End of the line for DG? Lard 2-28-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Legwold slipped an interesting little nugget into one of his columns today - he mentioned that Denver would likely release some veterans who are due roster bonuses this week. Of course, he didn't bother to do any research regarding who the prime candidates may be. So, who may be on the chopping block? Justin Bannan is due a $500,000 bonus and will make $3.5 million each of the next two seasons. Let's call him an unlikely cut, but a possibility depending upon the Broncos' draft plan. Not only does Kyle Orton have a $1.5 million roster bonus coming his way, but he's also guaranteed almost $2.9 million of his 2011 salary. Can't see it as being within the realm of possibility, but it sure would be fascinating to see/hear the reaction to a release of Orton after last week.

There is one veteran, however, who sounds like a prime candidate to be cut - TE Daniel Graham. He's set to earn a $1 million roster bonus and a salary of $4.2 million, and although he's still an excellent blocker, he did seem to have a bit more of the dropsies in 2010. Perhaps that was just magnified due to a lack of targets? Either way, $5.2 million for one season of play out of a 32-year-old Graham (he'll turn 33 in November) with no team control beyond this season seems expensive. If so, and Graham is cut, then perhaps Legwold was correct last week in speculating that Denver needs to draft a TE - he just completely whiffed on the reasoning. However, it deserves mention that his colleague Klis did point to Graham's salary as a looming issue early last month. Hopefully he's amenable to a pay cut and will stick around...


New DC Dennis Allen says he thinks success on defense is more about playing with passion, violence and attitude than with Xs and Os.

Mike Rice on the Orton/Tebow debate and just how ridiculous it is at this point.

HA! Everyone is talking about Von Miller (namely Legwold), but the LB is "quietly rising up draft boards."

Plus, Legwold on the possibility of more playing time for would-be RFA Wesley Woodyard.

Former Broncos LB Louis Green has made the jump to coaching, joining the staff at his alma mater, Alcorn State.

Trivia Question: Who did the Broncos select out of Alcorn State in the 11th round of the 1992 Draft?

AFC West

Williamson got some thoughts from McShay on the AFCW teams' draft options.

Acee on the deep class of prospects at DE, where the Chargers have a need.

McDonald on whether the Raiders might use RFAs to try to hang onto some of their young stars.


Andrew Brandt on the union's decertification plan. Only problem? The NLRB could view the move as purely a negotiating tactic.

According to what Jason Cole's been told, most player agents don't really know what's going on with the CBA talks.


Peyton Manning's agent is working with the Colts on a new contract, but an agreement this week is unlikely.

Despite the Vikings' efforts, Sidney Rice will not sign a new deal with them this week.

Pats lineman Nick Kaczur has reportedly refused a big pay cut.

Jeff Fisher will remain on the NFL's Competition Committee, but as a consultant.

Mike Martz, who used to be quite critical of Jay Cutler on NFLN (if I recall correctly), can't understand how people can be critical of Jay Cutler.

PFW's Whispers from around the AFC and NFC.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer and HOF voter Ed Bouchette thinks the election process should be changed by adding a lot more voters and just mailing in votes, ala the Baseball HOF.


Matt Bowen on the transition of a QB from a college spread offense to the NFL.

Bunting's QB and WR notes, plus a comparison of the performances of Christian Ponder and Cam Newton.

Farrar says Newton doesn't have the delivery issues that Tim Tebow did a year ago.

Farrar's notes on a few wideouts. Plus, his winners and losers from yesterday.

Don Banks calls Sunday at the Combine "overreaction day."

Oregon State DT Stephen Paea broke the Combine bench press record yesterday.

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