Broncos to trade (LOL) or cut D.J. Williams Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! You've read it here countless times, but it's finally confirmed: D.J. Williams is done as a Bronco.

According to Mike Klis, Denver will attempt to trade D.J. and his $6M salary, and if when they're unable to do so, they'll cut him prior to April 15, which is apparently the first day of the offseason conditioning program.

Williams is owed no guarantees, but is set to count for $8,082,500 against Denver's cap this season. Any team that would trade for him would assume the non-guaranteed $6M salary, and the Broncos will be left with $2,082,500 in dead cap space whether they cut or trade him.

At this point, the Broncos are hoping against hope that they'll get a seventh-rounder in the 2030 Draft, if it's even possible to trade a pick that far out (we're not sure).

Even if another team sees D.J. as a plug-in starting linebacker - and that's entirely reasonable - they're not going to want to pay him $6M for one season, when they know he'll be hitting the open market in short order, and will probably be signable for about half that figure.

If Elway & Co. are able to get a pick - any pick - back in exchange for D.J., then John will already be well on his way to 2013 Exec of the Year contention.

That's not so much a knock on D.J., as it is the reality that trading a player like him, with his contract, when the whole world knows he's about to get cut, is exceptionally unlikely.

As for Klis's contention that, "From 2007-11, Williams may have been the best defensive player who never received a Pro Bowl berth," well, that's worth a rich and hearty LOL.

Perhaps he's just lubing us all up for the laughable assertion that follows the D.J. news:

I continue to say that if Tebow were a starting quarterback and had an offense, defense and special teams (strong punter) built around his skill set, he would post a winning record, health willing.

LoLz.

BTW, note the not-so-subtle change from Nate Irving and Steven Johnson will compete for the starting Mike job, to:

The Broncos...plan to play Nate Irving in the middle.

No idea what Nate's done in the past few weeks to win the gig, but congratulations to him.

Broncos

Not sure if this is more a source of pride or embarrassment, but Bill Will echoes Ted's and my suggestion that San Diego would make sense as a suitor for Ryan Clady's services. Odd that Bill doesn't even consider for a second that the Broncos might welcome such a scenario, and this line is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser:

Even if Denver would match an offer San Diego made, it could be worth it to the Chargers because they could dictate the terms and that could disrupt Denver’s offseason plans because it is currently not counting on giving Clady a long-term deal at this moment. 

Trying (failing) to ignore the "currently...at this moment" (hooray, journalism school!), this doesn't read as something Bill Will would know about. If the Broncos aren't actually going to negotiate in good faith with Ryan toward a long-term deal, it's incredibly difficult to believe they'd be telegraphing that through the press at this juncture...presently.

Mark this one down for future reference: according to Kiszla, the 23-year-old Rahim Moore will never make a Pro Bowl.

After having visited troops in Afghanistan, Peyton Manning concluded the USO visit in Germany yesterday, and then accepted his POY award at the NFL 101 dinner in Kansas City later on.

Missy Franklin emceed a Make-A-Wish event at the Hyatt Regency and brought along Eric Decker to wait tables.

News

Although the deal was reported as being worth $120M over six years, Joe Flacco's new contract is actually for seven years and $127.3M; Mike Freeman thinks the Ravens have a chance to become dynastic, now that they've locked up Flacco; Les Carpenter wonders what kind of deal Flacco woulda/coulda gotten, had Rahim Moore made the play. UGH.

Dallas agreed to a two-year deal with center Phil Costa, who had been set to become a restricted free agent.

DT Cullen Jenkins, who has already met with the Giants, will visit with the Seahawks and Niners in the coming days.

WR Randy Moss won't be back in San Francisco this season.

According to Adam Teicher, the Chiefs are more confident they'll get a long-term deal done with WR Dwayne Bowe than with tackle Brandon Albert.

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says teams asking about the sexual orientation of players is inappropriate yet understandable. Just as expectedly, this stuff causes bigots to say bigoted stuff, but Gregg Doyel thinks voices like that are a shrinking minority.

Mockery

Back in his alternate reality universe, Manti Te'o now says he is "obviously" faster than someone who runs a 4.82-second forty, as he did at combine. Obviously.

Mike Tanier shares notes on Washington CB Desmond Trufant, FSU DE Bjoern Werner, Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor, BYU DE Ziggy Ansah, and Oregon lineman Kyle Long.

Tony Pauline says there will be a whole lot of cornerbacks taken in the first three rounds of the draft, and he shocks the world with news that Sexy Rexy has a bigger mouth than does new LOLJets GM John Idzik.

Rob Rang has updated his big board post-combine, with notes on the top 50 prospects.

Chase Stuart offers an exhaustive look at the passing effectiveness of college quarterbacks in 2012.

Analysis

Gary Myers hears the Darrelle Revis situation in New Jersey will get very ugly (whatever that means) before there's resolution. As Pat Kirwan sees it, both Revis and the LOLJets will have to significantly lower their demands for a trade to occur.

While Alex Smith certainly turned his career around over the past two seasons, it's important to note that he had an awful lot of dinks, dunks, and sacks along the way.

So, apparently the reason Russell Wilson is a really good quarterback is he has lots of intangibles. Double ugh.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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