Good Morning, Broncos fans! Last week, we took what we thought was a very early peek at Denver's cap situation for 2013, and the players due to become free agents.
Unfortunately, we were only days premature - not weeks - and it's already time to think about 2013 in earnest.
To review, Denver's pending unrestricted free agents are Ryan Clady, Brandon Stokley, Kevin Vickerson, Justin Bannan, Jim Leonhard, Keith Brooking, David Bruton, Dan Koppen, Jason Hunter, Tracy Porter, Ty Warren, and Matthew Willis.
The Broncos will have a three-day period from March 9-11 to negotiate exclusively toward new contracts with these players, whose 2012 deals will expire at 4pm on Tuesday, March 12, which is also precisely when the 2013 league year and free agency will commence.
According to NFLN's Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals have Mike McCoy atop their head-coaching wish list, and will make a 'major push' to hire him. McCoy interviewed with Arizona, Chicago, and Philly last weekend, and had been scheduled to meet with Buffalo, prior to their hiring of Doug Marrone.
The Denver OC could end up following Dennis Allen out the door to an AFCW rival, as he will interview with the Chargers tomorrow. San Diego met with former Cardinals head man Ken Whisenhunt yesterday and will interview Bengals OC Jay Gruden today.
The AP has announced its 2012 All-Pros, and as could be expected, Peyton Manning, Ryan Clady, and Von Miller have all made the first team.
It's Manning's sixth time ('03, '04, '05, '08, '09) as a first-teamer, Clady adds his second such honor ('09), and this is Von's first time as an All-Pro.
Champ Bailey is a second-teamer, while Demaryius Thomas, Elvis Dumervil (?), and Britton Colquitt each received one vote.
Adrian Peterson and J.J. Watt were the only unanimous honorees, which means that Miller, incredibly, was not (two voters left him off their ballots).
The Broncos and Ravens rosters will be almost fully intact for tomorrow's divisional matchup. Only Denver corner Tracy Porter and Baltimore guard Jah Reid, who was placed on IR today, are listed as out.
All seven Denver players who were listed on the injury report as full participants are probable for tomorrow, while Baltimore has 17 players listed as probable.
While the Broncos are among eight teams whose seasons are still ongoing, the other 24 franchises are busy figuring out their front office and roster situations. Even as the team preps for Saturday's showdown with the Ravens, we figure it's never a bad time to look at the cap and salary circumstances for next year.
According to John Clayton, Denver is carrying over $11.5M in cap space over from the 2012 season, which in concert with their $7M in 2013 headway will give the team $18.5M in space. The Broncos could easily create more wiggle room by negotiating new deals with or releasing any of D.J. Williams ($6M salary), Joe Mays ($4M), Matt Prater ($2.5M), and Caleb Hanie ($1.25M).
Three days ahead of Saturday's divisional matchup, more good injury news is coming out of Dove Valley. Although Tracy Porter (concussion) remained sidelined Wednesday, the rest of the team practiced fully, including Ryan Clady (shoulder), Chris Kuper (ankle), Orlando Franklin (knee), Mike Adams (knee), and Trindon Holliday (ankle). Willis McGahee again practiced as he hopes for a potential conference title game return.
For Baltimore, RB Bernard Pierce (knee), FB Vonta Leach (ankle), and G Jah Reid (toe) were absent from practice, while Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) was limited. All others, including most of the Ravens starting defense, were listed as full participants despite a slew of injuries.
On Monday night, Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley joined Alfred Williams and Darren McKee on the third hour of 104.3's The Drive. The discussion centered mostly on the Broncos' upcoming game with the Ravens. Here are some highlights:
On whether the Broncos are going to win one for Brandon on his way out like the Ravens are doing for Ray Lewis:
"Let's do it...If I've got to get out there and dance, I'll get out there and dance."
On whether he's looking forward to seeing Ray Lewis:
"Yeah I am, and hopefully making it his last game ever...I know what kind of energy he brings to that team, I know the difference when he's in the lineup and when he's not in the lineup. So we're going to see a different Ravens team this time around, a much improved Ravens team, and I think we're all looking forward to that challenge...We understand that what we did in the past doesn't matter."
Mike Shanahan says Robert Griffin III will travel on Tuesday to see Dr. James Andrews for further tests on his injured right knee. Griffin had previously injured the ACL in that knee during his sophomore year at Baylor.
However, ESPN Radio 980 in Washington cites a report from a Richmond television station that Griffin has torn his PCL and ACL and will be out of action for 14-18 months.
A more recent report from the Washington Post characterizes the injury as a partial tear to Griffin's ACL and LCL, not his PCL.
Updated 6:20pm ET
The Broncos have signed G Justin Boren and WR Gerell Robinson to future contracts today.
Robinson had been with the team in training camp as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State, where he was a teammate of Brock Osweiler and Omar Bolden, and was on Arizona's practice squad this season. Boren has spent the past two seasons on the practice squads of Baltimore and Detroit after playing his college ball at Ohio State.
The two players will join the team following the Super Bowl.
Oregon's Chip Kelly was rumored on Friday to be nearing a deal with the Browns to become their next head coach. But a nine-hour meeting between Kelly and the Eagles have raised speculation that the coach might be headed to Philly.
Now, who knows? Check out the latest, from the Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot:
Is this for real? Is it about leverage? Remains to be seen, but word is that the Browns have moved on and will focus their search elsewhere; Peter King says Kelly will choose between the Eagles and Ducks.