The Daily Lard 2-17-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Clinton Portis has been cleared to resume his career after playing in just five games in 2010 and missing all of 2011; according to his agent, multiple teams have expressed interest. For this Portis fan, every mention of his name evokes memories of this beatdown of the first-place Chiefs - one of the best individual games we'll ever see by a Bronco. Of course, it's the one where his friend Pastor Troy gave him a championship belt after his five-TD performance. Good luck finding a new NFL home, CP - you were a superstar for us. Oh, and thanks for bringing us Champ.

Broncos

Jeff Legwold points out that franchise tags will provide for much lower salaries than they did in prior years.

UCLA coach Jim Mora says having Tim Tebow work out on campus with Noel Mazzone means more chicks around the football office.

Here's a video clip from Tebow's reading of Green Eggs & Ham, plus KSK's transcript of the entirety.

Gray Caldwell looks back at the last four games of Denver's regular season.

Trimmings

The Raiders signed CB Brandon Underwood, whom the Packers had cut last year after he beat up his wife - so even as things change in Oakland, they remain the same. Steve Corkran details the Raiders' salary cap and free agency problems. Oakland dumped longtime Al Davis henchman John Herrera; Jerry McDonald says Herrera was simply a good soldier for Davis, with whom Herrera often disagreed.

Moving them up to the 35-yard line reportedly halved the number of concussions suffered on kickoffs last season; USA Football has commissioned a study to research injuries in youth football across 10 leagues in 2012.

Jason La Canfora is hearing that several teams want to meet with Randy Moss; apparently the IFL is also interested; naturally, NMA chimed in with their take on Moss's return.

The Niners are expected to cut CB Shawntae Spencer.

Cards GM Rod Graves says the team is likely to keep Kevin Kolb and pay him the $7M roster bonus he's due on March 17.

Jason Cole is tired of hearing the complaints of snubbed HOF candidates; Andy Barall thinks the solution is to remove the five-man limit on each year's induction class and publicize the results; Doug Farrar agrees that making the votes public would help keep guys like Peter King from wanting to quit the selection committee.

Top free agent wideouts and inside linebackers (Joe Mays) according to PFF.

Mockery

Matt Bowen explains how to evaluate cornerback prospects and considers the importance of 40 times.

Bucky Brooks sees plenty of depth in the class of offensive line prospects.

Wes Bunting lists offensive prospects who need a great Combine to boost their stock, plus he sees similiarities between Georgia TE Orson Charles and NE's Aaron Hernandez.

Scrapple

Christmas Ape lets us in on Peyton Manning's other undisclosed medical issues; Captain Caveman's latest Sex/FF mailbag.

Rembert Browne says the emergence of Jeremy Lin is an indication that basketball will no longer be dominated solely by black players; Bill Simmons addresses the differences between Lin and Tebow in his Lin-centric mailbag; Dr. Ruth is taking the opportunity presented by Linsanity to show she knows her hoops; Applebee's has some real dumbasses running their PR.

RIP, Gary Carter. Thank you for helping bring back Amazin'.

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

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