NFP's Wes Bunting tweeted the following this morning:
Hearing the Broncos are starting to lean more toward DE Da'Quan Bowers with that number 2 pick, move to 43, he makes perfect sense
In a followup tweet, Bunting wrote,
Got to think the Broncos would look Fairley at 2, if Bowers is gone, got to put together their 4-3 front
Yesterday, Champ Bailey and his agent Jack Reale won the PR side-battle that today typically accompanies any significant contract negotiation. A statement presumably from Reale expressed the player and agent's frustration with the lack of progress on the guaranteed-money front and was followed by Champ's pronouncement that he would be propping a "For Sale" sign out front of his Littleton home. The latter message prompted a small grassroots campaign to rally fans for the two sides to come to an agreement.
Today, John Elway has responded via Twitter:
We've been working with Champ Bailey's representative this week on a new contract, which is an important priority for us. Our conversations have been constructive, and we'll continue those talks in the hopes that we can reach an agreement. Champ's an elite player who means a great deal to our entire organization and our fans. We want Champ to finish his Hall of Fame career as a Denver Bronco.
UPDATE: 6:30PM ET - Vic Lombardi has just tweeted that he spoke with Champ's agent Jack Reale, who has confirmed that the Broncos' midseason offer and the latest proposal were both for four years and around $40 million. As reported earlier, the gap between the two sides is apparently an issue of guaranteed money.
Several reports have confirmed that Demaryius Thomas tore his achilles tendon while working out Thursday. The Broncos, for their part, have officially called it an "injury" to his achilles via Twitter:
Demaryius Thomas suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon on Wed. while working out in Ga. His recovery is expected to take 6-8 months.
Six to eight months? I'm no Ponderosa or Doc Bear (our local resident docs), but doesn't this sort of injury take just a wee bit longer than this to heal? Luckily, the Broncos are filled to the brim at wide receiver. It's just too bad such a promising player is going through so many injuries early in his career. Thanks to Ponderosa for being on this story so quickly!
Vic Lombardi reported via Twitter that Broncos WR Eddie Royal had surgery on his hip and will require 6 months of rehabilitation. This likely will end any speculation that the Broncos will be trading away one of their veteran receivers... (Thanks, Ponderosa!)
UPDATE 3:08PM ET: Team spokesman Patrick Smyth says the Broncos expect Royal “will be ready for OTAs in late May.”
Just two weeks ago, Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper had been rumored to be joining the Broncos' staff under new head coach John Fox. On Thursday, the Broncos announced they had completed their coaching staff, and the man who had spent nine years working under Fox (including the last five as his assistant head coach) was nowhere to be found among the Broncos' employment rolls. Today, Skipper is without a job.
The Broncos have announced that cornerback Champ Bailey will be replacing Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. This will be the 10th Pro Bowl appearance for Bailey, who just completed his 12th NFL season. The 32-year-old Bailey, who is a free agent after having spent seven seasons with the Broncos, has now surpassed Mike Haynes for the most Pro Bowl selections in history by a cornerback.
The Broncos have announced via Twitter that John Fox has completed his coaching staff today, contrary to countless earlier claims around the interweb (and on the DP) that Dennis Allen had been the final addition to Fox's crew. Two-time SB winner Keith Burns has been retained as a special teams assistant, while Sam Garnes will be the assistant defensive backs coach. Garnes, who played for the Giants and Jets in a seven-year pro career, had been a special teams assistant with Carolina in 2010. Burns has been coaching the Broncos' special teams since 2007 following a 13-year NFL career which included two stints in Denver; he was originally drafted by Denver in the 7th round of the 1994 Draft (210th overall).
Official team press release
The Broncos announced today the hiring of Ron
Miley Cyrus Milus and Richard Smith as defensive coaches. Milus will coach the team's secondary, while Smith will coach the linebackers. Both had been on head coach John Fox's staff in Carolina and were Denver assistants earlier in their careers.
As reported by the Denver Post last hour, the Broncos have hired Dennis Allen, secondary coach for the New Orleans Saints as their new defensive coordinator.
Doug Lee will have more on this story in the morning, but I'm comfortable with this move. Perhaps Allen has learned a few tricks from Greg Williams, current defensive coordinator for the Saints. Williams is known for his ultra-aggressive blitzes. One has to believe Allen has been playing close attention.