In a recent post, Jeff Legwold suggests the Broncos might try to negotiate Ryan Clady's salary down from the $8.5M figure he's currently due (it's not $8M, as Legwold writes - that was his 2014 salary). It's an interesting idea, but is it doable?
Denver used its franchise tag on their left tackle two years ago, eventually signing him to a five-year, $52.5M deal. Unfortunately, a Lisfranc injury cost him most of that season, and nagging injuries in 2014 kept him from returning to his prior elite level. Still, he's never missed a game outside of that 2013 season.
Let's get caught up on the rest of the week's coaching hirings. Jim Tomsula continues to build his coaching staff with the Niners, including a couple of castoffs from across the Bay.
Tomsula has reportedly hired former Jets and Browns coach Eric Mangini to be his defensive coordinator. Tony Sparano, who, like Mangini, interviewed for the Raiders' head job, will coach tight ends under Tomsula and a yet-to-be-hired OC, possibly former Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin.
Gary Kubiak is set to hire his first defensive assistant in Denver by bringing defensive line coach Bill Kollar over from Houston. Kollar, 62, spent six seasons with the Texans, including his first five under Kubiak. Houston coach Bill O'Brien permitted the lateral move because Kollar's two sons and grandsons live in Denver.
Kollar is credited with playing a large role in the development of J.J. Watt; he'll take over for Jay Rodgers, whose brother, Jeff, has followed John Fox to Chicago. There's no word yet on whether Jay will join the exodus.
Having been rebuffed by Cincy in their efforts to hire Vance Joseph, the Broncos have reportedly reached out to former DC and head coach Wade Phillips about running their defense.
Phillips spent the 2014 season out of the NFL; from 2011 to 2013, he was Houston's DC under Gary Kubiak, and took over on an interim basis after Kubiak was fired. He was Denver's DC from 1989 to 1992 and their head coach the next two years, when he essentially served as the placeholder until Mike Shanahan felt ready to take over the team.
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As expected, the Bears and John Fox have reportedly hired former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase to run their offense.
Additionally, Ed Donatell will coach defensive backs under Fox and Vic Fangio; Donatell held that position during two stints with the Broncos (1995-99, 2009-10).
It looks like the Broncos and John Elway will have to find a Plan B after all, at least as far as their next defensive coordinator is concerned. According to Alex Marvez, the Bengals have blocked secondary coach Vance Joseph from interviewing for a promotion in either Denver or San Francisco.
As Ben Hochman discussed on Monday night, hiring Joseph would have been a historic move for the Broncos, who have had only one African-American coordinator in their history (Ray Rhodes).
According to Dianna Marie Russini, the Bengals have allowed secondary coach Vance Joseph out of his contract to pursue a defensive coordinator position, presumably in Denver. The former CU Buff quarterback has coached NFL defensive backs for the past ten seasons, including three with Houston under Gary Kubiak (2011-13).
Meanwhile, Adam Gase is reportedly interviewing with the Bears about their OC vacancy on Wednesday, which would seem to suggest he's a slam dunk for the job. After all, why would John Fox bring him to Chicago and not hire him? Then again, Charlie Weis is also reportedly a candidate for the job.
Three more former Broncos assistants have joined John Fox's staff in Chicago: Dave Magazu (offensive line), Sam Garnes (secondary assistant), and Derius Swinton (special teams assistant). Special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers was the first assistant to make the move with Fox; it remains to be seen whether his brother Jay (defensive line) follows suit.
Magazu has been replaced by former tight ends coach Clancy Barone, while Joe DeCamillis and Jeff Rodgers have traded places. Denver's defensive staff figures to be on hold until they hire a defensive coordinator, possibly Cincy secondary coach Vance Joseph.
Joe DeCamillis is returning to the Broncos to again be their special teams coach, according to Michael C. Wright. He previously held that role in Denver under Dan Reeves from 1988 to 1992, before following the latter to the Giants and Falcons. The Arvada native and Wyoming alum spent the last two seasons in Chicago, but is being replaced by former Broncos coach Jeff Rodgers.
DeCamillis was seriously injured in the Cowboys' notorious practice bubble collapse of 2009, suffering fractured cervical vertebrae during the accident.