It's been known for some time now (March 19, 2012?) that the Broncos would be featured several times on national television this season; turns out they'll play under the lights five times in 2013.
As previously reported by Jason La Canfora, Denver will host Baltimore as the Thursday night season kickoff game on September 5 on NBC. The opener will be the Broncos' first chance to exact at least a measure of revenge on the team that unceremoniously dumped them from the 2012 playoffs.
It's become tradition for the defending SB champs to host the season opener, but a parking lot conflict (really) with the Baltimore Orioles made a Ravens home game on that Thursday an impossibility. Baltimore's only other national TV-worthy road opponents, at least from our standpoint, are Chicago and Pittsburgh.
The Ravens will open the 2013 season at Denver in a Thurs night kickoff. Full NFL schedule to be released tonight— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 18, 2013
Revenge is a dish served best in the Mile High air, or something like that.
According to Aaron Wilson, the Broncos are one of four teams (Tennessee, Chicago, Detroit) scheduled to host Wisconsin Badgers redshirt junior Travis Frederick in an official pre-draft visit.
The 6-4, 312-pound native of Sharon, WI, posted some ugly 40 times at the combine, but his agility and powerful blocking ability have him ranked among the top center prospects, and one expected to be selected on Day 1 or 2 of the upcoming draft.
Tony Carter has become the fourth Bronco to sign his free-agent tender this offseason, following Lance Ball, Chris Clark, and Mitch Unrein.
As with Unrein's case, Carter's signing is pure formality, as the corner had no opportunity to negotiate or sign with other teams due to his exclusive rights status.
The FSU alum will turn 27 next month, and enters his fifth season in the NFL after not having been invited to the national scouting combine.
According to Tony Pauline, the Broncos are one of seven teams who are hosting or have hosted Virginia Tech tackle Vinston Painter. Also listed are the Chargers, Lions, Bucs, Giants, Jaguars and Bengals.
The 6-4, 306-pound right tackle, who is seen as a late-round pick at best, did not see significant playing time with the Hokies until his senior season, when he started all 13 games and was named an All-ACC Honorable Mention.
In a pure formality, Mitch Unrein signed his $555K exclusive rights free agent tender today. The move was inevitable once Denver tendered him, because as a player with less than three accrued seasons, Unrein was not free to negotiate with any other teams.
|Louis Vasquez||G||San Diego||3/12||Story, GR|
|Wes Welker||WR||New England||3/13||Story, GR|
|Terrance Knighton||DT||Jacksonville||3/13||Story, GR|
|Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||CB||Philadelphia||3/14||Story, GR, Contract|
|Shaun Phillips||LB||San Diego||4/27||Story, GR|
|Quentin Jammer||CB||San Diego||5/29||GR, Story|
|Jake O'Connell||TE||Kansas City||7/27||Story|
|Ryan Lilja||C||Kansas City||7/31||Story|
|1||28||Sylvester Williams||DT||North Carolina||NFL, CBS, IAOFM, GR, CTF|
|2||26 (58)||Montee Ball||RB||Wisconsin||NFL, CBS, IAOFM, GR|
|3||28 (90)||Kayvon Webster||CB||South Florida||NFL, CBS, IAOFM, GR|
|5||13 (146)||Quanterus Smith||DE||W. Kentucky||NFL, CBS, IAOFM, GR; via GB|
|5||28 (161)||Tavarres King||WR||Georgia||NFL, CBS, IAOFM, GR|
|6||5 (173)||Vinston Painter||T||Virginia Tech||NFL, CBS, visit, GR; via GB|
|7||28 (234)||Zac Dysert||QB||Miami (OH)||NFL, CBS, visit, IAOFM, GR|
A trio of news items on the Broncos:
First, reserve tackle Chris Clark has followed running back Lance Ball in signing his restricted tender, leaving Britton Colquitt as the only RFA-tendered player yet to sign. Ball signed his tender on Monday, and Clark will likewise be paid $1.323M if he makes the final roster, but receives no guarantees. If he fails to make the team, Denver will suffer no cap penalties.