The Daily Lard 2-27-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's hard to tell whether it was fueled by some inside knowledge, or whether he's just pulling a Woody, but Mike Klis wrote yesterday afternoon that Brian Dawkins is "expected to retire". The blog entry even has a headline that proclaims Denver will acquire a hard-hitting safety to replace Dawkins this offseason, and Klis even suggests that former Pats first-rounder Brandon Meriweather is a possible target.

Now, it's certainly not a stretch to presume that Dawk will retire, as that possibility was first floated by the DP a couple months back when he suffered the neck injury which prevented him from playing beyond the Broncos' Week 16 loss at Buffalo. But it was only yesterday we read again that Dawkins is still considering a return to Denver for one more season.

So who exactly who expects Dawkins to retire, and who says the Broncos will undoubtedly acquire a "safety who can thump"? The entire Denver FO? John Elway? Brian Xanders? The cook at Dove Valley? Mike Klis? Because it's not anywhere close to clear from how Klis wrote it, and the insertion of the word likely in the headline and in the stead of expected within the piece would have done wonders. Here we are again, parsing words because someone didn't do their job correctly.


According to Jeff Legwold, 13 undrafted rookies have made the Broncos out of training camp since 1997, including at least one in each of the past eight seasons.

Legwold lists the top pass-rushing prospects in the draft.

Tim Tebow was apparently a hot item at a pre-Oscars party on Friday. (via SportsGrid)

Perrish Cox's rape trial begins today, and there's always the chance several current Broncos get called to the stand, including Demaryius Thomas and Cassius Vaughn.

Cattle Call

Wes Bunting, Bucky Brooks, and John Clayton offer their takes on yesterday's Combine action; Will Brinson lists his winners and losers of the weekend; Jeff Darlington and Clark Judge on the impressive performance by RG3, whom Philly sports reporter Howard Eskin hears the Skins are willing to give up plenty for.

Jason Cole, Don Banks, and Will Brinson inspect Janoris Jenkins's baggage.

Doug Farrar was impressed by the efforts of Spartans QB Kirk Cousins yesterday; plus, he scouts Baylor WR Kendall Wright and Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu.


Mike Freeman says the holdup with Peyton Manning and the Colts is a matter of trying to pull off an amicable divorce, and that the rest of the league is tiring of waiting.

Adam Teicher speculates that Romeo Crennel's comments about interest in Peyton Manning could cost the Chiefs a fine and a draft choice.

Like homophobic quack David Tyree before him, it looks like Giants WR Mario Manningham will not be back with the team just after playing SB hero for them.

Chicago is expected to release DT Anthony Adams.

Jason La Canfora says the Lions are shopping old friend CB Alphonso Smith, and that Randy Moss is expected to visit some teams this week.

The PFF guys examine the offseason needs of the Rams, NinersCardinals, and Seahawks.

Among PFW's Insider notes is the opinion that Blaine Gabbert will fare better under the guidance of Mark Mike Mularkey. Meanwhile, new Jags owner Shahid Khan wants to make a real splash in Jacksonville. Can anyone think of a perfect way for him to do just that?

Saw a terrific show last night headlined by the electronic pop band YACHT, with the backing band's members providing the (also highly entertaining) opening acts. You can check out YACHT's music here, including their current album Shangri-La. Anyway, I mention all of this because they've got three Colorado shows coming up: Saturday in Denver, Sunday in Aspen, and Monday in Fort Collins. More than anything, it was one of the most fun shows I've seen in a while, well worth staying up several hours past normal bedtime on a school night.

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

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