Midday Lard 2-18-11

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! I don't plan on making a habit of this, but it's a slow day by me so I'm serving up an extra scoop of the Lard today...

News

The owners and the union are currently meeting in DC.

Indy has cut ties with former Defensive POY Bob Sanders, who has played but nine games over the past three seasons.

Pittsburgh indeed used their franchise tag on LB LaMarr Woodley.

Shaun Rogers visited the Saints yesterday.

Former Bears safety Dave Duerson was found dead in his house at the age of 50. The '85 Bears member had a huge impact over at PFR.

Analysis/Draft

Williamson looks all the way back to the 2010 Draft and wonders already if the Broncos will ever get a solid return on their choice of Demaryius Thomas. What's funny is he mentions (I think for the second or third time of late) that the Broncos took Thomas over Dez Bryant. Well, first of all there's no evidence that Denver even considered Bryant, and then there was talk in recent months of the Cowboys being so happy with their rookie wideout that they thought about trading him...Brandt is hopeful that mediation will help the CBA talks along, plus his thoughts on the use of franchise tags.

Don Banks on the lack of a starting QB in Tennessee, plus what he's hearing on Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, and the franchise taggery that's abounded over the past week.

Bunting shares some of the buzz he's hearing on prospects for the draft.

Farrar checks in on Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod.

FO announced their reader-voted awards for the 2010 season.

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