Looks like Bill Simmons may be getting into the news-breaking side of the business...
Filed to ESPN: Broncos in serious talks, trying to hammer out an agreement with Patriots WR Wes Welker. Decision expected today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2013
Wouldn't portend well for Brandon Stokley's chances of returning, but the Broncos would be getting younger in the slot by about five years.
Updated 4:32pm ET
According to Mike Florio, the Broncos are among four teams currently in pursuit of former Eagles and Raiders corner Nnamdi Asomugha. Anyone care to imagine a secondary trio of Champ Bailey, Asomugha, and Chris Harris, with Tony Carter at the dime?
While the Denver media was busy assuming that Jason Hunter would be playing a larger role in the Broncos defense this year, they forgot he was an unrestricted free agent (we didn't). But the Raiders didn't, and they've signed Hunter, along with Bengals DT Pat Sims and Browns LB Kaluka Maiava.
Again, keep checking back - we'll update this page throughout the day and night. We'll largely stick with yesterday's format, but add a timestamp at the end of each team's line when it's updated. Stamping each item would be a bit cumbersome, so perhaps this is a good compromise.
Updated 8:03pm ET
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos' deal with free agent defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is virtually done:
Broncos close to an agreement with Jacksonville free-agent DT Terrance Knighton, who wants to reunite with Denver DC Jack Del Rio.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2013
Whether the Broncos attempt to keep Justin Bannan at this point remains to be seen (they could still use him in their rotation), but one thing is for sure, Del Rio now has exactly what he likes--over 660 lbs. of nastiness clogging the line of scrimmage on first and second downs.
As our own Ted Bartlett indicated earlier in the night, the Broncos should still draft a DT this year, there's no doubt. This signing gives them a lot more flexibility as to when they pull the trigger.
The Elvis Dumervil story has taken yet another turn, and it doesn't lend itself to the DE remaining in Denver. As reported by Mike Klis:
Magid sent back a proposal Tuesday that lowered his client's asking price from $12 million in 2013, but then added that reduction onto his contract in the form of guarantees for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Ian Rapoport says on NFLN that the Broncos now stand a better chance of keeping Dumervil around. We hope that's the case, but will believe it if/when that occurs.
The Broncos are still scheduled to host 325-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, but he won't be replacing Kevin Vickerson on the team.
According to Adam Schefter, Denver has agreed to terms on a new two-year deal with Vickerson, who had accepted a 46.7% pay cut (from $2.25M to $1.2M) to stay with the team in 2012.
In 17 games, Big Vick tallied a +3.6 grade on 537 snaps according to PFF, with two sacks, four QB hits, nine hurries, and a pass defensed. PFF credited him with 32 total tackles, 26 stops, and charged him with two missed tackles.
Justin Bannan, Denver's other starting defensive tackle, is also an unrestricted free agent.
According to Ian Rapoport, Elvis Dumervil has had a change of heart, and is now willing to accept a pay cut from the Broncos.
Source: Elvis Dumervil is now willing to take a pay cut. His side has exchanged a proposal with the Broncos, hasn't heard back since 4— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2013
Think the mild contract agreed to by Paul Kruger (five years, $40.5M) has something to do with this?
According to USA Today's Mike Garafolo, the Broncos have agreed to terms with guard Louis Vasquez, who spent his first four years with the Chargers.
Vasquez will reportedly get $23.5M over four years, with $13M of it fully guaranteed.
The move suggests a possible release of Chris Kuper, which we had discussed earlier in the day.
Updated 6:31pm ET
It's a formality, but for the Broncos, it's bigger than any move theyr'e about to make. Peyton Manning passed his physical, which (for now) guarantees his 2013 and 2014 salaries at $20M per year.
But like the recent Tom Brady and Joe Flacco deals, this is not a full guarantee. Should Manning suffer a reaggravation of his neck injury in 2013, his 2014 salary will no longer be guaranteed.
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos will be hosting Eagles corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (on Tuesday), who will also visit Arizona, DRC's old team.
USAT's Mike Garafolo says the team will also host Cardinals linebacker Stewart Bradley.
We'll be updating this thread throughout the day, so stay tuned.
Updated 12:12pm ET 3/13/13
As we've maintained all along, the latest chapter of Elvis Dumervil's Denver career was likely be the final one, and that's becoming closer to fruition with each bit of news.
According to Mike Klis, Dumervil's agent Marty Magid has asked the Broncos to release the defensive end ahead of Tuesday's 4pm ET opening of free agency.
Given the slim chances of getting a team to trade for Elvis and his $12M salary - which becomes guaranteed on Saturday - letting him go now would seem to be the right thing to do.