A.J. McCarron is the next Tom Brady; just ask him

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The big story of the weekend (at least to us) continues to be the rumored trade talks between Cleveland and San Francisco over the rights to Niners coach Jim Harbaugh.

Harbaugh and his current employers laughed off the reports, but their denials are something less than believable.

We may never know what really went on - whether the teams discussed compensation, or if Harbaugh was the one to shut down the negotiations.

But Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News - who first wrote about tensions between Harbaugh and Niners GM Trent Baalke - has some interesting theories on what might have happened.

As he makes clear, they're all just guesses, informed by some insight to the working relationship between Harbaugh and Niners brass.

Kawakami says there's a constant dance - Harbaugh letting his bosses know he deserves more money and is wanted elsewhere (Texas, USC, Cleveland), with the Niners making clear that they'd let him walk.

It's a fascinating piece, one we highly recommend you check out.

Of greatest interest to Broncos fans, Kawakami says Oakland (where Harbaugh was the QB coach in 2002 and 2003 under Bill Callahan) and San Diego have been mentioned as potential landing spots for the coach.

Broncos

Johns Elway and Fox are outwardly hopeful that injured players Ryan Clady, Von Miller, Quant Smith, Quinton Carter, and Chris Harris will return to have impactful seasons in 2014.

Mike Klis suggests some potential free agent targets for Denver, and he feels badly for the folks in Cleveland (no mention of  the Fumble?).

News

San Francisco is starting contract talks with QB Colin Kaepernick and is said to be near a deal with WR Anquan Boldin.

With free agency just over two weeks away, teams are putting out word (negotiating via the press) that they won't be re-signing players before then. Some of the names said to be hitting the open market are Green Bay WR James Jones and a trio of Giants: DE Justin Tuck, WR Hakeem Nicks, and LB Jon Beason.

C Nick Hardwick told the Chargers he'll be back for at least another season, while Kansas City is reportedly trying to again re-sign LT Branden Albert.

Buffalo may use its franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd for the second straight year, requiring a 20% raise over last year's tender.

Byrd is a rumored target of the Browns, who are reportedly also focused on re-signing C Alex Mack.

The Jets met with the agents for Buttfumble and are said to be interested in Chicago QB Josh McCown.

The A11FL is the latest league to have shown interest in having Tim Tebow join it, with a reported offer of ownership included.

Combine

Johnny Football ran an unofficial 4.56-second forty-yard dash; Doug Farrar doesn't see Manziel lasting past the #4 pick in the draft.

Several wideouts ran their forties in under 4.35 seconds.

Alabama QB A.J. McCarron thinks he deserves more credit, likening himself to one Tom Brady (LOLZ).

Michael Sam spoke in Indy on Saturday, to rave reviews from Mike Tanier, Doug FarrarMike Silver, and Don Banks; Eric Edholm says Sam endured a barrage of dumb questions; Dane Brugler sees Sam as a mid-to-late-round pick

Combine notes from Doug FarrarTony Pauline, and John Clayton.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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