The Daily Lard 7-13-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Woody Paige shares more of his conversation with John Fox from last week, discussing the coach's outlook on free agency. As Paige explains, Fox was hamstrung in Carolina by owner Jerry Richardson's two-year austerity plan to prepare for the lockout, which included a lack of significant free-agent signings. Fox told Woody he'd like to build his team primarily through the draft and fill holes via free agency, explaining that the Broncos may not necessarily acquire any of the more expensive veterans available, adding that such players "usually have some baggage."

After Fox reiterates the team's need for another running back, Paige goes on to write that the Broncos should add some defensive tackles, an offensive tackle and a fullback. He also suggests the team should acquire another defensive back and tight end, but Denver already has an abundance of players at those positions, with essentially four TEs likely fighting for three spots (excluding Daniel Coats) and 13 corners and safeties for 9 or 10 spots (not counting Nick Polk and Chevis Jackson). It's hard to picture any veterans wanting to throw themselves into those jam-packed sections of the depth chart, and the lack of OTAs and mini-camps means the coaching staff will have less time to evaluate players.

Broncos


According to Legwold, the Broncos currently have room to sign 18 more players to their roster, although that number doesn't account for RFAs Matt Prater and Wesley Woodyard, who are likely to be retained.

The lawyers for Perrish Cox argued in a filing with the Colorado State Supreme Court for keeping the details of his arrest under wraps.

Tim Tebow visited ESPN's ESPYs style studio and tried on some hats.

The cancellation of Brian Griese's Outward Bound camp was for precautionary reasons due to an injury to an instructor while rock climbing.

A memorial service will be held today in the hometown of Pete Duranko, whose organs have been donated to ALS research.

Daniel Graham's free football camp is this Saturday.

CBA


Albert Breer says the past two days have been productive as the players and owners are due to rejoin negotiations today.

Jason Cole writes that the HOF game is likely to be canceled.

Mike Freeman says the Commish will have his work cut out for him as far as regaining the players' respect goes.

Andrew Brandt focuses in on the dispute over the rookie pay scale.

Trimmings


Michael Irvin is on the cover of this month's Out magazine, in which he speaks out for gay rights and equality and about his relationship with his own late older brother Vaughn, who was gay. Mike FreemanMJD and Mike Florio react.

The Bengals are not happy with the attention brought by a WSJ article that pointed out the high cost of their Cincinnati stadium deal to local taxpayers. (Thanks, Ryan)

Shockingly, the Redskins plan to spend big come free agency.

Georgia RB Caleb King has been declared academically ineligible and will enter the supplemental draft.

Andy Benoit helps us get to know the excellent Greg Cosell of NFL Films, with some kind words from John Fox, among others.

Bucky Brooks thinks the Bills showed desperation by extending Shawne Merriman's contract, and that Peyton Hillis will thrive in Pat Shurmur's offense.

Steve Corkran writes up the Raiders' 2011 outlook for the Sporting News.

Kennedy Ross of CHFF thinks the Jets will need more than defense if they're to repeat their success or get over the hump.

Listeria/Stats


Pat Kirwan turns his focus to the AFC South and NFC South teams and their offseason needs.

PFF's data finds that DeAngelo Williams is among the most elusive backs in the league.

Bill Barnwell includes Laurence Maroney, Robert Ayers, Daniel Coats, old friend Tyler Polumbus and rumored backup QB target Jake Delhomme on his list of the league's 25 least valuable players from 2010.

Here's the rest of Khaled Elsayed's offensive line rankings, topped by the Jets.

Rob Rang and MJD focus on the great QBs atop the list of 2012 NFL prospects.

Scrapple


Chris Brown looks back at the Houston Cougars' run-and-shoot offense under the tutelage of John Jenkins.

The LA Times and NY Times look back at the life of the late Sherwood Schwartz, creator of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island.

The Twittersphere was afire with people who had the misfortune of listening to Chris Berman call the Home Run Derby.

Drew has some pointed words for Mssrs. Goodell, Smith and Florio.

In the latest reminder that you (I) probably suck at golf, a six-year-old girl carded an ace.

SportsGrid shares some of the most hilariously awful commercials to feature pro athletes.

Brian Wilson's cleats for last night's All-Star Game featured his own picture and the phrase "Fear the Beard."

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