Happy Friday, Broncos fans! According to NFLN's Ian Rapoport, Dwight Freeney is looking for a contract that exceeds the $8.5M in base pay that Osi Umenyiora is scheduled to receive from Atlanta over the next two years.
In addition to Denver, Freeney is said to have interest in joining the Lions and Dolphins, although it's unclear whether that feeling is reciprocated. The ex-Colt is reportedly willing to wait until after the draft to get a deal, but that doesn't tend to be when players get the salaries they have been demanding.
If Freeney is interested in winning, then the choice would appear to be quite clear, and if he's looking at Denver as his landing spot, then can he really expect the Broncos will let the draft pass, and then still be willing to give him $5M+ per year in a contract?
Good luck with that tactic, Dwight.
Jason at OTC thinks the structure of Elvis Dumervil's contract means he's less likely to be cut by Baltimore next offseason than he would have been in Denver, which may have factored into his decision to leave.
Jeff Legwold says that, of course, Peyton Manning has some input on player acquisitions, but he's very far from the actual decision points.
Ben Muth studies the ridiculous speed at which Von Miller gets off the ball, using his abuse of Chargers T Jeromey Clary and strip sack of Philip Rivers to evidence it.
Andrew Mason discusses Denver's secondary and has them picking A&M DE Damontre Moore at #28 in his latest mock. Gray Caldwell surveys mock drafts from around the internets, and the official site's staff mock the AFCW first round.
Brent New considers some DT prospects Denver may be interested in.
David Bruton, Kevin Vickerson, Mitch Unrein, and Malik Jackson will be part of this year's Mile High Salute to Fans Tour, which I think was formerly known as the Broncos Caravan.
Old friend Domonique Foxworth, now the NFLPA's president, says the union is preparing players for the inevitable day when someone within their ranks comes out of the closet. Pats TE Rob Gronkowski sort of says he'd be supportive of a gay teammate, while Seattle DE Chris Clemons strangely interprets the possibility as a selfish act (as if someone who's ready to come out is going to wait years and years just for the attention). Gwen Knapp thinks writers who predict players won't react well to a gay teammate are just out of touch.
The Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers are said to be nearing a long-term extension; Dallas and QB Tony Romo are also working toward a new deal, but if they're unable to agree by the end of the 2013 league year, the Cowboys would not be able to franchise him, and Romo would become an unrestricted free agent.
San Diego had reportedly hoped to keep DE Vaughn Martin, but he's instead heading to Miami, where he'll play tackle.
Jacksonville is reportedly not interested in dealing for Seahawks QB Matt Flynn, which makes his potential path to Oakland that much easier.
Kansas City finally hired Brad Childress, reuniting him with former boss Andy Reid, as his senior offensive assistant.
New England added Vikings WR Michael Jenkins; Washington re-signed TE Fred Davis and added Eagles LB Darryl Tapp; New Orleans agreed with Cowboys LB Victor Butler; Tampa Bay extended T Demar Dotson; Seattle added Dolphins DT Tony McDaniel; Arizona waived G Blake DeChristopher; Cleveland added P Jake Schum and hopes to get something in return for QB Colt McCoy.
Indy traded DE Clifton Geathers to Philly for FB Stanley Havili; Clifton is the brother of Bengals DE Robert Geathers, Jr., and the nephew of one-time Bronco Jumpy Geathers, best known for his Forklift pass-rush move.
Jeff Garcia is reportedly tutoring Buttfumble and JaMarcus the Hutt on the finer points of being less terrible quarterbacks; ; former WVU and Dolphins QB Pat White worked out for San Francisco and will also audition for the Giants.
Here are the best remaining free agents by position, according to PFF.
Andy Benoit surveys San Diego's roster and finds a dearth of offensive talent, but a solid defensive unit.
Doug Farrar ponders the potential landing spots for this year's top QB prospects, while Greg Cosell discusses what traits give them good chances for success in the NFL, while reminding us that such traits need to be of the tangible variety.