Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! We're just nine days away from the new league year and the start of free agency, and speculation is starting to ramp up.
Once past a terrible analogy between John Elway's Broncos and George Steinbrenner's Yankees (and Klis covered baseball...WTF?), Mike Klis says Denver is "almost certain" to sign a top free agent centers, perhaps one of KC's Rodney Hudson or Oakland's Stefen Wisniewski.
FWIW, Hudson graded out at plus-13.0 in 2014, while the
son nephew of Steve posted a minus-2.5 grade. In 2013, Wisniewski was at plus-11.4, while Hudson was at plus-4.4.
A look at the top contracts for centers would suggest Denver may need to shell out an AAV of $6M-$8M to land either player.
Klis's short list of top free agent targets also includes Miami tight end Charles Clay and Baltimore defensive end Pernell McPhee. Oddly enough, Clay's overall blocking grade from PFF was plus-0.5 in 2014, tied with none other than Julius Thomas. But Clay got to that figure in opposite fashion - with a solid plus-3.4 grade in run blocking, but a poor minus-2.9 in pass protection.
McPhee was a whopping plus-28.4 in limited snaps, while posting the second highest Pass Rush Productivity figure among 3-4 outside linebackers, trailing only the Chiefs' Justin Houston.
Obviously, Denver isn't going to sign all of these guys, because why would they broadcast all of their plans to Klis? But at the same time, we shouldn't dismiss at all as a smokescreen. Just a year ago, it was widely reported that the Broncos would go hard after T.J. Ward, and that's exactly what happened.
Woody Paige can't believe there are Broncos fans who would prefer Brock Osweiler to Peyton Manning in 2015.
Meanwhile, Paul Klee thinks fans who are anxious to move on from Manning don't know what they actually want Denver to do.
Jeff Legwold discusses Brandon Marshall's ERFA status. Is this what professional journalists typically do? Completely move on from something they misreported without acknowledging or correcting it in any way? Bizarre...
Among the items up for consideration by the competition committee this offseason: allowing teams to dress more players for Thursday night games; banning the chop block outright; somehow improving the quality of play in London.
Former Chargers GM A.J. "The Head" Smith is retiring from the NFL, going out on the bottom with the Washington franchise.
Relative to body type, Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley posted what were easily the best bench press results in Indy.