This week's big signings figure to help Broncos Land move on from SB 48 at least a bit. But thanks to Jeremy Mincey, another look back is unavoidable.
Sometimes the better team doesn't always win, that's the team that wants it the most. And the Seattle Seahawks came out fired up and they wanted it a little more than we did. I think we were a little bit lackadaisical in the locker room before the game.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! There appears to be something of a sea change coming with how contracts are reported by the football media.
We lauded Mike Klis yesterday for having provided full details on Denver's three big (but not as big as first reported) contracts from this week.
Jason La Canfora also did some great work to this effect on Friday, explaining that NFL contracts just aren't what they're touted to be, and sharing details on each of the week's biggest deals.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos tried to sign former Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who instead opted to sign with Tampa Bay.
Klis adds that Denver may pursue wideouts Brandon LaFell (Carolina), James Jones (Green Bay), or Miles Austin (Dallas) to replace Eric Decker. If so, we'd guess the Broncos have in mind a $3M-4M/year deal, or about half of what Decker got from the Jets.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Wait, did we say the rest of the AFCW was completely stagnant in free agency?
So much for that, as there was a lot of action in Oakland and San Diego on Thursday.
They also addressed their drama from earlier in the week, claiming that a torn shoulder labrum caused Rodger Saffold to fail his physical.
Daryl Smith, who had reportedly been a target for Denver at middle linebacker, has agreed to a four-year deal worth a reported $16.1M to stay with Baltimore.
Smith spent his first eight seasons playing under Jack Del Rio, making him an obvious fit with the Broncos.
Well, at least he didn't end up with the Patriots, who were his first free agency hosts.
Wesley Woodyard has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with Tennessee worth $16M.
In six years, Woodyard went from undrafted rookie longshot, to special teams stalwart, to key defensive starter.
Well, we knew that already. But a lot of people apparently didn't.
We've seen Elway criticized for having signed Aqib Talib, for having given him $57M total (ZOMG) and $26M in guarantees (ZOMG!!), for not having gotten Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for cheaper, and for not having gotten Darrelle Revis instead of either one.
The haughtiest garbage out there involved Bill Belichick somehow having outsmarted Elway.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The very biggest moves of free agency have already occurred - in Denver and elsewhere.
Of course, several significant names remain available, including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - who misread his value to the Broncos - and his cousin Antonio, whom the Jets may need to re-sign after having lost out on bringing back Darrelle Revis.
I'm very thankful for my four years in Denver. I think it's one of the greatest cities to play in. Unfortunately, I never got an offer from the Broncos. Denver will always be a part of me. I'm excited about New York being my new community and starting a new chapter in my life. On top of all that, my wife's expecting our baby any second.
New England has added corner Darrelle Revis to the tune of a one-year deal worth $12M. Of course, this is a good 26% more than the AAV given Aqib Talib by Denver, and Revis wasn't cut loose until today.
This is a fitting move in every aspect; Revis gets to stay the league's highest paid corner and again be the center of attention next offseason, and the Pats don't have to commit beyond 2013.