NFL loses game of chicken with Browner

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the new league year set to begin in just six days, things are starting to heat up in Denver.

Expectations remain that linebacker D'Qwell Jackson will choose his next home by the end of the week.

According to the Miami Herald, Jackson has narrowed his options to Denver, Tennessee, Miami, and Indy.

He was expected to meet with the Colts either last night or sometime today.

Meanwhile, Mike Florio says rumors continue to swirl around Bucs corner Darrelle Revis and possible trade interest from the Broncos and Patriots.

As noted by Florio, Thursday, March 13 looms as a likely deadline for Tampa Bay to make a move. On that day, they'll owe Revis a $1.5M roster bonus, plus an upgraded draft choice to complete their trade with the Jets.

Broncos

Florio thinks Denver could actually lowball Eric Decker to the tune of an insulting $5M/year. Not that it matters, but that would be a fine way to create some hard feelings. Anwar Richardson sees Kansas City, Indy, and the Giants as best fits for Decker, while Ben Hochman wonders if Decker would rather end up in Indy than in Denver, since Andrew Luck is so much younger than Peyton Manning.

Jeff Legwold says it's clear that Wesley Woodyard will be moving on this offseason; Klis says the same of Knowshon Moreno, suggesting Oakland's Darren McFadden, Indy's Donald Brown, and Green Bay's James Starks as possible veteran replacements.

Mike Klis expects Manning to play in 2015, and he could see Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie re-signing for as little as $6.5M-7M/year, but that seems a bit low.

Andrew Mason discusses free agent offensive tackles and linebackers from Denver's perspective.

Peyton Manning has grown a goatee. If nothing else, it does serve well to draw attention away from that massive forehead.

If you're dying for some SB 48 merch, or that Elvis Dumervil jersey you never bought, they're going for an extra 40% off. FWIW, Tim Tebow jerseys are priced lower than those of Kyle Orton and Joe Mays. Presumably, this is because a million Tebow jerseys were made, compared to about 25 for Orton and Mays.

Transactions

Several players were cut loose, including San Diego CB Derek Cox, FB Le'Ron McClain, and CB Johnny Patrick, Cleveland WR Davone Bess, and Washington DE Adam Carriker and P Sav Rocca; Minnesota will release TE John Carlson.

Atlanta re-signed DT Corey Peters, while RB Jason Snelling is retiring; Pittsburgh re-signed S Will Allen; LB Jason Worilds signed his transition tender; Buffalo extended S Aaron Williams.

Rumors

Among those expecting to be in search of new homes are Minnesota DE Jared Allen and Chicago return man Devin Hester, either of whom would make plenty of sense for Denver.

Mike Freeman is hearing that multiple contenders might make a run at franchise-tagged New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham, who would cost two first-rounders to acquire.

Green Bay WR James Jones says he's interested in signing with San Diego or Indy.

Pittsburgh expects to restructure the contract of S Troy Polamalu; Dallas is asking the same of LB/DE DeMarcus Ware.

News

Seattle corner Brandon Browner says he's been reinstated by the league, but it sounds like he'll have to serve a shortened suspension as a part of his deal. Obviously, the NFL knew it would find itself in deep doo-doo had Browner followed through on his threat to sue them.

Cleveland plans to introduce new uniforms next year.

The Bills will not play in Toronto this season.

Analysis

The SI guys preview free agency for offensive linemen, receivers, and defensive linemen, calling Zane Beadles overrated and Robert Ayers undervalued.

Expectedly, PFF's valuation of cornerbacks finds Chris Harris vastly underpaid, and Champ Bailey grossly overpaid.

Jason Fitzgerald discusses the caponomics of Tuesday's moves; Andrew Brandt explains why franchise tags (like everything else in the CBA) strongly favor the interests of ownership.

Bill Barnwell thinks the increase in cap space will mean teams like Denver and Seattle won't be able to find cheap veterans like they did last year.

Offseason plans for San DiegoNew England, Miami, Arizona, New Orleans, and Dallas.

No Broncos make FO's best/worst lists of defensive players against the run.

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