The Daily Lard 7-27-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As far as defensive tackles go, Mike Klis says the Broncos are going after Seattle's Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel of Miami. Denver is apparently interested in Cullen Jenkins, but he may prove too expensive, and the Saints' Remi Ayodele is a natural fit due to his familiarity with Dennis Allen, although no word on whether Denver has contacted him. Plus, Legwold says the Broncos are in on Aubrayo Franklin and Derek Landri.

Klis also suspects the Kyle Orton talk will heat up once Matt Hasselbeck decides where he's going, and he thinks there could be more interest in Orton than for Kevin Kolb due to Denver's lower asking price for Orton than Philly's for Kolb.

In the running back department, Klis says the Broncos are interested in Willis McGahee and Jason Snelling, may deem DeAngelo Williams too pricey and could be interested in Jerome Harrison, also known as the guy pushed out of Cleveland by Peyton Hillis.

Finally, it appears that Brian Dawkins will in fact rework his deal with the Broncos.


Andrew Mason and LJ/Ben Hochman on the opening of Dove Valley.

Legwold says the Broncos' total dollar amount with which to sign their draft choices amounts to $44.65 million.

Ahh, nothing like the blind leading the blind. Taking the cue of Captain Journalism, Krieger says the reason Denver will trade Orton is because they're in desperate need of cap space and goes on to detail all the dead money they're supposedly bogged down by. Never mind the fact that dead money won't count for players cut prior to March 11, 2011.

Mason thinks former Gophers QB Adam Weber found himself a good fit in Denver.

Rookie jersey numbers: Von Miller 58, Rahim Moore 26, Virgil Green 85, Julius Thomas 80.

Videos from the pressers of Robert Ayers, Von Miller, and snippets from the pressers of Kevin Vickerson, Britton Colquitt and Mike Mohamed.

Here's the Broncos' training camp schedule and the finalized preseason schedule.


San Diego imported LB Takeo Spikes from San Fran, re-signed Jeromey Clary, hope to retain Kevin Burnett and Eric Weddle, signed 19 UDFAs, and will release Jyles Tucker, who may be joined by Antwan Applewhite and Buster Davis. Plus, Vincent Jackson is expected to sign his franchise tender and report. Finally, Randy McMichael will re-up for another year and the Chargers are competing with the Jets to retain Antwan Barnes.

The Raiders have re-signed Jarvis Moss to a one-year deal. Plus, they're in a bidding war with the Niners for S Dashon Goldson and are also trying to sign T Jared Gaither.

Kansas City brought back one-time friend Casey Wiegmann, along with WR Terrance Copper and DB Travis Daniels; plus, they are working on re-signing nut-grabbing DL Shaun Smith and S Jon McGraw.

Wow. The Jets are talking with Nnamdi Asomugha, who is so scarred by playing for Oakland that he'll take less money to play for a winner. Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez may rework his deal to help land Asomugha and re-sign Santonio Holmes and/or Braylon Edwards.

The Pats are releasing Tully Banta-Cain, while Logan Mankins is expected to sign his franchise tender and report. Kerry Byrne considers Mankins' value.

Baltimore re-signed G Marshal Yanda and hope to bring back Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and Kelly Gregg to more team-friendly deals.

Cincy is sticking to their guns and say they will not trade Carson Palmer, who they consider to be retired.

Pittsburgh has agreed to terms on a new deal with Ike Taylor, while the Texans are keeping Jacoby Jones.

Jacksonville has signed Paul Posluszny.

Turns out the Vikes and Skins do have an agreement on Donovan McNabb, pending his acceptance of a new contract. Meanwhile, the Skins have reportedly come to terms with Barry Cofield and re-upped with Santana Moss.

Philly is having trouble finding someone to dish out the first-rounder they're demanding for Kevin Kolb.

The G-Men are releasing veteran linemen Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara but added undrafted LB Mark Herzlich and may bring back Plaxico Burress.

Green Bay is releasing Nick Barnett.

The Cowboys are cutting Roy Williams, Marion Barber, Leonard Davis and Kris Brown, and they've re-signed Doug Free.

The Falcons apparently went after Charles Johnson hard, but Carolina ended up paying him way more ($32M in guarantees) than Atlanta or the Broncos offered.

The Bucs have already signed 1st-rounder Adam Adrian Clayborn.

Seattle signed QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart and Matt Hasselbeck will not be back. Plus, they're going after Sidney Rice.

As expected, the Niners brought back Alex Smith on a one-year contract.

The Rams have signed Quintin Mikell.


Teams have until 4pm tomorrow to forego workout bonuses by cutting players, so Mike Freeman figures we'll see lots of that happening.

FO's Brian McIntyre goes over each team's cap-related cuts and possible renegotiations.

Bill Barnwell shares his thoughts on all the top free-agent names.

Wes Bunting revisits his list of the top 10 undrafted players and where they ended up.

Bucky Brooks sees Brandon Mebane as one of the lesser-known free agents who could make an impact.


The players and owners told Judges Doty and Nelson they've settled their TV insurance, antitrust and collusion cases.

Meanwhile, the NFLPA released a video thanking fans for their support and patience.

Andrew Brandt shares his final thoughts on the lockout, including his winners and losers.

Mike Lombardi says the relationship Robert Kraft developed with De Smith was the key to the negotiations' peaceful ending.

Meanwhile, Peter King praises the work Smith has done so far.

Doug Farrar reiterates the notion that Roger Goodell must handle players differently going forward.

Ross Tucker thinks the early season will feature ugly football.

Greg Gabriel argues that rookie free agents won big with this year's circumstances.

Clark Judge hopes the players never give in to the owners' hopes for an 18-game season. Me, too.

Ohio State apparently declared Terrelle Pryor ineligible going forward in order to help him gain entry to the NFL.

Khaled Elsayed grades the top safeties from the past three years.

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