Orlando Franklin is leaving the Broncos and will join the rival Chargers, according to the UTSD. Citing sources, Michael Gehlken describes the negotiation between the two sides as "unofficially done."
In San Diego, the versatile Franklin will be reunited with Mike McCoy, who was Denver's OC during the lineman's first two seasons. Franklin played right tackle for three years before shifting inside to left guard in 2014, and according to Gehlken, will likely swing back outside for the Chargers.
It appears a fait accompli that Terrance Knighton won't be a Bronco in 2015. As for where he might end up, Josina Anderson says Oakland, Washington, Indy, and Chicago have expressed "serious interest" in signing Pot Roast.
Rodney Hudson is expected to command a contract with an AAV north of $8M, according to the KC Star. Despite this, the Chiefs are reportedly making a "strong push" to retain the 25-year-old center.
Denver has been rumored to be interested in Hudson, along with Raiders pivot Stefen Wisniewski.
Julius Thomas is expected to sign with the Jaguars, according to Jason Cole. Jacksonville enters the new league year with nearly $68.5M in cap space, tops in the league.
Denver reportedly offered Thomas an extension last summer that would have raised his AAV to $6.77M, but his agent says the deal would have included only conditional guarantees. According to Troy Renck, Denver is trying to retain Virgil Green, but it sounds like he'll be testing the open market first.
San Diego has already lost out on Randall Cobb and Ndamukong Suh, two of the big free agents they were said to be interested in. Next up, they might avenge Denver's signing of Louis Vasquez by signing away Orlando Franklin, according to the UTSD.
Miami is expected to land the biggest fish of free agency in Ndamukong Suh, according to Chris Mortensen. No deal would become official before the new league year starts in 50+ hours from now, so things could easily change, but for now, Suh is expected to get $60M over the first three years of a reported $114M deal.
The Dolphins have cleared out plenty of cap space for a run at Suh by cutting several defensive players, most recently Philip Wheeler. Oakland and San Diego had also been expected to pursue the defensive tackle, along with Chicago and Detroit.
For the 2015 free-agent market, the soaring NFL economy and the Broncos' limited budget may force the team to look at the J.C. Penney-type player...This could mean that instead of shopping for centers such as Rodney Hudson and Stefen Wisniewski, the Broncos may browse the next level for the likes of Samson Satele, Chris Myers or J.D. Walton. At tight end, instead of re-signing their own Julius Thomas or pursuing Cleveland's Jordan Cameron, the Broncos may consider Daniels a better value.
With Derek Newton and Doug Free already back with their old teams, the market for available right tackles is heating up. According to the Journal Sentinel, Packers lineman Bryan Bulaga is seeking $7M-$8M annually, and has drawn interest from Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, and Washington.
It would appear the Packers raised Demaryius Thomas's price tag by re-signing wide receiver Randall Cobb to a reported four-year, $40M contract. That's a big number on an annual basis, and takes a top wideout off the market.
They're not similar players, as Thomas is a physical freak and outside man-beater, while Cobb is smaller and plays inside. Cobb has just one year of elite production, and was limited by injury to just six games in 2013. Thomas, on the other hand, has been one of the league's top handful of receivers for three years running, and hasn't missed a game since 2011.
The Broncos may not be the only AFCW team that's going for it with an aging, elite quarterback. According to various reports, the Chargers may make a run at signing free-agent big fish Ndamukong Suh, Randall Cobb, and Mike Iupati.
San Diego currently has a shade under $26.3M in cap space available. While it would seem impossible for them to sign all three players, these reports clearly indicate the Chargers are going to be active next week.