LOLJets still hoping to extract something out of Tebow Lard

Good Morning/Afternoon, Broncos fans! According to Mike Klis, the reason the LOLJets haven't yet released the Ultimate Teammate™ is that they're still bitter about having sent both draft choices and cash to the Broncos for the failed punt protector.

You'll recall that after Denver and New Jersey first agreed to their trade last year, then-LOLJets GM and so-called cap expert Mike Tannenbaum discovered his team would owe the Broncos upwards of $5M as part of the deal.

Eventually, the teams split the difference, and there's apparently still $1,531,875 coming Denver's way this season.

What's funny about this story (well, beyond the obvious) is that Klis reports that even if the LOLJets were to find a sucker trade partner, they wouldn't ask the acquiring team to cover that $1,531,875 in salary advances.

So instead, purely on principle, New Jersey continues to hope against hope that they can at least get a seventh-rounder in the 2030 Draft back for their albatross.

The problem here (well, beyond the obvious) is that any team that trades for Tebow would not only have to actually give something up to get him, but they'd owe him $1.055M in salary, were he to make their 53-man roster.


It remains to be seen whether they're actually improving, but there's lots more news involving Sticks Johnson's team.

As for their other scattershot quarterback, Buttfumble will not be dumped on Tampa Bay in any Darrelle Revis deal, as Mike Florio now acknowledges.

But according to Gary Myers, new GM John Idzik is expected to bring in quite the haul for Revis, while at the same time making Rex Ryan an even lamer lame duck than he already is, and buying more time for Idzik to execute his own rebuilding plan. Myers says that if/when the deal occurs, it's highly unlikely the LOLJets would use either of the #9 and #13 picks they'd own to procure a quarterback.

The LOLJets are also said to be interested in dealing a late-round pick for running back Chris Ivory, whom the Saints had tendered at the second-round level as a restricted free agent.

Rich Cimini expects the team would then sign Ivory to a long-term contract, and he says they're also still holding a grudge over Revis's decision last year to have the Giants team doctor repair his injured knee.

Broncos

John Elway and Mike Mayock are both of the opinion that Denver can get a prospect at #28 who is just as good as guys who will be selected in the top ten. Mike Klis still thinks the Broncos will take a corner, running back, or defensive lineman there, but he suggests the team would be happy to see Georgia LB Alec Ogletree drop to them, and he could see them taking Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro there as well.

Mel Kiper recently explained his mocking of Houston CB D.J. Hayden to Denver at #28 and suggests the team could still land a pass rusher and running back in subsequent rounds.

Mark Kiszla thinks Denver should trade back from #28 and eventually draft one of three running back prospects: MSU's Le'Veon Bell, A&M's Christine Michael, or South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore.

Mike Adams will be among several current NFLers in attendance at a seminar on franchising.

News

A former high school football player in Trinidad, CO, was awarded $11.5M in damages regarding a 2008 head injury he suffered during practice, which resulted in him becoming paralyzed on one side of his body. Helmet maker Riddell was found responsible for $3.1M, or 27% of that figure, for its failure to adequately warn players about the risks of concussions.

Kansas City added Eagles LB Akeem Jordan; Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is striking a conciliatory tone regarding the Double Secret Squirrel-style the franchise undertook with Scott Pioli running the show in recent years. The team is now trying to spruce up the fan experience with a loyalty card given season-ticket holders.

Cincy is reportedly nearing a deal with Steelers LB James Harrison.

Obviously, the handout being sought by welfare queen Stephen Ross would not be repaid to the public when he eventually cashes out and sells the team.

Draft

Turns out Azusa Pacific tackle Luke Marquardt, whom Dave Magazu traveled to see work out, will have surgery to repair his injured foot later this week.

Despite the clear message from pro teams that he's just not a good enough thrower of the football, KSU's Collin Klein refuses to give up on his dream of becoming an NFL quarterback. Sound familiar?

Doug Farrar evaluates Washington corner Desmond Trufant, LSU LB Kevin Minter, and Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker.

Dan Pompei says personnel execs around the league are becoming gradually more comfortable with spending high draft picks on offensive guards.

For all of us who have abandoned ESPN's live coverage of the draft in favor of NFLN, the Worldwide Leader is making no effort to win us back.

Analysis

Andy Benoit examines the Rams roster; Khaled Elsayed revisits the 2008-10 drafts of the RamsChargers, and 49ers.

Jason Elam ranks fourth all-time on the list of kickers with the most late game-winning field goals.

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

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