Willis gone; Bannan next? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There was a bit of movement on Denver's remaining free agents on Tuesday.

First, Detroit agreed to terms with wide receiver and special teamer Matthew/Matt Willis, who as a restricted free agent a year ago had been grossly overpaid ($1.26M) relative to his role on the 2012 Broncos.

Willis spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons on Denver's practice squad, before suiting up for six games in 2010 and 31 over the past two seasons. He's best known around these parts for having competed on the American Ninja Warrior reality show, and for having been the intended target on Peyton Manning's two pick-sixes against the Chargers last season- the first one against new Bronco Quentin Jammer in San Diego on MNF, and the second against Eric Weddle in Denver.

In other words, Willis won't be missed, at least not here.

Meanwhile, there's a chance that Justin Bannan will follow Mike McCoy and Chris Gronkowski with those Chargers, who have expressed interest in Bannan.

As always, you can find all of your Denver-relevant free agency news on our tracker.


Videos: David Bruton, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Sylvester Williams speak after practice; Chris Hall discusses DRC's integration to the defense for BTV.

Bruton and DRC say Denver is particularly attractive as a free-agency destination now, thanks to the team's lofty expectations, while Bruton is hopeful that the offense's rising temp will help the defense when they face fast opposing offenses, like that of New England; Sly says he immediately bonded with Derek Wolfe, in whom he sees a strong work ethic like his own.

Expectations for Wolfe are high at Dove Valley, where he's apparently taken on a leadership role both vocally and with his actions.

Jeff Legwold says Philip Blake's likeliest path to the starting lineup is at center, where Manny Ramirez has been working with the first team in J.D. Walton's absence.

We've already linked to these here at IAOFM, but it's never overkill to show videos of Alex Gibbs preaching.

Despite their 57 wins, Mark Kiszla says the Nuggets still have the look of losers, while the Broncos continue to rule the town and aim for championships.

Tim Tebow Books for Sale

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis declares with no apparent irony that he's "stunned" that Collin Klein and Tim Tebow are currently unemployed, and calls it a "farce" that nobody in the league has the "imagination" to use a QB who cannot throw.

This, with no mention of the circus, the Zombies, the elimination of audibles, or the forgetting of plays between the huddle and the line of scrimmage.

Klis even has the nerve to say the Broncos "went 7-1" with Timmy, which conveniently omits the three-game losing streak that followed. They either went 7-4 (regular season) or 8-5 (including playoffs) with Teebs; there's no justificiation for a professional journalist writing that they "went 7-1." Hacktastic.


The Ginger Hammer wants an NFL franchise in London and has not abandoned hopes for a longer regular season, and he even floated the idea of Jacksonville playing two games across the pond yearly. The Jags essentially said GFY to that suggestion.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Giants pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc yesterday and is expected to be out for the next three months, if not the start of the regular season; Browns RB Trent Richardson suffered a shin injury which will keep him out until training camp; Jags DE Jason Babin underwent groin surgery but should be back for camp.

OC Bill Callahan says he - and not HC Jason Garrett - will be calling plays for DallasDetroit signed former Chargers KR Micheal Spurlock; San Francisco added special teamers Ray Ventrone and Kassim Osgood; talks between Tennessee and John Abraham are said to have stalled; Buffalo will host former Chargers G Tyronne Green and ex-Steelers C/G Doug Legursky.

Chicago will work out QB JaMarcus the Hutt Russell, while Baltimore and another team may have interest in him also; the Bears will also work out QBs Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer, and their TE Gabe Miller has been suspended four games for PED use. Meanwhile, this one of Jamarcus is definitely among KSK's best Photoshop jobs.

Verizon is expected to pony up $1B over four years for the rights to stream local NFL games on mobile phones.

RIP Deacon Jones

The tributes continue to roll in following the death of the great Deacon Jones, from Rosey GrierMichael Strahan, Bill Parcells, Gil Brandt, Doug Farrar (again), Peter King, Jeffri Chadiha, Clark Judge, and Pete Prisco.


Tom Landry is #8 on ESPN's greatest coaches list, and here's a look at his coaching tree, which of course includes the Denver-centric Dan Reeves branch, plus Jack Del Rio.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson says a gay teammate "really wouldn't bother me that much" (emphasis ours), except when it comes to shower time. Not sure why every headline about this has to suggest that ADP is OK or not bothered by the idea of a gay teammate, because his inclusion of that much is an obviously telling qualifier.

As for Peterson's ex-teammate and much kinder human being Chris Kluwe, he has no plans to dial down his advocacy, and he's also got a forthcoming book.

Brandon Lloyd and Ed McCaffrey's best Denver seasons each rank among the most anomalous in NFL history among wide receivers, according to Chase Stuart.

The selective moralizing over PEDs continues over in baseball, where MLB is set to shoot itself in the foot suspend Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and many others in connection to HGH use.

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

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