The Daily Lard 3-2-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The jury in Perrish Cox's rape trial failed to reach agreement on a verdict yesterday, and they will resume deliberations today.

As Mike Florio sees it, this extended discussion is likely a bad sign for the prosecution, especially following such a brief trial short on facts and testifying witnesses. But, Florio stresses that a potential acquittal of Cox would point to the strength of our judicial system in not providing convictions in the absence of conclusive evidence and/or testimony.

A Lone Tree detective testified that while in a holding cell, Cox posed the following query to explain his accuser's pregnancy:

What if she jumped on me when I was passed out?

For what it's worth, Mike Klis thinks the prosecuting attorney is a low talker.

Broncos

Sam Monson lists Denver's offseason needs as quarterback, center, and defensive tackle, in that order - and he suggests David Garrard, Samson Satele, and Sione Pouha as good fits for those positions.

Chris Farley Brian Xanders spoke about the Combine for the official site, including this gem:

These kids have run really fast and they’re very prepared. There’s a lot of good kids in this draft in terms of just the people.

Jeff Legwold checks the calendar for prominent pro days he expects the Denver brass will attend.

Go figure - Legwold finally decided to check up on some facts and accurately write about how many draft picks Denver has. Too bad it's a year too late. Unfortunately, he tries to make the ludicrous argument that Josh McDaniels traded away too many draft choices, and that somehow hurt the team. But in McDaniels' two years, the Broncos selected NINETEEN players in 14 rounds. Obviously, criticism of which players he picked is completely reasonable. But as for the quantity of picks, there is just no way to knock McDaniels for that. It's not like you can ever expect more than seven or eight draftees to even make a team, so what good is using more than nine or ten picks in a given year?

Trimmings

Oakland used its franchise tag on safety Tyvon Branch, a move that increases the likelihood of a departure of RB Michael Bush; GM Reggie McKenzie is working with the agent for Kam Wimbley to restructure the LB's deal.

Chargers guard Kris Dielman announced his retirement yesterday; Doug Farrar offers an appreciation for Dielman's career in San Diego.

Jason Cole says the Saints and Drew Brees are a whopping $5M/year apart in their negotiations, and he stresses that franchising Brees could cost New Orleans a chance to retain WR Marques Colston and G Carl Nicks.

Philly surprisingly tagged WR DeSean Jackson; Mike Freeman thinks the Eagles wouldn't be too bummed if another team wanted him.

The Steelers are expected to tender WR Mike Wallace rather than tag him; Pittsburgh is really clearing out the veteran wing of their locker room: G Chris Kemoeatu was reportedly cut, DE Aaron Smith will be next, and LB James Farrior may follow; Scott Kacsmar and Matt Bowen think it's time for Hines Ward to call it quits.

Rams GM Les Snead says he's heard from multiple teams about the #2 pick, and not all of them are obvious.

Green Bay incredibly sold another 268,000 shares of its worthless "stock."

Mockery

Rob Rang updates his big board post-Combine.

Wes Bunting lists defensive players who boosted their boosted their prospects in Indy, and he evaluates Gamecocks CB Stephon Gilmore.

Jonathan Bales scouts Memphis DT and Combine star Dontari Poe, and Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick.

Scrapple

Doug Farrar thinks the biggest issue for any team signing Peyton Manning would be overhauling their offense to fit him, and then changing it again when he's gone.

Bill Barnwell makes the free agent case for Arian Foster, a player he describes as the perfect running back.

PFF goes over the offseason needs of the Chargers, Raiders, ChiefsGiantsCowboysEagles, and Redskins; Ryan Wilson ranks free agent corners.

Mike Tanier can't wait until the anti-stat folks try to keep Ed Reed, Wes Welker, and others out of the HOF, and he lists the top running backs in Redskins history.

Drew Magary is apparently a long-suffering Vikings fan, and he's rather unexcited by news of their new stadium deal.

Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia sure does a fine impersonation of ESPN's Tim Kurkjian, as Kurkjian himself learned firsthand.

From Gourmet, more on the resurgence of lard in the cooking world; mentioned in the article is a forthcoming book on the topic.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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