Rosterbation

Can we get some Charles Woodson in here?

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.

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Broncos, Woodson still negotiating; Giants only interested at minimum salary

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?

Updated 2:44pm ET

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Woodson leaves Denver without contract

According to Mike Klis, Charles Woodson's visit to Dove Valley ended with no contract agreement. However, both Klis and Vic Lombardi seem to think this story isn't over yet:

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Chicago gossip columnist says Broncos talking to Urlacher

From Sun-Times jack-of-all-trades columnist Michael Sneed:

Sneed hears that former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher, whose stellar, longtime career with the Bears began with a growl and ended with a whimper, is getting close to finding a new pigskin playground.

Sneed is told that Urlacher, whose decision to leave the Bears followed their offer of a $1.6 million renewal contract, has been talking to the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos. “It’s getting close to happening, but Brian is leaning toward heading to Minnesota and is talking a one to two year contract,” said a source close to Urlacher.

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Broncos to host Woodson, who has offer from Raiders

As we've been saying here at IAOFM since February and a couple times more recently, Charles Woodson as a matchup safety for the Broncos is an excellent idea (If you're not sure what we mean by a matchup safety, here is a fine refresher course).

The Broncos' struggles at covering tight ends in recent years, and especially last season, have been well documented.

To that end, Vic Lombardi is reporting that the team is finally going to take a closer look at Woodson:

Updated 8:23pm ET

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Broncos wrap up rookie minicamp, will add two players, release Rippy

Denver completed its rookie minicamp Sunday; here's video of John Fox speaking after practice, and Chris Hall reporting for BTV.

For the coaching staff, it was their first on-field look at the Broncos' draftees and undrafted free agent signings, along with a trio of players invited for an extended tryout.

According to Mike Klis, two of those invitees were impressive enough that they will be signed - CSU DE Lanston Tanyi, and UCLA LB Damien Holmes.

Updated 9:29pm ET

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A post-draft look at the Broncos’ cap situation

Before and after last weekend's NFL Draft, it was reported that the Broncos were $8.4M under the salary cap for 2013.

Given the matching info, we'll assume that figure does not factor in Denver's signing of Shaun Phillips, who will count for $1.4M this season, with any potential sack incentives beyond that impacting the 2014 cap.

Since we all know that the addition of Phillips's $1.4M cap number is partially offset by the removal of Duke Ihenacho's $480K figure under the Top-51 offseason accounting rule, that means signing the ex-Charger cost Denver $920K against the cap. That brings them to $7.48M in 2013 cap space as of today.

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How do the Broncos rookies fit?

Happy Tuesday, friends.  I’ve had a few days to digest the 2013 Draft, and I have some thoughts on the class of players that the Broncos took.  It’s not going to be like a grading exercise, or anything like that, because you can get that crap around the internet from any fool who has a keyboard, just like you can get mock drafts.  For the most part, those grading exercises are worth about as much as the mocks are.

What we should be concerned with is how this group of players fits into this roster.  The time to be worried about reaches and relative draft value is over; it doesn’t matter if you think that some other player who was picked in the fourth round was better than the guy the Broncos took in the third.  Sunk costs are irrelevant to the team’s affairs and decisions of today.  People who dwell on them are morons.

What is relevant is how these players can help the team, both now and in the future.  That’s the topic of today’s article – how does it all fit together?

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Broncos’ UDFA class grows to 16 strong

In the murky hours following the completion of the draft on Saturday, it was reported that Denver had signed 16 undrafted rookies. But when the dust settled, there were only 15 signees.

Turns out there was a 16th player added - it just took a couple of days to get there. According to Mike Klis, the team has agreed with former BYU nose tackle Romney Fuga, a 6-2, 320-pounder from Huntington Beach.

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Denver Broncos 2013 undrafted free agent signings

Player Pos School Links Notes
Ryan Katz QB San Diego State Source, StatsDS Oregon State transfer
Lucas Reed TE New Mexico Source, Stats, CBS, DS Brother of Brooks Reed
John Youboty DE Temple Source, Stats, CBS, DS 2nd Team All-Big East
Lerentee McCray LB Florida Source, Stats, NFLCBS, DSNFP  
Ryan Doerr P Kansas State Source, Stats, DS  
Ross Rasner S Arkansas Source, Stats, DS  
Doug Rippy LB Colorado Source, Stats, CBS Released 5/12
Kemonte' Bateman WR New Mexico State Source, Stats  
Gary Mason DE Baylor Source, Stats, DS Failed physical
Uona Kaveinga LB BYU Source, Stats, NFL, DS USC transfer
Manase Foketi G West Texas A&M Source, NFLCBS, DS KSU transfer
Lamaar Thomas WR New Mexico Source, Stats, DS Ohio State transfer, ran track
C.J. Anderson RB California Source, Stats, NFL, DS  
Aaron Hester CB UCLA Source, Stats, NFL, CBS, DS  
Quincy McDuffie WR Central Florida Source, Stats, DS Led nation in KR avg
Romney Fuga DT BYU Source, Stats, DS, IAOFM  
Damien Holmes LB UCLA Source, Stats, DS, IAOFM  
Lanston Tanyi DE CSU Source, Stats, DS, IAOFM Grad transfer from App. St.

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