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.
Reggie Wayne hasn't announced whether he's playing in 2015, but he definitely won't be back with the Colts. The 36-year-old wideout is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and the only NFL team he's ever played for said on Friday that he won't be back with them for a 15th season.
It will be natural for folks to envision Wayne reuniting with Peyton Manning in Denver. In theory, his familiarity with Manning would be an easy sell, but assuming he takes Wes Welker's spot on the roster, Denver would be getting even older than they already were last year.
Now that he's had the pleasure of coaching the younger, cheaper, and less dramatic Brandon Marshall in Denver, John Fox isn't too interested in the other one. According to the Tribune's Brad Biggs, Foxy's Bears are looking to dump wide receiver Brandon Marshall and his $7.5M salary.
Per Biggs, Chicago would reportedly expect a mid-round pick in exchange for the mercurial soon-to-be 31-year old, whose salary become fully guaranteed next Thursday, March 12.
In a significant coup for the Broncos and John Elway, Peyton Manning is reportedly set to accept a $4M pay cut, down to a $15M salary for 2015. Manning's original deal also calls for him to make $19M in 2016; according to Mike Klis, that portion of his deal will remain unchanged.
Of course, this flies in the face of every claim that Manning is a selfish, greedy bastard, and less of a team player than Tom Brady, who has never in his career accepted a pay cut. Per Klis, the Broncos had sought an even larger reduction.
Once the new league year begins at 4pm ET next Tuesday, teams will be able to execute free agent contracts and consummate trades (like the LeSean McCoy-Kiko Alonso deal announced yesterday).
It's also the deadline for teams to tender their restricted and exclusive rights free agents. According to OTC, Denver has three free agents of the restricted kind (Aaron Brewer, Tony Carter, Steven Johnson), and four of the exclusive rights variety (Brandon Marshall, Paul Cornick, Ben Garland, John Youboty).
Let's get refreshed on how restricted free agency works: