As expected, the Broncos have tendered restricted free agents Chris Harris (second round, $2.187M) and Mitch Unrein (right of first refusal, $1.431M), and nontendered Trindon Holliday.
If you don't consider middle linebacker one of Denver’s biggest issues, please raise your hand. There will be men in white coats coming around to take you for a nice car ride soon...
We all know that the Mike has been problematic for Denver ever since Al Wilson went down with a neck injury back in 2006.
There’s been a laundry list of people who stepped in and did their best, but none were truly up to the job. I thought Wesley Woodyard was the best of the group (especially in coverage), but he’s a bit too small to hold up to the runs up the middle. That showed last season.
According to PFT, the Broncos have opted not to tender return man Trindon Holliday as a restricted free agent.
Instead, the boom-or-bust player will be free to sign with any team, for a salary that we believe could be as low as $570K.
Not defending #colts paying D'Qwell Jackson $22 mill/$11 mill guaranteed. But Denver, Tenn and Miami would have ponied up that much.— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) March 6, 2014
Jackson had visited Denver, Tennessee, and Miami, and had reportedly drawn interest from Arizona and Minnesota as well.
According to Mike Florio, Denver and New England are thought to be interested in trading for Bucs corner Darrelle Revis and his $16M/year contract.
Gary Myers is also hearing that SB contending teams have called Tampa Bay about their all-world corner, and he lists Denver as his top possibility.
According to Over the Cap, Denver now has $19.44M with which to work. They can easily double that space by cutting the contracts of Champ Bailey ($10M in savings), Chris Kuper ($4.084M), Jacob Tamme ($3M), and Joel Dreessen ($2.5M), if they're so inclined.
Pending free agent wideout Jeremy Maclin got the prove-it deal he wanted from the Eagles, as the two sides have agreed to a one-year deal.
Maclin, who will turn 26 in May, suffered a season-ending ACL injury during training camp last year. He reportedly got $3.5M in guarantees for 2014, with a maximum value of $6M.
According to Jason La Canfora, free agent linebacker D'Qwell Jackson is set to visit the Titans and Broncos in the coming days, with a meeting with the Vikings possibly to follow.
Cleveland released their longtime leader on Wednesday after eight seasons with the team, rather than pay him a $4M roster bonus due on March 15.
The 30-year-old former second-rounder was also set to make a salary of $3.93M this season.
Given that the Broncos' front five was completely dominated in SB 48, it’s no surprise that there’s talk about what to do with a pair of linemen - Zane Beadles and Chris Clark. It’s not hard to see that Denver’s line was overmatched by Seattle’s front four that ugly day.
A year after he was named a Pro Bowl alternate, Beadles was the least effective player on PFF's top line in the league, and now he's a pending unrestricted free agent. The question comes down to this: given the ups and downs in his level of play, is it worth keeping him? If not, what should Denver do to replace him? If so - what is he reasonably worth?
Whether you like Zane or not, it’s just reading his history to say that he has been extremely erratic in his NFL play.