The Broncos have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent linebacker Reggie Walker, it was announced on Thursday. In four seasons with Arizona and two more with San Diego, Walker (6-0, 244) has 98 career tackles, along with 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed, and a fumble forced.
According to Mike Klis, Walker got a $50K signing bonus, $745K (veteran minimum) salary, and can earn another $200K in playing time incentives.
Jacob Tamme has indeed opted to join the Atlanta Falcons over re-signing with Denver, where he spent his last three seasons:
I'm thankful for my @Broncos teammates & coaches and very much enjoyed my time being in Denver. A great organization and city.— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) March 19, 2015
The Broncos had reportedly hoped to re-sign free agents Mitch Unrein and Jacob Tamme, but it now appears that both will be gone. According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Tamme has reportedly agreed to a deal with Atlanta, where he was visiting on Wednesday. McClure suggests Denver may still be in the picture, though, and Mike Klis reports that Denver finally made Tamme an offer during his trip.
Tamme, who turned 30 four days ago, has been a teammate of Peyton Manning's for all seven of his NFL seasons. Given that he took a $4M pay cut recently, we imagine Manning would be especially irked for Denver to lose his close friend over perhaps a matter of six figures.
The Chargers signed former Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein to a two-year deal, it was announced on Wednesday evening. Unrein played a significant role for the Broncos in 2012 and 2013, but saw only 46 defensive snaps in 2014.
A native of Eaton, CO, Unrein is the fifth Bronco to depart via free agency, and the second to join the Chargers, following Orlando Franklin. Julius Thomas, Rahim Moore, and Terrance Knighton were Denver's prior losses.
Per multiple reports, Broncos free agent defensive tackle Mitch Unrein is visiting with the Chargers on Wednesday. Denver reportedly wanted to re-sign the Eaton native, but they obviously haven't yet met his asking price. Over his four seasons, Unrein has played in 54 games (three starts), totaling 49 tackles along the way.
But he only dressed for eight games in 2014, and saw only 46 defensive snaps, easily the smallest workload of his career. Previously, Orlando Franklin left for San Diego, reuniting with head coach and former Broncos OC Mike McCoy.
Let's get caught up on what's been going on with the rest of the AFCW teams, which is to say, quite a bit.
Much of this is stale news, but my OCD nature won't allow me to entirely skip mention of all of it. Apologies for the recent sporadic nature of posts.
Here's what's new (and old):
Since reviving his elite QB status under Mike McCoy, Philip Rivers has seemed destined to finish his NFL career with the only team he's known. However, Rivers is apparently less certain of that:
Asked on Tuesday if he thinks he will play his current contract out rather than agreeing to extend the deal that ends after the upcoming season, Rivers said, “Yes.”
Asked if he envisioned any circumstance causing him to reconsider, he said, “Honestly, nothing.”
Tim Tebow is fixed, you guys.
Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, from this guy who was in Tebow's employ.
On Monday evening, 49ers linebacker Chris Borland announced his retirement after just one (stellar) season. The 2014 third-rounder out of Wisconsin says concerns over concussions and their longterm effects drove him to the decision.
Borland is the latest, but youngest, in a string of prominent players who recently decided to retire at 30 years old or younger, including Patrick Willis, Jake Locker, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Jason Worilds.
Here's some of what's been said/written/tweeted since Borland's announcement:
Linebacker Chris Borland, the Niners' third-round pick in 2014, and a rising star who notched 107 tackles as a rookie, announced his retirement on Monday. The reason? Fear of concussions, brain injuries, neurodegenerative disease, and early death. As Borland tells Outside the Lines:
I just honestly want to do what's best for my health. From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk.