No RFA offers for Colquitt, anyone else Lard

Good Morning/Afternoon, Broncos fans! I'd just like to take a moment to point out a couple of site tweaks we've made in recent days.

First - and I mentioned this below my column about the schedule release - we have set up a permanent entry with Denver's schedule, and you can find the link to that in the header atop the page. We'll eventually be making that more robust, with links to our coverage of each game.

Second, we've placed links to all of our offseason trackers (free agency, draft choices, pre-draft visits/workouts) on the right side of the home page, just to make it easier for you to access those. As always, we'll continue to update each of those with every Broncos development, and like with the schedule page, this will be evolving, perhaps even in coming days.

Each of these should make IAOFM's content more easily accessible; we're always looking to improve both our content and the reader experience, and hope you'll like these changes.

Broncos

Contrary to what Mike Klis had reported, Manish Mehta of the Daily News says the LOLJets are dreaming the impossible dream that some other team will both give something up in a trade for the Ultimate Teammate and cover the $1.5M the LOLJets currently owe the Broncos.

Joe Ellis spoke at length yesterday about the 2013 schedule, the success of John Elway as football exec, and improvements at SAF@MH, including a more consistent audio system. As Ellis sees it, Elway will be running the team for quite some time.

The Broncos have opened in Vegas as a whopping 7.5-point favorite over the visiting Ravens in Week 1.

News

The deadline for RFA tenders has passed without any offer sheets signed (aside from Emmanuel Sanders, whose offer from New England was matched by Pittsburgh), so players like Broncos P Britton Colquitt, Giants WR Victor Cruz, Chargers WR Danario Alexander, Cowboys S Danny McCray will be staying put.

Chris Ivory signed his $2.023M RFA tender with the Saints, and the LOLJets have offered New Orleans something less than a second-rounder for the running back.

Cincy agreed with Steelers LB James Harrison; Seattle re-signed K Steven Hauschka; Tennessee waived RB Darren Evans; free agent LB Larry Grant, recently of the Niners, has been suspended four games for PED use.

Terrell Owens wants back in, and he thinks rejoining new Bears coach Marc Trestman in Chicago, along with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, would be a good fit.

The City of Charlotte has given welfare queen Jerry Richardson an $87M handout to spruce up his ancient stadium, and all they get out of the deal is a guarantee that the Panthers won't be leaving town for a puny six years.

Draft

Chiefs GM John Dorsey claims his staff has narrowed its options for the #1 overall pick down to four prospects.

Greg Cosell answers a slew of draft questions and says he sees lots of depth at WR this year, and he discusses defensive back prospects with Doug Farrar in their latest podcast.

Farrar evaluates UCLA DE Datone Jones, FSU CB Xavier Rhodes, Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson, and LSU DE Barkevious Mingo; Matt Waldman studies Iowa WR Keenan Davis.

Russ Lande compares offensive tackles Lane Johnson and D.J. Fluker, seeing more upside in Johnson, but also higher potential for him to fail at the next level.

Here are Mike Mayock's top 100 prospects ranked in order; Bucky Brooks lists some of his favorite prospects he figures will be drafted on Friday night (second or third round).

Chase Stuart looks back at how much teams have discounted future choices in draft-day trades, finding no consistent formula.

Nathan Jahnke lists draft needs for the NFCN squads; Jason Fitzgerald checks in on where each of the NFCE teams stand at this point in the offseason.

Analysis

Andy Benoit examines the Giants roster; the PFF guys list their top Day 2 choices (honorable mentions to Eric Decker and Louis Vasquez) and fourth-round picks of the last five drafts.

The Broncos dominate the top of Awful Announcing's list of the best primetime games of 2013.

Stuart has created a handy version of the entire 2013 schedule which you can keep as a photo on your iPhone - just be sure to go fullscreen with it before you snap the image.


Obviously, we're grateful for everyone who had a hand in capturing the second marathon bombing suspect, and we're proud of all Bostonians for the strength and courage they showed throughout such a trying week.

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

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