Broncos may open vs Steelers on SNF Lard 3-27-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The NFL's annual league meetings got off to a busy start yesterday:

  • 32 compensatory picks were dispensed among 15 teams; Oakland's depleted arsenal was replenished with third-, fourth-, and fifth-round picks, while the Chargers got a seven.
  • Saints owner Tom Benson addressed his peers about the bounty scandal
  • Sean Payton is in attendance, and he's spoken with his old boss Bill Parcells about taking his place coaching the Saints while Payton is suspended. Parcells, reprising his role as the original Brett Favre, says he doesn't think he wants to coach again, probably because doing so might delay his HOF induction. Tuna will meet with Payton and GM Mickey Loomis today.
  • The Commish says he'd allow Payton to coach during a potential appeal, and the team is permitted to hire an outsider to stand in for Payton. Goodell appears most upset about the Saints trying to cover up their bounty system, and he says the league has several sources, none of them named Jeremy Shockey.
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Washington GM Bruce Allen argued against the salary-cap penalties levied upon them
  • According to the league, concussions were reduced last season thanks to moving the ball up five yards on kickoffs.

Doug Farrar goes over the rule changes being considered; Jason Cole and Clark Judge thinks the Parcells idea is a dumb one; a letter from Goodell to Gregg Williams explains how the coach can earn his way back into the league.

Broncos

Mike Klis says the Broncos are likely to begin their season on Sunday Night Football at home against the Steelers. Wow. Dennis Dixon left without a contract, but there's still a chance the team will sign him.

Remember how, before Peyton decided, that Woody told us it was John Fox's idea to go after Manning? Well, now that Denver has him, Joe Ellis is claiming he thunk it first. Meanwhile, John Elway says word reached the Broncos via Fox that Manning would consider coming to Denver, and he now admits that some of Peyton's throws to the right were lacking during the team's workout of the QB at Duke.

Obviously, Caleb Hanie and Joel Dreessen are excited about learning behind and playing with Manning.

Todd Helton has played a notable role in Peyton's recovery, providing him access to the Rockies' facility during the lockout and, like Brandon Stokley, heading out to Duke to catch passes from Manning.

Chris Hall spoke with Elway for BTV at the league meetings; the NFL Films Blog reposted the Top 100 of 2011 video of Manning.

Jake Plummer dropped in to play catch with some of Loren Landow's clients yesterday.

Tebowmania

During his introductory presser with the Jets, Tim Tebow acknowledged that the Broncos had consulted with him about where to deal him, and he says Jets management put him up to holding the presser.

Mike Freeman can't believe how much Tebow is being discussed at the league meetings and says the consensus is the Jets blew it by acquiring him.

Jeff Darlington says the Jets got off to a disastrous start in their handling of Tebow, contrasting with Denver's delicate treatment of the QB.

Greg Cosell thinks the contrarian Jets are the best landing spot for Tebow relative to football.

Tania Ganguli, the Jags beat writer who broke yesterday's news that Denver had shopped Tebow at the Combine, was arrested at a bar last weekend, but the cops let her go and apologized.

Christmas Ape translates PK's Tebow-centric MMQB and eviscerates Ross Douthat's typically atrocious NYT op-ed; Charles Pierce does the same.

Trimmings

The Colts are scheduled to hold a private workout with Andrew Luck but not RG3.

Pittsburgh expects Rashard Mendenhall to start the season on the PUP list but to play eventually.

St. Louis signed ex-Giants WR Steve Smith; CB Zack Bowman will join the Vikings; 

Scrapple

Mike Lombardi evaluates how teams have handled free agency so far, with Denver's grade dependent upon Manning's health.

Sam Monson examines elusiveness data for running backs; Denver's players were neither at the top or bottom.

Rob Rang lists favorite prospects he deems underrated by others; Matt Bowen evaluates Alabama RB Trent Richardson;

Wes Bunting ranks QB prospects by tiers; for his newest podcast, Doug Farrar speaks with Greg Cosell about QB prospects.

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