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Might Russell Wilson give Seattle discount in return for massive guarantee?

For Russell Wilson’s new contract, ‘thinking outside the box’ just might be guaranteed
seattletimes.com

Corry says a win-win for Wilson and the Seahawks would be “some sort of a deal that had set some sort of a record for guaranteed money that won’t be broken for a while. I mean totally guaranteed. But then the overall dollars are significantly less than what the typical quarterback deal would be or what you would expect the deal would be for him.’’ Corry threw out the idea of a possible five-year extension that would guarantee Wilson something like $75 million to $80 million.

On top of the guarantee, Seattle would have to take out a significant insurance policy on Wilson's health, because such a deal would present an enormous risk, from both a caponomic and cash standpoint. But it's an interesting idea, for sure.

No, Darrelle Revis isn’t going to get $40M in full guarantees

Revis viewed his arrangement with Pats as one-year deal
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Sure, $20 million fully guaranteed for one more season would be good.  But $40 million or more on a multi-year contract would be even better — especially since this may be his last shot at a major payday.

Mike Florio needs to spend some time perusing the tables over at OTC, where he'd see that $40M in guarantees would be $14.5M more than any cornerback currently has, and more than three times what Richard Sherman got last year (albeit not on the open market).

Renck: Broncos haven’t negotiated with Terrance Knighton

Broncos' offensive line dance begins with prospects
www.denverpost.com

Free agency will dictate plans, especially if the Broncos are unable to retain defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and tight end Julius Thomas. The Broncos have not begun contract talks with Knighton this offseason, and if Thomas demands top dollar at his position he might have to find it elsewhere.

Given that it's mid-February, we wouldn't read much into the lack of talks. But FWIW, Renck wrote just yesterday that Oakland and Jack Del Rio are expected to make a run at Pot Roast in a few weeks.

Here’s one reason John Fox and Jack Del Rio are coaching elsewhere in 2015

Wade Phillips wants to crank up heat on opposing QBs
espn.go.com

The Broncos have had one sack in their last three playoff losses combined in two home losses in the divisional round to finish out both 2012 and 2014 to go with the loss in Super Bowl XLVIII to close out the 2013 season.

Denver did force three turnovers in those three losses (two against Indy, one against Baltimore), but the lack of pressure has been glaring; along with the lone sack, PFF has the Broncos down for just seven QB hits (one vs. Baltimore, six, vs. Indy).

Will calling plays limit Gary Kubiak’s effectiveness as a head coach?

Welcome to the Combine
mmqb.si.com

I think that was smart of Mike McCarthy in Green Bay, to divest himself of play-calling duties and hand them to Tom Clements…One of the things Jason Garrett found in Dallas last season, in ceding play-calling on offense, was that it gave him more of a chance to be the coach of 53 players, not just the 25 (give or take a few) on offense.

During his introductory presser, Kubes spoke about not spreading himself too thin, relative to preserving his health. But what about how play calling will affect his effectiveness as a head coach?

Peter King thinks there’s an 85% chance that Peyton Manning returns to Denver

Welcome to the Combine
mmqb.si.com

I think the odds of Peyton Manning returning to the Broncos increased from 65 percent to 85 percent the other day, when Manning met with GM John Elway and, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, told Elway he wants to play in 2015…I think the Broncos definitely want Manning back for 2015. Take that to the bank. John Elway knows Denver’s best chance to go deep in the playoffs in 2015 is with Manning at quarterback. Elway and the Broncos might quietly rattle some sabers about lowering Manning’s salary in 2015.

So, what does the other 15% account for? Cutting Peyton over a couple or few million bucks? Trading him for a draft pick or two?

In 2014, Chris Harris was equally good inside and out

Sig Stats: YPCS, Cornerbacks
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Chris Harris Jr. of the Denver Broncos stands clear atop the rankings with a hugely impressive 0.57 YPCS score. He had to work hard for it, being targeted 89 times in total – only Aqib Talib was targeted more often (95 times) and also made the Top 15, making it even more remarkable. Harris was also moved about, spending 40% of his snaps covering the slot, however his YPCS performance inside (0.57) matched precisely his performance on the outside (0.57). Harris allowed just 7.7 yards per catch, the best mark among starting corners, and completed the season with a positive coverage grade in every game.

That's pretty remarkable, but it shouldn't really surprise, as we've all seen Harris's versatility since his rookie season.

OTC: Upside of possible FA departures is more comp picks in 2016

2016 Compensatory Draft Picks Primer: What Can Teams Do To Prepare?
overthecap.com

Denver is another team that appears several times, and just as last year it appears that the Broncos under John Elway differ from the Shanahan-led past in that they’re not afraid to move on from certain players.

Nick estimates the Broncos could net fourth-round compensatory picks from letting Julius Thomas and Orlando Franklin walk, plus a fifth-rounder should Terrance Knighton depart.

OTC: Stop suggesting that Peyton Manning rework his contract a la Tom Brady

Manning Set to Return to Broncos in 2015
overthecap.com

I know I get a lot of questions on the Tom Brady type scenario, but I can’t picture that occurring. Technically Brady never took a pay cut on that contract but he gave up the opportunity for future earnings. Manning would actually have to take a pure pay cut, which doesn’t seem logical from his standpoint.

Fitzgerald suggests a couple of options for spreading Manning's cap hit into future years, but John Elway and Mike Sullivan have done a great job of avoiding such moves during their tenure. Then again, if and when they extend Brock Osweiler, they'll surely still have a net cap gain (including dead money) whenever Peyton retires.

Ted Sundquist sheds light on Tuesday tryouts

This Article Will Keep Michael Sam out of the NFL
bleacherreport.com

Each Tuesday, five to 10 players at a given position try out for scouts, coaches and either the general manager or a lieutenant. The free agents, often a year or two out of college, undergo physicals, interview with coaches and run drills. The general manager asks the coaches who stood out. Those players go on a short list. The general manager keeps constant track of them, calling their agents and staying abreast of their health status and availability. In the event of injury, those short-list free agents get the call, sometimes minutes after a player clutches his knee on a Sunday afternoon.

As usual, Mike Tanier's column is worth reading in its entirety, and this snippet is not among its most important segments. Still, it answers several questions that arise each year regarding street free agents.