Watching Wilfork and Pats part ways should be interesting

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Wait, did we say the rest of the AFCW was completely stagnant in free agency?

So much for that, as there was a lot of action in Oakland and San Diego on Thursday.

The Raiders made the biggest moves, adding former Giants DE Justin Tuck and ex-Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley.

They also addressed their drama from earlier in the week, claiming that a torn shoulder labrum caused Rodger Saffold to fail his physical.

But the injury apparently bad enough to prevent St. Louis from re-signing him.

Since Oakland still needs to add a tackle, they are expected Friday to host Baltimore's Michael Oher, of The Blind Side fame. Of course, he no longer blocks the blind side, except for with lefties.


Meanwhile, the Chargers made a slew of moves, albeit none of them particularly needle-moving.

GM Tom Telesco added yet another ex-Colt, this time linebacker Kavell Conner.

San Diego also re-signed LB Reggie Walker, and added ex-Bengals corner Brandon Ghee and ex-Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens.

They're back at it this morning, re-signing corner Richard Marshall for one year.

Kansas CIty still hasn't done much more than watch their own free agents walk, but will host Steelers wideout Emmanuel Sanders today.

Broncos

So, what's left for the Broncos at middle linebacker? Mike Klis says Minnesota's Erin Henderson could be up next, also mentioning a bunch of other possible veteran targets at other positions.

DeMarcus Ware apparently welcomes the idea of being a mentor of sorts for Von Miller.

A sincere tip of the hat to Klis for explaining that the Broncos did not actually give out $60M in guarantees this week. Of course, Jeff Legwold had to follow suit, at least to an extent.

Meanwhile, Mike Freeman falls into the familiar trap of suggesting the Broncos could end up in cap hell, but of course, we all know that's not possible. Mind you, everything could go wrong with their big signings, and the team could be a failure. But cap hell? Impossible.

Now that the contract details are out, we know that Cleveland paid Donte Whitner a whole hell of a lot more than Denver paid T.J. Ward.

According to Jason Lisk, the last top team to add so many defensive stars in one offseason was the 1994 Niners, who went on to win it all in spectacular fashion.

Big Play Shay loves what Denver did this week.

Andrew Mason has Denver taking Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks at #31 in his first mock draft.

Patriots

Vince Wilfork has asked to be released. Will be fun to see how quickly the Massholes turn on this defensive stalwart.

The Patriots are among several teams said to be pursuing former Broncos and Seahawks corner Brandon Browner, who we still wish had followed through on his threat to sue the NFL.

Mike Tanier says no, Darrelle Revis did not have a down year in 2013; Aaron Gordon explains why Revis isn't really gambling when he takes these one-year deals.

Transactions

Additions: former Broncos and Raiders corner Tracy Porter is headed to Washington; WR/KR Ted Ginn left Carolina for Arizona; his former teammate CB Captain Munnerlyn also bolted, joining Minnesota along with ex-Chargers corner Derek Cox; Washington signed DT Jason Hatcher away from Dallas; DE Willie Young went from Detroit to Chicago.

Re-signings: Detroit TE Brandon Pettigrew; Buffalo TE Scott Chandler; Houston TE Garrett Graham; Jacksonville DE Jason Babin.

Cuts: Carolina WR Steve Smith (who was none too pleased and is visiting Baltimore and others); Cincy LB James Harrison; Bucs T Donald Penn.

Rumors

Now that his name's been dragged through the mud, Titans RB Chris Johnson realizes he may have to accept a pay cut as part of a trade.

Seattle is hosting Bears DT Henry Melton (sheesh) and may re-sign WR Sidney Rice, while San Francisco will meet with Pats wideout Julian Edelman.

According to Dan Pompei, Jared Allen's asking price is a ridiculous $12M/year.

Analysis

Bill Barnwell predicts Smith will end up with either Baltimore, New England, or Denver, and he wonders why Shaun Phillips hasn't drawn more interest.

Matt Bowen explains why he thinks safeties are getting paid this offseason and explains what goes into a pro day.

Chase Stuart shares his reading list, including some much appreciated IAOFM link love.

Russ Lande discusses the best of the taller cornerback prospects.

That new Browns movie will apparently be more true-to-life than we had expected.

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

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