Adam Schefter reported today that the Broncos are going to sign former San Diego pass rusher Shaun Phillips. We've been speculating for a while here that Phillips may be in the mix for the Broncos, even if quietly. The local media has been focused on Dwight Freeney and John Abraham, but they seem to have both priced themselves out of the market.
Phillips got a one-year deal for $1 million, with another $2 million available via incentives. As far as what kind of player he is, I think we all know that he's the kind of guy you hate until he's on your team. TJ had a great comparison of Phillips to Bill Romanowski.
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Ever since the Dumervil debacle, Phillips has been considered one of the team's options to replace the departed pass rusher, if a less publicized one than Dwight Freeney and John Abraham.
But Broncos fans know Phillips all too well, as seven of his 69.5 career sacks have come against them. He also had 35 total tackles and one interception against Denver, and famously had a pregame in-tunnel showdown with Josh McDaniels in 2009.
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NFLN's Daniel Jeremiah says the Broncos are shopping Joe Mays and his $4M salary ($500K guaranteed), and good luck with that.
Whenever Mays is cut, as we've suggested would happen for many months now, the Broncos will save $3.5M in cash, $3,333,333 in cap space, and be left with $833,334 in dead money, according to Spotrac.
Johns Elway and Fox have made clear countless times now that Nate Irving, Steven Johnson, and Stewart Bradley will be competing for the starting Mike job, with Mays's name a conspicuous omission.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos are switching Ben Garland to the offensive line, although it's unclear whether they see him as a guard or tackle.
Garland, who recently turned 25, was granted his release from the Air Force a year ago to pursue his NFL career. Listed on the official site at 275 lbs, Garland was reportedly up to 305 lbs last May. After failing to make the squad out of training camp, the Grand Junction native spent the 2012 season on Denver's practice squad.
As we often do on the most news-heavy of days, we'll be tracking pre-draft speculation here. It will be updated throughout the day, so check back often!
I'd say 50-50 the Broncos trade back. They do not have a trade in place now. Probably not until the 20s will trade calls get serious.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 25, 2013
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Broncos punter Britton Colquitt signed his restricted tender on Tuesday and will be paid $1.323M this season. According to the Denver Post, the two sides are expected to work toward a long-term deal in the coming months.
Along with T Chris Clark and RB Lance Ball, Colquitt was tendered in March at the Right of First Refusal Only level, which meant the Broncos had the right to match any potential offers from other teams, but would not have received any draft pick compensation in the process.
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Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to my fourth annual Rational Actor Mock Draft. This has tended to be the only bit of mockery that we do at IAOFM each year, and there’s a simple reason for that – any douchebag with a keyboard and Kiper-style hair cream can do a mock draft, and most of them do. Then they each do 64 versions of it throughout the spring. NFL mockeries comprise about 13% of the internet this time of the year.
Well, this is different. In this exercise, I play the GM of each team, and do things that are rational for the situation each team faces. Basically, Mel Kiper started jocking my style with this last year, and he did it again this year. His is only three rounds, though, and mine is four.
DT Sharrif Floyd (6), QB Tyler Bray (68), LB Kiko Alonso (104)
The Browns strengthen their defense with the selections of Floyd and Alonso. I think Floyd could pair with Phil Taylor and really make them difficult to run against inside. I also see Floyd as giving them some interior pass rush that they haven't really had in a long time.
Bray is talented, and I think he's an excellent fit for Norv Turner's downfield throwing offense. He just needs to grow up, and learn to be a professional. The word out of Knoxville is that he was an entitled glory-boy diva there.
OT Eric Fisher (5), DE Tank Carradine (36), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (65), OG David Quessenberry (128), RB Christine Michael (132)
For the Lions, this is a needs-based class that manages not to really reach anywhere. Fisher and Quessenberry can start on their OL right away, and help protect Matthew Stafford, who they've allowed to get hit way too much.
Carradine isn't the pass rusher that Cliff Avril was, but he can play LDE for the Lions in base situations, at least.
Wreh-Wilson is a good player to add to their CB mix, which has a bunch of nickelback types at this point.
Michael has talent, but the reputation of being an unfocused clown. He should fit right in with the Lions.
It took a while, but the LOLJets finally dealt star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Every party got what they wanted - that is, unless Revis was looking for a hefty guarantee as part of a new contract. Shockingly, the 27-year old will get absolutely nothing guaranteed, but his deal is worth $96M over six years.
Granted, the Bucs gave up Thursday's #13 pick, plus a 2014 fourth-rounder which becomes a third-rounder if Revis is on their roster on the third day of the 2014 league year, so there's zero chance they cut him this season.