Every year is a contract year

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It looks like DeSean Jackson isn't taking long to find a new home.

Best of all, he may get a chance to avenge twice yearly the Eagles' possibly having dragged his name through the mud.

The playmaking wideout/punt returner is reportedly close to a deal with Washington after having visited with them and taken a physical on Monday.

Jackson is expected to get a deal that surpasses Eric Decker's contract with the Jets.

Washington was otherwise busy on Monday, added former Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark, who of course had that frightening near-death experience in Denver.


Jeff Legwold offers an overly dramatic take on the importance of Emmanuel Sanders. Look, obviously the Broncos will be better if he thrives than if he doesn't. But this idea that Denver must maintain or exceed what it did last year (while breaking nearly every major offensive record) is just stupid.

That this comes from someone who spends most of his time talking about running the ball and defensive balance makes it even more ridiculous. Which is it, Jeff? Does the passing offense need to keep pace, or do the running game and defense have to improve? You can't have it both ways in these "what the Broncos must do" columns.

DeMarcus Ware will participate in the league's annual entreprenurial program along with several ex-Broncos.

Congratulations to Mike Klis, who won an award for his coverage of the Dumervil debacle.


Oakland added ex-Niners corner Carlos Rogers and ex-Packers DE C.J. Wilson; Kansas City hosted former Lions tackle Jason Fox.

The Giants re-signed LB Mike Patterson and added ex-Bears corner Zack Bowman; Houston cut corner Danieal Manning, who already has a visit with Cincy lined up; St. Louis added ex-Titans wideout Kenny Britt, reuniting him with Jeff Fisher.

New England will host RB Michael Bush; the Jets visited with ex-Raiders WR Jacoby Ford and ex-Chargers lineman Rich Ohrnberger.

Cincy is reportedly working on a long-term deal with QB Andy Dalton, while their fullback Orson Charles was charged with having allegedly brandished a gun in a road rage incident.


Chris Burke sifts through free agent leftovers.

Peter King shares more notes on the ailing Jim Kelly, while Christmas Ape interprets his MMQB column.

Sarah Sprague discusses the creepiness of the NFL's latest cheerleader-related gimmick.


Over at FP, Loyola Marymount econ professor Andrew Healy has another interesting guest post, this time about dynasties and teams that missed out on reaching that status.

In another guest post, this one over at FO, Ben Singer takes down the (bullshit) notion of big contract year performances. Look, aside from the obvious biases involved in diagnosing big contract years, let's remember that in the NFL, every year is a contract year.

Advanced NFL Stats is looking for interns!


Bucky Brooks updates his big board and discusses possible landing spots for top wide receiver prospects.

Mike Mayock updates his positional prospect rankings.

Gil Brandt checks in on the week's pro day schedule.

Russ Lande scouts Auburn tackle Greg Robinson; Greg Gabriel studies a pair of linebacker prospects.

Doug Farrar has Denver taking Stanford guard David Yankey at #31 in his latest mock.

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