The Daily Lard 7-29-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Nothing brewing on the Kyle Orton-to-Miami talk, and Mike Klis says it continues to be a matter of Kyle and the Dolphins trying to work out a new contract. Hopefully Miami GM Jeff Ireland & Co. realize they're dealing with a new reality thanks to the rookie wage scale and eye-popping veteran contracts such as those signed by Kevin Kolb and Eric Weddle, among others.

Meanwhile, Krieger claims the Dolphins are in fact trying to give the Broncos less for Orton, laughably comparing the QB to washed-up 34-year-old drama queen Donovan McNabb and the two sixth-rounders the Vikings gave up to acquire him. Krieger also says Miami would want Orton to have a much lower cap number this season, while Orton wants a long enough deal to learn a new offense and not just be another team's flavor-of-the-week QB. In a remarkable turn (since DP writers don't ever correct themselves publicly), Krieger admitted he screwed up royally with his cap-room-armageddon article the other day. Well, he sort of admitted it. You know, it wasn't his fault...

The Broncos apparently offered Justin Bannan a one-year deal, but plenty of teams including the Rams are ready to give him a longer deal. And on a random note, TJ and I were discussing this yesterday - has anyone noticed that the presence of Warren Sapp on NFLN has made our old pal Jamie Dukes seem like the voice of reason, sanity and intelligence?

Broncos


Andrew Mason shares his thoughts on the Broncos' first day of practice, where Eddie Royal and Orlando Franklin (wearing Ryan Harris' old #74) played with the first-team offense. Franklin says Chris Kuper sent him the playbook during the lockout. See, this is the sharing I was talking about! Sharing is caring, folks... Meanwhile, Royal and Syd'Quan Thompson returned punts, and Russ Hochstein was the second-team center. Whither Twitter king Eric Olsen?

Royal says he first injured his hip during last season's opener in Jacksonville, and that he's up to full speed after pushing through rehab.

Legwold says the Broncos talked to Stephen Bowen but found him too pricey (he landed in Washington for $14M in guarantees), hanging onto his incorrect claim that the Broncos can't spend that kind of cash.

Here's Mason's take on the awkwardness of the QB situation.

LJ on the rookie signings.

Sounds like Robert Ayers will be back wearing #56 this year, as Reebok is trying to make him pay for their inventory of old jerseys.

Omar Kelly speculates that Ricky Williams could find interest from Denver.

Here's a partial transcript and podcast of Brandon Lloyd talking with The Fan on Wednesday.

Practice photos from the DP.

Transactions


The Chiefs released G Brian Waters, WR Chris Chambers and DB Jackie Bates, and signed seven of their draftees.

San Diego will bring back RB Mike Tolbert but rescinded their tender to LB Antwan Applewhite, and they cut WR Buster Davis.

Oakland apparently took a shot at adding Chad Johnson, and they lost LB Thomas Howard to the Bengals.

Houston gave CB Johnathan Joseph a five-year deal with $23.5M guaranteed, taking them out of the Asomugha sweepstakes.

The Pats added Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth for a pair of fifth-rounders and a sixth-rounder.

WR/QB Brad Smith has left the Jets for their rival Bills.

Vince Young was cut by the Titans and has agreed to join the Eagles.

The G-Men are bringing back Mathias Kiwanuka.

DE Jason Babin followed his D-line coach from the Titans back to the Eagles.

The Bears dealt TE Greg Olsen to the Panthers for a third-rounder and just agreed to terms with WR Roy Williams. Perhaps he and Cutler can swap engagement stories...

Carolina made another big signing by retaining Jon Beason with $25M in guarantees. Keep in mind, they had a long way to go just to reach the salary floor. Meanwhile, WR Steve Smith says he now wants to stay in Carolina.

T Tyson Clabo has re-signed with the Falcons.

QB Kevin Kolb got $21M in guarantees as part of a $63.5M extension with the Cardinals, who dealt Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd-rounder to Philly for him.

At least we don't have Darren Sproles to worry about anymore - he chose to join the Saints over returning to San Diego.

Washington signed DE Stephen Bowen away from the Cowboys.

The Niners created a chunk of cap rooom by cutting CB Nate Clements, and then they added K David Akers.

Seattle has signed DT Alan Branch.

Rosterbation


Mike LombardiDoug Farrar and Matt Bowen react to the Haynesworth deal, while Andrew Brandt looks back at his ill-fated marriage with Washington.

Vinny Cerrato somehow doesn't regret having signed Haynesworth. In another example why Cerrato is no longer running the Skins, he once offered the Bengals two first-rounders for Chad Johnson. And of course, what does it say about Mike Brown that he didn't take the deal?

Don Banks reacts to the day's moves, while Jason Cole grades the QB movement so far.

Matt Bowen explains the logic behind the Cards' move to land Kolb.

Trimmings


Yikes. Jack Bechta says agents for some first-round picks are trying to get teams to pay later-round choices less money than expected to slip more into the top picks' contracts. Sleazy, but I suppose that's what they do...

Jason Whitlock says Donovan McNabb has run out of excuses, while the always entertaining Vikings P Chris Kluwe says that if McNabb is to get his #5 jersey, he'll have to promote Kluwe's band during his pressers.

Bill Rhoden thinks the NFL's veterans were wrong to sacrifice rookie salaries in the new CBA. Chase Stuart thinks so, too.

In his latest Walkthrough, Mike Tanier reacts to the wild week's transactions so far and says John Elway would have thrived in any era.

Who else but the Raiders would have a cheerleader who is a grandmother?

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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