According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have agreed to terms on a three-year, $12M deal with tight end Owen Daniels, who has spent his entire NFL career playing under Gary Kubiak. Daniels will replace Julius Thomas as Denver's starting tight end.
Complaints about Thomas concerned his injury history and blocking acumen. But Daniels tore an ACL in 2009 and suffered a broken leg in 2013. The former Badger has missed 27 regular season games over the past six seasons, and hasn't played in all 16 games since 2008.
The 2015 offseason is opening with a flurry of blockbuster trades. Jimmy Graham is headed to Seattle, Haloti Ngata is Detroit-bound, and Sam Bradford and Nick Foles are swapping places.
According to Adam Schefter, Philly is sending Foles and draft pick(s) to St. Louis in exchange for Bradford, the former number-one-overall pick. Bradford will make just under $13M in the final year of his rookie deal.
Detroit has replaced the departed Ndamukong Suh by acquiring Haloti Ngata from Baltimore, according to Albert Breer. Per Ian Rapoport, the Ravens will receive multiple mid-round picks in the deal.
The Ravens will apparently take a whopping $7.5M dead money hit in the deal; Ngata is due an $8.5M salary in the final year of a four-year deal.
Having lost out on Julius Thomas in free agency, Seattle is reportedly working to acquire tight end Jimmy Graham from New Orleans, according to Jay Glazer.
Per Glazer, Seattle would send a first-round pick and center Max Unger (who's signed through 2016) to New Orleans in exchange for Graham and a fourth-rounder.
The Broncos will visit with free agent tight end Owen Daniels on Wednesday, according to Mike Klis. Daniels has spent all nine of his seasons playing for Gary Kubiak - eight in Houston, and one in Baltimore - and it looks like he'll follow Kubes to a third NFL city, and for a tenth season.
Despite having been non-tendered as a restricted free agent, linebacker Steven Johnson will be back with the Broncos for another season. According to Mike Klis, Denver will give Johnson a $100K signing bonus and non-guaranteed $660K veteran minimum salary. He can earn another $25K if he makes the 53-man roster and up to $150K in playing time incentives.
Virgil Green has chosen to re-sign with the Broncos rather than join John Fox and Adam Gase in Chicago, according to multiple reports. It's apparently a three-year deal worth $8.4M, or $2.8M per season. According to Troy Renck, Green drew interest from nearly half the league, with as many as 6-8 of them having made offers.
Denver is expected to lose Julius Thomas to Jacksonville; Jacob Tamme is also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent today.
Green Bay is nearing a deal to retain right tackle Bryan Bulaga, according to Ian Rapoport. The 2010 first-rounder has been expected to draw upwards of $7M/year on the open market.
While Bulaga was probably always too expensive for Denver's taste, it doesn't help their cause that another right tackle is apparently off the market. Previously, Derek Newton and Doug Free re-signed with Houston and Dallas, respectively. Also on Tuesday, Cincy re-signed Eric Winston, who was a member of Gary Kubiak's first draft class in Houston and played under him for six seasons.
Although they were able to ship the other Brandon Marshall out of town, the Bears are stuck with Jay Cutler, thanks to his albatross of a contract. According to Chris Mortensen, Chicago has basically given up on its attempts to move the sulkmaster.
Cutler's $15.5M salary is already fully guaranteed, and on Thursday, $10M of his 2016 salary will convert from an injury-only guarantee to a full guarantee. Obviously, nobody wants to take on the renowned coach killer along with $25.5M in guarantees. Have fun with this one, Foxy.
A few hours ahead of the calendar flip, it's already been a busy morning for the Jets. As expected, the team will release Percy Harvin sometime today; to finalize their stunning October acquisition of the wideout, they'll send the Seahawks their 2015 sixth-rounder.
But another former Seattle player will be coming the Jets' way, as they've reportedly agreed to terms with guard James Carpenter, who some had suggested might be a fit for the Broncos. New Jersey will retain running back Bilal Powell, is widely expected to try to bring Darrelle Revis back from New England, and may acquire Houston backup passer Ryan Fitzpatrick.