Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Cowboys and franchise-tagged DE Anthony Spencer have halted talks on a long-term contract.
Dallas tagged Spencer for the second straight year (not a wise move from Jason Fitzgerald's perspective), and the DE wisely signed the tender in March, guaranteeing him a $10.6M salary ahead of a free-agent market that bore out much lower salaries for top pass rushers.
As with the Broncos and Ryan Clady, the sides have until 4pm ET on July 15 to agree to a multiyear deal, else the players re-enter free agency in 2014 after playing out their one-year contracts.
Clady has not yet signed his tender, and thus was not required to attend offseason activities. He's been rehabbing in California from shoulder surgery, and was to be checked on by Broncos trainer Steve Antonopulos. Clady is expected to be in attendance at training camp, and the Denver front office has publicly stated that they'd like to agree on a long-term deal with their All-Pro left tackle.
In a Q&A for the official site, WR coach Tyke Tolbert says the size of Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker makes it a bit harder for them to be in good enough shape to run in an up-tempo offense, and he says fifth-rounder Tavarres King was slowed during OTAs by an injury.
Andrew Mason says Wes Welker and Peyton Manning were in an excellent sync by the time minicamp rolled around; Mason and Tolbert each say Bubba Caldwell has made strides since 2012.
Leave it to the Worldwide Leader to call the 2011 Broncos one of the "Most Compelling Teams of the Century." First of all, did the people deciding upon his list bother to watch the first 55 minutes of each game, or is this just the echo chamber at work? Secondly, is the 13th year of a century really the appropriate time to be doing this?
Single-game tickets will go on sale July 8.
Ed McCaffrey's annual football camp started Monday and runs through Thursday.
Former Raiders and Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour says he's ready to retire if he doesn't find a better contract offer than what he's received this offseason; he's been most often linked with the Falcons.
Manti Te'o has found lots of encouragement from his new teammates, and has caught little or no flak for his catfishing scandal.
Chargers players will have their names in yellow lettering on their jerseys.
The Chiefs, who gave out jerseys to their season-ticket holders last year, will give out clear totes this season so that their paying customers can show off their tampons and maxipads for everyone to see.
Browns linebacker Ausar Walcott, an undrafted rookie, is facing several charges, including first-degree attempted murder, after he allegedly assaulted a man outside a NJ strip club early Sunday morning. (via PFT)
Presumably because nobody but the Bengals want to be the subject of HBO's Hard Knocks, the Ginger Hammer is thinking about forcing teams to rotate onto the show.
Ravens RB Bernard Pierce was carjacked at gunpoint in Philadelphia on Sunday, but thankfully suffered no physical injuries.
Just when we thought the circus had left town for the LOLJets, a video of Buttfumble's bare ass hit the internet.
As detailed here by Bill Barnwell, NFLN's annual Top 100 Players list is pretty much a complete waste of time.
The Giants' PR flack has jumped into the Warren Sapp/Michael Strahan/Tiki Barber flap, advising that Sapp should STFU.
KSK presents their Mount Flushmore for the NFCN teams.
Only four teams allowed fewer yards per attempt on play-action passes than did the Broncos in 2012.
With the Niners said to be considering splitting Vernon Davis out wide, Chase Stuart revisits the way Washington used Art Monk back in the day.
Fitzgerald calls Sebastian Vollmer's contract the Patriots' best, while he deems their deal with Logan Mankins to be their worst.
John Elway/Terrell Davis and Peyton Manning/Marshall Faulk are on a short list of MVP quarterbacks and running backs to have played together.