Good Morning, Broncos fans! The very biggest moves of free agency have already occurred - in Denver and elsewhere.
Of course, several significant names remain available, including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - who misread his value to the Broncos - and his cousin Antonio, whom the Jets may need to re-sign after having lost out on bringing back Darrelle Revis.
However, the Pats missed out on native New Englander Matt Shaughnessy, who re-signed with Arizona.
They may also end up losing wideout Julian Edelman, whom the Browns are reportedly hot for after having lost Eric Decker to the Jets.
As for Denver's next moves, Mike Klis reports that they're indeed interested in former Baltimore linebacker Daryl Smith, who played under Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville.
Additionally, Klis says the Broncos may sign a veteran center and have Manny Ramirez shift back over to guard, but are unlikely to sign a veteran running back anytime soon.
Darren Sproles, the back we'd had in mind, is off to Philly, with the Saints having gotten a fifth-round pick in return for their multi-dimensional mighty mite. Not a bad landing spot for Sproles, who figures to be well utilized by Chip Kelly.
Carolina has reportedly made a modest offer to former Giants wideout Hakeem Nicks.
Bill Barnwell says the Broncos would have been better off with Darrelle Revis at $12M than Aqib Talib at whatever his deal is really worth (we still don't know). Obviously, he's probably right, but the fact is that Denver didn't know whether it could land Revis, and missing out on both players would have been a serious problem.
Otherwise, Barnwell thinks Denver got Ware on the relative cheap, and wonders if they could end up bringing back Champ Bailey and Shaun Phillips at deep discounts.
Chris Burke thinks Denver's big signings have freed them to draft the best player available at #31, although he thinks they may use that pick to replace Decker.
Gordon McGuinness calls Robert Ayers one of the remaining possible bargain signings, while suggesting WR Jerricho Cotchery as a potential target for Denver.
In a programming note, I just wanted to make sure everyone got to Ted's column from yesterday, which got caught amidst a pile of news, including the Ware signing.