Denver could host NFL opener Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Due to a scheduling conflict with their neighboring Orioles, the Ravens will not host the NFL opener in 2013, as SB champions have habitually done in recent years.

Baltimore will instead hit the road for the opener, and the Broncos have been mentioned as a possibility to host the game. The Ravens' other 2013 road opponents are Pittsburgh, Chicago, Cincy, Detroit, Buffalo, Miami, and Cleveland.

Obviously, the NFL will prefer a marquee matchup, so logic says the only real possibilities are Denver, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. We don't need or want to explain why Broncos/Ravens would make an awful lot of sense here, so we won't.

But Mike Klis says the Broncos aren't expecting to be the Ravens' opponent that night, and are instead more likely to host the back end of the opening MNF doubleheader (ugh on the behalf of all East Coast Broncos fans).

Broncos

According to Klis, the Broncos' offer to Elvis Dumervil remains the best one out there, although the Ravens have apparently come close to matching it.

Andrew Mason reminds Broncos fans of the potential cost of letting a single play cloud their view of a player like Rahim Moore, and he discusses the chances the team picks an offensive lineman next month, perhaps even an eventual replacement for Ryan Clady.

Klis takes a brief look back at the often controversial Denver career of D.J. Williams. Good luck in Chicago, D.J.

News

The Chiefs are said to be seeking a 2014 second-rounder and another pick in 2014 in return for T Branden Albert, who recently signed his franchise tender.

Atlanta reportedly hopes to sign Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, who was characterized as having priced himself beyond the interest of the Broncos.

Presumably to help free up both a roster spot and cap space for Darrelle Revis, the Bucs are said to be shopping CB Eric Wright.

Longtime Raiders punter Shane Lechler is heading to Houston on a three-year deal worth an maximum of just $5.5M, which should underscore the wisdom of Denver tendering Britton Colquitt at a $1.323M salary instead of $2.023M. Meanwhile, Ed Reed's contract with the Texans is worth $15M over three years.

Oakland recently added LB Kevin Burnett, and they've now re-signed his brother, LB Kaelin BurnettCarolina retained DT Dwan Edwards; Cleveland added Bears TE Kellen Davis and Falcons CB Chris Owens and will host Cowboys LB Victor Butler; Cincy re-signed T Dennis Roland; LOLJets G Brandon Moore will visit Detroit and Dallas; New Orleans is reportedly interested in Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha and Ravens T Bryant McKinnie.

Since massive pipes don't help one throw a football better (in any sense), Niners coach Jim Harbaugh says he wants Colin Kaepernick to ease up on the python building. Of course, this lends to wondering if anyone at Dove Valley had the balls to mention this to the tire-flipping, truck-pulling Ultimate Teammate™.

The NFLPA is utilizing a questionable tactic to try to help players avoid financial trouble, by delaying payment of their performance bonuses.

Draft

Kansas City will work out tackles Luke Joeckel and Lane Johnson; Buffalo will work out WVU QB Geno Smith and FSU QB E.J. Manuel; Oakland was among the 14 teams that watched FSU DT Sharrif Floyd work out yesterday.

28 teams attended Stony Brook's pro day to see RB Miguel Maysonet, whom Jeff Legwold had reported last month was a scouting target of Denver's throughout the season.

Analysis

While Brian Urlacher says he's insulted by the Bears' recent offer to him, Jason at OTC says Chicago has done right by him throughout his career.

Bucky Brooks thinks the read-option makes sense for Chicago given their personnel, and that it has the potential to open things up for Brandon Marshall.

Scott Kacsmar examines the new Crown Rule and how it may have impacted the remarkable 2012 season of Adrian Peterson (not much).

Chase Stuart's trivia for today covers Panthers receivers who have topped 1,000 yards in a single season.

The KSK crew take their stabs at naming Peter King's forthcoming website.

Major props to the closed captioning operator who was at the controls for CBS's coverage of the NCAA Tournament and Sir Charles.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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