Happy Friday, Broncos fans! For the last two years or so, it's been a foregone conclusion that the Chiefs career of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe would end sooner than later.
Bowe's lengthy holdout last summer had figured to be his last contract-related episode in KC, but with Scott Pioli gone, and Andy Reid now running the show, there's apparently a real possibility that Bowe's stint with the team will continue on.
To that end, the Chiefs have reportedly been discussing a long-term deal with Bowe's representatives, and are expected to continue their talks in the coming weeks.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport also reports that the team is interested in retaining left tackle Branden Albert, and has been negotiating with his agents. The Chiefs are thought to currently have $14M in cap space, most or all of which is from a 2012 carryover.
They'll have a hell of a lot more cap space whenever they get around to dumping Tyson Jackson, and can also create more room by ending the Matt Cassel experiment.
As for the quarterback situation, Reid is reportedly interested in having Nick Foles follow him to Kansas City via trade from Philadelphia.
Word out of Philly is that the Eagles aren't looking to deal their second-year quarterback, although that was prior to their having reunited new coach Chip Kelly with his former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, who signed a two-year deal.
Then again, the Eagles just spent a third-rounder on Foles last year, he performed admirably in six rookie starts, and he's got the most team-friendly deal among the team's quarterbacks.
Whatever KC does, Clark Judge says we shouldn't expect KC to use their #1 overall pick on a quarterback, given that none of the available prospects appear worthy of such a lofty choice.
While Quinton Carter says his rehab from knee surgery is going well, he admits he's still several months away from being 100%.
Things couldn't have gone better for Aaron Brewer in his rookie season, whose performance should have quickly eased the concerns of those upset by Denver's decision to cut longtime snapper Lonie Paxton.
Jeff Legwold expects Brandon Stokley to remain Denver's starting slot receiver and for Joel Dreessen to keep a larger role than Virgil Green, and he says Eric Decker's next step is to cut down on his dropped passes.
PFF says Derek Wolfe is miscast as a 4-3 defensive end, but anyone who reads IAOFM knows that his role is closer to that of a 3-4 end.
Jason La Canfora confirms that the Broncos will indeed use their franchise tag on Ryan Clady if they're unable to agree to a new long-term deal. Peter Damilatis agrees it's the correct move, while fellow PFF writer Ben Stockwell thinks it's so unlikely Clady hits the open market that it's not worth listing him among top free agent tackles.
Tony Carter is an even more under-the-radar free agent than Pete Prisco thinks he is, given that Carter is an Exclusive Rights FA and cannot negotiate with teams other than the Broncos.
The Vikings touched up their logo a bit, as the Panthers had recently.
RacistSlurs GM Bruce Allen claims his team's name isn't offensive and is instead something to be proud of, which isn't particularly surprising, given the things his brother regularly says. As Mike Freeman points out, that old argument held up by the Not being able to use racist slurs is ruining my life crowd - you know, the one that says actual Native Americans aren't offended by the name - is total bullshit:
Indian Country Today, the largest Native American magazine, found that 81 percent of respondents found such images disparaging to Native Americans and 75 percent said the imagery violated anti-discrimination laws.
Mike Tannenbaum acknowledges that perhaps, just maybe, part of the reason he's without a job is that he gave Buttfumble a contract extension a year ago.
Tim Keown provides yet another fine argument for doing away with the collusive rule that allows the NFL and NCAA to force players to remain in school even when they're clearly NFL-ready.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Darren McFadden, Michael Huff, and Tyvon Branch would all appear prime candidates to have their Raiders contracts reworked, given that the team is currently over the cap.
Chase Stuart follows up his own post about WR targets with some higher math, including real, actual correlations. Someone should alert Kerry Byrne...
Ben Muth concludes his Super Bowl analysis with a look at several plays from after the power outage.
New Jersey's battle to overturn our country's nonsensical sports gambling laws began in earnest yesterday in a federal courtroom.
The bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius was postponed until next week; his case is a shock to the sports world, and another reminder that as much as we think we know about our athletic heroes, we hardly know anything.