As expected, the Broncos have reached agreement with former Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders on what is being called a three-year deal worth $15M.
According to Aaron Wilson, $6M is guaranteed (it's unclear whether that's fully guaranteed, but we're guessing it is), and escalators could reportedly push the total value to $18M.
But Wilson's report may also just mean that Sanders canceled his visit to San Francisco and will head from KC to Denver tomorrow.
In addition to Kansas City, Sanders has visited with Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, and was said to have been seeking a deal commensurate with what Golden Tate got from Detroit (no chance).
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos tried to sign former Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who instead opted to sign with Tampa Bay.
Klis adds that Denver may pursue wideouts Brandon LaFell (Carolina), James Jones (Green Bay), or Miles Austin (Dallas) to replace Eric Decker. If so, we'd guess the Broncos have in mind a $3M-4M/year deal, or about half of what Decker got from the Jets.
Daryl Smith, who had reportedly been a target for Denver at middle linebacker, has agreed to a four-year deal worth a reported $16.1M to stay with Baltimore.
Smith spent his first eight seasons playing under Jack Del Rio, making him an obvious fit with the Broncos.
Well, at least he didn't end up with the Patriots, who were his first free agency hosts.
Wesley Woodyard has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with Tennessee worth $16M.
In six years, Woodyard went from undrafted rookie longshot, to special teams stalwart, to key defensive starter.
Well, we knew that already. But a lot of people apparently didn't.
We've seen Elway criticized for having signed Aqib Talib, for having given him $57M total (ZOMG) and $26M in guarantees (ZOMG!!), for not having gotten Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for cheaper, and for not having gotten Darrelle Revis instead of either one.
The haughtiest garbage out there involved Bill Belichick somehow having outsmarted Elway.
I'm very thankful for my four years in Denver. I think it's one of the greatest cities to play in. Unfortunately, I never got an offer from the Broncos. Denver will always be a part of me. I'm excited about New York being my new community and starting a new chapter in my life. On top of all that, my wife's expecting our baby any second.
New England has added corner Darrelle Revis to the tune of a one-year deal worth $12M. Of course, this is a good 26% more than the AAV given Aqib Talib by Denver, and Revis wasn't cut loose until today.
This is a fitting move in every aspect; Revis gets to stay the league's highest paid corner and again be the center of attention next offseason, and the Pats don't have to commit beyond 2013.
We used to say that NFL contracts are all about the guarantees.
But then, we learned that it's only full guarantees that matter, as we were just discussing with our pal Elvis Dumervil.
It's why we try not to react too strongly to initial contract reports, and recommend our readers do the same.
The Cowboys have quickly replaced DeMarcus Ware with former Jaguars and Broncos DE Jeremy Mincey.
According to Alex Marvez, Mincey signed for two years and $4.5M, including $2M guaranteed.