The Daily Lard 8-2-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In an interesting and pleasantly surprising development, Mike Klis says T Ryan Harris is likely to re-sign with the team. Throughout the offseason, it has been almost a foregone conclusion that Harris would leave, perhaps to rejoin Shanny in Washington or head to Houston with Kubes. None of the Broncos' brass ever brought up Harris' name voluntarily when discussing the offensive line this offseason, and they even gave draftee Orlando Franklin his jersey number the other day, so they obviously didn't expect the guy back, either. But bringing Harris back could prove an extremely valuable transaction to the team, perhaps buying Franklin the time to learn his new position gradually, or if Franklin impresses, Harris will instantly become one of the best backup tackles in the league.

Meanwhile, the Broncos will only have to pay new DE Derrick Harvey the $600K minimum, and Brodrick Bunkley will make $685K (the fifth-year minimum has been raised from the $635K figure I cited yesterday). Harvey is expected to back up both Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers, while the pick Denver dealt to Philly for Bunkley is a conditional 2013 choice. In other great financial news, Denver is paying new TEs Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario one-year veteran minimum contracts. To make room for Bunkley and Harvey, the Broncos released S Nick Polk, who had signed a futures contract in January, and CB James Rogers, who was signed as an undrafted rookie last week.


LenDale White (back) and D.J. Williams (thigh) missed practice again yesterday, while the Ayers/Nate Irving jersey drama had a happy ending - each will get to wear their college numbers (91 and 56, respectively).

Andrew Mason says Rosario has the versatility to play FB as well as TE, while Fells is a strong blocker, and he thinks the team may only keep three TEs - the two draft choices and only one of the four vets.

Champ Bailey and Eddie Royal praised ex-mate Brandon Marshall for his coming public about his mental disorder.

SI's JIm Trotter reports from Dove Valley and examines the QB drama, saying the team must do the right thing in the players' eyes.

Legwold on the awkwardness of newly signed players having to wait until Thursday to practice.

Captain Analysis interprets the Broncos' release of aging players signed by Josh McDaniels who were essentially placeholders until younger talent emerged as John Fox & Co. not liking McDaniels' players.

Among his brief thoughts on the team, Pat Kirwan says the Broncos need to trade Tebow Orton and see what they have in Orton Tebow.

LJ hears that Dolphins fans are pining for Miami to acquire Orton.


Randy Moss has decided to hang em up after 13 seasons. Matt Bowen reacts; Jeffri Chadiha thinks Moss has become tiresome, while Jason Cole thinks this is all just one big hissy fit.

Oakland gave LB Kam Wimbley $29M in guarantees, while TE Zach Miller will either return to the Raiders or head to Seattle.

KC has added ex-Chargers LB Brandon Siler, while T Barry Richardson signed his tender.

The Bengals signed LB Manny Lawson, DE Jamaal Anderson joined the Colts instead of the Broncos, the Titans re-signed FB Ahmard Hall, DEs Jacob Ford and Dave Ball, Miami signed T Marc Colombo, Cleveland re-upped DE Jayme Mitchell, and Tampa Bay re-signed LB Adam Hayward.

Carolina agreed to terms with QB Derek Anderson, the Giants are bringing back Ahmad Bradshaw, and Jason Taylor is crawling back to the Dolphins yet again.

A hearing in the Carl Eller suit will be held on Aug. 10.

Eagles CB Asante Samuel is feeling squeezed by the additions of Nnamdi and DRC.


Training camp updates on the AFC and NFC teams from the Sporting News.

PK's MMQB, and thankfully, Drew's interpretation for KSK. Plus, King checks in from Panthers camp.

Andy Benoit looks back at what the lockout accomplished, while Jason Cole says the Commish still has a lot of work to do to regain the players' respect.

MJD's winners and losers in free agency among teams so far. Plus, Khaled Elsayed evaluates deals from the teams and players' perspectives.

Bucky Brooks lists a few games he foresees as important barometers for contending teams and eyes some potential landing spots for Osi Umenyiora.

Matt Bowen says the big money that cornerbacks are receiving in free agency is money well spent.

Mike Silver thinks Hue Jackson is a great fit in Oakland.

Luis DeLoureiro was shocked by the complacency exhibited by Dolphins fans regarding their recent QB history.

Sam Farmer on the tutelage of Sam Bradford by Josh McDaniels.

Chris Brown reviews the book written by ex-Texas Tech coach Mike Leach.

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