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.
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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.
The people who put their money where their mouths are have spoken: going into Wild Card Weekend, the Denver Broncos are the favorites to win Super Bowl 47.
It might be easy to dismiss betting lines as something conjured up by Vegas (or whomever), but to guarantee a win for a game, the sportsbooks need to get a 50/50 split in bets, letting the house take in the even split plus the vig. That means the odds shift as people bet, accurately reflecting popular (gambler) opinion. When it comes to the Super Bowl, the pool of gamblers is large and easily reflects popular opinion.
Futures don't shift exactly the same way (there's no 50/50), but they do shift as bets are placed and news (namely wins and injuries) happen.
The Browns are expected to hire Oregon's Chip Kelly as their new head coach; he'll be replacing Pat Shurmur, who may be joining Andy Reid's new staff in Kansas City.
Kelly's Ducks defeated Kansas State Thursday night 35-17 in the Fiesta Bowl.
The 49-year-old had also been a candidate for the Buffalo and Philadelphia jobs, both of which Denver's Mike McCoy will interviewing for this weekend. McCoy is scheduled to meet with the Cards and Bills tomorrow, and the Eagles and Bears on Sunday.
A day after winning the AFC Offensive POW award for his play in the Week 17 finale against Kansas City, Peyton Manning has been named the conference's top offensive player for the month of December.
Manning received the same honor for his play in October, and he has now won the award six times during his career.
For the second time this season, Peyton Manning has been named the AFC's Offensive POW, for his 304-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Chiefs Sunday. Manning also received the honor after leading the Broncos to their 35-24 comeback win at San Diego, and he was named the AFC's best offensive player for the month of October.
For Peyton, it's the 23rd weekly award of his career, tying him with Tom Brady for the most ever. As a team, the Broncos racked up eight such honors, and Von Miller also took home the AFC's defensive player award for November.