Shiny toy Peterson Lard 3-2-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Matt Bowen writes that after yesterday's performance, the Broncos could have trouble passing up the chance to draft Patrick Peterson. The 6-foot, 219-pound corner (that's 27 pounds heavier than Champ Bailey) ran a 4.34 official 40 time - so he's as big as a safety but as fast as a top corner, which means he could easily be utilized anywhere in the secondary. However, Bowen also says that with Peterson's considerable skills, this is not a player that you'd move inside to play safety.

The philosophy of taking the best player available is almost never misplaced, but at #2 overall is there really enough of a difference between these players to pass over a canyonesque area of need like DT or LB? Isn't it splitting hairs to say Peterson may be a better prospect than Nick Fairley, Von Miller or Marcell Dareus? Considering the needs of this Broncos team, Peterson seems at this point more like a luxury - yes, we at IAOFM talk all the time about the importance of passing and stopping the pass. But who do we have at linebacker that qualifies as a sure thing, even less a star? Nobody. The luster has been off DJ Williams for quite some time now, Joe Mays and Mario Haggan may be too big and/or slow for whatever John Fox and Dennis Allen come up with, and as much as we love him, Wesley Woodyard is an undersized player with durability issues. Justin Bannan and Marcus Thomas are solid players, but is either one a difference maker, an impact player? A disrupter? Most definitely not. What do you think? Should Patrick Peterson be a consideration for Denver at #2?

Broncos


John Fox was impressed by the talent among the offensive and defensive line prospects at the Combine.

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Forbes named Denver the ninth-most miserable sports town in the country.

Greek received the Fain-Cain Memorial Award from the NFL Physicians Society last week.

Tebow will be teeing it up with none other than golf's GOAT at the Honda Classic.

LB Diyral Briggs went from being a practice squadder for the Broncos to Super Bowl champion with the Packers over the past few months' time.

AFC West


Williamson ranks the West's top 10 free agents; with Champ off the board, there are no Broncos on the list.

Monte Poole says another focus of the CBA talks should be the alarming mortality rates of NFL players.

The Chiefs' front office is not immune to the pay cuts that would accompany a lockout for most team employees leaguewide. When is the DP going to pick up on this story relative to the Broncos? Hellooooooooooo?

CBA


Bechta examines how assistant coaches are affected by the labor negotiations.

Richard Sandomir analyzes the decision.

Mike Silver says the Doty ruling should push the two sides closer to an agreement.

Farrar on Judge Doty's ruling.

Here's the ruling in full, if you've some time to kill.

Judy Battista on the NFLPA's decertification plans.

Trimmings


Two fat men signed with new teams yesterday: Marcus Stroud with the Patriots, Shaun Rogers with the Saints. Rogers reportedly took $2 million less than another team was offering.

The Redskins dumped Derrick Dockery and frequently-rumored Denver acquisition (and son of Rubin) Andre Carter.

Former Broncos camp fodder Garrett Hartley got a new deal from New Orleans.

Chad Greenway signed his gigantic franchise tender in Minnesota.

Michael Vick is expected to sign his, which is good for $16 million. However, he's apparently not getting any slack in Philly. Well, this is what happens when an entire city has an inferiority complex...

Meanwhile, the Jets are expected to bring back LDT next year and the Seahawks re-signed former Jet Leon Washington.

Several teams slapped restrictive tenders on veteran players, including the Giants (Ahmad Bradshaw, Kevin Boss), Cowboys (Doug Free),  Seahawks (Brandon Mebane), Bills (Donte Whitner, Paul Posluszny), NJ Jets (Santonio Holmes, OctoDad), and Steelers (Willie Colon).

Carson Palmer says he's never stepping foot in Paul Brown Stadium again (but what about when your new team plays the Bengals, Carson?) and claims he's got $80 million in the bank (and you're still risking a debilitating injury several hundred times a year, not to mention telling the minions how loaded you are?).

Rich McKay will head the NFL's Competiition Committee.

Walter Football ranks the league's free agents by position.

Vince Verhei examines the NFC West's offseason issues for FO.

PK responds to emails about Cam Newton.

If you think you have true dislike for Jay Cutler, I challenge you to match this guy's dedication to get the message out.

Mockery


Bucky Brooks says Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara were among the DBs who boosted their own stock yesterday.

Bunting's notes on the defensive backs' performances yesterday.

In his winner and losers of the day, Farrar says Peterson is the only sure thing in the draft.

Greg Gabriel on just how much teams are influenced by the Combine come draft day.

Von Miller visited with the NFLN guys.

Matt Bowen looks back at Combine monster/NJ Jets bust Vernon Gholston's blip of a career.

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