Baltimore gets back at Elway again, still has far to go Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Now that the Ravens have stolen away Elvis Dumervil, Peter King suggests that Baltimore may have - when combined with their playoff win over the Broncos - finally gotten its revenge on John Elway.

Perhaps he's right, but Denver got a legendary QB out of the deal, two Super Bowl titles, and a great start to Elway's career as football czar, so a lot more would have to happen for those scales to balance out.

Back to Elvis, PK suggests that Dumervil's decision, as expected, largely came down to pride and finding the slightest excuse to leave Denver. The extra $500K in 2013 compensation (which was the only fundamental difference between the two teams' offers) was apparently enough, and it's hard to blame Dumervil, after all that he went through over the past few weeks.

Elvis, it was a pleasure watching you play for our Broncos for these seven years (six seasons, counting the injury), and we wish you success and happiness in Baltimore, although not at Denver's expense.

King thinks he thinks that he agrees with us that Denver is the likeliest site for Baltimore to open the NFL season, although he thinks that's the last place Ravens owner Steve Biscotti wants his team starting its title defense.

FWIW, PK believes Dwight Freeney still has another "13-sack season left in him." 

Broncos

Kevin Vickerson expects Robert Ayers to step up in a big way in 2013, despite Ayers's having been drafted by Josh McDaniels.

Here's the AP story on Dumervil's departure to Baltimore; Ravens DT Arthur Jones has already declared that the acquisition of Elvis is the start to a new Dream Team.

Andrew Mason discusses some of the potential draft targets for Denver along the offensive line.

News

New England is reportedly close to a long-term deal to retain right tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

DE Michael Bennett has a torn rotator cuff, which would explain why he took only a one-year, $5M contract from Seattle.

Chicago added Panthers LB James Anderson; Oakland may be interested in Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins; in turn, Dallas will visit with CB Will Allen, LB Justin Durant, and Oakland S Michael Huff; Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey will visit IndianapolisBuffalo hosted Washington TE Fred Davis on Saturday and will work out Oklahoma QB Landry Jones; LOLJets LB Bryan Thomas may retire after 11 seasons.

Ed Reed took out a full-page ad in the Baltimore Sun to thank Ravens fans and bid them adieu; Dez Bryant joined teammate Brandon Carr and several Cowboys legends at a rally against domestic abuse.

Reaction in Miami to the disastrous subsidies paid to Marlins owner and welfare queen Jeffrey Loria may prevent the Dolphins from getting some handouts of their own, and the city from getting SB 50 or 51.

Analysis

As the second, less glitzy stage of free agency begins, Jason at OTC lists some of the veterans who should be in the spotlight.

John Clayton thinks Buffalo will trade up into the bottom of the first round to reunite HC Doug Marrone with Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib.

Chase Stuart studies the time value of draft choices, finding that teams dealing future picks for current ones are likely to get a better return than their trade partners.

As Matt Barkley prepares for his Wednesday pro day performance, Mike Tanier says the quarterback's greatest task is unshackling himself from his association with USC predecessors Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and Buttfumble.

Matt Waldman sees a lot to like in running back D.J. Harper, who was replaced at BSU by Doug Martin due to injury.

In Khaled Elsayed's 2008 re-draft, Ryan Clady is gone by the time Denver selects at #12, so he has them taking tackle Duane Brown.

Hoops

Shaun Powell discusses the Nuggets and their 15-game winning streak.

The Ultimate Self-Promoter™ gave the Wichita State Shockers a speech on the tarmac at the Wichita airport yesterday; gold star to anyone who can figure out a not-too-distant link between those two parties.

Here's Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga channeling a bit of Muhammad Ali while celebrating his team's victory over Illinois, which punched their ticket to the Sweet 16 (via LBS):

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