Teams starting to exercise 2015 options on first-rounders

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Teams have two weeks remaining to exercise their 2015 options on their 2011 first-rounders, and many have decided to wait no longer.

Overnight, it was reported that Houston (J.J. Watt), San Diego (Corey Liuget), Baltimore (Jimmy Smith), the Jets (Muhammad Wilkerson), and Dallas (Tyron Smith) had already done so.

It's been reported over at the DP that Denver is expected to extend Von Miller's deal, which is an absolute no-brainer.

Von's 2015 salary would be at the 2014 transition tender level, or $9.754M.

However, it would only be guaranteed for injury, and wouldn't become fully guaranteed until the 2015 league year.

But it's been suggested that San Francisco won't do the same with troubled linebacker Aldon Smith, who figures to be suspended for the beginning of the 2014 season.

Given the slight risk in electing the option, this is is likely a matter of San Francisco attempting to apply some leverage, acting like they care about player behavior, or actually being tired of Smith's act.

There's even been talk of the Niners cutting Smith outright, but that would be a particularly surprising move.

Mike Florio discusses which players might not have their 2015 options picked up.

Broncos

Here's video of Otis Armstrong's induction to the CO Sports HOF and of Peyton Manning speaking to Chris Hall at the event.

Frank Schwab is as baffled as we are that Oklahoma State thought it made sense to pay Peyton $105K for an hour of his time.

Of course, Jeff Legwold is too busy counting how many times Peyton says "work" to ever mention the Von option.

Andrew Mason discusses defensive line prospects he thinks Denver should consider beyond the first round.

News

San Francisco is reportedly tabling extension talk with Colin Kaepernick until that investigation in Miami is further along.

Given reports that his recent workout was a joke, it's surprising to see that Baltimore activated LB Rolando McClain.

Jacksonville released starting LB Russell Allen and three others; Chad Johnson is now a member of the Montreal Alouettes.

Draft

Doug Farrar ranks defensive tackle prospects and scouts Louisville S Calvin Pryor; Chris Burke studies UCF QB Blake Bortles; Russ Lande discusses Michigan T Taylor Lewan; Greg Gabriel examines Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman and FSU RB Devonta Freeman; Bucky Brooks considers best fits for Pitt DT Aaron Donald.

Gil Brandt updates his list of the top 50 prospects and discusses 15 players who helped their cases during their pro days.

Burke's latest mock has Denver taking UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo at #31 and Lindenwood corner Pierre Desir at #63.

Analysis

It's rather bizarre to describe a foray into free agency that results in $26M in full guarantees as an ordeal, but Mike Silver has done so with Alex Mack.

Greg Bedard doesn't think Johnny Manziel should be showing his face in public. Good grief.

Matt Bowen offers up a primer on Cover 1.

KSK's Ugly Bowl has come down to Mike Glennon versus Brandon Weeden.

Maths

It should surprise nobody that Peyton Manning was the least blitzed or pressured quarterback in the league in 2013.

Of course, the SEC has consistently flooded the NFL Draft with more talent than other conferences.

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

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