We interrupt your regularly scheduled Tim Tebow/Kyle Orton debate for some other news this afternoon.
The Denver Broncos reported that undrafted free-agent running back Mario Fannin cleared waivers and is now back with the Broncos on injured reserve.
Yesterday the Broncos waived Fannin due to a knee injury he suffered in practice earlier in the week.
Adam Schefter is reporting that the Broncos have signed longtime Patriots Defensive Lineman Ty Warren to a 2-year, $10 million deal with $2.5 million guaranteed. I discussed the prospect of having eight quality NFL D-Linemen, and now it seems likely that the Broncos have nine. Warren has primarily been a DE for the Patriots, but he grew up as a DT for the Texas A&M Aggies, and I expect that he’ll mostly play inside for the Broncos.
Warren is 6-foot-5 and weighs 300 pounds. He missed the entire 2010 season with a hip injury that he suffered in training camp, and he was released last week when he failed the Patriots’ demanding physical. Evidently, the Broncos have a less rigorous one.
The Broncos have agreed to terms with DE Derrick Harvey (6'5" 252), who had been waived by the Jaguars on Friday. Harvey was selected eighth overall in the 2008 Draft by Jacksonville and has played in 47 of 48 possible games as a pro, starting 32 of them and accumulating 70 tackles and eight sacks with one interception and five passes defensed.
Meanwhile, Mike Klis says Denver is trying to sign both Jamaal Anderson, who is visiting with the Titans next and supposedly will make his decision then, and Ty Warren, who headed to Houston yesterday and has since added a stop with Kansas City to his itinerary.
The Broncos also announced they have finalized their deal with TE Dante Rosario after he passed his physical, and released WR Marshall Williams, who had signed last week as an undrafted rookie.
For once, I agree with an agent.
Here's what Richard Bernoski, agent for recently signed Marcus Thomas, had to say only moments ago:
We're excited about the scheme that John Fox is running, it will give Marcus Thomas a chance to reach his potential and do what he does best which is penetrate to get up field to cause chaos in the backfield. He's been the most productive defensive tackle in Denver playing in a system that didn't fit his skill-set.
Bernoski knows his client well. There was perhaps no player who had to fight his natural tendencies more in the 3-4 defense that Josh McDaniels wanted to run during his time in Denver.
Thomas was never a fit as a two-gap defender. He was simply out of place. Despite this, he played with a lot of effort and held his own as a defensive end.
Marcus Thomas is your classic 3-technique penetrator. He split gaps and uses his quick first step to his advantage.
Then he tries to unleash hell.
6:06pm ET - Brief moment of confusion there, as Jason La Canfora had tweeted that Denver signed DT Daniel Muir. Rather, he's heading to the Rams.
6:04pm ET - The Broncos have released LB Dominic Douglas, who had been signed to a future contract following the 2010 season and is quite the active tweeter.
4:29pm ET - Ty Warren, a Texas native and A&M alum, is leaving Denver without a contract to visit with the Texans.
1:56pm ET - The Broncos are among at least five teams expected to host DE Jamaal Anderson, the former eighth-overall pick by the Falcons, who just released the four-year veteran.
The Broncos have made a trio of moves this evening, releasing veteran safety Renaldo Hill after two seasons with the team and adding RB Willis McGahee and Colorado State alum and former Texans WR David Anderson. Hill had not been practicing with the team since the opening of training camp, with John Fox dubiously claiming the eleventh-year player was out due to dehydration on Thursday. Hill was due to make $2.4M with a cap number of $2.775M; he had been under contract through 2012 and will count for $750K against the 2012 cap*. He played and started in 31 of 32 games since being signed as a free agent by Denver before the 2009 season, amassing 98 tackles, two picks, and two forced fumbles.
* I wrote the other day that the release of Correll Buckhalter would accelerate the unamortized chunk ($900K) of his original signing bonus to hit the Broncos' 2011 cap, but that was not correct. All accelerated bonuses from this week and going forward will be charged to teams' 2012 caps. Probably should have figured this out before calling out the DP guys for their transgressions. Glass houses/stones, that whole thing. Anyway, I think I've got it all straight now.
The Broncos have released RB Correll Buckhalter and TE Daniel Coats, and waived RB Mike McLaughlin. It was announced that Buckhalter would be let go on Monday, presumably for salary cap relief purposes; he was due to make $1.92M in salary and count for $2.37M against the salary cap. His release will provide the team with
$1.47M the full $2.37M* in cap relief and result in a 2012 cap hit of $900K.
The Broncos have signed the rest of their 2011 draft choices today. This morning, they agreed to terms with second-rounder OT Orlando Franklin and third-rounder LB Nate Irving. Franklin, who practiced with the first team already, agreed to a four-year deal worth
$4.35M $4.361M including a $1.68M $1.668M signing bonus. Irving's deal was completed just before practice on Friday.
At 11:30pm ET John Elway announced the signing of seventh-round draft pick Jeremy Beal.
Elway is really digging the announcements of signings and trades via Twitter. Let's hope he announces some big ones soon.
Denver has signed three of its 2011 draft choices, agreeing to four-year deals with seventh-round pick TE Virgil Green, fourth-rounder TE Julius Thomas and sixth-round pick LB Mike Mohamed. According to Mike Klis, Green's contract includes a
$17,282 $69K signing bonus. The rest of Denver's nine picks should sign in relatively short order, as the new CBA prevents holdouts and places specific guidelines on how much teams can spend on their draft choices. With Green's $2.16M deal, Thomas' $2.592M $2.42M deal ($384K bonus) and Mohamed's $2.2M deal (the latter two figures reported by Lindsay Jones), the Broncos should have $37.698M left to sign the balance of their picks.