The Daily Lard 7-28-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Klis says Denver and Miami have been close to a deal for Kyle Orton since Tuesday night, and that Kyle's Denver teammates arrived yesterday expecting him to already have been traded. Now, with no deal imminent (Orton's agent and the Dolphins are apparently still working on a new contract), Orton is due to be at workouts this morning at Dove Valley, and Klis says Kyle will be taking first-team snaps. Hmm. I find this very hard to believe - not that Orton is going to show up, but that the Broncos would let him do more than stand around or risk an injury that would blow up any trade and force them to pay his full salary this year.

Meanwhile, Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald still says Orton would have to rework his contract even if the Broncos were to hang onto him, and that Orton's agent talked with the Dolphins past 11pm last night. Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel writes that the Broncos have been seeking a conditional third-round pick for Orton, and that the two sides last night were "inching closer to a deal."

Elsewhere, Legwold says the Broncos are interested in Rams TE Daniel Fells and Cowboys DE Stephen Bowen. Plus, Denver is pursuing former Colts DT Daniel Muir, as are the Rams.

Broncos


Matt Prater and Wesley Woodyard are expected to sign their tenders tomorrow, the first day they can do so. Both should be making $1.835M unless Denver gives them new deals.

Kiszla thinks Orton deserves a more graceful exit from Denver, and that really he never had a chance. No kidding...where have we heard that?

Captain Journalism is hanging onto his claim that Denver needs to trade Orton for cap room.

Lyndsey Lindsay Jones on the Gaffney/Jarmon trade; Gaff told LJ that he "enjoyed it here."

Legwold passionately shares the consensus thoughts of every professional football scout in the country on the Broncos' 17 undrafted rookies.

Mario Fannin thinks Denver provided the best situation for him.

Elvis Dumervil has put on 14 pounds, and he's now up to 258, while Brian Dawkins is excited to get "back to some normalcy."

Here's video of Dumervil's presser from yesterday, plus a group of clips from Brian Dawkins, Brandon Lloyd and Mario Haggan.

Transactions


The Chiefs signed WR Steve Breaston, reuniting him with Handshake Haley, lost their NT Ron Edwards to Carolina, signed their seventh-rounder, re-signed S Jon McGraw, and added 10 UDFAs.

San Diego gave S Eric Weddle $19M in guarantees to stick around, re-signed Antwan Barnes, and signed second-rounder Jonas Mouton.

Oakland re-signed LS Jon Condo, signed draftees Denarius Moore and Taiwan Jones, and added 14 UDFAs.

The Patriots have apparently traded a 2013 fifth-rounder for Albert Haynesworth!

The Jets gave WR Santonio Holmes a whopping $24M guaranteed to stick around.

The Colts re-signed K Adam Vinatieri and S Melvin Bullitt, Seattle signed G Robert Gallery, Detroit added LB Justin Durant, Houston re-signed QB Matt Leinart, WR Jacoby Jones and T Rashad Butler, the Saints re-signed WR Lance Moore, Cleveland will cut QB Jake Delhomme, Minnesota re-signed Ryan Longwell, San Fran re-signed DE Ray McDonald, Buffalo re-signed CB Drayton Florence, the Bucs re-upped with LB Quincy Black, Green Bay re-signed K Mason Crosby, and the Falcons re-signed LB Stephen Nicholas.

The Bengals signed QB Bruce Gradkowski, reuniting him with new OC Jay Gruden.

The Steelers will release G Max Starks.

No word yet on what he was guaranteed (surely this is really a one-year deal), but Matt Hasselbeck got a three-year deal with Tennessee for $21M.

Obviously, Donovan McNabb had to renegotiate his hilarious contract to complete his trade to the Vikings. Surely, the new deal will sound equally ridiculous.

The Cowboys have re-signed G Kyle Kosler, while the Skins have also added WR Donte' Stallworth and our old friend Brandon "Slot Machine" Stokley, and the G-Men gave Tom Coughlin a one-year extension.

Carolina re-signed RB DeAngelo Williams and LBs James Anderson and Thomas Davis, while adding K Olindo Mare.

Seattle signed WR Sidney Rice.

Former Packers lineman Daryn Colledge has signed with the Cardinals.

Rosterbation


Word is the Kevin Kolb trade to Arizona in return for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be completed by Friday, but the hangup (like with Orton) is the contract for Kolb.

It appears that Reggie Bush is headed to Miami via trade.

Nnamdi Asomugha's top suitors are apparently the Jets, Texans and Niners, although the Cowboys and Packers are apparently also interested.

Sounds like Plaxico Burress is going back to either the Giants or Steelers.

Titans RB Chris Johnson and Eagles WR DeSean Jackson are both scheduled to make a pittance relative to their production and are holding out.

Trimmings


In considering all the QB movement and potential moves, Steve Wyche wonders if Orton is that much of an upgrade over Chad Henne. Plus, Andrew Brandt's thoughts on some of the QB moves.

Don Banks also shares his QB-related reactions, among them that the Broncos have telegraphed their plans to start Tebow and may get less from Miami because of it. Sounds like purely his speculation, but we'll see...

Mike Freeman says all these vets have the new CBA and rookie wage scale to thank for their huge new contracts.

Nathan Jahnke analyzes Shanny's collecting of old receivers, while Bucky Brooks looks at Seattle's collection of craptastic quarterbacks.

Matt Bowen isn't liking the blowback to the giant contract his safety brethren Weddle received.

Jack Bechta's advice to rookies.

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