Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been an especially busy 24 hours for veteran defensive backs around the NFL.
Dawan Landry, Aaron Ross, Chris Gamble, Adrian Wilson, and Atari Bigby were all cut loose yesterday, while Atlanta has agreed to terms with safety William Moore on a new five-year deal.
Denver was tangentially involved in the action, as they visited with former Falcons headhunter Dunta Robinson prior to him signing a three-year deal with the Chiefs. Denver's interest in Robinson gives credence to Mike Klis's report that the team currently views Chris Harris as a nickel corner, and is seeking an outside starter to pair with Champ Bailey.
Again though, we're not surprised by this, because this isn't the kind of leap a beat reporter is going to make on his own. That's coming from Dove Valley.
To be clear, Robinson was able to sign a deal prior to the start of the 2013 league year because he had been released from his prior contract. Veterans who are scheduled to become free agents due to expiring contracts must wait until Tuesday at 4pm ET to officially sign any deals, although the new legal tampering period began last night at midnight, ushered in by some laughably confusing language.
Kansas City is apparently not done upgrading its secondary, and has expressed interest in Dolphins corner Sean Smith. As for their draft preparation, the team has scheduled a private workout with A&M tackle Luke Joeckel.
The Broncos and Elvis Dumervil's agent are said to be negotiating toward the team's
demanded requested pay cut, but we continue to believe that his release is a foregone conclusion at this point. If the team were seeking a small pay cut, this wouldn't be playing out so publicly.
See the cases of James Harrison in Pittsburgh, Anquan Boldin in Baltimore (see below), and DeAngelo Hall in Washington for similar situations, although Elvis is by far the youngest of this quartet, and thus has the least motivation to actually accept a significant pay reduction. His leverage is closer to that of Nnamdi Asomugha's in Philly - neither player really needs to go for these pay cuts, no matter what anyone thinks of their value.
According to Mike Silver, the NFL and NFLPA are nearing an agreement for HGH testing, but of course, the biggest hurdle appears to be the players' mistrust of the Ginger Hammer.
Baltimore has asked Boldin to take a pay cut, but is reportedly more likely to end up cutting him.
Jason from Over the Cap explains the differences between incentives and escalators, discusses the financial implications of Oakland's looming release of Rolando McClain, and takes measure of Miami's new deal with WR Brian Hartline.
PFF continues its look at overpaid players (relative to their own grades) by considering cornerbacks, defensive tackles (Chiefs and Raiders galore!), and fullbacks, as if there could be any fullback in today's game who's not overpaid.
Bill Barnwell continues his free agent fluffery by pleading the case for signing Dolphins tackle Jake Long.
In a pair of ESPN Insider pieces, Matt Bowen considers the best potential landing spots for WR Greg Jennings (Vikings, Rams, Dolphins), while Matt Williamson does the same for RB Steven Jackson (Lions, Steelers, Bengals, Packers, Falcons).
Chase Stuart examines the positional distribution of Pro Bowlers among SB-winning teams.