We used to say that NFL contracts are all about the guarantees.
But then, we learned that it's only full guarantees that matter, as we were just discussing with our pal Elvis Dumervil.
It's why we try not to react too strongly to initial contract reports, and recommend our readers do the same.
The Cowboys have quickly replaced DeMarcus Ware with former Jaguars and Broncos DE Jeremy Mincey.
According to Alex Marvez, Mincey signed for two years and $4.5M, including $2M guaranteed.
According to Mike Freeman, DeMarcus Ware's visit to Dove Valley is something of a formality, writing that the Cowboys' all-time leading sack man "won't leave without" a contract.
Happy Wednesday, friends. Today I have a serving for you about the beginning of the annual free agency shopping spree. Coming off a Super Bowl loss, the Broncos are reloading in a resounding manner, and it obviously deserves some analysis.
Beyond the big early names, I also have ideas on some second-wave bargain shopping that I think the Broncos can do.
I think that the market is about to get much more conservative when it comes to paying veterans, and quality guys are going to be available on the cheap, like Shaun Phillips was last year.
According to the Daily News, Eric Decker is visiting with the Jets on Wednesday. Anyone think a reality TV star couple would like to live in the big town? PFT reports that Decker has two more suitors, should the Jets allow him to leave their headquarters.
With the Broncos having agreed to terms with T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib, and also considered the favorites to add DeMarcus Ware, remaining cap space is a natural concern.
But it probably shouldn't be, at least not yet.
Not including the retirement of Chris Kuper, Over the Cap estimated that Denver entered the day with nearly $27.5M in cap space. Once we account for Kuper, that would mean the Broncos had $31.5M with which to play.
This would presumably take them out of the running to re-sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or pursue Darrelle Revis.
We'll be interested to see how much of that $26M is fully guaranteed (our guess is around half).
According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos are the early favorites to sign former Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.
Reports from earlier in the day suggested that Jared Allen was overplaying Denver's interest in him.
Eight of PFF's top ten ranked free agent safeties have already signed new deals, with Chris Clemons and Ryan Clark the only exceptions.