The Daily Lard 2-13-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Andrew Mason summarized the issues facing Broncos this offseason for the Sporting News, first pointing out the team had the second-worst point differential of any playoff team in NFL history. Mason says Denver is fond of Nate Irving's potential, and he wouldn't be surprised to see Irving end up the starting Mike in 2012. Obviously, Mason is in possession of some inaccurate information and/or hasn't checked in with überscout and Denver pulse-reader Woody Paige, who says Irving "didn't wow anybody."

According to Mason, both starting DTs Marcus Thomas and Brodrick Bunkley would like to return via free agency, although of course the team will be looking to improve its inside pass rush - the duo combined for a minus-16.8 pass rush grade which tempered their stellar plus-39.0 score against the run (31.2 of which was credited to Bunkley).

If Brian Dawkins should retire, Mason suggests ex-Panthers S Chris Harris as a possible replacement as a veteran presence to aid the progress of Quinton Carter and Rahim Moore. However, this would not be advisable since it would be really f#$%ing confusing to have two Chris Harrises. NFL.com is already unable to handle the problem, as the Bronco's profile is adorned with a photo of the recent Lion.

As for Tim Tebow, Mason thinks the team will likely telegraph their intentions by virtue of what veteran QB they sign to either back up or compete with Tim.

Trimmings

There is A PETITION WE SHOULD ALL SIGN TODAY to help convince the FCC to end blackouts. (via Deadspin)

Richard Seymour will apparently be a Raider again in 2012, and he's been guaranteed $15M in pay for the season.

Philly is expected to use their franchise tag on WR DeSean Jackson.

Scrapple

In MMQB, Peter King dubs Eli Manning's story fascinating and says that incredibly, the Giants were aware of Eli's toughness prior to last week. WHO KNEW?!

PFF lists their top 50 free agents, including Bunkley, Peyton Hillis and Kyle Orton.

Apparently Jeff Legwold didn't get the memo from Woody "See What Sticks" Paige that the Broncos are going to trade out of the first round.

Underrated and overrated draft prospects according to Josh Norris of Rotoworld.

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