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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In recent days and weeks, it had become apparent that the Eagles would be ridding themselves of wideout DeSean Jackson, whether by trade or release.
It was a puzzling development, given that Jackson is coming off the most prolific of his six pro seasons, and had thrived in Chip Kelly's offense.
But on Friday, NJ.com reported that the team had concerns about Jackson's apparent gang ties, specifically his association with men implicated in gang-related murders.
Denver has brought back tackle Winston Justice on a one-year deal. According to Mike Klis, Justice would compete with Chris Clark at right tackle if Orlando Franklin is shifted over to replace Zane Beadles at left guard.
The former Eagle and Colt played 19 snaps late in the regular season, allowing one QB hit and grading out at -0.5 according to PFF.
According to Armando Salguero of the Herald, Knowshon Moreno will visit with the Dolphins on Friday.
It's apparently his first visit of free agency, which tells us all we need to know about the market for veteran running backs.
Not that either player was still a priority for the Broncos, but the Giants have raided the roster of the 2013 AFC Champions for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and kick returner Trindon Holliday.
DRC got caught trying to haggle too hard on the first day of free agency, and the Broncos signed Aqib Talib instead.
The reported five-year, $35 million contract that DRC got appears to be less lucrative (on the surface, anyway) than the reported six-year, $54 million deal that he turned down from the Broncos.
According to Mike Garafolo, the Bengals will host Broncos DE Robert Ayers for a visit on Tuesday.
The 2009 first-rounder had a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2013, grading out at an excellent +11.1 in 616 snaps according to PFF, including postseason.