Good Morning, Broncos fans! At time of writing, we're about 31.5 hours away from the beginning of the 2013 league year, and the opening of the trade and free agent markets.
If you're confused by the movement of some veterans (ie. Cullen Jenkins to the Giants), those players were all released by their prior teams, and became available the moment that happened. Players whose contracts are expiring after the 2012 season are not actually available until tomorrow at 4pm ET.
What will Denver be up to?
We already know they're going to trade (LOL) or release D.J. Williams at some point, although the team-imposed deadline to do so was reported by Mike Klis to be April 15. Joe Mays figures to either also be cut, or accept a severe pay cut ($500K of his $4M salary is guaranteed).
From reading the tea leaves, it's our expectation that Elvis Dumervil will be sent packing.
We've already seen mention of the team potentially pursuing Rashard Mendenhall, Steven Jackson, Dwight Freeney, and Darrelle Revis.
According to Klis, the team is nearing a deal to retain backup safety and special teams ace David Bruton, and has been working to retain DT Kevin Vickerson as well.
The one new name floated by Klis is cornerback Greg Toler, who saw very little action with the Cardinals last year (308 snaps), but scored a remarkable +6.8 grade from PFF (+8.8 coverage, -0.2 pass rush, -0.3 run, -1.5 penalty). The 28-year-old was a fourth-round selection by Arizona out of St. Paul's in 2009, and was tendered a $1.26M salary as a restricted free agent last season.
Pat Kirwan reinforces the difference between a restructure and a reduction, which is applicable to the Dumervil situation. Elvis's agent called it a restructure, you say? Well, that's because a restructure is what Elvis is willing to do, understandably. He doesn't want the reduction, and that's what Denver is demanding.
Jeff Legwold offers a similar explanation, while also detailing the different roles that agents play on behalf of their players.
Andrew Mason goes over Denver's many veteran options at linebacker.
The competition committee is likely to ban the type of block that cut short Texans LB Brian Cushing's 2012 season, along with some other blocks that put defenders at risk.
Yet another veteran safety is about to hit the market, as the Rams will cut Quintin Mikell today.
The Eagles are expected to make Rams WR Danny Amendola an offer.
Although the Bucs just re-signed RB LeGarrette Blount for one year, they did so with the intention of turning around and trading him.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is due a $3M roster bonus on Wednesday, so expectations are the Bills will either cut him or re-work his deal.
Mike Tanier evaluates a few of the more interesting prospects who have performed at recent pro days.
Jason Cole says the reluctance of the LOLJets to allow potential trade partners to talk contract with Darrelle Revis is hampering their chances of getting a deal done. Jason at Over the Cap reminds us that trading for Revis and then losing him to free agency would potentially bring back a compensatory third-round pick in 2015, although that would depend upon whether the trading team is active in free agency next season.
Peter King agrees that Dumervil is likely headed out of town, and he expects Miami, Cleveland, Detroit, and Indy to make big splashes this week. He doesn't think he thinks the Dolphins will have much competition for WR Mike Wallace, and he thinks he thinks the three-day tampering window has been more helpful to teams than to players, as in the case of the Broncos and Elvis (they got to probe the market before deciding what to do with him).
While examining the free agent safety market, Brian Burke estimates that Ed Reed should command a salary around $4.6M this year, although that doesn't account for injury potential.
Chase Stuart studies the way quarterbacks tend to perform as they age.
John Clayton answers emails and says he expects the Browns and Colts to be the main suitors for Ravens LB Paul Kruger.
Richard Deitsch discusses the plans for the new Fox Sports 1 network and its bid to challenge ESPN's dominance.