Piling on Rahim Moore Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mark Kiszla says he can't forgive Rahim Moore his season-costing mistake against Baltimore, and he thinks the Broncos should find a pricey replacement for him in free agency.

The Denver front office likely feels a bit differently, given that the 2011 second-rounder showed vast improvement during his sophomore campaign, which followed his first full offseason (the lockout had shortened his preparation for the 2011 season).

While Moore will stand out for eternity as the most obvious scapegoat for the divisional-round stunner, plenty others deserve blame, including Champ Bailey, Chris Kuper, Matt Prater, Tony Carter, John Fox, and to a degree, Peyton Manning.

We can only hope that one play will neither serve to define Moore's career, nor determine his Denver fate.

Our thinking has been that if the Broncos were to turn to a veteran, they'd go the route of a temporary solution the likes of Charles Woodson or Ed Reed, but having Moore step back into a mentee role for a year or two may not the most practical plan.

Part of the reason for this is that Moore - like all players drafted under the new CBA - has a four-year deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after 2014.

So, in a sense, turning to someone like Woodson or Reed wouldn't necessarily lead to Moore emerging a better player for the Broncos. It could instead hamper his development, while also ensuring that he'll want to get out of dodge in two years.

A lot of speculation there, but we figure those are some of the things Denver will have to consider, if they're indeed looking to upgrade at safety. Having Moore step back now would seem to hasten him stepping out later.

Of course, given the feelings of Kiszla and what is probably a large portion of the Broncos fan base toward the youngster, that could end up being the best for all involved.

Broncos

Jeff Legwold believes the depth of this year's defensive line prospects could allow the Broncos to avoid spending much at the position in free agency.

Von Miller has served as a mentor to former A&M teammate Damontre Moore, who stepped into Von's role with the Aggies upon his departure.

Peyton is visiting troops overseas with a group that includes former Colts teammate and potential future Broncos target Austin Collie.

Adrian Dater dreads the potential return of the circus to Dove Valley in the form of Manti Te'o.

Several players chimed in with their thoughts on the combine via Twitter.

News

The expected salary cap for 2013 continues to creep up in Mike Florio's reports; this time, word is it will top $123M. Every bit counts...

Tom Brady's contract extension provides him $32M in new money which is guaranteed against injury, while his 2015-17 salaries would become fully guaranteed provided he's on New England's roster for the 2014 regular-season finale. The deal includes a $30M signing bonus and frees up $15M of combined cap room across the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Expectations in New England are that WR Brandon Lloyd will be let go, and talk of him again being a locker room problem are beginning to emerge. Meanwhile, the Pats are hopeful they'll lock up WR Wes Welker for three years. Mike Silver wonders if Brady's latest deal will again be followed by the departure of his favorite receiving target (Deion Branch in 2006, Welker this year), and he thinks agents and other top players around the league are less than happy with Brady taking a deal so far under market value.

Pittsburgh restructured the contracts of QB Ben Roethlisberger and LB Lawrence Timmons to afford the team more cap room.

Like the Patriots and Lloyd, the Eagles are prepping to dump CB Nnamdi Asomugha, but they're using a much more benign (and lame) accusation to smear him in advance.

The LOLJets have been shopping CB Darrelle Revis, and the sense from teams is that it's on orders from owner Sticks Johnson.

Detroit is said to be interested in RB Reggie Bush, while the Falcons figure to be a suitor for RB Steven Jackson.

Combine

Doug Farrar discusses his winners (Tyrann Mathieu) and losers (Manti Te'o) from the combine; Bucky Brooks agrees that Mathieu did a lot to help his own cause, while Joe Fortenbaugh says Te'o did himself no favors with his post-40 excuses.

Pat Kirwan sees plenty of Janoris Jenkins's situation in that of Mathieu, 

The new combine aptitude test features questions that measure a prospect's psychological makeup.

Analysis

John Clayton believes a weak draft class for quarterbacks and running backs will pump up the market for veterans at those positions.

Jeffri Chadiha thinks the Chiefs have a no-brainer on their hands and must trade for Niners QB Alex Smith, whose puzzling San Francisco career is recapped by Gwen Knapp.

The CBS guys have all updated their mocks again; they'll presumably have done enough of these by the time the draft occurs to have covered every possibility and in hindsight say they had every pick right. Here's who the have the Broncos taking: Purdue DT Kawann Short (Kirwan, Brugler), Alabama RB Eddie Lacy (Judge), North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams (Prisco), and Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins (RangBrinson).

Tony Pauline currently has Denver landing Washington CB Desmond Trufant at #28.

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