Happy Thursday, friends. As you could probably tell yesterday, I’m pretty fired up about the Broncos' signing of DB Quentin Jammer. I think it portends to be the acquisition that fills the team's last major hole, which was a defender who can cover a good TE man-to-man.
I could still go for a Dan Koppen-type as a backup interior lineman, but at this point, I’m just getting into luxury items.
Jammer has played corner for the last eleven years, and it’s funny: “Chargers fans” never really liked him that much, because he was a high first-round pick, and he never made enough big plays for their liking. He was their own Robert Ayers - a pretty good football player who was overdrafted by a round. To stupid fans who can’t let sunk costs go, and only focus on that which is relevant today, (i.e. what the player brings to the table every Sunday), that is very saddening.
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.
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.
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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As per Mike Florio, the Broncos have added an insurance policy to Peyton Manning's contract. Manning is signed through 2016 and will be guaranteed $40M over the next two seasons, after having passed his physical in March.
If Peyton were to reaggravate the neck injury that cost him his 2011 season, the team would be able to cut Manning and void the $20M salary he's due in 2014. The insurance policy would provide Denver with cap relief and $10M in cash in the case of any other serious injury.
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I’m getting pretty hopeful that the Broncos will sign Charles Woodson, based on the fact that he visited Dove Valley Wednesday, and also on the smoke signals that Mike Klis is reading. I’ve advocated a few times for Woodson to be signed, and I’ve banged the table for a matchup safety.
I think that of all the free agents presently available on the street, Woodson is the best possible fit for this Broncos team. There’s some injury risk there, but I would say that Woodson's having missed seven games in 2012 was unusual for his career, and that you’d be foolish to make a sweeping assumption that it’s the new normal for him because he hit some magic “old man” cutoff point.
All things considered, Woodson has been pretty durable throughout his career, and he has that record despite playing his position in a very unique and physical way. I would emphatically call Woodson a risk worth taking on the injury front.
Carl Poston, the agent for Charles Woodson, provided an update on the status of his client this morning, via Josina Anderson:
Charles Woodson had a good meeting with the Denver Broncos. I believe they feel his versatile style will help their defense shine more. We remain in discussions with them. Charles is also still talking to Oakland, and a new team entered the mix during his visit to Colorado.
Was Poston referring to the Panthers?
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