The Daily Lard 8-1-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's no hotter topic in Dove Valley than the Broncos' tight ends, as Denver is about to have six of them, pending the results of Dante Rosario's physical. Andrew Mason says that rookie Julius Thomas has already been showing rapid progress over the first several days of camp, and that while Virgil Green has also been impressive, it's Thomas who has shown more refinement. Mason figures the signing of Rosario and Daniel Fells could spell trouble for incumbent TEs Richard Quinn and Dan Gronkowski.

Meanwhile, Mike Klis writes that Fells will compete with Quinn for the starting blocking TE job, while Rosario, Gronkowski and perhaps even Thomas will fight to be the starting receiving TE. According to Klis, the Broncos' FO decided to pursue Fells and Rosario only recently - days before the start of training camp.

Plus, Klis says that Ty Warren is expected to decide today where he'll be playing this season.


Marcus Thomas is back on a one-year deal and was also pursued by the Giants.

Mason checks in with Willis McGahee, who of course says he's got plenty left in the tank. LJ does the same.

LenDale White was held out yesterday due to back spasms, while Dominic Douglas was released.

Not that he ever bothered to correct his claims that Denver is right up against the salary cap, Captain Journalism is now turning to the theory that the Broncos are crunched for cash, and that's why they didn't land any big-name free agents. Rather, Legwold says the team has been offering players shorter deals for less money than have other teams, although they have offered Ty Warren a multiyear contract.

LJ goes over the Broncos' options at running back.

Captain Obvious says that how quickly the Broncos find success depends upon how fast they fix their defense. No, really.

Dusty Saunders examines the competition for Broncos fans' viewership between KUSA-9 and KCNC-4.


Daniel Graham is joining the Titans.

S Michael Huff re-upped with the Raiders, while WR Jacoby Ford broke his hand yesterday. TE Zach Miller is expected to re-sign.

San Diego placed TE Antonio Gates and LB Larry English on the PUP list, but since they haven't practiced at all yet they can come off the list anytime before the regular season starts. Meanwhile, CB Antoine Cason, who is expected to replace Darren Sproles as the team's punt returner, broke a finger and will have surgery to repair it.

DE Wallace Gilberry signed his tender to remain with the Chiefs.

The Falcons re-signed G Justin Blalock, Washington re-signed T Jammal Brown and LB H.B. Blades, and Houston re-signed RB Arian Foster.

FB Vonta Leach got a three-year deal from the Ravens worth a reported $11M; the Broncos had expressed interest in the former Texan.

OctoDad got a four-year deal worth a reported $32M to remain with the Jets, which should either help him catch up on his child support and/or go have some more kids!

Matt Light re-upped with the Pats.

The Bengals are bringing Cedric Benson back for another year, while Deuce Lutui failed his physical in Cincy, so he's going back to Arizona.

Green Bay re-signed WR James Jones, while former Packers LB Nick Barnett is headed to Buffalo.

The Bears signed ex-Seahawks C Chris Spencer, and their own Olin Kreutz may retire now that they don't need him anymore.

Frank Gore is tired of the daily $30K fines and is ending his holdout.

The Cards signed TE Todd Heap and traded RB Tim Hightower to Shanny in return for old friend Vonnie Holliday and a draft choice.

Seattle has released LB Lofa Tatupu.


Here's the trailer for BMarsh's documentary on his struggles with borderline personality disorder. We may kick him when he's down a bit here, but what he's doing requires a ton of courage; hopefully he emerges a better person and is able to help others with awareness and coming to terms with their own problems. Here's video of his must-watch presser from yesterday, plus Doug Farrar's reaction.

The NFL's retirees are still unhappy about being left out of the recent labor negotiations.

Matt Bowen explains how rookies are evaluated in training camp.

Khaled Elsayed thinks the Broncos are among the free agency losers so far, although he does point out that David Anderson exhibits sure hands those few times he's actually targeted.

Sam Monson on the Eagles and their big moves, which Kerry Byrne thinks will serve to put a ton of pressure on Michael Vick to win this year.

Peter King reports from Falcons camp, while Don Banks checks in on the Packers.

Farrar isn't so sure we've seen the end of Chad Johnson's antics.

Chris Brown writes about a brilliant way to compensate ex-college players for the use of their likeness - give them credits toward their own educations or for those of their families'.

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

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