Good Morning, Broncos fans! The NFL's supplemental draft is scheduled for Thursday, with six players declared eligible to be selected in a pomp-free procedure performed via email.
Draft entrants tend to be players who have lost academic eligibility, or have had legal or drug-related problems.
It has brought some significant names into the league over the years, including HOFer Cris Carter and three-time AFC Championship Game loser Bernie Kosar.
Denver surrendered its 1990 first-rounder to select Bobby Humphrey in the 1989 Supplemental Draft, and he would go on to start 12 regular season games and three postseason games as a rookie, including the SB 24 mauling by San Francisco.
But after a productive sophomore season, Humphrey held out for most of the 1991 season, and was dealt to Miami in May of 1992 in exchange for another out-of-favor former first-round running back, Sammie Smith.
The two would combine for just 125 rushing attempts with their new squads, and neither would dress for another NFL game.
Humphrey did play a significant role on a team that made it to a SB, so in that light, it's hard to call it a wasted pick. But 29 starts was surely not what the team had hoped to get out of the guy when they gave up the most valuable of draft assets, a first-round pick.
The NFL held a special supplemental draft in 1984 for USFL and CFL signees; that's the only other time the Broncos have made any supplemental picks, landing Freddie Gilbert, Rick Massie, and Reggie Smith.
Gilbert would spend three seasons with the Broncos, playing in SB 21 and SB 22, while Massie would dress for 13 games with Denver over the 1987 and 1988 seasons.
That special draft would produce three eventual HOFers, including Steve Young, Reggie White, and SB 32 champion Gary Zimmerman, and longtime stars Gary Clark and Mel Gray.
The high profile of the Aaron Hernandez case has provided the ACLU a platform to raise the issue of solitary confinement and its long-term effects on prisoners.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he has no plans to sell the team, no matter how much damage is done by the scandal involving his Pilot Flying J truck stop company.
In his Sunday column, Len Pasquarelli says to expect the Falcons to extend QB Matt Ryan this summer, he hears that federal authorities may jump into the Hernandez case at some point, and he reports that ex-Falcons John Abraham and Michael Turner are not considering retirement, despite remaining unsigned.
The scab ref who butchered Packers/Seahawks last year took part in a charity softball game hosted by Seattle corner Richard Sherman.
John Clayton thinks that if none of the eight franchise-tagged players are signed to long-term deals by next Monday's deadline, the structure of the tender system should be reconsidered. Also, he says that if Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas weren't disgruntled by having to play with the lefty who throws like he's a righty, they don't figure to have a problem sharing the ball with Wes Welker.
New Chiefs DE Austen Lane is Peter King's stand-in for MMQB this week, and he offers some fine advice to his fellow players on how to be successful in the NFL and in life.
Neil Hornsby takes a crack at the starting lineups for the Lions and Packers; the Shutdown Corner guys detail the Bills' offseason and their current and future cap situation; Jim Corbett studies the Bengals' offseason; Jason Fitzgerald names his best and worst contracts for the Titans.
Doug Farrar isn't sure that Robert Griffin III needs to do anything differently to carry his remarkable success into a second season.
In considering Mike McCoy's chances of success in San Diego, Chase Stuart examines the precedent of so-called "hot offensive coordinators" who landed head jobs.
Steve Palazzolo discusses PFF's pressure data for NFCN quarterbacks, including Jay Cutler.
Richard Dietsch continues his sports media roundtable with a conversation about the prospects for Ray Lewis as a studio analyst for ESPN.
Mike Tanier surveys the landscape of Fantasy Football preview magazines, which become more obsolete by the minute.
Dusty Saunders discusses the local television coverage of the Broncos on Channels 7 and 9.
Christmas Ape tells us what to expect from PK's triumphant return next week.