The Daily Lard 7-31-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Former Patriots DE Ty Warren met with the Broncos last night (apparently it's okay for Denver to now show interest in ex-Pats), and according to Legwold, Denver is close to re-signing Marcus Thomas. Perhaps not a sexy or exciting move as he's not new, but a wise one following Thomas' emergence last year. And judging by the surprisingly small contracts (relative to expectations) being doled out to DTs like Cullen Jenkins and Brandon Mebane, it shouldn't cost the Broncos a whole lot. Just a WAG, but a four-year deal for around $16M would seem fair. We'll see, though.

Willis McGahee's four-year deal with the Broncos is pending the results of his physical.

Mike Klis offers up a terrific piece on the relationship between Shannon Sharpe and his late grandmother; Shay Shay is headed to the HOF next Saturday.

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Andrew Mason figures that Willis McGahee will fill the same goal-line back role in Denver that he'd had in Baltimore, while likely getting a few more carries per game than he did with the Ravens.

Mason sees the signing of WR David Anderson as an insurance policy in case any of the Broncos' top receivers get injured.

Von Miller and Quinton Carter were back practicing yesterday after their Friday scares, while D.J. Williams strained a thigh muscle.  Like Mason, LJ says the "popping" of pads at practice has been a bit lighter than in years past.

Legwold checks in on Elvis Dumervil, who says watching the Broncos from home last year was frustrating, although he watched plenty of flim and is heavier and faster now than he was a year ago.

Kiszla rambles on something about Knowshon Moreno.

Video of Fox speaking after practice yesterday, plus Chris Hall's report on the day for Broncos TV.

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Daniel Graham is scheduled to visit with the Steelers.

The Rams have agreed to terms with former Bronco Justin Bannan.

Oakland has signed QB Trent Edwards, re-signed S Michael Huff, re-signed S Khalif Barnes, and released LB Quentin Scott.

San Diego re-signed QB Billy Volek.

The Colts have agreed to a new 5-year deal with Peyton Manning that includes $69M over the first three seasons. Plus, they're releasing CB Kelvin Hayden and bringing back RB Joseph Addai.

The Jets have just landed Plaxico Burress on a one-year deal and reportedly decided not to bring back WR Braylon Edwards.

Nate Clements agreed to join the Bengals.

Philly made another bold addition to their defense by signing Cullen Jenkins. They made room for him by trading DT Broderick Bunkley to Cleveland for a 2012 fifth-rounder.

Minnesota signed WR Michael Jenkins (whom Atlanta had cut), Tennessee re-signed G Leroy Harris and added LB Barrett Ruud, Baltimore re-signed CB Chris Carr, Atlanta re-signed K Matt Bryant, Cleveland brought back K Phil Dawson, Arizona added CB Richard Marshall, and Kevin Faulk returned to the Pats.

Chicago signed DT Amobi Okoye and RB Marion Barber, while C Olin Kreutz may be on his way out.

The Lions have signed LB Stephen Tulloch.

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The NFLPA has completed its recertification as a union.

Shock of all shocks: Brandon Marshall has borderline personality disorder. Okay, no - that's actually not a surprise...

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei writes that Miami wasn't the only team to find Kle Orton's current contract and/or contract demands as too much. Plus, he wonders how John Fox feels about the fact that Jerry Richardson has suddenly opened up the checkbook in a big way after chintzing out while Fox was still there.

Pete Carroll says he expects Tarvaris Jackson to be the Seahawks' starting QB this year.

Some of the PFF writers discuss some of the big moves of free agency so far.

Matt Bowen thinks Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram will be a lethal duo in New Orleans.

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