No real reports had linked Michael Johnson to Denver, but some speculative articles suggested he'd be a logical fit.
Still, his expected five-year, $43.75M deal with Tampa Bay will impact the Broncos' efforts to add another pass rusher, whether it be Jared Allen or someone else.
A slew of transactions have occurred/are occurring on Monday as the commencement of the 2014 league year and free agency loom tomorrow (4pm ET).
Here are the notable pre-deadline moves so far:
The 2009 second-rounder can reportedly make up to $3.5M this season; he did not visit Dove Valley.
The 2006 fifth-rounder started 79 of the 90 games he played in over his eight seasons with the team, but only dressed for 11 games over the past two seasons.
As expected, the Broncos have tendered restricted free agents Chris Harris (second round, $2.187M) and Mitch Unrein (right of first refusal, $1.431M), and nontendered Trindon Holliday.
According to PFT, the Broncos have opted not to tender return man Trindon Holliday as a restricted free agent.
Instead, the boom-or-bust player will be free to sign with any team, for a salary that we believe could be as low as $570K.
The Broncos announced their release of Champ Bailey on Thursday afternoon. Said John Elway in a statement:
This was a difficult decision for our team with everything that Champ Bailey has meant to the Denver Broncos and this community over the last 10 years. Without question, he’s among the best cornerbacks to ever play the game and one of the finest players in the history of the Broncos. You couldn’t ask for more in a player than what Champ brought to this team. His combination of elite talent, class, leadership and competitiveness made him one of the all-time greats.
Jackson had visited Denver, Tennessee, and Miami, and had reportedly drawn interest from Arizona and Minnesota as well.
Legendary corner Champ Bailey will be released by the Broncos after ten seasons with the team.
The three-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowler was told of the decision by Johns Elway and Fox on Wednesday.
Bailey was not offered a chance to renegotiate a lower salary or position move, but acknowledges he may have to shift to safety to catch on elsewhere.
According to Mike Klis, Peyton Manning has passed his annual neck exam and has been cleared to play in 2014.
Meanwhile, Peter Burns hears that four teams have inquired about the availability of Brock Osweiler, but were turned away by the Broncos.
Obviously, neither of these news items is particularly surprising, and business at Dove Valley will continue on normally.