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You Got RAMD: The 2014 IAOFM Rational Actor Mock Draft

Happy Draft Day, friends! Today, I unveil my annual Rational Actor Mock Draft. I’ve been doing it in various forms since 2009, and it’s the only bit of Mockery that we do here at IAOFM.

This year, you get the day-late, buck-short version, because I’ve been moving homes this last week, and because I’m heading to Vegas today (for Mother’s Day, not specifically for the draft).

As in the past, the intent of this exercise is not to predict what WILL happen. It’s to give my opinion of what SHOULD happen.

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Klis: Broncos will try to move up on Thursday

If you subscribe to the Denver Post's Broncos-related email list, your inbox received this gem of a message on Monday evening:

Breaking News: John Elway says Broncos could trade up or down in NFL draft

Thanks, guys. In other news, the team might also use their pick at #31 (if someone takes an unexpected tumble, as Sly Williams did), or even let the clock run out so that Seattle can again show how much faster they are.

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Broncos exercise 2015 option on Von Miller

As has long been expected, the Broncos have exercised their 2015 option on Von Miller.

The unilateral option means Von is due to make $9.754M next season, although that figure is currently guaranteed for injury only.

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Broncos to try Franklin at LG, Clark at RT

The Broncos have informed Orlando Franklin that he'll be shifting over to left guard, at least temporarily.

According to Mike Klis, the move is as much as anything about keeping Chris Clark in the lineup.

Clark, who filled in admirably for Ryan Clady at left tackle last year, will presumably take over for Franklin at right tackle.

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Report: Champ to New Orleans

According to multiple reports, Champ Bailey has agreed to a two-year deal with the Saints.

Denver cut the legendary corner a month ago to avoid paying him a $1M roster bonus and $9M salary.

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You Got Served: Free agency slowdown edition

Happy Thursday, friends. I haven’t had any time to write in a few weeks, and I was thinking it was a good time to check back in on free agency, and on some early draft thoughts.

After really moving the needle with their early signings, the Broncos have focused on some smaller moves of late, which may prove to be consequential.

I also want to take a look at some other happenings around the NFL, because it’s good to take stock of the competition periodically. That, and some things have been said and written lately that I don’t agree with. We’ll see what we’ll see on the other side of the jump. Ready… BEGIN!!

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Giants add Ayers, becoming Broncos East again

Having already signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Trindon Holliday, the Giants continued their raid of Denver's roster on Wednesday.

The G-Men have agreed to terms with defensive end Robert Ayers on a two-year deal with a reported $4M total value and $1.75M in guarantees.

Denver made Ayers the 18th-overall pick in 2009 with their second of two first-round picks that year.

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Broncos agree with Will Montgomery

Two weeks after they hosted him at Dove Valley, the Broncos have agreed to terms with former Washington interior lineman Will Montgomery.

According to the DP, Montgomery will get a one-year deal worth $1.325M, with playing time incentives available to boost that figure.

Montgomery is expected to compete with Manny Ramirez for the starting center job, with the loser potentially ending up in Zane Beadles' old spot at left guard.

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Champ visits Saints; Decker buys familiar number

3.5 weeks after his release by the Broncos, Champ Bailey finally made his first free agent visit on Tuesday, when he met with the Saints.

According to Adam Schefter, Champ has another visit lined up with an undisclosed team, should he not agree with New Orleans.

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Harris signs restricted tender

Chris Harris signed his $2.187M restricted tender on Tuesday; teams would have had until May 2 to sign Harris (or any other RFA) to an offer sheet.

But given that Harris is recovering from ACL surgery, it was a foregone conclusion that nobody was going to bother signing him away and handing Denver a second-round draft pick as compensation.

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