The Daily Lard 3-8-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The details on Kevin Vickerson's new contract are out, and it includes a $1 million signing bonus and a potential value of $4.75 million over two seasons. Plus, Kyle Orton is due to receive his $1.5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the new league year (in addition to his salary which is just under $7.4 million), while John Elway and John Fox are headed to Auburn's pro day today.


Klis leads off his mailbag by talking about the possibilty of replacement players; but how can you have replacement players without a strike? Aside from that, he discusses the middle linebacker spot, says he thinks Tim Tebow will be the starting quarterback and that Kyle Orton will be traded (unless there's a shortened offseason), and covers the HOF and Ring of Fame eligibility of a few Broncos legends.

Williamson focuses on Orton's fourth-quarter and third-down struggles from 2010.

It's an important point, and I suppose we'll hear this a zillion more times if there really is one, but Legwold says a lockout would be especially hurtful to a team like Denver due to a stunted offseason.

Yet another story about Elway's transition into his new job with the Broncos.

Several ex-Broncos are on the ballot for this year's College Football HOF selection.

Tebow is expected to be the keynote speaker at a high school scholar-athlete awards dinner in Naples, FL.

AFC West

Acee considers a bunch of draft prospects for San Diego.

Canepa likes the Chargers' signing of Bob Sanders.

Chargers owner Dean Spanos met with the SD mayor to discuss funding options for a new stadium.

Chuck Bresnahan, who was Oakland's DC under Bill Callahan, will reprise that role for Hue Jackson.

The Raiders placed a second-round tender on C Samson Satele.


AJ Hawk received an $8 million signing bonus as a part of his new deal in Green Bay.

Carnell Lake will return to the Steelers, as their secondary coach.

Steve Sabol of NFL Films suffered a seizure and is stable in a KC hospital.

Andrew Brandt says the CBA talks are all about risk.

Joe Fortenbaugh considers the best undrafted players in history, including Rod Smith.

KSK makes sense of PK's MMQB.

Barnwell looks back at FO's Wisdom of Crowds relative to running backs.

If you're really hurting for something to read, here's John Clayton's mailbag.

In a real shocker, SCOTUS has much better things to do than hear an appeal from some loser Jets fan.

Tom Zbikowski has challenged Chad Johnson to fight him in a charity boxing match.

Browns fans have apparently not moved on from the rage of losing three AFC Championships to the Broncos. They're threatening their own team's players now...

Oh my. Tom Brady is apparently growing a ponytail.


Bucky Brooks looks at the stars of the Combine and says Robert Quinn has a chance to go first overall.

However, Mike Lombardi thinks the Panthers should go with Blaine Gabbert.

Rob Rang updates his big board and thinks the standout prospects are Patrick Peterson, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus and AJ Green.

Wes Bunting details some of the changes to NFP's big board.

Walter Football on the many choices Carolina has at number one.

Matt Bowen on what to expect from pro days, which Farrar thinks tend to help top QB prospects.

Here's a partial transcription of a radio interview from Marcell Dareus. Here's the podcast.

Farrar profiles Temple DL Muhammad Wilkerson, Texas CB Aaron Williams and VA Tech RB Ryan Williams.

Legwold profiles Georgia Tech cornerback Mario Butler, who knows Tebow and Demaryius Thomas well.

Adam Rank considers the Panthers' worst draft picks ever (all were pre-John Fox).

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