Franchise tag deadline Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The deadline for teams to apply their franchise tenders looms at 4pm ET today.

So far, Denver LT Ryan Clady, Bengals DE Michael Johnson, Buffalo S Jairus Byrd, Indy P Pat McAfee, and Bears DT Henry Melton have been tagged.

Tennessee will tag receiving TE Jared Cook, who plans to challenge being designated as a TE rather than a WR, which is a vast financial difference.

Miami DT Randy Starks is another candidate to be tagged, although he claims the tender value would be a discount off his true value.

Other possibilities include Green Bay WR Greg Jennings, and perhaps Chiefs LT Brandon Albert.

As the day unfolds, we'll keep you updated on whether any other tags are utilized


CB Omar Bolden separated dislocated a shoulder during the playoff loss to Baltimore, but his rehab is apparently going well. Jeff Legwold says the team would like for Bolden to play his way into a nickel or dime role, and he thinks Saints RB Chris Ivory could be a hot property, depending upon how New Orleans tenders the restricted free agent.

Jason at Over the Cap studies the historical pay differences between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.


Whoops, guess I should have paid closer attention to what Florio wrote yesterday, when he added Flacco's 2012 contract to his new one. Joe Flacco's new deal is in fact a six-year contract worth $120.6M, with $52M in guarantees.

For anyone wondering why the Dolphins don't want LT Jake Long back, his reported $11M/year asking price should speak volumes.

Recently cut Cardinals cornerback William Gay says he's heading back to Pittsburgh, where he first started his NFL career.

Randy Moss's ex-teammates on the Niners think he wants to play one more year, but apparently he's got a lot of prerequisites for his next team. Patriots?

The Browns are the latest team to publicly acknowledge that they're increasing their attention paid to advanced analytics.

A group of high school coaches has gathered in Indianapolis to help improve the safety of the game.

However little its likely impactthis petition to demand that Daniel Snyder change the racist name of his football team is a worthy endeavor. Just takes a click.


Mike Mayock says the depth of this year's draft class is such that teams picking in the twenties are just as well off as those picking in the top five.

Doug Farrar evaluates FSU defensive end Tank Carradine.

The first woman to participate in a regional combine didn't fare particularly well yesterday.


According to Peter King, Tom Brady's contract is not as much guaranteed as has been reported, he figures Flacco's deal will get reworked in three years, and he thinks Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe may be headed to richer pastures.

Mike Tanier studies the significant financial moves made by Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Dallas last week.

As Mike Silver tells it, the NFL community was as surprised as we were by how much KC gave up to acquire Alex Smith, and he cites the weak QB market as the reason behind it.

Chase Stuart makes the case for the greatness of ex-Jags wideout Jimmy Smith, and he ranks the 400 most efficient passing games by college QBs since 2005.

via SportsGrid

Update 10:34am ET: We originally wrote that Omar Bolden had suffered a shoulder separation, but it was a dislocation

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