Trying to set the record straight on Freeney’s demands Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, just how much is Dwight Freeney looking to make from his next contract?

It was widely reported last week that Freeney is looking for a deal that tops what Osi Umenyiora got from Atlanta, and that he's willing to wait for one, as unwise as that strategy might seem.

Umenyiora's contract is worth $8.5M over two seasons and contains $5M in guarantees, plus $3.5M in incentives. Unfortunately, we can't cite just one source for these details, as OTC, Spotrac, Rotoworld, USA Today, and others all have slight differences in their figures.

Either way, we know Osi will make a guaranteed $5M in 2013, will get $3.5M in 2014 if Atlanta keeps him for that season, and has the potential to boost his overall compensation by $3.5M through undisclosed incentives or escalators.

According to NFLN's Michelle Beisner, Freeney is seeking an average annual value of $6M, which appears a bit steep, given the $4.25M Umenyiora got, the $5M figure Michael Bennett took for one year from the Seahawks, who also gave Cliff Avril a $6.5M AAV over two years.

Now, we have the Denver Post's Jeff Legwold citing "some in the league" as hearing Freeney wants $8.5M per year, rather than something north of the $8.5M over two years that Umenyiora got. This is accompanied by a title that suggests the Broncos experienced a bit of "sticker shock" when they learned of the ex-Colt's salary demands.

Where is Legwold getting his info - is it from his trusty Rolodex, or is he misreading widely available info?

Honestly, we have no idea, but let's keep in mind that this is a guy who was writing two years ago that Denver had five or six draft choices when they actually had seven.

Two weeks prior to the draft.

Broncos

Andrew Mason considers Denver's short- and long-term considerations at wide receiver as Eric Decker will become a free agent after the 2013 season. Of the developmental prospects on the roster, Mason thinks Greg Orton is a guy to watch for.

At least Legwold has it right this year when he says the team currently has six selections.

Duke WR Conner Vernon spoke about his dream opportunity of catching passes from Peyton Manning while the QB was rehabbing from his neck injury.

News flash from Captain Obvious: quarterbacks are important.

PFT's latest update on cap space finds the Broncos with $8.3M in available room.

News

Given the surprisingly low contract values given free agents this offseason, NFLA head De Smith is asking player agents for any potential evidence that teams are colluding to restrict salaries.

In an effort to improve the in-stadium experience, the league will mandate that replays be shown on scoreboards even if they don't favor the home team, and will place cameras in home locker rooms to give attendees a glimpse of what's going on down there.

San Diego signed DE Jarius Wynn and hosted Oregon LB Kiki Alonso; Kansas City agreed with former Packers LB Frank Zombo and lineman Tommie Draheim.

Atlanta is expected to waive T Tyson Clabo, originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Broncos, who were also said to be interested in him two years ago.

The Giants signed Eagles DT Mike Patterson and will host Pats WR Julian Edelman, while former WR Domenik Hixon is apparently joining the Panthers.

Baltimore released civil rights champion Brendon Ayanbadejo; Detroit added Jags DT C.J. Mosley; Washington signed QBs Rex Grossman and Pat White; Pittsburgh re-signed LB Stevenson Sylvester and will host Cards RB LaRod Stephens-Howling; Dallas re-signed WR Anthony ArmstrongSeattle brought back QB Josh PortisCards LB Daryl Washington faces a four-game suspension for drug use.

Cincy claimed QB John Skelton off waivers from the Cardinals, which points to another our pet peeves about accuracy in the world of football reporting. On Monday, PFT wrote the Cards had "cut" Skelton, while ESPN and even the Arizona Republic wrote that Arizona "released" him, each ignoring the fact that the QB was only a three-year veteran and under contract, and thus subject to waivers. At least we had it right, but that was an assumption of what really happened based upon our knowledge of the rules, rather than sourced information of what actually occurred. Of course, we don't take the time to check every player move in this depth, but it's a good reminder that when young players are waived, the media often calls it a cut or release, while lazily ignoring the rules of NFL transaction rules.

Green Bay is reportedly nearing a deal with Brian Xanders favorite Clay Matthews that will pay the LB around $13M per year, until they restructure it.

Former LOLJets GM Mike Tannenbaum is going to become an agent to represent coaches, team execs, and broadcasters.

Texans DE J.J. Watt says he achieved his superhuman 2012 campaign even while still suffering the effects of a dislocated elbow sustained in training camp.

Draft

Arizona will work out USC QB Matt Barkley; the Rams will host Alabama RB Eddie Lacy.

Doug Farrar evaluates Alabama DT Jesse Williams and Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks.

Khaled Elsayed looks back at the 2008-10 drafts of the Bears and Bengals.

Mike Tanier rounds up a consensus of mock drafts from around the internet to find Denver taking Washington corner Desmond Trufant at #28; Don Banks has them going with North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams in his latest mock.

Chase Stuart has updated his draft value chart to account for marginal approximate value.

Analysis

Jason Fitzgerald figures QB Aaron Rodgers should get around $24M/year in his coming extension from the Packers.

Bucky Brooks thinks that finding a better scheme fit could help new Niners CB Nnamdi Asomugha find a career rebirth akin to what Charles Woodson experienced in Green Bay.

Neil Hornsby contemplates the day's transactions; Andy Benoit discusses the state of the Dolphins roster.

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