The Broncos have agreed to terms with 26-year-old TE Dante Rosario, who spent his first four years with the Panthers and has 82 career receptions for 894 yards and five touchdowns. Although Rosario set a new career high in 2010 with 32 catches, his YPR was a career-low 8.3 after he averaged 12.6 yards per reception over his first three seasons.
Rosario (6'3" 244 lbs) becomes the fifth member of Denver's TE group, along with third-year players Richard Quinn and Dan Gronkowski, plus draftees Julius Thomas and Virgil Green. It's hard to envision the Broncos keeping five tight ends on their final roster, and John Fox's familiarity with Rosario from their time together in Carolina has to factor in, so it will be interesting to see who loses out in this numbers game. Could Green perhaps be headed for the practice squad, or is Gronkowski on his way out?
Update 5:34pm ET - The Broncos have also reportedly agreed to terms with former Rams TE Daniel Fells, and John Clayton says the 27-year old is expected to become Denver's starter. Fells (6'4" 252 lbs - PFR lists Fells as 252 lbs while NFL.com and ESPN list him at 272 - obviously a substantial difference) has 69 career receptions for 745 yards and five TDs in three seasons with the Rams, including a 41/391/2 slash in 2010. Adam Schefter reports that Fells has agreed to a one-year deal.
6:06pm ET - Brief moment of confusion there, as Jason La Canfora had tweeted that Denver signed DT Daniel Muir. Rather, he's heading to the Rams.
6:04pm ET - The Broncos have released LB Dominic Douglas, who had been signed to a future contract following the 2010 season and is quite the active tweeter.
4:29pm ET - Ty Warren, a Texas native and A&M alum, is leaving Denver without a contract to visit with the Texans.
1:56pm ET - The Broncos are among at least five teams expected to host DE Jamaal Anderson, the former eighth-overall pick by the Falcons, who just released the four-year veteran.
The Broncos have made a trio of moves this evening, releasing veteran safety Renaldo Hill after two seasons with the team and adding RB Willis McGahee and Colorado State alum and former Texans WR David Anderson. Hill had not been practicing with the team since the opening of training camp, with John Fox dubiously claiming the eleventh-year player was out due to dehydration on Thursday. Hill was due to make $2.4M with a cap number of $2.775M; he had been under contract through 2012 and will count for $750K against the 2012 cap*. He played and started in 31 of 32 games since being signed as a free agent by Denver before the 2009 season, amassing 98 tackles, two picks, and two forced fumbles.
* I wrote the other day that the release of Correll Buckhalter would accelerate the unamortized chunk ($900K) of his original signing bonus to hit the Broncos' 2011 cap, but that was not correct. All accelerated bonuses from this week and going forward will be charged to teams' 2012 caps. Probably should have figured this out before calling out the DP guys for their transgressions. Glass houses/stones, that whole thing. Anyway, I think I've got it all straight now.
8:05pm ET - The Broncos have announced the signing of WR David Anderson, formerly of the Houston Texans, via John Elway's Twitter feed. Anderson is a solid player, and he has a usually hilarious Twitter feed, which used to be named WhiteOut89. This seems like an addition to a position of strength, but in the Duke we trust. Well, not unconditionally, but let's see what else is brewing. (TB)
1:34pm ET - Andrew Mason is reporting that Tebow continues to struggle in training camp. Brady Quinn participated ahead of him in one team drill today. Is it fair to wonder if the Orton trade rumors affected him a lot more than Orton?
Keep checking back here through the day for mor Broncos rosterbation! But don't hesitate to give us your thoughts.
The Broncos have released RB Correll Buckhalter and TE Daniel Coats, and waived RB Mike McLaughlin. It was announced that Buckhalter would be let go on Monday, presumably for salary cap relief purposes; he was due to make $1.92M in salary and count for $2.37M against the salary cap. His release will provide the team with
$1.47M the full $2.37M* in cap relief and result in a 2012 cap hit of $900K.
According to Andrew Brandt of NFP, the Broncos paid Kyle Orton his 2011 roster bonus today, which was $1.5M and due to hit as of 4pm ET. Brandt goes on to say that the payout makes the Broncos less likely to trade Orton, who had been rumored as destined for Miami for several days.
Tim Tebow was also slated to receive a large chunk of change today - $6.275M according to the DP article that detailed his contract last year. That $6.275M is comprised of Tebow's entire 2011, 2012 and 2013 salaries, plus part of his 2014 salary, and was originally due on the 30th day of the league year. However, the new CBA rules stipulate that any contracted bonus scheduled to be paid within 50 days of the start of the 2011 league year be paid out at 4:01pm ET today, while any bonus scheduled for more than 50 days after the start of the league year will be paid on the eighth day of the league year, or Aug. 11.
UPDATE 1:57pm ET Saturday - McGahee and the Broncos have agreed to terms on a four-year deal reportedly worth between $9.5M and $10M pending the results of his physical.
11:33pm ET - Armando Salguero writes that the Dolphins have not given up on the idea of dealing for Kyle Orton. Of course they haven't. (Thanks, Nick!)
10:20pm ET - FOX 26 Sports in Houston is reporting that Denver is among several teams interested in Texans FB Vonta Leach.
The Broncos have signed the rest of their 2011 draft choices today. This morning, they agreed to terms with second-rounder OT Orlando Franklin and third-rounder LB Nate Irving. Franklin, who practiced with the first team already, agreed to a four-year deal worth
$4.35M $4.361M including a $1.68M $1.668M signing bonus. Irving's deal was completed just before practice on Friday.
10:19pm ET - Sadly, Arnie Stapleton says the Broncos have been priced out of the competition for Brandon Mebane's services.