The Daily Lard 8-3-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Andrew Mason points out, Ty Warren has been banged up for much of the past three seasons, even before the hip injury that put him on IR last year. Warren missed three games each in both 2008 and 2009, after having played in 89 of 90 regular season games prior to that. However, Mason also thinks Warren should have more success in Denver than did Jamal Williams, thanks to being five years younger and finding himself part of a deeper rotation at DT.

On the flip side, Denver lost out in its bid to bring back Ryan Harris, who instead signed with the Eagles for less money, and in a not-so-comforting thought, Klis suggests that Chris Clark could actually "push" Orlando Franklin for the starting gig at RT.

Broncos


Mason thinks the Broncos have finally committed to improving their defense after years of empty promises and veteran band-aids.

Brady Quinn says that he never got the chance he'd expected to compete for the starting job last year, and he's much happier this year and thinks he actually is competing for the QB job. I guess that's a mark in John Fox's column, that he has Quinn convinced he's got a chance. Meanwhile, the passionate Legwold thinks Quinn could be a solid backup, even though some of the OCs in his peerless Rolodex think Quinn could be a starter.

Legwold thinks Tim Tebow has a long way to go, and that the gap between his reality and fans' perception of him is a chasm.

Naturally, the Broncos and every other team interested in Osi Umenyiora are unwilling to send the G-Men a first-rounder for the 29-yo DE.

Gil Brandt points out some interesting facts (including that Chan Gailey had to lobby Dan Reeves not to cut him from his first camp) from the NFLN special on HOFer Shannon Sharpe, which I forgot to mention as airing last night. However, it will be replayed on Saturday morning following the '98 Broncos America's Game episode.

Woody tries to talk a few Broncos fans off the ledge in his mailbag, and responds to another one who thinks NFL players are a bunch of thugs. Nice readers you have, Woody.

However dedicated we think we all are to the Broncos, none of us have anything on this guy.

Transactions


The Raiders re-signed C Samson Satele but took a huge loss as TE Zach Miller left for Seattle.

The Jets gave LB David Harris $29.5M in guarantees as part of a four-year, $36M extension.

Here's another one of those non-contact injuries - Browns P Reggie Hodges tore his Achilles and is done for the year. So did Titans CB Ryan Mouton and Bengals LB Roddrick Muckelroy.

The Rams signed RB Jerious Norwood, the Bengals added G Max Jean-Gilles, the Colts added LB Ernie Sims and the Ravens signed C Casey Rabach.

The Eagles also signed RB Ronnie Brown and S Jarrad Page, while S Gerald Sensabaugh re-upped with the Cowboys.

As expected, Rex Grossman re-signed with the Redskins, while CB Phillip Buchanon was suspended by the league for four games.

The Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with DT Aubrayo Franklin. Interesting, how small these DT contracts have been, either in length or value.

The Vikings released T Bryant McKinnie and signed Charlie Johnson to replace him.

Old fried friend Desmond Clark has re-signed with the Bears.

Trimmings


The NFL may begin HGH testing as soon as September, and players will finally be able to appeal to a third party when challenging positive drug tests. Incredibly, the system of Roger Goodell being judge, jury, executioner and appeals judge in regards to the personal conduct policy is expected to continue.

More camp reports from every AFC and NFC team from the Sporting News.

AFC and NFC Whispers from PFW, including the notion that David Anderson could be the Broncos' starting slot WR. Plus, PFW's Insider column.

Sam Monson examines some hybrid defensive schemes and wonders how Denver will use Von Miller.

Don Banks checks in with the Packers and the Vikings, while PK reports on Shanny & Co and responds to emails.

Pat Kirwan lists his most valuable non-QBs.

Khaled Elsayed grades AFC teams' free agency and isn't impressed by what the Broncos have done so far (pre-Warren signing).

Jason Whitlock says Randy Moss is just a crazy underachiever.

Scott Kacsmar thinks Cardinals fans shouldn't be too excited about Kevin Kolb.

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

The Lard

Recent Game Coverage

All Game Coverage