According to Mike Klis, the Broncos plan to use their franchise tender on pending unrestricted free agent Demaryius Thomas, with hopes of locking him into a multiyear contract before training camp.
The tender value for wideouts was $12.3M last offseason; how much that figure rises next year will depend upon the overall salary cap increase. Klis puts the 2015 number at $12.7M, but that is likely based upon a conservative $138M-141M cap estimate.
The Bears' dumpster fire has grown to a multi-alarm blaze. According to ESPN, Cutler will be benched for Sunday's home game against Detroit, in favor of the terrible, no good quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Last week, Ian Rapoport cited anonymous sources in reporting that Bears officials regretted giving Cutler his massive contract ($38M guaranteed!). Shortly thereafter, OC Aaron Kromer tearfully apologized to the team for being one of Rapoport's sources.
A day after guaranteeing that the Broncos would win the Super Bowl, pending free agent Terrance Knighton said he'd like to remain in Denver, perhaps even at a slight discount to the market.
The defensive captain told Andrew Mason,
So Denver is definitely where I want to be, and when that time comes, if they're in the ballpark, I'll be a Bronco.
According to Jarrett Bell, NFL execs are being advised to expect the 2015 salary cap will rise to between $138M and $141M.
This is in line with what Jason Fitzgerald has been predicting over at OTC; under the assumption of a $140M cap, Denver figures to enter the offseason with around $30M in space.
The Broncos may need all of that if they're to re-sign key free agents Demaryius Thomas, Chris Harris, Julius Thomas, and Terrance Knighton. Orlando Franklin, Rahim Moore, and Virgil Green are also pending UFAs.
The Broncos have indeed promoted kicker Brandon McManus from their practice squad to handle kickoffs, waiving punt returner Isaiah Burse to make room for him.
As noted by Mike Klis, Connor Barth has the worst touchback percentage (6.7%) among 47 kickers with at least 100 kickoffs since he entered the NFL in 2008.
Pending unrestricted free agent Demaryius Thomas says he'd take less money to stay in Denver. Which is nice.
Of course, just because he says he would give a hometown discount doesn't mean he will.
Current estimates over at OTC suggest that Oakland will have around $55M in cap space, while Jacksonville and the Jets will each have more than $40M free.
According to Adam Schefter, the Raiders and LOLJets would be interested in a potential trade for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Oakland needs all the help it can get, as evidenced by their 52-0 whitewashing by the Rams on Sunday.
According to Jason La Canfora, Adam Gase would be among the top choices to replace Jim Harbaugh, should the Niners part ways with him.
There's been little talk of Gase as a head coaching candidate of late, but that chatter figures to heat up over the next few months, unless the Broncos flame out.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos will work out Jay Feely and Connor Barth on Tuesday. Brandon McManus has struggled on field goals, making nine and missing four on the season.
His misses have come from 33, 41, 53, and 53 yards, while his longest make was from 44. McManus's 33-yard miss after halftime on Sunday caromed off the right upright and prevented the Broncos from cutting Miami's lead to one.
Emmanuel Sanders was cleared through the league's concussion protocol on Thursday, practiced on Friday, is listed as probable, and will play in Sunday's game versus Miami.
Tight ends Julius Thomas and Virgil Green were limited on Friday, and are questionable for Sunday. Expectedly, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are out.