The Daily Lard 7-21-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Woody Paige thinks that once Tim Tebow proves his worth in the preseason, the Broncos will be able to land both a veteran player and conditional pick in return for Kyle Orton from either Arizona, Seattle, Miami or Tennessee. He also seems to backtrack from his earlier claim that Josh McDaniels was convinced by the front office to extend Orton's contract last year rather than trade him. Rather, Paige writes that McDaniels himself realized last August that Tebow was not ready to be the starting QB. Plus, he says that the ex-coach traded for Brady Quinn not to be the backup necessarily, but to compete with Orton for the starting gig (before drafting Tebow or even knowing he'd want/be able to acquire him). Finally, Woody writes that starting Orton for one more year would be the best (if impractical) solution to allow Tebow more time to develop, and that Kyle is unwilling to stick around as Tebow's backup.

Meanwhile, Mike Klis expects Denver to sign as many as 15 undrafted free agents and import four to seven veterans, in addition to their own draft choices. He says Pat Bowlen, Joe Ellis, John Elway, Brian Xanders, cap guru Mike Bluem and general counsel Rich Slivka will all be in Atlanta today representing the team, with Bowlen, Ellis and Slivka having arrived on Tuesday to study the proposed CBA. Plus, the Broncos are hoping to have their players arrive for training camp next Wednesday and start practicing the following day.

CBA


Jeff Pash says he expects both sides to vote on the new CBA today.

According to ESPN, the owners agreed to provide much stronger medical benefits to players, including an injury protection benefit and the option to remain in the league's health care plan for life. Plus, salaries for first- and second-year players will increase annually over the length of the CBA by 10 and 12 percent, respectively.

Jason Cole believes the players threw the named plaintiffs under a bus and won't find star players sticking up for them in the next labor dispute.

Jack Bechta expects teams will sign fewer undrafted players than usual this year, and that veteran free agency will be chaotic.

Gary Myers has 10 post-lockout questions and thinks John Fox has a leg up on all the other new coaches.

Andrew Brandt on the latest labor developments.

Broncos


Mike Klis says we can expect Von Miller to end up with a four-year deal worth between $20 million and $30 million. Good year to have the #2 pick...

Legwold thinks the dead money from previous contracts will still be applied to the 2011 salary cap. I'm skeptical, with the "guaranteed spend" feature of the new CBA, but we'll know soon enough.

Steve Wyche spoke to Tebow for NFLN about transitioning to the NFL - about the speed of the pro game, the importance of understanding the offense, playing/sitting and his expectations that the Broncos' offense will not change all that much.

Brandon Lloyd was on CBS4 on Monday and answered a few viewer questions.

Here's a blurb on the official site about Shannon Sharpe's HOF enshrinement on Aug 6.

Chargers LB Shaun Phillips isn't really sure how he feels about Tebow.

Trimmings


Former Panthers and Jets NT Kris Jenkins has decided to retire after missing most of the last two seasons due to knee injuries.

The wife of Pats owner Robert Kraft passed away Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

Things suddenly aren't looking good for the Vikings in terms of getting a new stadium.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by a group of 75 retired players focuses not only on the NFL's hiding of information on brain injuries, but also on teams' mismanagement of those concussions.

Matt Bowen on the impact of eliminating two-a-days and the increased importance of position coaches this year.

Among key free agents, Bucky Brooks thinks Denver is the best possible landing spot for DeAngelo Williams and OG Tyson Clabo, who was once in Broncos camp. Plus, CHFF sees Panthers DE Charles Johnson as a great fit for the Broncos.

Eric Edholm thinks it's not too late for a few AFCW draft busts to find their way.

PFF's free agency views on the NFC West and NFC South teams.

Andy Benoit says it's not clear where Donovan McNabb will end up, although his favorite destination for the QB is Seattle.

Don Banks believes the Skins will be going on their annual shopping spree.

PFF's missed tackle data shows that Justin Bannan is among the surest tackling linemen and D.J. Williams ranks highly among LBs. Of course, Champ Bailey rates as one of the best among defensive backs.

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