The Daily Lard 3-6-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Pittsburgh's decision not to tag Mike Wallace means any team can ink the 25-year-old wideout to a deal the cap-strapped Steelers are presumably unable to match, with only a first-round pick going back as compensation. Of course, this would be quite the bargain for most teams when considering Wallace's young age and exceptional skills, especially if they happen to pick late in this year's first round, like the Broncos, Patriots, and Niners do.

Mike Tanier thinks Denver's abundance of cap space and their need for a playmaking receiver who gets himself open regardless of scheme makes the Broncos a perfect fit for Wallace. Tanier points to Wallace's terrific numbers on screens and bombs as a perfect complement for Tim Tebow's abilities, and he also envisions Denver utilizing Wallace on plenty of end arounds. Sounds like a no-brainer - who wouldn't be happy with Wallace as Denver's 2012 first-round choice? No matter who the QB is long-term in Denver, Wallace would potentially be his immediate favorite target, with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker suddenly finding a lot more room to roam.


Andrew Mason, Mike Klis, and Stuart Zaas on the tagging of Matt Prater.

John Fox says the Broncos did not have a bounty system last year under Dennis Allen, who of course was with the Saints for many years prior. No mention of Jack Del Rio, who employed Gregg Williams as DC in Jacksonville for the 2008 season.

In his latest mailbag, Klis says he'd be surprised to see Wesley Woodyard depart via free agency, and he doesn't see Denver going after Peyton Manning, Mario Williams, Peyton Hillis, or LaMichael James.

Jeff Legwold retraces Marcus Thomas's off-field issues. Why? Who knows...

The most recent data has Tim Tebow's jersey as the second-best seller to that of Aaron Rodgers.

Tebow was asked to do The Bachelor, and obviously he said no; Lindsay Jones thinks Tim would be boring in the role.

Aints/Bounty System

Gregg Williams met with the league yesterday; punishment is expected to be doled out before the March owners' meetings. And contrary to earlier reports, the Redskins will not be investigated; neither will the Bills or Titans.

In typical NFL fashion, the league is changing NFLN programming and deleting/re-uploading footage of the hits brought to the limelight by this latest scandal.

Owner Tom Benson is maintaining public support for GM Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton, whose silence is seen by the league as a failing attempt to isolate Williams as the main guilty party, writes Don Banks.

Here's the NFL's full, unedited announcement regarding their findings from their investigation of the Saints.

The convicted felon who helped fund the Saints' bounty system was also the central figure in the USC scandal that cost the team their share of the BCS title and Reggie Bush his Heisman, and he attempted to defraud the NFL of $350K while working for them before that.

Several players chimed in yesterday: Eli Manning thinks bounties have no place in the game; Bucs QB Josh Freeman says his teammates were on alert for cheap shots when facing New Orleans; LDT thinks this is all part of the game and shouldn't result in harsh punishment; former Redskin Fred Smoot and several teammates say they paid each other for big plays, but not bounties, and they claim that Williams did not direct them to take out specific opponents.

Drew Brees is really pissed about getting tagged by New Orleans; former Saint Kyle Turley thinks the league should consider suspending Brees for presumably turning a blind eye to the bounty system while also serving as VP of the NFLPA's executive committee.

Randy Moss will work out for the Saints today.

Mike Silver expects punishments far worse than what Spygate earned the Pats, and he reminds us of the earlier scandal regarding the Saints' coverup of Payton's pain pill issues; Clark Judge thinks the Rams should fire Williams; Ross Tucker says not to view what the Saints did as cheating; Alex Marvez says the Saints have many problems outside of this scandal


Albert Breer reminds us that the Peyton Manning/Colts saga will be over in the next few days; Jason Cole says the video of Peyton working out at Duke won't convince Indy to keep him; Tony Dungy is holding out hope for Manning to stay.

As expected, San Diego released DE Luis Castillo and chose not to tag WR Vincent Jackson, who reportedly wants to stay with the Chargers; the Bills and Bears are apparently both interested in pursuing Jackson. Buffalo also re-signed WR Stevie Johnson to a five-year deal including $19.5M in guarantees, and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was so excited that he celebrated with a new haircut.

Several players were tagged ahead of yesterday's deadline: KC WR Dwayne Bowe, Pats WR Wes Welker, Lions DE Cliff Avril (non-exclusive), Titans S Michael Griffin, Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer, Jags K Josh Scobee, and Giants P Steve Weatherford. Indy tagged DE Robert Mathis before agreeing to a long-term deal with him.

Cortland Finnegan says the Titans didn't even offer him a contract, so he'll be heading elsewhere.

PFF goes over the offseason needs for the Patriots and Bills.

Mike Mayock updates his prospect positional rankings post-Combine.

Brian Burke says top running backs are paid way too much, especially since they're apparently paid for their gross rushing yardage and past performance.

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