Token tenders Lard 3-3-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Just to reinforce an important point that came up last night regarding the Broncos' tenders: Ryan Harris, Marcus Thomas and Kevin Vickerson will be unrestricted free agents if the next season is to be played under a new CBA. In other words, the only way Denver's contract tenders will have any true meaning is if the 2011 season is played without a CBA, which is a practical impossibility. If anything, offering tenders to these players (as most/all teams did with their younger veterans) can be viewed as just a gesture to express the team's interested in retaining them.

However, Matt Prater and Wesley Woodyard were scheduled to be restricted free agents this offseason no matter what - so their tenders do in fact mean that a team would have to give up a second-round pick to sign either of them, which one would have to think the Broncos would gladly accept with two open and extended arms. Prater may be a terrific kicker and Woodyard an excellent special teamer, but a second-rounder for each? Yes, please!!!

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Legwold writes that the Broncos were particularly impressed by Bama DT Marcell Dareus, Wisco DE JJ Watt, Nevada DE Dontay Moch, A&M CB Von Miller, LSU CB Patrick Peterson and North Carolina safety Da'Norris Searcy.

Klis says Daniel Graham is likely to head elsewhere at a lower salary than he was due in Denver.

Williamson checks in on John Elway and his new role as a FO head man; frankly, the only thing here we haven't heard/read before is a quote from Shanny towards the bottom.

At the Honday Classic, Tim Tebow said he expects he'll work out with some of the Broncos' centers, backs and receivers in the event of a lockout.

Tebow drove the first green from 339 yards out, but turned it into a dreadful three-putt par. The Palm Beach Post offers up a more detailed summary of Tebow's round, which included three birdies but must not have been very good overall, since nobody's reporting the score...

John Elway spoke with Gil Whiteley on Mile High Sports Radio yesterday - here's a partial transcription and the podcast.

Hilariously, PK thinks that Elway saying that Tebow "was very raw" in December is vindication for his own TV debacle.

Heck, even Williamson isn't buying the FO smokescreen and thinks Tebow will be the starter.

AFC West

Tafur points out that although the Raiders handed out some big contracts in recent weeks, there were no signing bonuses.

San Diego tendered nine veterans, but seven of them will be UFAs under a new CBA; WR Legedu Naanee was not tendered.

Acee looks ahead to the Chargers' draft; they're loaded, with five picks in the first three rounds.

Teicher wonders if Charlie Weis ditched Handshake Haley in expectation of a lockout-induced pay cut. Considering how much cash he got to suck at ND, it's doubtful...

In his latest AFCW mock, Williamson has Denver taking Da'Quan Bowers.


A few of the league's key executives met with mediator George Cohen last night.

Andrew Brandt presents the possible outcomes of the labor negotiations.

Don Banks doesn't have high hopes for a quick resolution.

Jeff Pash says the owners would be open to extending the deadline for a new deal.

Jason Cole thinks the labor impasse will end up being played out in court.


Haloti Ngata signed his franchise tender but hopes to stick in Baltimore long term.

Although AJ Hawk was cut by the Packers yesterday, it's expected he'll sign a new deal today.

Pats guard Stephen Neal is retiring after ten seasons.

The G-Men re-signed RB DJ Ware and former Broncos draftee WR Domenik Hixon.

Bob Sanders visited the Jets. Plus, Jason Taylor would like to stay in NJ. Don't ask me why (sorry, Dennis).

The following teams extended restricted tenders yesterday: San Francisco, Miami, Cincinnati, MinnesotaHouston and Carolina (including Legwold's favorite big and tough RB DeAngelo Williams).

Bowen thinks the weakness of this year's safety class will help the negotiating power of OJ Atogwe and Bob Sanders.

Tanier covers the NFC North for FO's postseason series.

CP was gracious in speaking about his time in DC and departure from the Skins.

Rich Eisen ran the forty in a suit. Oh my.

After weeks of speaking through a "confidant" Carson Palmer finally told Cincinnati how he really feels about them.


In Bunting's latest mock, he has Denver taking Nick Fairley.

So does Pat Kirwan, who thinks Da'Quan Bowers will be the top pick.

Charles Davis also has Fairley headed to the Broncos, with Cam Newton going first to the Panthers.

Gil Brandt offers up his post-Combine tiered ranking of the top 100 prospects.

Lombardi interprets some of the more notable Combine workouts.

Julio Jones led Farrar's list of Combine risers, while Ryan Mallett topped the list of fallers.

Bowen thinks Cam Newton definitely belongs in the top ten.

After his ridiculous Combine performance, Jones will have foot surgery this weekend.

Tanier explains why it's not so great for lineman to be really tall.

Rob Rang on Missouri DE Aldon Smith, who says he welcomes a move to LB in the NFL.

Here's a real puzzler from Farrar - he postulates that pure speed isn't that important to DBs, and his proof is that Stanford Routt (who ran a 4.27 before he was drafted) says so. More proof? Darrelle Revis, who ran a 4.38 at his Pro Day.

Fortenbaugh shares his top 20 draft busts from the past 13 years.

Adam Rank tries to list the top 6 draft busts of all time for the Green & White of NJ, which is sort of like Charlie Sheen trying to list his 3 favorite drugs or 10 favorite lays.

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