Raiders to make their pitch to Chuck Wood Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Charles Woodson will take his visit with the Raiders today.

Signing with them would not only be a homecoming and bring him closer to his own winery, but it would reunite Woodson with Matt Flynn and Reggie McKenzie, whom he knows from their time together in Green Bay.

As for Denver, Jeff Legwold suggests the primary sticking point between the two sides is Denver''s desire to only commit to one year with Woodson, who apparently wants a multiyear deal.

Of course, we've mentioned before that such a difference only matters if there's guaranteed money beyond the first year's compensation.

But that's where the Raiders are a real financial threat to Denver, as they will have around $50M in available cap space for 2014, much of which they'll need to spend just to reach the salary floor. That's a big number, and the team will surely need to spend some of it stupidly.

We'd suggest that guaranteeing any part of a situational player's age-38 season would be less wise than overpaying a younger free agent next offseason, but if Oakland wants him that badly, then maybe they make it happen.


Videos: John Fox, Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey, Rahim Moore, and Wes Welker speak after the first day of OTA's, which Chris Hall sums up for BTV.

With Ryan Clady still rehabbing his shoulder and mildly protesting his franchise tag, Chris Clark worked in his LT spot, while Manny Ramirez filled in for J.D. Walton at center (weren't we told it was Philip Blake who would be competing for that job?).

Pretty much, the team practiced like they all have ESP on Day 1 of OTA's (Kool-Aid Alert).

Manning says he and Welker have already "put a lot of time" into getting to know each other on and off the field; Welker says they've been discussing protections and routes, and he raves about his fellow wideouts.

Rick Neuheisel, who coached Rahim Moore at UCLA, chimes in on his ex-pupil's most notorious play; Pete Prisco says Tony Carter deserves much more of the blame than he's gotten for it.

Now that he hardly gets used anymore (67 punts in 2012 versus 101 in 2011), the Broncos aren't going to give Britton Colquitt some huge contract, right?

From a fantasy perspective, but still relevant in real terms, Patrick Thorman considers just how much Welker's production will fall off now that he's joined a passing offense that was already so robust before his arrival.


The Chargers are handling Manti Te'o with kid gloves for now, and will shield him from the press until the team's minicamp in June.

The league is looking to centralize medical records on players so they can protect players their wallets and collude to blacklist injured players.

NFL owners claim that stadium innovations are behind concussion prevention atop their list of priorities, but we all know that's not the ca$e.

The Seahawks may face a fine from the league for their NFL-leading number of PED suspensions.

Megatron hinted that he achieved his record-breaking season despite broken fingers.

Pats TE Rob Gronkowski's latest forearm operation included new plates to reinforce the arm and showed the area to be infection-free.

Chicago released DT Andre Fluellen; St. Louis added former Jags TE Zach Potter; Tennessee hosted Colts tackle Winston Justice and Texans guard Antoine Caldwell.


FO has updated its Aggressiveness Index, and wouldn't you know that Foxball comes in at third from the bottom? Then again, atop the list are some of the most unsuccessful coaches of 2012.

Eagles guard Evan Mathis made a crack about Tim Tebow's virginity, and it induced one of the most hilarious Zombie responses ever. Meanwhile, did John Clayton just respond to a reader's suggestion that the Jaguars sign and start Timmy in order to gain a stranglehold on the first pick in the 2014 Draft? I think he did...

As for Timmy's pal Brady Quinn, surely we needed these numbers to tell us that he is really terrible when passing under pressure.

Tony Pauline evaluates the drafts of the Giants and Shanny & Co.

Bucky Brooks compares young QBs Andrew Luck and Colin Kaepernick; in Kaepernick, he sees the evolution of the position, and gives him the edge.

Greg Garber studies some of the league's more fruitful coaching trees.

KSK interprets PK's MMQB and explains to Ray Rice that his Photoshop skills aren't yet ready for the big time.

Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the disaster in Oklahoma.

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

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