According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos are hoping to interview Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for their head coaching vacancy.
Quinn has been the hottest candidate of this year's coaching carousel cycle, interviewing with Buffalo, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, and the Jets.
As many have suggested might happen, and as confirmed by Mike Florio, the Broncos will consider offensive coordinator Adam Gase as a potential successor to John Fox as head coach.
Earlier in the day, Mike Klis characterized such a promotion as "unlikely."
On Sunday night, Jason La Canfora tweeted out the following:
With Manning's future in doubt guess it's as good a time as any to pass along I'm told the team he really wanted to go to in '12 was HOU...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 12, 2015
Per Mike Klis, if Jack Del Rio ends up taking the head job in Oakland, his defensive coordinator may be current Broncos secondary coach Cory Undlin. Klis writes:
If Del Rio becomes the Raiders coach, he might try to bring along Broncos secondary coach Cory Undlin. Undlin was a defensive assistant coach for Del Rio in Jacksonville in 2009 and from 2010-11, and again with the Broncos since 2012.
Undlin is well-regarded among the football people at Dove Valley and he could be ready for a defensive coordinator position.
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.