CP Lard 3-1-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Clinton Portis was released by Shanny and the Skins yesterday after seven seasons in Washington.

While CP was only a Bronco for two seasons, he remains one of my all-time favorites - drafted 51st overall in 2002, Portis was a faster (albeit not quite as durable) version of Terrell Davis who incredibly racked up 1,872 yards from scrimmage and 17 TDs as a rookie despite not becoming the team's primary ballcarrier until Week 5.

He backed that performance up in his sophomore season with 1,905 yards and 14 TDs despite missing three games due to injury, but then Shanny dealt him to DC for Champ and a second-rounder (Tatum Bell) - it was a deal of two superstars who wanted more money, and one of the most significant player-for-player trades in NFL history. In his brief Denver career, Portis posted a remarkable 5.5 yards per attempt and 106.9 per game, with 29 rushing touchdowns on 563 carries.

CP's defining game as a Bronco came in a key Week 13 matchup in 2003 against the first-place Chiefs in Denver, and Portis produced perhaps the greatest single-game performance of any runner in Broncos history.

As the Broncos were clawing their way into playoff contention, CP came up with 254 yards on 22 carries and two receptions, plus five rushing touchdowns. His last three scores turned a close game into a blowout, and after the game Portis notoriously put on a heavyweight belt courtesy of his friend, the rapper Pastor Troy.

Here's the AP story from the game and a YT video of two of his TDs from that game. Thanks for the memories, CP - and best of luck wherever you may land.

Broncos

Klis shares some thoughts from John Elway, John Fox and Mike Holmgren on the QB transition from a college spread offense to an NFL one.

Legwold is just throwing s$%# against the wall and seeing what sticks now. He says the Broncos could select Patrick Peterson...

Gary Miller spoke with Elway, John Fox and Brain Xanders about the draft, although frankly they didn't say anything.

Williamson runs down the Broncos' options at #2, along with some pros and cons for each. Plus, the productive Combine results for Marcell Dareus and Von Miller.

Here's a partial transcription of Champ Bailey's radio appearance with the guys on The Drive from Friday.

Sacco shares his thoughts on the great Broncos who have worn #24.

Mike Lombardi sees a lot of similarities between the pre-draft perceptions of Cam Newton this year and Tim Tebow last. He says that for Newton to find NFL success, both he and his future team need to truly commit to each other.

AFC West

Yikes. Six members of the Chargers' 1994 Super Bowl team have passed away already, DT Shawn Lee the latest at age 44. Are you sure you want your kids playing football?

Kamerion Wimbley will reportedly make over $11 million next season once he signs his franchise tender. Silly Raiders.

McDonald on the Raiders' draft possibilities at TE.

Williamson must be teaching the people over at Bleacher Report what to write about, huh? Here's some speculation and more speculation from him.

CBA

Andrew Brandt hits up all the current key issues in the CBA talks.

Despite all the warnings, plenty of NFL players apparently didn't prepare financially for a lockout; so they're hitting up their teammates for loans.

Trimmings

Former Broncos RB Clinton Portis, who was traded for Champ Bailey plus the pick that became Tatum Bell, was released yesterday by Washington.

Chicago released veterans DT Tommie Harris, LB Hunter Hillenmeyer and OT Kevin Shaffer.

The NJ Jets are expected to cut NT Kris Jenkins, LB Vernon Gholston, DE Jason Taylor and OL Damien Woody.

Sounds like Cowboys defenders Marcus Spears and Gerald Sensabaugh will be free agents.

Jacksonville re-upped with backup QB Luke McCown.

In his MMQB, PK actually wrote that he thinks the female Len Pasquarelli Josina Anderson will become a national reporter someday. We can only hope he's wrong. Plus, he's predicting Patrick Peterson to Denver at this point.

Apparently the KSK guys aren't familiar with Josina, because although they yuk it up about PK's statement about her, they give her a ton more credit than she deserves...

Dom Capers and Dick LeBeau understand that rate stats are far more important than counting stats. Yards? Touchdowns? Who cares? Give me rates...

Barnwell revisits FO's Wisdom of Crowds predictions for QBs ans WRs in 2010.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie won an Oscar Sunday for his part in producing the documentary Inside Job.

Mockery

Bucky Brooks points out some offensive skill players who have helped their stock at the Combine.

Brooks also looks at defensive movers and says Marcell Dareus could be the top DT selected. FWIW, TJ has been all over Dareus for months now. 

Wes Bunting's linebacker and defensive linemen notes from yesterday.

More of Pat Kirwan's pre-draft thoughts, including the leadership qualities of Nick Fairley.

Farrar's winners and losers from yesterday.

In the first half of Farrar's latest mock, he has Denver taking Da'Quan Bowers after Carolina takes Marcell Dareus. Here's Farrar's second half of the first round.

Matt Bowen on what to look for from the DBs at Combine.

Bowen recollects a discomforting interview he gave at the Combine as a prospect. Plus, he wonders if Iowa will have produced two first-rounders come April.

Mike Mayock spoke to the media for over 24 minutes in Indy, courtesy of Broncos TV.

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