Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Mortensen writes that the new CBA will be a 10-year deal, and hopes are that a deal will be reached in time for the players to recertify their union and ratify an agreement on Wednesday, with the owners following suit at their meeting the next day. With an agreement nearing, Mort is hearing the players are looking to be compensated for $320 million in benefits that were lost due to the uncapped 2010 season, and to have franchise tags limited to a one-time use for each player. The other remaining issues as reported previously are resolution of the Brady suit and the TV lockout fund, and worker's comp.
Mortensen also writes that going forward, two-a-day practices will be eliminated from training camps, while OTAs would be shortened and start later than they had in prior years. Teams will reportedly have a 72-hour period to re-sign their own free agents, including in the Broncos' case UFAs DT Marcus Thomas and OT Ryan Harris. As Lindsay Jones reported in June, K Matt Prater and LB Wesley Woodyard will be restricted free agents requiring draft-pick compensation to Denver should other teams sign them.
Dave Krieger chimes in with an insightful look at how Brian Xanders managed to impress John Elway enough for the latter to keep the former around as the Broncos' GM. On short notice, Xanders spent about 20 hours at Elway's home over the course of a few days, explaining to his soon-to-be boss precisely how things had been run under Josh McDaniels' watch and the thinking behind all of the team's 2010 player moves, including the draft. Xanders tells Krieger that although he and McDaniels shared decision-making responsibilities early on, the head coach gradually ended up having total control.
According to Klis, the Broncos are hoping to open training camp on July 28 and expect to sign between 8 and 15 undrafted rookies in addition to their own draft choices. Klis speculates that the guaranteed portion of Von Miller's contract could be as little as $10 million, and that although Denver will not shop Kyle Orton around the league they will of course be willing to entertain offers for him.
Steve Wyche and Bucky Brooks spoke to Tim Tebow from Tahoe.
Elway is in 13th place heading into the last round of the golf tourney at Tahoe, while Tebow is tied for 66th place with Handshake Haley out of 85 competitors.
Daniel Graham's football camp took place yesterday in Loveland.
Mike Freeman is hearing that training camps are likely to be delayed somewhat and that ratification by the players of any possible deal would probably take a few days to complete. Plus, he's told that some players on the Bears and Rams are concerned about the potentially heightened risk of injury from playing in the HOF game with little time to prepare - enough so that some could even consider boycotting it.
Doug Farrar on the issues still remaining.
Bill Rhoden with more of Jim Brown's thoughts on retired players and the CBA talks.
Reggie Bush says he's willing ot restructure his contract to stay in New Orleans.
Old friend Clinton Portis thinks he still has plenty left in the tank and would like to land with a contender.
Seahawks draftee Golden Tate got himself in trouble with NASCAR fans after questioning the athleticism supposedly involved in driving a car.
Gary Myers writes that free agency will be fast and furious, and he thinks DeAngelo Williams to the Broncos makes sense.
In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei writes that coaches expected to be on the hot seat may be cut some extra slack by owners due to the lockout.
Khaled Elsayed's top 10 centers around the league over the past three seasons.
Adrian Peterson would like to kiss Halle Berry's feet, despite not being a "foot guy".
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, he of whiteboard humor fame, has created one of those "Hitler Downfall" clips, this one about the lockout.