Good Morning, Broncos fans! Old friend Brandon Marshall is expected to rejoin Jay Cutler with the Bears after Chicago agreed to send two third-rounders to Miami in return for him - two years after Miami had given up two second-rounders in a trade with Denver. There had been speculation that Miami was clearing Marshall's moodiness from the locker room and his salary from the cap, both to help the team sign Peyton Manning.
But the trade looks different this morning, as Marshall is accused of having cold-cocked a woman outside an NYC nightclub early Sunday. This, after Marshall was apparently kicked out of the club for fighting with another, unnamed NFL player. Busy lawyer Harvey Steinberg didn't quite deny the allegation, but he claims that Marshall's wife was struck in the face by a thrown bottle and "suffered serious injury."
Marshall turns 28 in two weeks and had taken up the cause for spreading awareness for Borderline Personality Disorder, but he will again be associated with a nightclub incident and alleged violence against women.
Let's see how the Bears handle this news, and the potential for yet another suspension of Marshall by the NFL.
Meanwhile, there were reports last night of a two-year, $12M agreement to reunite Eddie Royal with Mike Shanahan in Washington, but it appears another suitor caused Royal to back away from the deal. There's reportedly a chance Royal could still end up with Washington, who had previously added WRs Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan and re-signed DE Adam Carriker.
Peyton Manning is expected to meet with Mike Munchak in an undisclosed location today. According to Mike Florio, two of the remaining teams are getting "worn out" by the extended negotiations; Florio thinks the delay is about money.
The DP says Denver will meet with S Brandon Meriweather today, but PFT says he already visited last night, left without a deal, and will visit Washington today. Also according to that DP article, Brian Dawkins is still unsure whether he's going to retire or stick around for another year.
Woody Paige says the order of priority for re-signing Denver's defensive free agents is: Brodrick Bunkley, Marcus Thomas, Wesley Woodyard, Mario Haggan, Joe Mays, and Jason Hunter. According to Woody, the Broncos will trade Tim Tebow if they land Manning, and he says the team could trade Tebow to Jacksonville and draft Brandon Weeden even if they fail to sign Peyton.
Jeff Legwold goes over Tebow's 2012 salary cap details.
Of course, Steinberg is one of the lawyers involved in the lawsuits filed by D.J. Williams and Ryan McBean against the NFL.
Kansas City will host T Eric Winston, RBs Peyton Hillis and Mike Tolbert, and TE John Carlson. Winston was apparently cut by Houston due to a failed physical, but word is he simply had his ankle scoped and should be medically cleared in a couple weeks.
Oakland released TE Kevin Boss.
As for other notable deals around the league: St. Louis signed CB Cortland Finnegan;
Plus, several players re-signed with their old teams: Reggie Wayne decided to stay put in Indy; Seattle hung unto Red Bryant; Carlos Rogers re-upped with the Niners; Jacksonville re-signed Dwight Lowery; Tennessee kept Jordan Babineaux; Bryan Thomas re-signed with the Jets; Chicago retained Tim Jennings; Arizona extended Harry Douglas.
The NFL suspended Packers DE Mike Neal four games for PED use.
In the NFL's punishment of Dallas and Washington, Doug Farrar sees a backdated rule and an ambush by the Commish.
PFF updates their list of the top 75 available free agents.
Not only is Gene Steratore an NFL head referee, but he's a longtime Division I hoops ref and will be officiating the tourney games in Pittsburgh this week.