Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Mike Freeman, the players and owners have finished hashing out the details of the new CBA, and it appears that there will in fact (thankfully) be curbs on Roger Goodell's power as it relates to the player conduct policy. Rather, word is that appeals of fines and suspensions would not be heard by Goodell (the very person who comes up with them in the first place) but by jointly selected appeals officials instead. Players will vote today to approve the CBA, and then the 2011 league year will begin by 4pm ET, with veterans who renegotiated contracts and free agency acquisitions finally able to practice.
As Doug Farrar writes, the disciplinary process was the main sticking point of the last few days, and it's likely that experienced arbitrators will handle those aforementioned appeals. And guess what? Once this afternoon passes, we'll have ten years of NFL labor peace, and August has just begun. Pretty great, if you ask me.
Here's video of Mike Lombardi speaking about the QB situation in Denver.
So, Merrill Hoge thinks Tebow won't succeed as an NFL QB. I happen to think he will, but it's far from a certainty - not only is Hoge entitled to his opinion (and he at least formulated it by watching film), but he may be right. Yet, LeBron James is mad on Tebow's behalf. And as Florio points out, the way LeBron jumped to Tebow's defense was pretty hilarious, interpreting analysis as "hating". Here are their tweets in full. Too bad those awesome fact checkers at the DP can't spell "Hoge."
Meanwhile, Matt Bowen reminds us that there's a long way to go, with plenty of auditions for Tebow and Orton before a decision has to be made.
The normally rational Farrar puts on his irrational McD-hating Broncos fan cap to blame this whole thing on the ex-head coach.
Krieger offers his take and wonders just how many games the Broncos' brass wants to win this year.
Dolphins fans are still chanting for Orton, and Tony Sparano is pissed.
Andrew Mason reports on Wednesday's practice, which featured Brodrick Bunkley playing with the first team, a visit from Rod Smith, and a pass-rushing front four of Dumervil/Miller/Ayers/Vickerson. Plus, Legwold's notes - including the annual "the new DC is having players treating every loose ball like a fumble" talk (Wow, really?! This guy is obviously going to make a difference! ZOMG turnovers, baby!).
Brian Xanders says it was love at first sight between John Fox and Ty Warren, and that's basically why the DT signed in Denver.
Lee Rasizer interprets Ryan Harris' signing in Philly as meaning the Broncos are prepared to start Orlando Franklin, while Legwold thinks the recent one-year deals given out by Denver means they truly intend to build through the draft. Umm, or they're just not sure what they've got on those guys and want to wait before giving a longer commitment, like they did with Ty Warren?
Mike Klis profiles new Broncos WR David Anderson.
Eddie Royal responded to fan emails for the DP.
Tips from CBS4 on navigating the Big IF.
Lindsay Jones just noticed that Marcus Mumford looks like Tebow.
Gary Miller and the CBS4 guys put together the highlights package for Shannon Sharpe's HOF induction on Saturday.
Denver waived DT Colby Whitlock, who had been signed as an undrafted rookie.
San Diego signed former Rams WR Laurent Robinson, while their own WR Malcom Floyd appears headed elsewhere.
The Rams have agreed to terms with Cadillac Williams.
With no teams willing to send back a first-round pick, the Giants have told Osi Umenyiora they won't trade him.
The Lions have released LB Zack Follett, who was unable to recover from a serious neck injury.
New Orleans The Niners signed CB Carlos Rogers, S Madieu Williams, C Jonathan Goodwin and LB Blake Costanzo, the Pats re-signed RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Colts signed Tommie Harris, the Giants brought back old friend Andre Brown, the Seahawks signed K Jeff Reed, the Browns signed P Richmond McGee, and Casey Rabach, who was supposed to back up Birk in Baltimore, failed his physical with the team.
The Jets are apparently interested in WR Derrick Mason.
Eagles DT Mike Patterson suffered a seizure on the practice field yesterday and has been hospitalized.
Braylon Edwards may have been involved in a bar fight in Michigan where two of his cousins are accused of stabbing two bouncers, neither of whom were seriously hurt.
Neat story - before leaving Pittsburgh, new Cards DC Ray Horton gave a Steelers cafeteria worker his Mercedes for $20.
Khaled Elsayed grades NFC teams' free agency activity.
Scott Kacsmer looks ahead to next year's possible HOF inductees, writing that first-timer Rod Smith will wait a long time if he ever gets in, and making the case for Terrell Davis' selection.
Leigh Steinberg praises Roger Goodell, De Smith and Robert Kraft for their roles in helping push the new CBA through.
Fellow player agent Jack Bechta gives us a glimpse of his wild week of player transactions.
In case you weren't watching last year, FO's data says the Broncos ran the ball mostly out of one-back formations. No, it's not because Josh McDaniels doesn't know how to run the ball...