The Daily Lard 2-14-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's perhaps a bit of disconnect between the title and the article, but Mike Klis says there's a good chance Denver will use its franchise tag on K Matt Prater this offseason. The title says the team is "likely" to do so, while Klis simply writes that "Prater is the strongest candidate" to be tagged, so it's unclear how much of this is based upon something out of Dove Valley and how much is simply Klis speculating.

Either way, it's kind of a no-brainer if the team were unable to agree to a long-term deal with Prater, as according to Klis, tagging a kicker is like to only cost a team around $2.6M for the 2013 season. Plus, the tag is often used by teams to buy more time to agree to a longer contract.

None of Denver's other free agents figure to be tag-worthy, as placing the restriction on Brodrick Bunkley or Marcus Thomas would require overpaying either of them with a $7.9M salary; Wesley Woodyard would get $8.8M, and Eddie Royal would command $9.4M - it's pretty safe to say the Broncos will not be shelling out anything close to those amounts on a one-year contract for any of those players.

Broncos

Jeff Legwold says John Fox wasn't a fan of Carolina drafting Jimmy Clausen two years ago, and he probably doesn't want him in Denver either.

A day after writing that trading out of the first round is very risky, Legwold today points out that plenty of impactful players can be found at the bottom of the second round. Way to cover your ass, there, Jeff.

Kenny Legan caught up with Eddie Royal, who had kind words for Tim Tebow and said the team must score more.

Steve Wyche said on NFLN that the Broncos did quite a bit of research on RG3 during the season.

Tom Gowers checks in on the AFC West and says Denver should draft a corner with a high pick in April, plus sign another veteran safety if Brian Dawkins calls it quits.

Tebow reiterated yesterday that he's single and not involved with Katy Perry.

Matt Yoder explains why Linsanity > Tebowmania, at least so far.

Trimmings

Former Niners WR Freddie Solomon passed away yesterday at age 59; he had been battling cancer for a year.

Chargers DT Tommie Harris lost his 29-year-old wife to a likely stroke or aneurysm; the two had only wed last month. Unimaginable.

More thoughts go out to the excellent Doug Farrar as he mourns the loss of his mother.

Dennis Allen hired A&M D-line coach Terrell Williams to fill the same position in Oakland.

Chargers free agent C Nick Hardwick has decided to play in 2012 after considering retirement.

CB Stanford Routt visited the Bills yesterday and will meet with the Chiefs, Titans, Texans, and Cowboys; Andrew Brandt examines the unique financial implications of Routt's release from Oakland, who will be paying the CB $5M this season.

The NFL is finally going to address the problem of fans attending games in person but having much less enriched viewing experiences than those watching at home.

Detroit is at work on a new deal with Megatron, whose contract is up after the 2012 season.

Miami is reportedly close to signing the CFL's MVP, a running back named Jerome Messam.

Pittsburgh is going to prepare for 2012 as if they won't have Rashard Mendenhall, who tore an ACL on New Year's Day.

Scrapple

Mike Freeman says the silence from Mike Tomlin following Art Rooney II's decision to axe OC Bruce Arians indicates there's plenty of tension in Pittsburgh.

Wyche doesn't foresee much interest in Randy Moss, who he figures will end up with a non-guaranteed/incentive-laden contract; Jason Cole says Moss is going to have to actually work hard if he's to land a new gig and keep it.

Clark Judge laughs off TO's claims that the media has done in his NFL career, and he thinks the Rams should auction off the #2 pick and the chance to draft RG3.

Scott Kacsmar marks off some of the milestones surpassed by Eli Manning this season.

Bucky Brooks lists his top QB prospects and figures Ryan Tannehill makes sense for Denver.

Wes Bunting goes over his list of the best offensive players not to receive Combine invites, and he scouts GT WR Stephen Hill.

Here's what Chris Brown has been reading/watching.

Christmas Ape interprets Peter King's MMQB for us lesser humans.

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