Good Morning, Broncos fans! The NFL awarded 32 compensatory draft choices to 16 teams yesterday; as had been expected, the Broncos did not receive any extra picks.
Denver's draft choices have now been finalized, and pending any trades, they'll be picking at numbers 28, 58, 90, 125, 161, and 234. They have one pick in six of the seven rounds, with their sixth-rounder having gone to Philly to complete the Brodrick Bunkley trade from 2011.
As for the rest of the West, Kansas City received extra third- and sixth-rounders, Oakland a supplemental sixth-rounder, while San Diego joined Denver in getting none.
KC now has eight choices, with the second-rounder having gone to San Francisco as the front end of the Alex Smith deal.
Oakland has seven picks, having traded their second-rounder to Cincy to complete the Carson Palmer deal (LOL), and their fifth-rounder to Seattle for LB Aaron Curry. They received an extra seventh-rounder from Carolina in return for WR Louis Murphy, who recently signed with the Giants.
San Diego still has all seven of its original draft choices.
Compensatory picks cannot be traded, but they can be used to select epic busts, as we were just discussing with our pal Mo "Get Your Goose On" Clarett.
It shouldn't be too shocking to find that Denver was among the league's oldest teams last year (weighted for playing time), what with Peyton Manning, Dan Koppen, Brandon Stokley, Willis McGahee, Justin Bannan, Keith Brooking, Champ Bailey, and Mike Adams among the starters. The 2013 squad should be slightly younger with J.D. Walton taking over for Koppen, Wes Welker in for Stokley, Terrance Knighton for Bannan, and either Nate Irving or Stewart Bradley taking the place of Brooking, and Louis Vasquez likely inheriting Chris Kuper's starting gig. But if the team ends up replacing Dumervil with John Abraham, that would serve as a bit of a counter.
Hmm. Can anyone tell us what qualifies a $4.2M signing bonus as "whopping" when it's attached to a two-year deal with a voidable second year? Also, any guesses as to when the DP will acknowledge that unique structure to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's deal? Or, are they going to stick with calling it a one-year, $5M contract?
Jeff Legwold lists some prospects whose pro days he thinks the Broncos should pay attention to, and he says the team never really considered re-signing Jason Hunter, who went to Oakland, despite the glowing training camp reports of a year ago.
The lawyer for Las Vegas native Quinton Carter claims the safety didn't really know the rules of playing craps at the time of his arrest...
Robert Kraft prattled on for quite a while regarding the departure of Wes Welker to Denver, if you care to read it. Welker's agents responded by saying the Pats made just one offer to the wideout, and it was of the take-it-or-leave-it variety, with no room for negotiating.
Von Miller is enjoying his USO trip with Champ Bailey.
The Atlanta City Council has approved $200M in handouts to welfare queen Arthur Blank to replace the supposedly antiquated Georgia Dome, which isn't even old enough to vote or drink in this country. By this precedent, the Broncos should be looking for financing to replace SAF@MH in about five years. What do you $ay, Coloradans?
In settling a lawsuit by retired players over the rights to use their images in films and memorabilia, the NFL will put $42M toward a trust that will aid ex-players with medical expenses, housing, and the transition from the NFL to other careers.
Tennessee added Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to replace Matt Hasselbeck, who is nearing a deal with the Colts; San Francisco retained LB Parys Haralson; Raider safety Michael Huff is reportedly drawing interest from Baltimore, Green Bay, Dallas, and Tennessee.
Bucs GM Mark Dominik says he may be willing to give up the #13 pick for Darrelle Revis, while Mike Florio hears the team is cooling on acquiring him. Classic. Doug Farrar says such a move would fill a great need for Tampa Bay, especially given the trio of quarterbacks the team faces twice yearly.
DT Star Lotulelei, who was held out of combine drills due to a heart issue, has been fully cleared to participate in Utah's pro day.
Farrar evaluates Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long, who is Howie's son and Chris's brother.
Will Brinson has Denver taking UCLA DE Datone Jones in his latest mock. The rest of the CBS crew now has Denver taking A&M end Damontre Moore, Purdue DT Kawann Short, OSU DT Johnathan Hankins, and Alabama DT Jesse Williams.
John Clayton says KC would like to replenish its missing second-rounder and could end up doing so by trading Branden Albert to Miami.
As the pass-rushing DE market continues to drop, Mike Garafolo considers just how bloated Mario Williams's deal in Buffalo looks now.
In Seattle's free agent acquisitions, Greg Cosell sees a potential further shift toward college-style tactics, that favor the perimeter of the field, in the NFL's future.
It seems a bit early for this, but Nate Davis gives the Broncos an A- for their free agency efforts to this point, the Dumervil snafu inclusive.
Christmas Ape translates PK's MMQB, and how much fun do you think he'll have with SI's fledgling Grantland-style football site, which will feature PK as its centerpiece and may actually be called Kinglandia? BTW, did you know the NFL's head coaches take an annual elementary school-style group photo together?