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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Gut Reaction: Broncos to sign Shaun Phillips

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.

Updated 10:25pm ET

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Broncos expected to sign Shaun Phillips

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos are expected to sign former Chargers LB Shaun Phillips to a one-year deal for a $1M salary, with another $2M available via incentives.

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.

Updated 10:25pm ET

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Broncos hoping against hope to get something for Joe Mays

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.

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Garland crowded out on defense, switches to offensive line

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.

Chiefs expected to take Eric Fisher at #1; could Raiders draft Hayden at #3?

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!

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Colquitt signs RFA tender; only Clady remains unsigned

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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2013 IAOFM Rational Actor Mock Draft

I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypotheses can’t define how I be dropping these mockeries.

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.

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2013 IAOFM Rational Actor Mock Draft - AFC Analysis

AFC North

Cleveland Browns

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.

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