The Daily Lard 2-18-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We're just days away from the 2012 Cattle Call Combine, which means we're in for a deluge of meaningless quotes from EFX™ courtesy of NFLN. Well, meaningless except for the unintentional comedy they will surely provide. Chris Farley Brian Xanders is already obliging us:

We plan to be aggressive and smart at the same time and try to get some good signings in here, some valued signings that help contribute to wins. We also have to address signing our own unrestricted free agents, and we also have the free agency market. So we will have a plan for that. We have a long term vision, too.

Of course, as long as he keeps drafting guys like Von Miller and uncovering gems like Chris Harris, we'll happily take the X-Man's malapropisms.

* EFX is the intellectual property of Woody Paige, who also happens to have been a co-inventor of the internet along with Al Gore

Broncos

Stuart Zaas details the signings of wideout Jason Hill and guard C.J. Davis.

Jeff Legwold ponders whether the Broncos would have been better off hanging onto Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd. But keeping them would have hampered the development of Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, two young players under team control - Decker is signed for two more years for a total of just $1.125M, Thomas for three years at a cost of $6.8775M.

Before he graces the next Madden cover, Tim Tebow is obviously going to win the Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Athlete.

Trimmings

A prelminary deal has reportedly been reached to build a new stadium on the backs of taxpayers for the Vikings in downtown Minneapolis; Roger Goodell says the league has no intentions to expand or relocate any franchises.

Huebris Jackson limped back to Cincinnati and will assist in coaching the Bengals secondary and special teams. Man, what a fall - from Raiders head coach, to OC candidate for several teams, to second-level assistant coach, all in a matter of weeks. Hey, he did send 15 draft picks to Cincy for Carson Palmer - was he simply a Bengals mole in Oakland, in the style of Josh McDaniels? MUST BE TRUE. Perhaps he can help lure Stanford Routt to join him there; Routt met with the Bengals yesterday.

Former Dolphins LB coach Bill Sheridan will run the Bucs defense instead of assisting Urban Meyer at Ohio State, and he'll have former LB Bryan Cox on his staff.

Cleveland reportedly intends to use its franchise tag on LB D'Qwell Jackson if they're unable to agree on a long-term deal.

Art Rooney II says he didn't meddle in Mike Tomlin's hiring of Handshake Haley.

Mike Freeman thinks Jim Irsay is pwning Peyton Manning in their little PR catfight.

Mockery

Greg Gabriel reminds us that Combine is about more than just drills and forty times: it's also about interviews and medical exams.

Bucky Brooks sees a lot of potential issues surrounding the year's defensive line prospects.

Wes Bunting lists defensive prospects in need of a great Combine performance; Rob Rang updates his big board.

Doug Farrar on the puzzling difference between how Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III have been perceived leading up to their respective drafts.

Jonathan Bales scouts LSU CB Morris Claiborne.

Scrapple

Clark Judge looks ahead to the week's biggest storylines, including the futures of Peyton Manning and Colt McCoy, and franchise tag decisions.

Top OLB free agents according to PFF.

Mike Lombardi explains how teams fail in evaluating athletes like Arian Foster and Jeremy Lin.

The Jets are apparently planning some team-building exercises to improve their unity; Christmas Ape has a few suggestions for their curriculum.

KSK's latest mock draft involves their favorite Simpsons quotes.

ESPN.com will likely be getting some new headline writers shortly.

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

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