Abraham, Freeney leave sans deals Lard

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! John Abraham and Dwight Freeney visited Dove Valley yesterday and left emptyhanded, but they're still seen as the fallback plans should Elvis Dumervil opt for a fresh start.

Adding to his report on Baltimore's offer to Elvis, Mike Klis says the Dolphins and Titans have expressed interest in the defensive end, but have not yet made formal offers. It's unclear whether either team has scheduled a visit with the 29-year old.

As for Klis's suggestion that re-signing Elvis would require the team to cut a player or two, we'll assume he means that would have to happen by the time the draft rolls around. (Jason at OTC has updated his estimates for rookie draft pool amounts; for Denver, the figure is just over $3.9M.)

We'll stick with Chris Kuper and Joe Mays as the likeliest candidates to be released.

There was a question in the comments yesterday about the two vets and why they haven't been cut yet, so let's take a quick guess as why that's the case.

First, both players are rehabbing from serious injuries, so there's the possibility Denver wants them to be physically cleared before making any moves, so as to avoid having to give them injury settlements.

Second, the Broncos may think they can get either or both players to agree to a reduced salary, somewhere near the minimum. It's hard to see either one getting more than that on the open market, especially when considering their health statuses.

Third, in the case of Mays, the team guaranteed him $500K of his 2013 salary, so as soon as they were to release him, they'd be taking a $500K cash hit, as part of an $833,334 dead money hit.

What it comes down to is, given the injury situations and the likely lack of market demand for Kuper and Mays, there's no urgency to the Broncos moving on, even in the sense of doing right by the players.

As for what Denver would gain by cutting both players, they would have a gross cap gain of $6,002,997 according to Spotrac, while under the Top-51 rule, the net cap gain would be $5,522,997 (adding back two $480K salaries).


Some Twitter followers told us two nights ago that the Broncos should be in a hurry to sign a DE, but as Mike Tanier stresses, these players possess little or no leverage, so what's the rush? BTW, don't forget about San Diego's Shaun Phillips, who was mentioned recently as a potential Denver target.

Jeff Legwold's Rolodex says the problem for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Philly was not schematic, but rather an issue of playing for a non-contending team, with his concentration and technique wavering as a result.

Mark Kiszla thinks instead of bringing back Elvis, the Broncos should sign both Freeney and Brian Urlacher, who apparently wants to be paid a whole lot more than what Kiz and the Bears think he's worth. Meanwhile, Bill Barnwell reminds us that Urlacher is now a two-down player who comes out for nickel packages, which would make him a better, older version of Mays.

If you didn't watch the bizarre video which starred Eric Decker and his fiancee Jessie James yesterday, well, you missed your chance.


Peter King says Tampa Bay is the only real suitor for LOLJets CB Darrelle Revis, and that they're even willing to pony up their 2014 first- and second-rounders to get him, while also giving him $15M/year (!) in a new contract.

San Francisco re-signed former Broncos S Darcel McBath; San Diego added Cards G Rich Ohrnberger; Chiefs T Branden Albert signed his franchise tender; Tennessee reportedly came to terms with Ravens S Bernard Pollard; Carolina will sign KR/WR Ted Ginn; Cincy re-signed CB Pacman Jones and added Browns QB Josh Johnson; Arizona added Browns DE Frostee Rucker; Jacksonville re-signed WR Jordan Shipley; Green Bay re-signed LB Brad Jones; Philly extended WR Arrelious Benn, whom they'd acquired in a trade from Tampa Bay last week; Chicago signed Chiefs TE Steve Maneri, while Bears TE/FB Evan Rodriguez was arrested on charges of resisting an officer; Seattle is hosting Dolphins DT Tony McDanielCleveland will visit with Bears TE Kellen Davis.

Like Eli Manning before him, Giants T David Diehl says he'd restructure his contract if it helped WR Victor Cruz get a long-term deal to stick around.

Titans RB Chris Johnson isn't particularly thrilled that the team gave RB Shonn Greene a $10M contract.


Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell discus WR and TE prospects in their latest podcast; Farrar evaluates Florida International S Jonathan Cyprien.

Bucky Brooks sees a franchise quarterback in NC State beanpole Mike Glennon, while Cosell thinks Ryan Nassib of Syracuse is the best QB prospect in this year's crop.

Analysis, etc.

Ben Muth studies straight-arm (Connor Barwin) and dip-and-rip (Robert Mathis) pass-rush moves and how offensive linemen should attempt to protect against them.

Mike Clay supplements his look at depth-adjusted throwing accuracy by adjusting Yards Per Attempt, which drops all of the top conventional passers below the read-option guys.

The Ultimate Teammate™ gave a $peech yesterday in Corpus Christi, and the rules for media in attendance were laughably strict. 

Former Dolphins WR Mark Duper is accused of beating his son unconscious, while an ex-Titans cheerleader is charged with sexual battery for allegedly trying to coerce a 12-year-old into a blowjob. WTF?!

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