Is Freeney still an option for Denver? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the team one day into its rookie minicamp, it now has three of it seven draft choices signed.

First was sixth-rounder Vinston Painter, and yesterday Denver inked fifth-rounders Quanterus Smith and Tavarres King.

Sylvester Williams, Montee Ball, Kayvon Webster, and Zac Dysert are the Broncos' unsigned draft picks.

In other player news, the team ended up not signing Baylor undrafted free agent DE Gary Mason, who failed his physical due to a knee injury. Taking his spot in the minicamp is 6-2, 250-pound DE Lanston Tanyi, who totaled 77 tackles and three sacks in one season at CSU as a graduate student after earning his degree at Appalachian State.


Videos: John Fox, Sly WilliamsMontee Ball, and Kayvon Webster speak with reporters after their first day of work together; Champ Bailey visits with NFLN.

Fox says the coaches are already throwing a lot at the rookies; Ball and Williams note the quicker pace of a pro practice; Webster says his physical style of play comes from having been a linebacker in high school.

Ian Rapoport says the market for Dwight Freeney is heating up again, but that the former Colts DE is still seeking to be paid quite well. Rapoport sees Denver and Detroit as possible destinations for Freeney, but Ed Werder says the Broncos haven't been in touch with the pass rusher since their signing of Shaun Phillips.

Gray Caldwell answers questions about Mario Fannin, Julius Thomas, and Sylvester Williams, but there's not much insight to be found there.


Steelers T Max Starks left San Diego without a deal, but the team hasn't ruled out signing him to help upgrade their woeful tackle play. Meanwhile, Mike McCoy isn't interested in a reunion with the Ultimate Teammate™, despite the suggestions by Zombies the world over that McCoy would be nobody without him.

Arizona has brought back LB Karlos Dansby on a one-year deal; LB Aaron Curry says he's joining the Giants; word is that John Abraham remains unsigned more due to his expectations of playing time, rather than his monetary demands.


Keith Goldner discusses success rates and quarterbacks; Peyton Manning was just behind Tom Brady for the best rate of 2012, while the UT™ posted a historically low figure in 2011.

Jason Fitzgerald goes into great depth on the structure of rookie contracts, and he examines running back salaries relative to their blocking-independent production, finding Knowshon Moreno overpaid, and Willis McGahee and Ronnie Hillman underpaid.

It was only one meeting with reporters after one minicamp day, but Manish Mehta and Les Carpenter didn't see any evidence that Geno Smith is anything those anonymous scouts and personnel folks say he is.

Tony Pauline evaluates the drafts of the Bengals and Browns; Ben Muth breaks down new NFL linemen Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack.

Patrick Hruby and Christmas Ape laugh at double-standard applying asshole Dan Snyder and his claim that he won't change the blatantly racist name of his football team if he ends up losing a trademark battle over it.

I'm sure I'm missing something here, but on its surface, being able to pay for cable channels under an a la carte structure, as Senator John McCain suggests, sounds pretty awesome.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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