Good Morning, Broncos fans! The first of three organized training activities (OTA) for Denver will take place today through Wednesday.
The second one will span three days starting next Wednesday, and then four days starting the Monday after that.
A week later, from June 11-13, the Broncos will hold their mandatory minicamp, and then they'll be off until training camp, the start date for which has not been announced.
There will be no contact allowed at these OTA's, but they are the first full-squad practices for the 2013 Broncos.
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Good Morning, Broncos fans! He didn't get what he'd originally been seeking, of course, but Dwight Freeney fared pretty well for himself by waiting out the free-agent market.
By allowing the market to come to him - in the form of San Diego losing pass rusher Melvin Ingram to a torn ACL - Freeney ended up with $4.75M in guarantees for 2013 in a two-year deal worth $8.75M. Another $4.6M is available in incentives, tied to his sack numbers and characterized as "realistic" based upon what he's done in the past.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Current and former Patriots and their unique health concerns are all over the news today.
First up is current Pats TE Rob Gronkowski, who has a fourth operation on his forearm upcoming; additionally, Gronkowski is said to be suffering from a back issue that may require surgery.
Meanwhile, DT Kyle Love, recently diagnosed with diabetes, passed his physical with the Jaguars, who had claimed him off waivers from the Patriots. Is there anyone who won't be rooting for this guy now? We'll call that a no.
Finally, former Patriots WR Donte Stallworth has been medically cleared to resume all football activities, after having recovered from the injuries he suffered during a hot-air ballooning accident in April.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Thursday was a very busy day around the AFCW, especially in Oakland and San Diego.
The Raiders are scheduled to host Charles Woodson on Tuesday, if his free-agent status isn't resolved by then. Steve Corkran figures that Oakland sees Woodson as a potential starter at free safety, so they could hold an edge over the Broncos relative to playing time, which is no small matter.
Neil Hornsby says Chuck has missed too many tackles in recent years but is still a pretty good player, and he thinks Dallas and Washington would be logical fits for his skill set. Woodson to Denver still makes too much sense for both sides for it not to happen, though, so our thinking is it eventually gets done.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's again get caught up on where things stand with Charles Woodson.
The 36-year-old visited Dove Valley on Wednesday, meeting with players, coaches, and of course, front-office folks. He left without a contract, but Mike Klis characterizes the Broncos as being the likely favorites to procure Woodson's services.
Vic Lombardi thinks their chances are pretty good, but he hears that Woodson is seeking a two-year deal.
Is that a problem? Well, it could be, if it means he's looking for guarantees that extend into that second year. If it's a two-year deal in name only, meaning one that contains no guarantees in the second year, then who cares?
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Charles Woodson will meet with the Broncos today at Dove Valley; there's nothing new being reported on that story that we haven't already posted.
Mike Klis says Woodson would compete with Mike Adams and Quinton Carter at strong safety, were the Broncos to sign him.
Meanwhile, another aging defensive star linked to Denver - Dwight Freeney - will visit with the Chargers today. Freeney has gotten little action due to a crazily high asking price, but San Diego finds themselves in a desperate situation, after 2012 first-rounder Melvin Ingram tore his ACL on Tuesday, likely costing him his season.
San Diego had high hopes for Ingram, and their desire to provide him more playing time contributed to their having let Shaun Phillips come to Denver.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver inked seventh-round QB Zac Dysert on Monday, which leaves only Sylvester Williams, Montee Ball, and Kayvon Webster - their top three picks - unsigned.
Mike Klis raises the possibility that the Broncos could end up carrying just two quarterbacks - Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler - on the roster during the regular season. But that doesn't appear to be anything more than his own speculation, unless the Miami (Ohio) alum had some atrocious minicamp that Klis isn't detailing.
Of course, what happens with Dysert will primarily depend upon how he looks in training camp and preseason action, and let's also keep in mind that despite his high pre-draft rating on NFL.com, the kid was twenty picks away from going undrafted.
I think it's a pretty safe bet that Zac sticks on the 53-man roster, especially given that Manning is now 37 years old.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's nothing new in Broncos Land since last night, so let's open with a look at Peter King's MMQB column for today. Here are our key takeaways, in the order as written by PK:
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Earlier in the week, we shared a couple of notes from Peter King on Denver's pre-draft rankings and draft-day thoughts. Here's another one from his article for SI about the Rams' draft:
The Broncos on the clock at 28. "Ran, give me Denver's linebackers," Snead called out, and Carthon went into detail about players and contracts. Snead got on the phone. Whom he called, he wouldn't say, but with five minutes left he huddled with Fisher and Demoff. Quietly, he said, "Denver's deciding between," and he wrote in pencil on a Post-it: LACY WILLIAMS OGLETREE.
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy. North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. And Alec Ogletree. "They just signed Wesley Woodyard to play [weakside linebacker]," Snead said. "I can't see them taking Ogletree.""But," one scout said, "Ogletree was in Denver on the last day for visits." No one else spoke.
Of course, Woodyard wasn't just signed, but is instead entering the back end of a two-year deal and will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason if Denver doesn't extend him prior to that (although we're wildly guessing they will do just that).
Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the team one day into its rookie minicamp, it now has three of it seven draft choices signed.
First was sixth-rounder Vinston Painter, and yesterday Denver inked fifth-rounders Quanterus Smith and Tavarres King.
Sylvester Williams, Montee Ball, Kayvon Webster, and Zac Dysert are the Broncos' unsigned draft picks.
In other player news, the team ended up not signing Baylor undrafted free agent DE Gary Mason, who failed his physical due to a knee injury. Taking his spot in the minicamp is 6-2, 250-pound DE Lanston Tanyi, who totaled 77 tackles and three sacks in one season at CSU as a graduate student after earning his degree at Appalachian State.