treated as a signing bonus and be prorated over the 2013-16 seasons, $2.5M per year.
The net result is a cap savings of $2.5M in 2013 and 2014, and an additional $2.5M cap hit for each of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! He didn't get what he'd originally been seeking, of course, but Dwight Freeney fared pretty well for himself by waiting out the free-agent market.
By allowing the market to come to him - in the form of San Diego losing pass rusher Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL - Freeney ended up with $4.75M in guarantees for 2013 in a two-year deal worth $8.75M. Another $4.6M is available in incentives, tied to his sack numbers and characterized as "realistic" based upon what he's done in the past.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Current and former Patriots and their unique health concerns are all over the news today.
First up is current Pats TE Rob Gronkowski, who has a fourth operation on his forearm upcoming; additionally, Gronkowski is said to be suffering from a back issue that may require surgery.
Meanwhile, DT Kyle Love, recently diagnosed with diabetes, passed his physical with the Jaguars, who had claimed him off waivers from the Patriots. Is there anyone who won't be rooting for this guy now? We'll call that a no.
Finally, former Patriots WR Donte Stallworth has been medically cleared to resume all football activities, after having recovered from the injuries he suffered during a hot-air ballooning accident in April.
Last week's column about controversial Chargers team doctor David Chao and the NFL's continuing campaign to discredit CTE pioneer Bennet Omalu prompted a comment that I’ve heard often in the discussions of making professional sports safer.
It’s a point worth considering - do the players really want a safer working environment?
Indeed, injuries are part of the cost of making a living for many players, and that brings up another point: there are times when people in a certain situation aren’t qualified to judge things like the costs of long term care, or the realities of dealing with CTE. A 22-year old rookie in the NFL - and even many of the ‘older’ players, relatively few of whom are over 35 or are well educated in the realities of health-related issues.
Per NFLN's Ian Rapoport, Charles Woodson has a standing offer from the Broncos, but still plans to take his Tuesday visit with the Raiders, who are the other team known to have made an offer to the corner-turned-safety.
The Panthers and Giants are said to have expressed interest, but there have been no reported offers from either team. The Giants are reportedly only willing to pay Woodson around the minimum salary, which is $940K for a player of his experience.
Rapoport reports that other unidentified teams are involved, and suggests that Denver is the only team to have offered Woodson more than the minimum salary.
Updated 10:40am ET