Broncos have plenty of cap room Lard 3-31-12

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! There's been a lot of mystery surround Denver's cap space this offseason, with wide assumptions that the team was running low on cap space after having added Peyton Manning, Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme, Andre Caldwell, Tracy Porter, Mike Adams, and Caleb Hanie, plus having re-signed Wesley Woodyard, Joe Mays, Jason Hunter, and Manny Ramirez.

But thanks to the team's whopping $26M cap carryover from 2011 - second only to Jacksonville's $31M - Denver still has a very comfortable $13.8M in current available cap room. Only nine teams - Cincinnati, Cleveland, Jacksonville, KC, Minnesota, Philly, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Tennessee - have more space left.

There will be draft picks to sign, the team reportedly still has interest in bringing back Marcus Thomas, and there remain some viable free agency options - including tackles Derek Landri and Amobi Okoye. So while there's no way for us to know whether the team plans to make any more splashes in free agency, it's great to know they have the flexibility to do so.

Broncos

Jeff Legwold says Caldwell's straightline speed hasn't yet translated into big NFL numbers (a woeful 9.5 yard per reception), and he figures Tracy Porter is already slated to start across from Champ Bailey and ahead of Andre' Goodman.

Nancy Gay reiterates that John Fox and John Elway's soft-sell approach was key in landing Manning, and that the sting of missing out on Peyton is still being felt in Miami.

NFL coaches are hoping the new CBA rules keeping players from working out at team HQ now will be relaxed next year.

Eli Kaberon hears the Broncos are high on RB Mario Fannin.

Donovan McNabb's latest rant includes saying "a lot of people in the Denver Broncos locker room had an issue [with Tim Tebow]."

Trimmings

Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt are appealing their suspensions, while the Saints are appealing their penalties; Mike Lombardi wants to see Bill Parcells come back for one last go-round; Doug Farrar says hiring Parcells would be just another example of the Rooney Rule being made a sham.

Oakland signed LB Philip Wheeler and acquired RB Mike Goodson from Carolina in exchange for lineman Bruce Campbell.

Ricky Williams says he'd unretire to play for the Chargers, but they don't sound interested.

Philly already lost LT Jason Peters to a ruptured Achilles, and they re-signed reserve lineman King Dunlap; Cincy will re-sign LB Manny Lawson.

Giants practice squad RB and former Bronco Andre Brown was suspended four games for PED use; Dolphins LB Koa Misi was arrested on charges related to a bar fight; Ryan Leaf was arrested on burglary, theft, and drug charges.

Scrapple

Mike Silver thinks the Giants cannot afford to let Osi Umenyiora go, even though they're already loaded on the defensive line.

The month's best quotes as curated by FO's Rivers McCown.

Wes Bunting ranks 3-4 backers and tight end prospects by tiers; Greg Gabriel sees plenty of big WR prospects this year.

Doug Farrar says Bama RB Trent Richardson was quite impressive at his pro day, making him perhaps the best RB prospect since ADP.

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