Recapping a wild NFL Friday Lard 3-10-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Friday was a remarkably eventful day for the Broncos - Peyton Manning spent at least 10 hours with the Denver leadership in Oklahoma, Dove Valley, and Cherry Hills, and there's a possibility the two parties will reconvene this morning. While Manning is expected to depart for visit(s) to Arizona and/or Miami, word is that no meetings have yet been scheduled, and there's thus always the slight chance Elway & Co. get Peyton to sign on before he can even make it out of town. Kansas City is asking Hey what about us?, but it's yet to be seen whether they're a real contender.

Less exciting for Denver was the announcement that D.J. Williams, Ryan McBean (six games each), and Virgil Green (four games) will be suspended for PED use, with allegations of non-human urine and the specter of federal lawsuits by the former two against the NFL adding to the drama. Green claims his suspension is for prescribed ADHD medication that he had failed to notify the NFL about initially, but he is cleared to take it going forward.

Elsewhere, Mike Shanahan ostensibly put all his chips in on Robert Griffin III, sending to St. Louis the #6 and #39 picks in this year's draft, plus Washington's first-rounders in 2013 and 2014, in exchange for the second-overall pick next month. There are reports that this move does not take Washington out of the Manning sweepstakes, but adding both RG3 and Peyton is wacky even by Shanny and Dan Snyder's standards, not to mention that signing in D.C. now makes even less sense for Manning than it already had.

The Jets officially bowed out of the Manning race (not that they were ever really in) by giving Mark Sanchez $20.5M in guarantees (but only $2.75M in new money) as part of a head-scratching three-year extension on his contract through the 2016 season; Sanchez had already been signed through 2013.

Finally, the seeming balance of Manning's old Colts teammates joined him in free agency after Indy released TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai, LB Gary Brackett, S Melvin Bullitt, and QB Curtis Painter. Naturally, this sparks speculation that Clark could join Manning in Denver, or wherever the QB ends up. And according to Adam Schefter, the Colts are also looking to trade DE Dwight Freeney.

Broncos

Jeff Legwold says Denver is very high on Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden - with whom they dined on Thursday before watching him perform at OSU's pro day yesterday.

As Andrew Mason tells it, if the Broncos were to draft Weeden they'd do so with the intent to start him as a rookie if things don't work out with Manning, and he thinks the team has made it quite clear they have little intent of moving forward with Tim Tebow as their quarterback.

Mark Kiszla doesn't see how Manning and Tebow could possibly coexist in Denver. Couldn't agree more.

Mason considers the implications of Williams, McBean, and Green's suspensions.

KMGH interrupted a report on self-breast exams to provide video of Mr. B's plane touching down with EFX™ and Manning aboard.

Trimmings

Oakland released CB Chris Johnson and S Hiram Eugene; KC hosted former Chargers DE Luis Castillo.

Buffalo gave LB Kirk Morrison a new two-year deal, Jacksonville re-signed two offensive linemen, and the Cardinals extended offers to three RFAs.

The Giants plan to release RB Brandon Jacobs, while the Jets are trying to shop T Wayne Hunter.

Ndamukong Suh got a speeding ticket in PDX, while Georgia TE and top prospect Orson Charles was arrested for DUI.

Nike is expected to unveil the new NFL jerseys on April 3.

Hot on the heels of Phil Rivers endorsing Santorum, Daryl Moose Johnston has gotten behind none other than Craig James.

Doug Farrar chronicles the Washington Huskies' pro day; Wes Bunting summarizes the pro days of USC, Alabama, and others.

Scrapple

Matt Bowen, Peter King, Les Carpenter, and Dan Wetzel react to the big trade between St. Louis and Washington.

Andy Benoit introduces his analysis of the top players available in free agency this year, starting with the quarterbacks.

Bill Barnwell lists the teams he thinks should keep their purse strings tight this offseason.

Greg Gabriel explains how teams set out to attack free agency and the draft.

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