Pats reportedly interested in DeSean Jackson

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jeff Legwold, the team did not make an offer to Trindon Holliday prior to his having signed with the Giants.

This is no surprise, given their decision to non-tender him as a restricted free agent - doing so would have only provided a guarantee for injury, and Holliday could have been cut at the end of camp with no cap consequences.

Emmanuel Sanders returned a few punts and kicks during his time in Pittsburgh, and racked up some decent averages, but it remains to be seen whether the team would be willing to put his health at such risk.

It's one thing to send Eric Decker out there to return punts - even if we weren't a fan of that either - because Decker has about four inches and 20 pounds on Sanders.

So, what will Denver do at returner?

Devin Hester visited with Atlanta yesterday and has reportedly drawn interest from nearly half the league. Given their current cap situation and Hester's likely price tag - not to mention his own fumble problems - we don't see him as a serious option for the Broncos.

In house, there's also Omar Bolden and Andre Caldwell. In other words, Denver is back to where it was pre-Trindon Holliday. No great return options, and the draft coming up. We'll see...

Broncos News

According to both Over the Cap and PFT, Denver currently has about $7.6M in cap space remaining.

Terrance Knighton has generously given up his familiar #94 jersey to DeMarcus Ware, and will instead don #98 in 2014.

Peyton Manning won the Bert Bell Award for the top NFL player as chosen by the Maxwell Club.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason goes over the Broncos' depth chart at running back.

Mark Kiszla thinks it's important for Denver's defensive signees to take on leadership roles.

Eddie Mac visited with Vic Lombardi and lauded the job done by his boy John Elway so far in free agency.

Transactions

Philly is said to be shopping WR/PR DeSean Jackson, and the Patriots and Niners are said to be among the teams interested. 

Oakland added Bucs T Donald Penn; San Diego re-signed WR Seyi Ajirotutu and worked out ex-Titans KR Marc Mariani; Houston added DT Jerrell Powe, who went untendered as an RFA by Kansas City, which also lost LB Akeem Jordan to Washington.

Cincy opted not to match Cleveland's offer sheet for WR Andrew HawkinsChicago re-signed DE Israel Idonije and released WR Earl BennettMario Manningham returned to the Giants; Dallas added ex-Bears DT Henry Melton.

News

Either Ben Watson, Ryan Clark, or Eric Winston will succeed Domonique Foxworth as NFLPA president.

KC GM John Dorsey downplayed the Emmanuel Sanders controversy (at least in public) and says the team is working on extensions for QB Alex Smith and LB Justin Houston.

Brandon Spikes again says the Pats' decision to put him on IR was total BS, also citing their having listed Aqib Talib as having had a hip injury.

Carolina QB Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery, for which the recovery will be four months.

Colts owner Jim Irsay checked himself into rehab. His situation elicited far more sympathy from the football media than is given players in similar circumstances. This probably has nothing to do with Irsay's being a wealthy white guy.

Analysis

Matt Bowen explains how New England's additions in the secondary will help them defend against the Broncos, and he discusses how Philly and Chip Kelly might utilize Darren Sproles.

Chase Stuart ranks quarterbacks by their five best seasons; adjusting for era drops Peyton Manning to #2 behind Norm Van Brocklin.

Chris Burke lists the teams he thinks still have a lot of work to do.

Mike Tanier reminds us of a time when we all thought Chris Berman was actually pretty cool.

Draft

Tanier addresses the stupidity in counting how many passes are completed by quarterbacks at their pro days.

Greg Gabriel scouts a couple of the top safety prospects; Matt Waldman studies BYU LB Kyle Van Noy.

Don Banks has Denver taking UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo at #31 in his latest mock draft.

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