Rosterbation

Freeney could replace Dumervil; Chiefs release Winston

According to Mike Klis, if the Broncos end up parting ways with Elvis Dumervil, former Colts DE Dwight Freeney could end up being his older, cheaper replacement. As Klis tells it, potentially cutting Dumervil would be more about conserving cash than cap space.

Meanwhile, Kansas City kept its busy week going on Wednesday by releasing right tackle Eric Winston. On Monday, the team had signed WR Dwayne Bowe and P Dustin Colquitt to long-term deals, and applied its franchise tender to LT Branden Albert.

The tagging of Albert and subsequent release of Winston has prompted speculation that the Chiefs will draft a new left tackle with the first-overall pick in April's draft, and shift Albert over to the right side. But according to some since-deleted tweets, Albert is not fond of the idea and sees himself as a left tackle.

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Chiefs re-sign Bowe, Colquitt, tag Albert; Cook, Jennings will reach FA market

Prior to today's franchise tender deadline, Denver LT Ryan Clady, Cincy DE Michael Johnson, Buffalo S Jairus Byrd, Indy punter Pat McAfee, and Chicago DT Henry Melton were tagged.

Today, Miami has tagged DT Randy Starks, while Dallas tagged DE Anthony Spencer for the second straight year.

The Titans had been likely to tender TE Jared Cook, but expectations that Cook would dispute being tagged as a TE rather than a WR have contributed to Tennessee opting not to tag him.

Kansas City had a flurry of activity, agreeing to new contracts with WR Dwayne Bowe and P Dustin Colquitt, and tagging LT Branden Albert.

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Hypothetically replacing Ryan Clady

Happy Saturday, friends.  I was asked by Doug to consider the question posed in this morning's Lard, under the assumption that Ryan Clady gets signed away by another team for the cost of two first-round picks.  It would take a team with cap room, and which wants an absolute sure thing at the LT position to do it.  Really, given Clady's rotator cuff surgery, it's not exactly a sure thing, but it's close to one.

Let's consider what the Broncos' options would be, given the following parameters:

  • An extra 2013 first-round pick - since it's generic, let's call it the 16th pick.
  • Cap room savings of $9.828 million, since the franchise tag wouldn't be in effect any longer.
  • No left tackle on the roster, not even a reasonable project kind of player.

The Broncos would own two first-round picks, a second, and a third in the first two days of the draft, and they'd have about $17 million in cap space, with $9 million more easily available when/if D.J. Williams and Joe Mays are cut.

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Broncos use non-exclusive tag on Clady; Franklin gets shoulder scoped

As expected, the Broncos have placed their franchise tag on left tacke Ryan Clady. However, the team has wisely opted to apply the non-exclusive tender to their All-Pro, meaning other teams will have the opportunity to sign Clady away, at the cost of two first-round picks to Denver.

It had been speculated that Denver would use an exclusive tag, meaning Clady wouldn't have had the chance to negotiate with other teams. But as we had suggested two weeks ago, there are plenty of solid reasons for the Broncos to go the non-exclusive route.

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Ravens give Flacco biggest deal in NFL history; five players tagged

Now that the combine is over, and the 2013 league year is approaching, the NFL offseason is starting to heat up.

Teams have until 4pm ET on Monday to apply their franchise tags, and eight days later, at 4pm ET on Tuesday, March 12, the league calendar will flip, opening the trade and free agent markets.

At that hour, teams will have to have exercised any options, submitted offers to restricted free agents, and minimum-salary tenders to exclusive rights free agents, and most importantly, be compliant under the Top-51 salary cap figure, which will sit at $123M.

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2013 salary cap set at $123M

The NFL has set the 2013 salary cap at $123M per team, which is an increase of $2.4M over the 2012 figure of $120.6M. There's some confusion here, as Chris Mortensen says the figure is actually $123.9M, but given that Albert Breer works for the NFL and acknowledges the discrepancy, we'll trust that he has the correct number at $123M flat.

According to USA Today's salary site Spotrac, this means the Broncos currently have a healthy $17,769,751 in available cap space.

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Does Beatty signing impact Clady negotiation?

The Giants re-signed Will Beatty on Wednesday, keeping their left tackle from reaching unrestricted free agency with a five-year deal worth $38.75M and $19M in guarantees.

With Denver facing another opportunity to come to a long-term agreement with its own left tackle, Ryan Clady, the Beatty signing prompts the following question from reader Bob

How might the contract Beatty got with the Giants impact what the Broncos should expect to pay for a long-term deal with Ryan Clady?

First, let's examine the details of Beatty's deal. As per the Star-Ledger, the guaranteed portion of his contract includes a $12.5M signing bonus, his 2013 and 2014 salaries, and a sliver ($650K) of his 2015 salary.

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Eagles cut Jenkins, who had been 2011 target of Broncos

Philadelphia released Cullen Jenkins today rather than pay him a looming $1M roster bonus. Jenkins had been due to earn $5.5M in compensation in 2013, the third season of a five-year, $25M deal signed in 2011.

The 32-year-old defensive tackle had reportedly been a target of the Broncos heading into 2011's post-lockout free agency, but along with Seattle's Brandon Mebane, he priced himself out of Denver's comfort zone.

Cullen's deal with the Eagles (as part of their now defunct self-dubbed Dream Team) was a unique one, scheduling for him to make $12.5M in 2012, when he took a cut down to an $800K salary, along with his $5M roster bonus.

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Ryan Clady wants to be paid like Joe Thomas and Jason Peters. What does that mean?

It's one of the biggest questions that's hung over the Broncos' 2012 and 2013 offseasons. Actually, make that two.

How much money does Ryan Clady want, and is Denver willing to pay it?

Last summer, we were told the left tackle was seeking a deal to trump that of Cleveland's Joe Thomas, who got $44M in guarantees as part of a seven-year extension. That deal was agreed upon while Thomas was still under contract for one year with the Browns, and amounted to an eight-year deal worth $80.5M in total.

Denver's response was a reported five-year offer worth $50M, including $28M in guarantees, which would have replaced the $3.5M he ultimately drew last season.

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Freeney: Peyton recruiting me to Denver

A year ago, the face of the Broncos (no, the real one) did his part to help recruit Peyton Manning to Denver.

Now that Manning has usurped Champ Bailey as the team's unquestioned leader, he's in turn looking to reprise that role as lead locker room pitchman.

During a visit with PFT Live, former Colts pass rusher and one-time AFC DPOY Dwight Freeney said he'd already heard from his former teammate:

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