Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Chiefs are expected to use their franchise tag on WR Dwayne Bowe if they're unable to sign him to a long-term deal. HC Romeo Crennel met with the press yesterday, and he spoke about each of the top QB prospects. But what caught everyone's attention were his comments about Peyton Manning:
I’m not supposed to talk about anyone else’s players. He’s still a player with Indianapolis. But with a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he were available. I’ll leave it at that.
Judy Battista thinks Crennel's words could land the Chiefs in hot water for tampering, but an NFL spokesperson told Will Brinson it was no biggie; Kevin Acee says Chargers fans shouldn't be scared of a potential Manning/KC marriage due to San Diego's record against Peyton and the Colts, as if that means anything at all (not really).
Colts owner Jim Irsay says he met with Manning recently; ex-Colts center Jeff Saturday talks to Peyton regularly and thinks he'll be playing this season. Mike Silver says Manning could end up in any of Seattle, Washington, Miami, Cleveland, KC, Arizona, or even with the Niners or Jets. Plus, he adds that Irsay is clearly in control of his franchise and was wise to dump GM Bill Polian along with his outsized ego, and he thinks Irsay would be well served to publicly acknowledge the team is moving on without Manning.
Brian Dawkins reiterated his desire to either return to the Broncos in 2012 or retire, and he's glad Tim Tebow got everyone talking about praying.
Mike Klis tries to push free agency over the draft as a strategy for Denver to acquire players, and he supports his argument by incorrectly suggesting the Yankees don't "worry about the draft" and that Bill Belichick has had an "alarming rate of whiffs" atop the draft. Yeah, the Pats have really blown it with Nate Solder, Rob Gronkowski, Patrick Chung, and Jerod Mayo in recent years. Meanwhile, the Yanks have for many years taken advantage of their vast financial resources to pay prospects over slot and keep them from going to the small-market teams, often later trading these prospects to those poorer teams for the superstars they themselves cannot afford. But, no they don't concern themselves with the draft.
LJ talked to John Fox and Brian Xanders about the value of interviewing players at Combine.
An NFL DC told Klis that although Tebow shouldn't be a full-time QB, he should be on the field plenty and under center for some snaps.
Broncos-related Combine notes from Jeff Legwold.
There's apparently an awful Tebow-inspired iPhone game out there.
Doug Farrar reacts to Mike Freeman's report that the Redskins, Dolphins, and Seahawks are interested in moving up to nab RG3; Brian Billick tells Farrar he'll get in huge trouble with Mike Mayock if he even dares mention Tebow's name in the same sentence as that of Griffin, who ran a 4.38-second forty.
Clark Judge sees in LSU DT Michael Brockers plenty of similarities to Jason Pierre-Paul; Don Banks says the same of Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus, and he expects the Browns will nab RG3 at #2, with the Rams getting Justin Blackmon at #4.
Dan Pompei says that real tampering occurs when players recruit each other to their own teams, and although Huebris Jackson is a secondary/ST assistant, he's really the Bengals' OC in waiting for if/when Jay Gruden gets a head gig elsewhere.
Like the Chiefs with Bowe, the Pats will tag Wes Welker if they can't agree to a new contract.
Washington reportedly re-signed C Will Montgomery to a four-year deal.
Word is the Packers won't be using their franchise tag to sign and trade QB Matt Flynn.
Terrell Owen's IFL career started with three catches for three scores.
Freeman says De Smith's dream of curbing agent corruption isn't likely to become a reality.
Josh Katkowitz rates free agent TEs (Daniel Fells, honorable mention).
Drew Magary previews the Oscars.