Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's again get caught up on where things stand with Charles Woodson.
The 36-year-old visited Dove Valley on Wednesday, meeting with players, coaches, and of course, front-office folks. He left without a contract, but Mike Klis characterizes the Broncos as being the likely favorites to procure Woodson's services.
Vic Lombardi thinks their chances are pretty good, but he hears that Woodson is seeking a two-year deal.
Is that a problem? Well, it could be, if it means he's looking for guarantees that extend into that second year. If it's a two-year deal in name only, meaning one that contains no guarantees in the second year, then who cares?
Our assumption is that whatever deal he ends up with will include a fully guaranteed salary for 2013, in the neighborhood of $4M. It doesn't seem likely that either of Woodson's other known suitors - Oakland and Carolina - would fully guarantee a second year, and we absolutely don't see Denver doing so.
But if the Raiders or Panthers - or another team, for that matter - were to offer a partial guarantee for 2014, say $2M, then what had seemed an easy choice has to become far more difficult for Chuck Wood.
Revisiting our own sentiment from when Elvis Dumervil was a free agent, let's not kid ourselves about the Broncos and SB contention.
It's May, and Denver is, at this point, an overdog.
But this is the NFL, there are a lot of good teams, and keep in mind that as a proud and decorated player, Woodson has to have it in his own mind that he will be a difference-maker who can push a team up a level. That's not to say he will be that, but it's got to be his thinking, right?
Just like Elvis surely thought he could help the Ravens recoup some of their free-agent losses and maintain relevance, it would be understandable if Woodson were to choose a team like the Panthers for a little bit more money, if a less obvious chance at a SB run.
Unless Woodson opts for a rebuilding situation - and don't forget that going to Oakland would also be a homecoming for Chuck and bring his career full circle - we probably won't be able to say it's all about the money if he ends up elsewhere.
At least Matt Prater admits he needs to become more consistent, even while the official site provides some irresponsible historical context to make Prater sound extremely accurate (kickers are far more accurate nowadays than they were during the bulk of Jason Elam's career).
Dwight Freeney's visit with the Chargers and GM Tom Telesco, whom he knows from their time in Indy together, will continue into today. Neil Hornsby says not to be fooled by Melvin Ingram's limited snaps in 2012 - his loss is huge for San Diego.
Jason Cole hears that Rolando McClain retired because he has no desire to play, none whatsoever; Jason Lisk calls Oakland's stretch of draft results from 2004-2010, including the McClain pick, the worst in history for any franchise. Unfortunately, their turnaround is already occurring, thanks to Reggie McKenzie, and Tony Pauline thinks the Raiders' draft class could turn up several starters.
Chase Stuart figures the Chiefs can only go up from where they were in 2012, but Pauline isn't enamored with what they did during the draft. Don Banks should probably have read Stuart's column before citing KC's abundance of Pro Bowlers as cause to predict success for them in 2013.
As Jarrett Bell details, more and more teams, including the Chiefs, Rams, Browns, Jaguars, Bills, Ravens, and Eagles, are embracing advanced statistical analysis. Denver's own Jack Del Rio says the book is being rewritten, and we can only hope he's talking about that dusty old classic Foxball.
The Jets' collection of QBs has shrunk again (or for the first time?), as David Garrard says he's retiring, with knee problems to blame. It appears the team would need to sign another veteran to guide Geno Smith, if they're to rid themselves of Buttfumble. Meanwhile, the Jets have hired former Cardinals GM Rod Graves, and there's been speculation that they'd also hire former Seahawks president and GM Tim Ruskell.
New England waived DT Kyle Love and cited his recen diagnosis of Type-2 diabetes as the cause; Love's agent says he's received medical clearance to continue his career, though. Aaron Schatz, Doug Farrar, and Sean Newell react.
Jacksonville moved DT Tyson Alualu outside to DE; Josh Scobee provided kicking lessons to some of his larger teammates, and I implore you to click on that link. I saw the picture, and now you must do the same. It's only fair...
San Francisco may hire the Mangenius as a coaching consultant.
Seahawks corner Richard Sherman continues to troll the world in epic fashion, this time by hiring infamous replacement ref Lance Easley to umpire his charity softball game.
Team president Mark Murphy suggests the thawing between Brett Favre and the Packers is progressing.
In his list of the league's top 100 players, Pete Prisco includes Peyton Manning (4), Von Miller (8), Champ Bailey (33), Demaryius Thomas (34), Ryan Clady (37), and Wes Welker (75).
Jason La Canfora thinks John Elway still has a lot to prove beyond signing PMFM, calling the Dumervil debacle an inexcusable gaffe and Champ Bailey's salary an eyebrow-raiser around the league.
Gil Brandt foresees bright NFL futures for maligned rookies E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith, Travis Frederick, Kyle Long, and TJ's boy Alec Ogletree.
Gwen Knapp wonders if Donovan McNabb will finally gain some respect in Philadelphia, now that he's retiring. Probably not...