Good Morning, Broncos fans! With teams set to enter camp this week and sort out their depth charts, the Panthers swung a pair of trades yesterday which amounted in essence to a three-way deal.
They first acquired WR Louis Murphy from Oakland for an undisclosed conditional draft choice - it's expected to be a seventh-rounder. This was the second trade of the offseason between the two teams; back in March, the Raiders had sent lineman Bruce Campbell to the Panthers in return for RB Mike Goodson. Oakland drafted Murphy in the fourth round of the 2009 Draft; he posted 90 receptions for 1,371 yards and six touchdowns in three seasons with the team.
Later in the day, Carolina got a conditional seventh-rounder back from the Jets in exchange for the injury-prone tackle Jeff Otah. Otah had been a first-round pick in 2008 by Carolina, who moved up to take him just seven spots after Denver drafted Ryan Clady. A strong rookie season had plenty of folks saying he would join top overall pick Jake Long and Clady as elite ten-year tackles, but Otah would finish each of the next three seasons on IR, playing just 29 games in four NFL seasons.
In her excellent guide for attending training camp at Dove Valley, Lindsay Jones suggests that Ryan Harris could challenge Orlando Franklin for the starting RT spot. Another factor to consider is whether the Broncos will give Franklin a chance to compete with Zane Beadles at LG. This leads to our poll question of the day, regarding the starting five.
Elsayed thinks Clady's reps are out of their minds if they want a new deal to top that of Joe Thomas's with Cleveland. Of course, what matters here is the guaranteed portion of the deal, not the average or total value. Either way, Elsayed's point is that Clady wouldn't be that difficult to replace.
Jeff Legwold figures that if the Broncos have a successful season, Jack Del Rio could end up with another head job, leaving Denver to find yet another new DC.
Pat Kirwan predicts another division title for Denver, along with a 10-6 record. His colleague Clark Judge thinks Peyton Manning must return to his 2009-2010 form to be a significant upgrade over Tim Tebow. He appears to be serious, too.
San Francisco signed Darcel McBath, reuniting him in the secondary with former Denver teammate Perrish Cox.
Philadelphia will visit with TE Visanthe Shiancoe today and may be interested in Jeremy Shockey; Baltimore will work out G Eric Steinbach; Atlanta re-signed LB Mike Peterson; Seattle extended the contract of DE Chris Clemons; New England placed several players on the PUP list, including Logan Mankins, Sebastian Vollmer, Brandon Spikes, and former Bronco Daniel Fells; the Jets put S LaRon Landry on their PUP list.
Chad Johnson finally changed his name back to Chad Johnson.
Travis Henry wants to make an NFL comeback at 34, but it would be a shock to see any team even give him a look at this point.
The NFL offered a peek at its forthcoming All-22 Film, which will offer two new viewpoints - a high end zone angle from the defense's perspective, and a sideline view like what's on TV, but with all players visible.
In posing a question for each team heading into camp, Mike Lombardi thankfully skips the cliched Peyton/health query and wonders if the Broncos did enough to upgrade at safety by replacing Brian Dawkins with Mike Adams.
Bill Barnwell says that for the first time in many years, it's not quite clear who is the best running back in football.
Ben Stockwell finds Joel Dreessen among the most productive receivers on crossing routes in 2011.
In what will be a constant theme for the next few weeks, Matt Bowen reminds us that special teams are the path for most rookies to crack the 53-man roster.
Jason Whitlock says the NCAA finally handled a big decision well in its punishment of PSU; ex-Pats OC Bill O'Brien said in a statement that he remains committed to his new gig there. The erasure of 111 victories from Joe Paterno's record means Eddie Robinson is again the winningest coach in major college football history.