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.
According to Mike Freeman, DeMarcus Ware's visit to Dove Valley is something of a formality, writing that the Cowboys' all-time leading sack man "won't leave without" a contract.
Happy Wednesday, friends. Today I have a serving for you about the beginning of the annual free agency shopping spree. Coming off a Super Bowl loss, the Broncos are reloading in a resounding manner, and it obviously deserves some analysis.
Beyond the big early names, I also have ideas on some second-wave bargain shopping that I think the Broncos can do.
I think that the market is about to get much more conservative when it comes to paying veterans, and quality guys are going to be available on the cheap, like Shaun Phillips was last year.
According to the Daily News, Eric Decker is visiting with the Jets on Wednesday. Anyone think a reality TV star couple would like to live in the big town? PFT reports that Decker has two more suitors, should the Jets allow him to leave their headquarters.
With the Broncos having agreed to terms with T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib, and also considered the favorites to add DeMarcus Ware, remaining cap space is a natural concern.
But it probably shouldn't be, at least not yet.
Not including the retirement of Chris Kuper, Over the Cap estimated that Denver entered the day with nearly $27.5M in cap space. Once we account for Kuper, that would mean the Broncos had $31.5M with which to play.