Put yourself in Decker’s shoes

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Make no mistake about it, folks - the 2014 free agency process has already begun.

The pre-FA tampering period may not start until two weeks from Saturday, with free agency itself not officially opening until the following Tuesday.

But as team officials and player agents gather in Indy for start of the combine today, plenty of conversations are taking place, setting up the biggest moves of the 2014 league year.

That includes the likely departure of Eric Decker, who figures to already have a decent idea of where he'll be suiting up this season.

In an interview with SiriusXM on Tuesday, Decker said all the right things - that his decision won't be all about money, that he has to do what's best for his family's sake, and that he'd love to stay in Denver.

Let's be real here - it would be a huge upset if Decker were to re-sign in Denver.

He's not going to give them some significant hometown discount, as much as the fan-boy types love to suggest. (We saw somewhere that if Decker wants a "fair deal" he'll be back. LOLZ.)

And once Decker signs for big bucks in someplace like Cleveland, San Diego, New England, or elsewhere, get ready for talk about him having had a better chance to win in Denver, and that he apparently just cares about money.

Put yourself in Decker's shoes, with the understanding that Peyton Manning might retire next year, in two years - or in two weeks, if Incarcerated Bob knows what he's talking about.

Then, think about what happened to supposed SB favorites Atlanta and Houston last year.

Finally, consider whether you would leave, say, $10M less in guaranteed money just to stay with the team you were forced to join out of college, at a fixed salary.

What's "fair" now?

Broncos

Joel Dreessen will undergo knee surgery next week; this figures to complicate or delay his status as a likely cap casualty. Denver probably wouldn't want to cut him before he recovers, since they'd then owe him an injury settlement.

Mike Klis confirms that Denver has been in touch with agent Drew Rosenhaus about safety Louis Delmas.

Jeff Legwold suggests the Broncos would welcome Shaun Phillips back for another $1M salary plus sack incentives, but that seems rather unrealistic.

Mike Mayock calls this year's class the deepest "in probably ten years," suggesting that it's not a bad time to be picking 31st, like Denver is.

As per usual, Shannon Sharpe has some fine perspective on his departure from CBS Sports.

BTV counts down the team's top ten special teams plays of 2013.

News

The NFL is unlikely to add centralized replay reviews in 2014, and the competition committee is considering lengthening extra point tries; doing so would essentially wipe out the possibility of fakes, and of botched tries resulting in two-point conversions.

Baltimore RB Ray Rice was arrested last week after what was called a mutual altercation between him and his fiancee at an AC casino. Now, TMZ has released a video of Rice apparently dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator. Yikes. 

For some reason, off-duty cops think they should be able to carry firearms into stadiums filled with drunk football fans (including, of course, themselves). What could possibly go wrong?

S Kerry Rhodes (who could have helped Denver in 2013) maintains he's not gay, and say he doesn't think rumors about his sexuality resulted in him being blacklisted.

Tampa Bay will unveil a new logo and helmet later in the week; David Rappoccio offers some logo suggestions.

Transactions/Rosterbation

Washington re-signed CB DeAngelo HallSeattle signed CFL wideout Chris MatthewsAtlanta cut OL Garrett ReynoldsIndy cut RB Tashard Choice.

Offseason previews for San Diego, Kansas CityChicagoMiami, St. Louis, and Atlanta.

The PFF guys rank the top free agent linebackers, wide receivers (Eric Decker #2), and defensive tackles.

Mockery

Dallas won a coin flip on Wednesday morning for the right to pick 16th overall, ahead of Baltimore; here's the finalized first round order, pending any trades.

Bucky Brooks and Chris Burke lists prospects with something to prove in Indy; Eric Edholm previews the combine; Andrew Brandt and Jack Bechta tell us what to expect.

Doug Farrar lists his top 40 prospects heading into the combine; Matt Waldman on three of his favorite sleeper prospects; Russ Lande scouts BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Andy Staples lists his top 50 prospects and expects Jadeveon Clowney to have scouts drooling again this week.

The latest mocks from the CBS guys have Denver taking either OSU corner Bradley Roby or Auburn DE Dee Ford at #31; Don Banks has those same two players in mind for Denver.

Analysis

In light of the mess in Miami, Philly wideout Jason Avant thinks the league should provide mandatory diversity and tolerance education to all of its players.

We shouldn't really be surprised by how much of a dick Richie Incognito is, given that his reputation was already as the league's dirtiest player, and as Jarrett Bell reminds us, several teams removed him from their draft boards due to his awful behavior in college.

Chase Stuart revisits his preseason predictions for the NFCW teams.

Even PFT Commenter can't find it in his heart of hearts to give NFL prospect troll Nolan Nawrocki a passing grade.

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

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