The Daily Lard 4-21-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the reason the Eagles and Broncos did not complete a deal to send CB Asante Samuel to Denver is that the Broncos and Samuel were unable to agree to a renegotiated contract. The 10th-year corner has expressed a willingness to rework his deal, but apparently the two sides haven't yet been able to find common ground.

And while Mike Klis's story from yesterday suggests that Denver has given up hope of completing a deal, McLane's account makes it sound more open-ended:

While Samuel has agreed to restructure the remaining two years of his contract - he's slated to earn $10 million this season and $11.5 million next season - he has yet to consent to some other requests by Denver, sources said.

McLane also says the Eagles "appear willing to take whatever they can get before the draft starts Thursday," so this truly isn't a matter of Denver Philly playing chicken.

Broncos

The impassioned one thinks the depth of this year's DT class means Denver doesn't need to spend a first-rounder to find a solid prospect. He says the team "is encouraged by" the progress of Ty Warren's rehab, and they have high expectations for Justin Bannan and Ben Garland. In other words, don't be that surprised if Denver again fails to come away with a tackle next weekend.

Legwold expects the Broncos will add a linebacker at some point next week, and he says Von Miller has been helping Gamecocks DE Melvin Ingram prepare for the draft. Meanwhile, Von was unable to look past his school affiliation while offering his evaluations of RG3 and Ryan Tannehill.

In his next examination of kickoff times, Scott Kacsmar turns his attention to night games, discovering that home teams have had an increasing advantage in Thursday night games, but MNF offers no greater advantage for home teams than do other kickoff times. FWIW, Denver's one Thursday game is on the road at Oakland, while their other four night games are split evenly between home and road.

Big Play Shay says he doesn't live in Colorado because he wants to be able to go out in public without having to talk football.

Gary Zimmerman says he could have come out of retirement this year had Denver kept Tim Tebow, since they'd only be throwing "four passes a game."

Trimmings

Sadly, the league has its next Dave Duerson/Shane Dronett/Andre Waters, as ex-Falcons S Ray Easterling committed suicide at age 62. Easterling had apparently been suffering from memory loss, insomnia and depression for over 20 years; last year he was diagnosed with dementia, and he was part of the first group of players to file a class-action suit against the NFL for their handling of head injuries.

Former Bengals and Eagles TE Matt Schobel has filed suit as a solo plaintiff against the league for the same reasons, while ex-Packers TE Mark Chmura is the lead plaintiff in a new class-action suit which also includes Paul Gruber and Rocket Ismail.

Magically, after the Commish paid Minnesota state officials a visit, a state senate committee passed a measure to help subsidize a new stadium for the Vikings.

Apparently, fans in attendance will be able to see the same video replays the referee does while reviewing challenges.

Oakland signed ex-Giants WR Duke Calhoun; LB Rolando McClain settled a lawsuit which accused him of striking a fellow Alabama student with his vehicle. Of course, McClain is still facing trial for allegedly threatening a man and firing a gun near his head, which was followed by his own epic arrest photo.

New Orleans reworked LB Jonathan Vilma's contract in anticipation of a league suspension, and they gave CB Jabari Greer an extension.

The Giants extended LS Zak DeOssie; T Marc Colombo retired yesterday as a Cowboy; New England hosted free agent RBs Joseph Addai, Tim Hightower, and Ryan Grant this week.

Turns out Ray Lewis will not be called to testify in the Nate Webster sex trial.

Mockery

ASU's Vontaze Burfict claims that whoever drafts him (if anyone does) will get "a great middle linebacker."

Another NFL scout who fancies himself a psychoanalyst thinks USC tackle Matt Kalil has a sense of entitlement about him.

A study shows that of course, players with rap sheets get drafted lower than if they had clean records.

Mike Tanier scouts Alabama S Mark Barron; Doug Farrar evaluates Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick; Russ Lande checks on Alabama RB Trent Richardson; Matt Waldman breaks down SDSU QB Ryan Lindley and Wisco QB Russell Wilson.

Farrar and Greg Cosell discuss defensive linemen and outside linebacker prospects in their latest podcast. Plus, Cosell evaluates some more of his favorite undervalued prospects.

Khaled Elsayed reviews the 08-10 drafts of the RavensPackers, and 49ers.

Wes Bunting has Denver going with Georgia TE Orson Charles in his third-round mock.

Scrapple

Mike Lombardi responded to Blaine Gabbert's ire with an open letter reminding the QB how much he sucked last year.

Ben Stockwell completes his look at run defense with C- and D-Gap coverage, with the Broncso ranking among the very best in defending the C-gaps.

Aaron Schatz examines broken tackles data from the defensive perspective, finding Joe Mays among the worst and Von Miller, Wesley Woodyard, and Chris Harris among the best. As a team, Denver tied for tenth-best.

Brian Urlacher + Jenny McCarthy? This cannot possibly end well.

Like the Detroit Lions before them, the NHL is apparently unaware of the level of Nickelback's suckitude.

Will Brinson thinks Arkansas should hire Sean Payton for a year.

The KSK crew chooses notorious career-ending injuries (including death) for their latest mock draft.

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

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