Derek’s posse hungry for a piece of the Wolfe Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The league's rookie symposium started Sunday in Cleveland, with current and former NFLers advising new players on the pratfalls of being newly-minted professional athletes.

This may come as something of a surprise, but Derek Wolfe was among those with the most first-day warnings to offer.

After he was drafted last year, the now-23-year-old defensive tackle has said he nearly entered the 2011 Draft out of a desperate need for money.

As explained by Wolfe, who received a $2,267,640 signing bonus last year as part of his four-year, $6,247,675 rookie deal with the Broncos, his career has already cost him several relationships, with money the apparent culprit.

In just over a year, Derek says he's already had to say goodbye to his girlfriend of five years and two financial advisors. He even tested a high school buddy by leaving a $20 bill on a table, and sadly, that friend failed.

Wolfe says even the simple act of going out to dinner is a social minefield, with friends inviting themselves along and expecting him to foot the bill.

Adjusting to new cities, teams, schemes, and playbooks are daunting enough tasks on their own, with support networks of family and friends the key to getting through them unscathed. But what about when those networks provide even more distractions?

Perhaps not every new player experiences what Derek has, but his story makes his fine rookie campaign appear all the more impressive.

Broncos

Congratulations to Eric Decker and Jessie James, who exchanged wedding vows on Saturday in Castle Rock.

Now in its 16th year, Peyton Manning's annual scholarship was presented to two incoming Tennessee freshmen last week.

Jacob Hester's fifth annual football camp commences today in Shreveport, LA.

Brian Dawkins is helping his son's football team at Valor Christian HS as a coach.

News

There were no new developments in the Odin Lloyd case on Sunday, but media and neighbors of Aaron Hernandez's continue to stake out his house. Mike Florio thinks it's high time that Hernandez swap our his white-collar representation for someone far more experienced in defending against murder charges.

Titans LB Colin McCarthy and Cards WR Ryan Swope have been held out of offseason activity due to the lingering effects of concussions.

Time has long healed the rift between Bill Parcells and Pats owner Robert Kraft, who each acknowledge their regrets regarding their 1997 breakup and the faults that caused it.

One has to imagine that only old Steelers fans would pay to see Terry Bradshaw perform in a Vegas musical about his own life.

Analysis

In his guest appearance writing MMQB today, Chris Kluwe explains what it's like to be an undrafted rookie, and suggests a new framework for choosing HOFers.

John Clayton covers unanswered questions around the league and responds to reader emails, suggesting that Ryan Clady is a potential holdout (we disagree).

Will Brinson predicts that Von Miller will come in at #7 in NFLN's list of the league's top 100 players, with Peyton Manning topping the ledger, although he thinks Von deserves to be ranked higher.

Ian Rapoport examines the cases for each of the ten players remaining on that same list.

Stats

Mike Tanier provides an exhaustive look at option plays from 2012, with Washington and Carolina having relied upon them the most heavily. The Broncos ran no options themselves (TYJE), and they only faced three of them all season on defense.

While discussing whether the Bills have a legitimate beef regarding their scheduling (they do), Chase Stuart notices that the Patriots will have had the ridiculous benefit of not having faced any teams coming off extra rest in 2012 and 2013. The Niners will share that benefit in 2013, which might provide a clue as to which squads the league would like to see in SB 48.

Presumably because they were usually playing with leads, and therefore against opponents looking to throw the ball, the Broncos were among those teams that played with a box safety the least often.

Jason Fitzgerald calls Stevie Johnson's contract the Bills' best, and he deems Mario Williams's deal to be their worst.

Doug Drinen drops by FP to declare the winners of Stuart's site anniversary contest.


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