Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver waived 27-year-old wide receiver Tim Toone yesterday. Toone had been added to the practice squad in January following the injury to Eric Decker and promotion of D'Andre Goodwin to the active roster, and Denver signed him to a future contract a week after that.
Toone was made 2010's Mr. Irrelevant after the Lions drafted him 255th overall out of Weber State, although his prize package for that achievement wasn't quite what Chandler Harnish has been promised. Harnish, it turns out, had been all set to join the Chargers as an undrafted free agent before Indy selected him, and the Raiders and Chiefs had also expressed interest in the Northern Illinois QB.
But back to Toone - Tim (5-10, 185) was made expendable by Denver's addition of undrafted wideouts Eric Page (like Toone, a diminutive returner at 5-10, 190) and Gerell Robinson. So in terms of WR and KR depth, the departure of Toone won't likely be more than a blip on the transaction log. But, then there's THAT HAIR.
Chris Hall interviewed John Fox for BTV to get the coach's feelings on the draft (it was everything they'd hoped!).
Brandon Stokley visited with Vic Lombardi yesterday and says he wasn't surprised by the Brock Osweiler pick, although he could envision Peyton Manning playing out all five years of his deal. And of course, he's excited to be back.
In his Twitter analysis of the second round, Greg Cosell called Derek Wolfe a "10 yr quality player" and says Osweiler "Can make big time NFL throws."
San Diego signed ex-Cardinals lineman Rex Hadnot and are looking to add more veterans; the Chargers drafted PSU lineman Johnnie Troutman in the fifth round despite an injury that is expected to cost him the season.
Old friend Gerard "Big Money" Warren re-signed with the Pats; Indy claimed RB Deji Karim off waivers from Jacksonville; Washington signed ex-Giants LB Jonathan Goff, continuing that perpetual NFCE linebacker incest thing; Atlanta got a $3M cap credit for having had to deal with Michael Vick's bankruptcy.
A recent study suggests football knee injuries occur 40% more often on artificial turf than on natural grass.
In yesterday's MMQB, Peter King says Vikings GM Rick Spielman didn't have any other offers for the #3 pick, and he details the artful moves down the draft board by Niners GM Trent Baalke, who took WFU guard Joe Looney 25 picks later than originally planned, and acquired four extra picks along the way. Let's get this straight - Brian Xanders moved Denver down 11 spots from #25 to #36 and got just a fourth-rounder (#101) out of the two deals, while Baalke slid back from #92 to #117 - a bigger move but one made much later in the draft - and the Niners ended up with an extra sixth-rounder this year, and an extra third-, fifth-, and sixth-rounder next year? WTF, X-Man?
Chris Brown loves Cleveland's selection of Trent Richardson, although he thinks they overpaid; he's less optimistic about Brandon Weeden, out of concerns he will take a while to adjust to the speed of pro football.
Nate Davis didn't see any immediate help for PMFM in the draft, so he calls Peyton one of the draft's losers.
John Clayton's latest I am the Great Trend Detector column includes some real eye-openers: pass rushers and safeties are valuable, teams overpay for QBs, and crappy teams often end up with lots of draft picks. WHO KNEW?!
Wesley Morris was horrified by he suits and hairdos worn by the top draftees at Radio City.
New Steelers guard David DeCastro mistook Big Ben for a team secretary on the phone, and he had to respond to some incredibly stupid questions from the Pittsburgh press.