Good Morning, Broncos fans! As we've discussed several times here, the Broncos have quite a few key players hitting free agency after the 2013 season.
Typically, it's not quite what Jeff Legwold portrays it as over at the DP.
Denver indeed will face big decisions regarding Wesley Woodyard and 2010 draftees Eric Decker, Zane Beadles, and J.D. Walton.
But Chris Harris, Tony Carter, and Trindon Holliday are not exactly set to hit the open market, as Legwold calls it.
Harris and Carter are scheduled to be restricted free agents, and we all know that the operative term there is restricted, given that it's been years since a player has ever changed teams via restricted free agency.
Restricted tenders for them would likely mean a ~$1.4M salary for the right-of-refusal level (possible for Carter), ~$2.1M figure at the second-round level, or ~$3M for the first-round tender. Harris's play would suggest a first-round tender, but don't rule out a second-round one, considering how rare offer sheets are. Teams likely just don't want to put their free agency decisions on hold for five days while waiting to see if the original team matches.
Meanwhile, Holliday will be an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA), like Carter and Mitch Unrein were this offseason. He will only be free to go elsewhere if the Broncos decide not to tender him a minimum salary contract.
And although we agree with Legwold's suggestion that the Broncos have to have a megadeal for Von Miller in mind, he omits a vital detail we've noted here several times and in great depth - that Denver holds a fifth-year option (for 2015) on Von, and at a below-market cost.
The Broncos will be able to trigger that ~$9M option between the end of the 2013 regular season and May 3, 2014. Denver cannot renegotiate Von's rookie contract until that point, either.
It's not that Legwold portrays Denver's 2014 situation as dire, because he doesn't; it's just not accurate.
As usual, if you want your Broncos information delivered with accuracy, you know where to come.
According to Tom Krasovic, the Chargers were not interested in retaining Quentin Jammer. Sounds about right, given that Jammer was publicly begging the team to re-sign him, and that Denver got him for around the league minimum.
Decker is the latest player to proclaim that Peyton Manning's arm strength has increased since last season, while Demaryius Thomas again says that receiving passes "on time and stuff like that" was a new development for him. Of course, we're not surprised to hear that from Demaryius.
Beadles, he of the mechanical engineering degree, has been working with 3D imaging this offseason to improve his spatial awareness on the field.
Vickerson says Denver's defensive linemen are out to prove in 2013 that they can succeed without Elvis Dumervil, although the additions of Sly Williams and Terrance Knighton mean it wouldn't be fair to suggest the 2012 group would have been okay without Elvis.
Oakland and San Diego are among the ten teams that will gain some cap relief this weekend thanks to the post-June 1 release designation.
Raiders first-round CB D.J. Hayden was released from the hospital after his abominal surgery; Pats TE Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery in a few weeks and will miss the start of training camp as a result; Arian Foster's calf injury will keep him out of action until Houston starts training camp.
Saints WR Joe Morgan was arrested for DWI; two employees of the trucking company owned by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pleaded guilty to "jacking" rebates due the company's customers; the two jokesters who recorded a call between Bucs GM Mark Dominik and then-Bills GM Buddy Nix are facing federal wiretapping charges.
Willis McGahee is in pretty good company on PFF's list of running backs with the biggest differential between their best-graded four games of 2012 and their worst, like Demaryius Thomas was for wideouts.
Meanwhile, four Denver coaches (Shanahan, Reeves, Ralston, Saban) are on Chase Stuart's dubious list of the coaches who have gone the longest stretches without making the playoffs or getting fired. However, like McGahee, they have some very good company on that list.
Gil Brandt thinks Carolina's Luke Kuechly is the league's new standard-bearer at middle linebacker following the slowdown and retirement of Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher.
Mike Tanier imagines video game-style attack powers for NFL players including Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler, but not for Buttfumble.