Bill Belichick apparently wasn't blowing smoke when he challenged Mike Silver's report that he hated Tim Tebow as a football player.
Turns out, he likes Tebow enough to sign him in time for the Pats' minicamp - with some reporting the intention is to use him as a quarterback.
The move will reunite Tebow with the man who drafted him in Denver, Josh McDaniels, who is in his second stint as New England's offensive coordinator.
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Denver's mandatory minicamp runs from Tuesday through Thursday. It's expected that Willis McGahee, who was absent for OTAs, will be in attendance, but that Ryan Clady will not.
Clady has still not signed his $9.828M one-year franchise tender, and as such, is not contractually required to attend.
Asked Monday on 102.3 ESPN Denver about whether he'll be at training camp next month, the sixth-year tackle said, "More than likely I'll be there."
Couldn't beat them in the late aughts, so sign them in 2013? It may be something of a stretch to call it a trend, but with the addition of Quentin Jammer on Wednesday, the Broncos continue to acquire players from teams they've struggled against in recent years.
Wes Welker (New England) and Terrance Knighton (Jacksonville) were each with squads that have mostly owned Denver of late, while Louis Vasquez, Shaun Phillips, and Jammer were all part of a Chargers team which dominated the Broncos from 2006 into 2011. Last November, Jacob Hester had also made the transition from Whale's Vagina to the Sunshine State.
Provided they all make the final 53, all of those players will have a chance to beat their old teams as Broncos in 2013.
Although the Denver Post reported that director of player personnel Matt Russell was interested in the AD vacancy at his alma mater, and Vic Lombardi confirmed the report, the Broncos have since released a statement to the contrary on Russell's behalf:
While I love my alma mater and want what's best for it, I am not pursuing a position with the University of Colorado. I am fully committed to my role with the Denver Broncos.
Russell has been described as the Broncos' de facto GM under John Elway, and according to Mike Florio, many expect him to officially gain that title if and when Elway takes ownership of the team over from Pat Bowlen. Until then, it wouldn't surprise us if we were to learn that Wednesday's dalliance earned Russell a raise with the Broncos.
The Denver Broncos have signed DB Quentin Jammer, formerly of the San Diego Chargers. While he's pretty exclusively played CB in his career, he seems to have slowed down a bit, and he struggled to turn and run with the faster outside receivers in the NFL.
Mike Florio (who knows nothing about the technical aspects of football) speculated that this might mean Champ Bailey is moving to safety. Well, that's silly, because Bailey runs a lot better than Jammer does, and always has. What this more likely means is that your boy TB finally got a matchup safety.
Doug is indisposed right now, watching the Mets beat up on those trifling-ass Yankees, but I'm sure he'll be along later to update this article with all kinds of newsy stuff. As for me, I'll be writing some deeper analytical thoughts on it later this evening, and sharing them tomorrow.
Legendary center Tom Nalen will be inducted to Denver's Ring of Fame, the team announced on Wednesday.
The induction ceremony will take place on September 29, at halftime of Denver's Week 4 game versus the Eagles. As for why this isn't taking place Week 8, when Mike Shanahan is in town, is beyond us (we hope it's not due to some sort of bad blood between Pat Bowlen, John Elway, and Shanahan).
Nalen was the Broncos' pivot for 14 seasons (1994-2007), playing in 194 regular-season games (188 starts), plus 13 playoff starts.
Charles Woodson may be the matchup safety Denver needs, but he won't be joining them in 2013. Woodson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Raiders that includes a $700K signing bonus, base value of $1.8M, and a maximum of $4.3M.
Originally selected by Oakland fourth overall in the 1998 Draft, Woodson spent his first eight years in silver and black before heading up to the frozen tundra for seven seasons. Green Bay released the 2009 DPOY in February to avoid what would have been $9.4M in compensation for 2013.
Only a few hours ago, we noted the signing bonus given Lerentee McCray by the Broncos, and what it meant.
What it doesn't mean, is that he's good enough for the NFL; the Broncos will presumably figure that out over the next few weeks and/or months.
As an example of how little regard teams can have for undrafted players, consider the case of former Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet.
As they had done with the contract for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Broncos have pushed some current cap dollars out into the future with their recent restructuring of Peyton Manning's deal.
Instead, Shutdown Corner reports that Manning received a $10M advance ($5M from each of his $20M salaries in 2013 and 2014) that will be treated as a signing bonus and be prorated over the 2013-16 seasons, $2.5M per year.
The net result is a cap savings of $2.5M in 2013 and 2014, and an additional $2.5M cap hit for each of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Per NFLN's Ian Rapoport, Charles Woodson has a standing offer from the Broncos, but still plans to take his Tuesday visit with the Raiders, who are the other team known to have made an offer to the corner-turned-safety.
The Panthers and Giants are said to have expressed interest, but there have been no reported offers from either team. The Giants are reportedly only willing to pay Woodson around the minimum salary, which is $940K for a player of his experience.
Rapoport reports that other unidentified teams are involved, and suggests that Denver is the only team to have offered Woodson more than the minimum salary.
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