Sounds like Cowboys will have to cut Ware

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! With Champ Bailey out of the picture, there's no longer any doubt that Denver will be pursuing cornerbacks this offseason.

Mike Klis maintains the team will try to re-sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and he's sticking to his estimate of $6.5M-7M per year.

We're sticking to our opinion that such a number won't get it done - the salary cap has increased by more than 8% over 2013, and that has to change the calculus of free agency this year.

Meanwhile, Klis confirms Mike Chappell's report that Denver was prepared to pay D'Qwell Jackson a contract similar to what he got from Indy.

According to Klis, the Broncos never made a formal offer, but their numbers were similar to the $22M over four years that the Colts will pay Jackson.

Broncos

Johns Elway and Fox (video) speak with Chris Hall about releasing Champ.

Jeff Legwold suggests Seattle's Golden Tate, New England's Julian Edelman, Baltimore's Jacoby Jones, and Carolina's Brandon LaFell as potential veteran replacements for Eric Decker.

As much as it hurts to admit, Benjamin Hochman says cutting Champ was the right move.

FWIW, Gary Myers is guessing that Denver lands Cincy DE Michael Johnson and Tennessee CB Alterraun Verner via free agency, with Decker joining Mike McCoy in San Diego.

Robert Mays thinks Geoff Schwartz's best fit would be in Denver, reunited with Fox and Dave Magazu.

Denver and 30 other teams had representation at Arizona's pro day, and of course, everyone attended Auburn's.

Transactions/Rumors

DeMarcus Ware is reportedly unwilling to take a pay cut in Dallas; remember when Klis reported that Denver wants to make a big splash by signing a pass rusher?

New Orleans cut WR Lance Moore, may do the same with RB Pierre Thomas, and would reportedly consider trading RB/KR Darren Sproles.

Cleveland re-signed K Billy Cundiff for just over $1M (about how much a kicker should get); Cincy re-signed OL Mike PollakIndy re-signed P Pat McAfee and released C Samson Satele; Kansas City cut a pair of role players.

QB Josh McCown is not expected back in Chicago, with the Jets and Bucs possible landing spots.

News

According to Florio, the salary cap could leap to $145M in 2015, and go as high as $160M the following year. NFL employee Albert Breer says this is proof that the CBA is a success.

Niners corner Chris Culliver has made remarkable strides since his homophobic comments during last year's SB Media Day.

RIP Dr. Frank Jobe, the legendary orthopedist who fathered Tommy John Surgery.

Analysis

Jason Fitzgerald discusses the caponomics of Thursday's moves, including the release of Bailey.

Doug Farrar surveys the free agent linebacker market, while Sam Monson studies Seattle DE Michael Bennett.

Chase Stuart crunches the numbers on the most surprising games of 2013.

Offseason plans for Kansas City (plus their under/overvalued players), Indy, Cincy, and Philly; caponomics of the NFCW teams.

According to PFF, possible Denver targets T.J. Ward and Louis Delmas were among the league's most underpaid safeties in 2013.

Mike Tanier scouts Clemson QB Tajh Boyd; Bucky Brooks studies Buffalo LB Khalil Mack.

Will Brinson has Denver taking Missouri DE Kony Ealy at #31 in his latest mock.

Leigh Montville attempts to explain why Roger Goodell is worth the $44.2M in compensation he received in 2012.

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

The Lard

Featured Stories

Offseason Coverage