Brodrick Bunkley has spurned the Broncos' efforts to re-sign him, choosing instead to join the coachless Saints; Lindsay Jones says the team had been optimistic last night they would retain the 28-year-old tackle. According to Adam Schefter, Bunkley has agreed to a five-year deal with $9M in guarantees.
Bunkley had helped revitalize Denver's defense in 2011; according to PFF, he was the third-rated defensive tackle in the NFL overall, and the best against the run. The Broncos had acquired Bunkley last summer in exchange for a conditional 2013 draft choice believed to be a sixth- or seventh-rounder.
Roger Goodell has delivered his verdict on the Saints' institutionalized bounty system, and the punishment will be severe:
Player punishments have not yet been determined.
A day after signing Peyton Manning to a five-year deal, the Broncos have agreed to trade Tim Tebow and their seventh-round choice in April's draft to the Jets in return for New Jersey's fourth- and sixth-rounders. However, the deal has encountered a snag, as the Jets are apparently balking at language in Tebow's contract.
As of now, the Broncos now have one pick in each of the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth rounds, plus two in the fourth round. Denver's own fifth-rounder went to Cleveland to complete the Peyton Hillis/Brady Quinn deal, while the team acquired the Rams' fifth-rounder in return for WR Brandon Lloyd. The Broncos' own sixth-rounder went to the Eagles in return for LB Joe Mays, who was re-signed earlier in the week.
11:00 pm Pork Chop continues to further the idea the Patriots could trade Ryan Mallet straight up for Tim Tebow.
8:34 pm Lindsay Jones: Also noteworthy from today: #Broncos still working hard to get deal with Brodrick Bunkley done. GM Brian Xanders said it was extra important to get deals with Mays and Woodyard done if DJ Williams' supspension upheld by court.
7:42 pm Here's a photo of Manning signing his contract, officially making him a Denver Bronco.
7:03 pm Well, thi$ didn't take long.
5:35 pm Tracy Porter, whose pick-six sealed his Saints' SB victory over Peyton Manning's Colts, will visit Dove Valley tomorrow.
Per Josina Anderson:
Agent Tony Fleming tells me Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard and the Broncos have agreed to terms on two-year deal.
Brando Spano also announced this on his radio show--in fact, it looks like Brandon had the news first.
Woodyard is a good insurance policy against DJ Williams' potential suspension.
Still waiting on terms of the deal. Doug should have these in the Lard tomorrow.
10:40 pm Brando Spano (via his radio show) is reporting that Wesley Woodyard is working on a 2-year deal to return to the Broncos.
9:00 pm Denver's other veteran TE acquisition from 2011 is departing; Dante Rosario is heading to San Diego shortly after Daniel Fells joined the Patriots.
7:48 pm Sal Paolantonio: Former Bronco Frank Tripucka will allow Peyton Manning to wear his retired number 18 next season
6:55 pm Jason La Canfora: Team Manning about to be assembled in Denver. C Jeff Saturday has a visit scheduled. WR Brandon Stokley likely to be signed #freeagency
12:36 am Jeff Legwold says on CBS 4 (Denver): I think a lot of people in Tennessee think he's [Manning] going to end up here [Denver]. A lot of people in Denver thinks he's [Manning] going to end up there [Tennessee]...Denver offers pretty much everything on the checklist.
12:18 am DJ Williams just claimed he has "40-inch pythons."
Do pythons qualify as "non-human?"
12:00 am Woody Paige fires something off late into the night. He writes: Without Peyton, the Broncos will keep Tebow as the starting quarterback "going into training camp,"...Tebow will say he'll use the course of events to motivate himself to become a better quarterback. It's not as if he has a choice, with a contract for two more seasons.
Woody has contacts inside Camp Tebow, so maybe he's leaking this to blunt the rumor that Tebow will ask out of Denver. Of course, the other alternative is that he's wishful thinking. We're just surprised Woody stays up past 9pm.
11:00 pm TJ Johnson wants to go on the record: He believes the Broncos will land Peyton Manning. SF doesn't have the money; TN doesn't have John Elway and John Fox. TJ says what crystalized it in his mind was Peyton Manning's body language with John Fox on tape. TJ believes he is a body-language expert and can read micro facial expressions.
He can't. This opinion and $3 still won't get you what you really want to drink at Starbucks.
3:38 am Brandon Spano: Interesting that two local news sources had to take down negative Tebow news.Coincidence?
The links appear to be from Fox31 and KWGN. Who knows what this means.
2:21 am Adam Schefter: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Manning still has not informed any of the three teams when to expect a decision, according to sources.
Schefter Tom Condon decided to put this out there at 2:21 am (?) due to a report/rumor that Manning's signing with the 49ers was imminent. Of course Manning hasn't said anything yet. Tom Condon has to figure out what he's going to do with Alex Smith first. But it's great to see $chefter and Morten$en working together for Team CAA as employees of E$PN.
12:28 am Public enemy #1, Mike Silver, is getting the vibe that Tennessee will sign Manning.
11:52 pm The 49ers signed Mario Manningham to a two-year deal.
9:49 pm Adam Schefter: SD agreed on 2yr $2.5M to $4.5M deal for DB Atari Bigby.
8:38 pm Former Broncos center Chris Myers will be back with the Texans.
7:49 pm According to the DP, Geno Hayes, Jameel McClain, and Marcus Trufant all visited Dove Valley today, where they were presumably hosted by Jack Del Rio in the absence of EFX™. All three players took physicals but will not sign contracts today; the article says the team would like to re-sign both Wesley Woodyard and Joe Mays.
7:45 pm Brady Quinn is expected to visit the Chiefs, where he could join the guy he was traded for - Peyton Hillis.
4:17 New Manning thread started, you freaks!
4:16 pm Vic Lombardi responds to questions of Why?: Cuz it was a physical. And a plea.
4:10 pm From Duke's Chronicle Sports: Elway, Fox, Manning and Co are leaving now. Manning did not throw a pass today. Odd development
3:26 pm Mike Klis is correcting the financial figures he cited earlier: My previously reported contract parameters for P. Manning were too low. Broncos, Titans, 49ers working off his old five-year, $90 mil deal. The old Manning deal paid him $26.4 million in 2011, even though he never took a snap. He was to get $35.4 mil this yr, but did not. His deal called for him to make _ gulp! _ $61.4 mil over 2 yrs; $69 mil over 3 yrs. Broncos understand the parameters. They're in.