The Daily Lard 2-16-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In addition to guard C.J. Davis, Denver signed former Jaguars and Niners WR Jason Hill to a one-year deal yesterday. The 6-foot, 202-lb receiver (he's apparently shrunk an inch since cattle call combine, or got a haircut?) has 76 catches for 1,028 yards and eight TDs in 50 career games; he has virtually no experience as a return man, with just one kick return as a pro and two punt returns in college.

Last year for Jacksonville he caught 25 of the 53 passes thrown his way for 367 yards (14.7 YPR) and three scores, along with four drops. Hill will turn 27 next Monday and was originally drafted by the Niners in the third round of the 2007 Draft (76th overall) out of WSU after running the second-fastest combine time that year among receivers with a blistering 4.32-second forty.

Hill's speed will be a much-needed addition to an offense that had hardly any in 2011, whether at running back or wideout. Andrew Mason seems to think the signing of Hill makes it even less likely that Denver would bring back free agent Eddie Royal, despite Woody Paige's claims to the contrary. Eddie will surely present a hopeful outlook on Facebook and Twitter about sticking around, but he's a sunny guy. We can take his pro-Tebow comments at face value, or we can note that Tim targeted Eddie just 48 times in 12 games -  28 times in Denver's last nine games. Anyone really think he wants to be third or fourth banana again and relegated to return duty? Don't count on it.

Broncos

Score one for the neighbors of SAFaMH, who will not be subjected to the bright red signage that had been planned for the stadium - Sports Authority decided against the extra lighting after being bombarded by three hours of public comment at a planning board meeting.

Noel Mazzone says he's working on "everything" with Tim Tebow.

Obviously, John Elway says the Broncos would prefer to sign Matt Prater to a multiyear deal rather than use their franchise tag on the kicker; Klis also expects Royal to seek greener pastures.

Jeff Legwold considers the dilemma facing Denver with free agent Brodrick Bunkley, who will certainly command a long-term deal to stick around.

Brian McIntyre goes over the AFC West teams' cap situations for FO.

Mark Kiszla says Jeremy Lin "already passes with more accuracy" than does Tim Tebow, although he bewilderingly says Lin has had a better supporting cast (only two games with Amar'e Stoudemire and none with Melo).

BTV counts down the team's top 10 plays of the season.

Trimmings

Don Banks reports that Peyton Manning has had four surgeries on his neck (not three as has been widely reported), and he may have developed bone spurs in his neck that could require another procedure to alleviate. Meanwhile, Manning was hoping to come back in time for Indy's Week 16 game and had a brief practice session with Colts receivers four days before being ruled out for the season. Man, how could this guy not retire? Is he nuts? Well, if he doesn't, Mike Freeman says he could see Manning heading to Washington with Reggie Wayne and Randy Moss in tow.

Plenty of teams have shown interest in CB Stanford Routt, who is reportedly still talking with the Chiefs and Bills and will visit the Bengals tomorrow.

The agent for David Garrard says the QB should be ready to go in a few weeks after having undergone back surgery.

Tampa Bay cut Albert Haynesworth, meaning three teams have now dumped the malcontent within a span of eight months.

The governor of Minnesota says legislators are nearing a deal for a new home for the Vikings.

Mockery

Bucky Brooks lists his top receivers and tight ends.

Matt Bowen explains how to evaluate safety prospects.

Greg Gabriel considers the uniqueness of Andrew Luck and the value of Brandon Weeden.

Wes Bunting and Jonathan Bales scout LSU DT Michael Brockers.

Scrapple

Andrew Brandt on the best FA-eligible wideouts.

Richard SandomirRichard Deitsch, and Fake Jon Gruden react to the departure of Jaws from the MNF booth.

Jack Bechta wonders if fans are tiring of attending games in person.

Drew Magary on the losing battle between parents' musical tastes versus those of their young children.

An Alabama student has absolutely perfected the arts of both photobombing and big head cutouts in one fell swoop.

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

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