Good Morning, Broncos fans! Oakland's recent QB switch from Carson Palmer to Matt Flynn may not have seemed the clearest of upgrades, but it did provide one major advantage to the Raiders.
As Peter King notes in his MMQB column, the Raiders will carry around $48M in dead money on their 2013 cap, leaving them only $75M to spend on players currently on the team. It's a whole lot of pain for this season, but GM Reggie McKenzie will have boatloads of room to utilize next offseason, as long as owner Mark Davis doesn't become as impulsive as his late father.
Of course, that's not out of the question, considering the rumblings in recent months that Davis was unhappy with the direction being taken by McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen, and rumored flirtations with Jon Gruden about a return to the Black Hole.
PK says Oakland will have around $50M in cap space next year, which means they need to save up all the cash they can today in order to attract prime talent tomorrow. Naturally, we will greatly enjoy the Raiders' continued ineptitude in 2013, and will laugh about it openly, but behind all that, we know that McKenzie is going about rebuilding in the right way, and if he drafts well (big if), then eventually, they won't be laughingstocks any longer.
Jeff Legwold suggests that new linebacker Stewart Bradley's main role will be as the nickel Mike on early downs, and he says the team could still add another linebacker through the draft.
Legwold discusses the prospects of Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who he figures won't be around beyond the Broncos' pick at #28.
the LOLJets will host Lions guard Stephen Peterman, and they plan to enforce an offseason workout requirement tied to $3M in bonuses for Darrelle Revis; Jason Cole says the Bucs are tired of waiting for the Jets to make a decision about trading the star cornerback.
Detroit will replace retired K Jason Hanson by signing ex-Niner David Akers; Seattle is auditioning QBs Brady Quinn, Matt Leinart, Seneca Wallace, and Tyler Thigpen; Green Bay added Rams TE Matthew Mulligan.
The upcoming film on the late Johnny Unitas is bringing public a family feud between Unitas's children and grandchildren of his two marriages.
Doug Farrar evaluates Florida safety Matt Elam.
British Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye was apparently so impressive in his Super Regional Combine performance that Gil Brandt thinks the would-be DE could be drafted.
Matt Waldman says the lack of context weakens Nolan Nawrocki's takedown of WVU Geno Smith, and he explains why he himself is unwilling to rely upon secondhand opinions to assassinate a prospect's character.
Mike Tanier sees a lot of spinning wheels in the acquisitions of quarterbacks Kevin Kolb, Jason Campbell, Carson Palmer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Matt Flynn
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe agrees that having multiple gay players out themselves would help diffuse the harsh glare of the spotlight.
Chase Stuart shines the light on Hugh Taylor, Washington's lone receiving star from 1948 to 1954.