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.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos will be represented at a special workout for Oregon safety John Boyett on Wednesday. According to the Sac Bee, scouts from a dozen or so teams will be in attendance, including the Raiders and 49ers.
Boyett was lost for most of his senior season after undergoing surgery to repair partially torn patellar tendons in both knees last fall.
As the 2013 Draft approaches, word is slipping out regarding the Broncos' prospect visits and workouts. We'll be updating this post regularly to reflect reported interest, trying as always to filter out unsubstantiated rumor. We've also added Shrine Game and Senior Bowl meetings via Walter Football, and draft profiles for each player from NFL.com and CBS Sports where applicable.
Of course, much of this activity could be pure smokescreen on the team's part, but more information can never hurt, right? If you happen to see any names go across that we don't have listed here, please send us an email with the corroborating link.
Updated 4/20/13 5:10pm ET
Reserve running back Lance Ball became the first Bronco to sign his right of first refusal only restricted tender on Monday.
Ball saw the field for just 151 snaps in 2012, but as a restricted free agent, he'll make nearly double the $715K minimum for a player of his experience this season. However, none of his $1.323M salary is guaranteed, so if he fails to make the final 53-man roster out of training camp, Ball won't count a penny toward the Broncos' 2013 salary cap.
Aside from Ball, Denver has running backs Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, Mario Fannin, and Jeremiah Johnson on the roster. Jacob Hester is listed as a fullback but functioned more as a running back, since the Broncos abandoned the idea of using two-back sets rather early on.
Updated 8:29am ET 4/9/13