Fortunately for Denver - and unfortunately for Tony Carter - the Broncos' surprise starting nickel corner has been ruled an exclusive-rights free agent by the league.
We've written twice about the Broncos' pending free agents, and each time noted that Carter was due for a big raise via unrestricted free agency. This was for two reasons: Rotoworld said Carter would be unrestricted, while the team's official site and NFL.com have maintained Carter was playing in his fourth NFL season in 2012.
Adam Gase will be the new offensive coordinator for the Broncos following the departure of Mike McCoy, who left earlier in the week to become the head coach of the AFCW rival Chargers.
Gase had been the team's quarterbacks coach for two seasons, and was their wide receivers coach for the two years prior to that (2009-10). The team was said to also be considering former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt for the position.
Said head coach John Fox of the move:
Adam was an integral part of the success we had offensively this season and was heavily involved in all aspects of our game plan, both during the week and on gameday. Maintaining that continuity with our offense was very important in this decision. While we did speak with several qualified candidates, it became clear that Adam was the best fit to be our offensive coordinator.
Two days after some had reported he would be the new coach of the Eagles, Gus Bradley has landed in Jacksonville, where he will replace
Mark Mike Mularkey, who had spent just one year with the Jags after he took over for current Broncos DC Jack Del Rio.
Bradley began his NFL coaching career in 2006 as an assistant with Tampa Bay, where he stayed for three years before taking the Seahawks DC job in 2009.
Well, it's a good thing Chip Kelly didn't go the Bill O'Brien/Nick Saban "I'm the most loyal human in history" route, when he announced he was returning to Oregon.
Because it didn't last long.
Following the Broncos' stunning playoff loss to the Ravens on Saturday, there has been plenty of blame to go around, at least as far as the media and fans are concerned. John Fox, Rahim Moore, Champ Bailey, Peyton Manning, and Matt Prater have borne the brunt of the public criticism, while Fox and John Elway stood by the coach's conservative game decisions in a presser yesterday.
Today comes the first true fallout of the upset, as it's being reported that the team will not retain secondary coach Ron Milus, whose contract is up after two years in Denver. Jeff Legwold's article on the dismissal cites a clash between Milus's coaching style and "several players" as having prompted the decision, while Fox had perhaps hinted at the move when he said his staff "didn't coach to execute" on the disastrous game-tying 70-yard touchdown from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones.
Shortly on the heels of news that the Chargers hired Mike McCoy away from Denver, came word that DC Gus Bradley would leave Seattle to head up the Eagles. Bradley had been expected to interview with the Jaguars later in the week.
However, subsequent reports say an agreement between the two parties is far from finalized.
According to Adam Schefter, Mike McCoy has notified the Broncos that he will become the next head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Following the departure of Dennis Allen to Oakland twelve months ago, this is the second straight January in which a Broncos coordinator has left to head up an AFCW rival.
Jason La Canfora reports that former Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt would be the leading candidate to replace McCoy in Denver, assuming that he himself doesn't land one of the vacant head jobs.
According to Jay Glazer, the Cardinals are interested in meeting with Mike McCoy for a second time regarding their head coaching vacancy.
McCoy who is meeting with the Chargers today, would reportedly visit with Arizona tomorrow, and he already met with the Cards, Eagles, and Bears two weekends ago.
As the Broncos move into the offseason a little sooner than planned, we now know they will pick 28th overall in the upcoming NFL draft.
Denver has six picks, with either a sixth- or seventh-rounder heading to Philadelphia to complete the 2011 trade for Brodrick Bunkley.
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.