James Casey expands free agency tour, doesn’t figure to be a bargain

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tight end/fullback James Casey, who will visit with the Broncos on Thursday, is booking up his free agency tour.

Already scheduled to meet with Arizona, Casey will reportedly also visit Cleveland, and will meet sometime with Tennessee. Because the 30-year old was released by Philadelphia, he is free to sign at anytime, and does not have to wait for the NFL calendar to flip in a couple of weeks.

Although he was likely overpaid at $4M, this widespread interest suggests he won't necessarily need to reduce himself to a bargain basement salary.

Broncos

John Elway appears to have made clear his intentions with Julius Thomas when he said the following:

Asked if the team's relationship with Julius Thomas was a strong one, Elway said matter-of-factly: "I didn't have contact with Julius. I've never had a long conversation with him, other than saying ‘Hello, how are you doing?' No, I don't have an issue with Julius."

Joel Corry and Jason Fitzgerald agree (and so do we) that Denver hasn't much to stand upon if it's seeking a pay cut from Peyton Manning.

Jeff Legwold discusses front seven and secondary prospects to whom the Broncos paid some attention in Indy.

Here's PFF's pre-free agency look at Denver's depth chart.

The Broncos' new field house will host a regional combine on Saturday.

News

Reducing defensive pass interference calls from spot fouls to 15-yard penalties is reportedy up for consideration.

The Inglewood City Council voted 5-0 to approve a $2B stadium plan for the Rams.

The Browns tweaked their logo, opting for a darker orange and switching to brown facemasks. Obviously, they would have been better off going with one of David Rappoccio's suggestions.

Transactions, etc.

Oakland added kicker Giorgio Tavecchio; San Diego LB Jarret Johnson is retiring; Carolina released RB DeAngelo Williams; the Giants cut DE Mathias Kiwanuka and dumped Great White Hope Peyton Hillis; Indy cut DL Ricky Jean Francois; Arizona extended HC Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim and cut KR Ted Ginn.

QB Josh McCown, who visited Buffalo and met with Chicago and the Jets, will also visit Cleveland, who may be interested in dealing for McCown's recent teammate Mike Glennon.

Miami is expected to pursue Jets LB David Harris.

Draft

Matt Bowen and Mike Tanier offer their impressions from the national combine.

In his latest mock draft, Matt Brown has Denver taking Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips at #28.

Analysis

Andrew Brandt discusses the reworked deal for Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona, and if you think his contract harms Demaryius Thomas's leverage (like Mike Klis does), you don't really understand caponomics.

Neil Paine shows us how the folks at EA come up with each year's player ratings for Madden.

Relative to the Broncos, The Fumble ranks highest on Andrew Healy's list of the most influential plays in NFL history.

Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders were so prolific that they both cracked the top ten of receivers relative to their share of their teams' passing yardage.

Readers of Football Perspective think Peyton Manning is the greatest QB of all time, while John Elway comes in at eighth overall.

Robert Mays offers up an offseason blueprint for the Colts.

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