Good Morning, Broncos fans! Elvis Dumervil has reportedly drawn interest from New England, Baltimore, Houston, and Detroit since his bumbling release on Friday. Tennessee has also been mentioned as a suitor, while the Ravens hope to meet with the pass rusher following this week's owners meetings.
According to USA Today, Dumervil's motivation for firing his agent, Marty Magid, was a desire to patch things up with the Broncos and return to the team. Magid says he'll waive the five-day waiting period for Elvis to switch representation, in order to facilitate his former client finding a new (or old) home.
Meanwhile, in an excellent recap of Denver's eventful week, Mike Klis says if it's not Dumervil rushing the passer from the defensive right this season, it will likely be either ex-Colt Dwight Freeney or ex-Falcon John Abraham, who's been a rumored Broncos target several times over his 13-year career (Lindsay Jones says Osi Umenyiora is also an option).
Turning to the non-Elvis activity, Klis says the Broncos were dedicated to getting younger at slot receiver, and would have gone after Danny Amendola or Julian Edelman, had they been unable to land Wes Welker. Amendola, of course, replaced Wes in New England, where Edelman had been Welker's understudy for four seasons. Many have portrayed the Welker signing as being a luxury deal from Denver's standpoint, but that's apparently far from the truth.
Missing out on Rashard Mendenhall was the only non-Dumervil miss for Denver, but John Elway tells Klis that the signing of Welker meant the team couldn't afford the running back within their free-agent budget, anyway.
Elway says the deals with Louis Vasquez, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Stewart Bradley, and Terrance Knighton all came together rather quickly, while Kevin Vickerson took an offer that had been on the table from Denver for several days. But he's already managing expectations for next offseason, when a slew of young Broncos will be coming due for new contracts.
Noticeably unmentioned is the status of Von Miller, for whom the team will surely trigger a 2015 option next year, but who will be eligible for a renegotation of his rookie contract after 2013.
Our view is the Miller deal will be the biggest story of Denver's 2014 season.
For now though, all eyes are on Dumervil.
Mike Florio can see the Dumervil situation ending up with the estate for Gary Wichard (Elvis's agent for his big 2010 contract) suing Marty Magid over lost agent fees.
For his part, Woody Paige would prefer that Denver sign John Abraham than bring back Dumervil, but Abraham is said to be close to a deal with the Patriots. Then again, Abraham to New England would remove a reported suitor for Elvis, so it wouldn't be a tragic development for the Broncos.
Mark Kiszla thinks Welker will be the first (and he would be the first) veteran whom Bill Belichick will end up regretting having let go, and he thinks there may be a battle between Zane Beadles and Chris Kuper at left guard.
Welker's reputation as being too small and slow to be much of anything didn't just hamper the start of his NFL career; it also nearly kept him from playing top level college ball, too. This, despite a high school career that featured 80 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, 35 field goals, and 581 tackles, which remains a school record.
New England released old friend Brandon Lloyd in advance of a $3M option bonus, but the wideout could end up back with the Pats if he finds a soft market for his service.
San Francisco made up for the departure of Dashon Goldson by adding Rams safety Craig Dahl.
Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha will meet with the Saints; Ravens S Bernard Pollard visited Tennessee; Falcons CB Brent Grimes visited the Browns; Baltimore still hopes to retain S Ed Reed, who's been heavily courted by Houston; Oakland is interested in former Dolphins and Chargers LB Kevin Burnett.
T Jake Long is still trying to decide between staying in Miami and heading to St. Louis.
WR Greg Jennings took $9.5M/year to go to Minnesota, and reportedly had offers for $8M/year to stay with Green Bay, and $6M/year to go to New England.
Prompted by the Dumervil drama, Doug Farrar looks back at some other notable NFL contract catastrophes.
Dan Pompei says the Chargers' cornerback signings were made with the tall receivers in Denver and Kansas City in mind, and he recommends caution before burying the Ravens; with Ozzie Newsom running the show, he's right.
Among non-playoff teams from 2012, Don Banks thinks the Chiefs have done the most to improve their 2013 chances in free agency to this point.
Chase Stuart dives into the esoteric with a look at the schools with the longest game streaks with an alum starting at QB in the NFL.