Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver's offseason conditioning program begins today, with workouts being held each Monday through Thursday for the next six weeks.
That period will also include the draft (starting next Thursday) and a rookie minicamp (May 10-12), and be followed by three weeks of organized training activities, and then a mandatory minicamp (June 11-13).
Expectedly, Ryan Clady will not be in attendance, as he's lodging a form of protest over his lack of a long-term contract. But as Mike Klis correctly details, Clady doesn't possess a whole lot of (any?) leverage in this situation, given his health status and the weak free agent market for offensive tackles.
According to Klis, the Broncos have not presented Clady with an offer for a long-term deal since the five-year, $50M proposal of last summer.
As we had suggested back then, Denver held/holds all the cards here, as they have control over Clady for the 2013 and 2014 seasons at palatable salaries of $9.828M and $11.7936M, respectively, should they opt to tag him again next offseason. Tagging him a third time in 2015 is not an option, as Clady would draw a 44% raise, to nearly $17M for one year, with 44% annual raises due beyond that for franchise tenders, which are unlimited.
The next big question relative to Clady is not whether he shows up to any of these offseason activities (he will, eventually), but whether the Broncos elect to draft his eventual replacement next week. We're guessing the answer is no, given Ryan's youth and quality, but it's certainly not out of the question, and from a financial aspect at least, it would be a wise move.
In their draft coverage, the DP guys cover running backs today, with Klis suggesting the Broncos should "pounce" on Alabama's Eddie Lacy if he's available at #28, while Jeff Legwold discusses Lacy, Arkansas's Knile Davis, and the rest of the top running back propsects.
Now that the risks of using the painkiller Toradol are more widely known, the Rams medical staff no longer gives it to players, while the team doctors in Green Bay, Atlanta, and Washington say they dispense it only when absolutely necessary. (via PFT)
San Diego signed former Western Michigan tight end Dallas Walker, who had gone undrafted in 2012 and performed at last week's super regional combine.
Pittsburgh matched New England's offer sheet for WR Emmanuel Sanders, which is another reminder of why teams don't bother with signing RFAs to offer sheets. Jason Fitzgerald wonders if the two teams could end up agreeing to a trade for the wideout.
The Pats have discussed the possibility of trading KR Jeff Demps, who has openly admitted he's putting his track career ahead of his NFL dreams.
Minnesota is moving quarterback Joe Webb to wide receiver;
In today's MMQB column, Peter King is confident the Chiefs will take either A&M's Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan's Eric Fisher at #1, and he says Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is desperate to move out of the #3 spot and load up on picks. PK could see RB Chris Ivory being dealt from New Orleans to New Jersey for a fifth-rounder, and as for why Denver may not want to beat that price, remember that they'd have to turn around and pay him with a veteran contract extension, rather than potentially draft a guy next week and owe that player a far cheaper rookie contract.
Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell claims his team has narrowed its choices for the #2 pick down to two players; Alabama corner Dee Milliner visited the Titans and will head next to Kansas City; the Rams will work out WVU WR Tavon Austin;
Matt Waldman evaluates Oregon State wideout Markus Wheaton, whom he calls his favorite WR prospect in this year's crop.
Mike Tanier answers all of the age-old draft questions as the 2013 edition approaches.
Chase Stuart continues his excellent thought exercise on the value of NFL players relative to the salary cap with a look at how much they'd be paid if salaries were based upon PFR's Approximate Value.
Pat Kirwan has Denver going with OSU DT Johnathan Hankins at #28 in his latest mock, and while it's a useless task to track this stuff, I think Kirwan has been consistent with this pick for quite a while now.
Updated 10:42am ET - Markus Wheaton attended Oregon State, not Oregon, as we had originally written