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It sounds like the Broncos and Terrance Knighton are far apart on numbers

John Elway on free agents: 'We have to do what's best for Broncos'

But Knighton figures to seek something close to the $7.5 million a year deal Tennessee gave defensive tackle Jurrell Casey last August. The Broncos might like Knighton at something closer to $4 million to $5 million a year.

Knighton has been excellent for the Broncos, but that's while playing only 33 snaps per game (32nd most among defensive tackles), and he doesn't generate much pressure (43rd of 72 tackles), according to PFF. That doesn't justify paying him among the league's best, who stuff the run, rush the passer, and play a lot more than Knighton does.

Kubiak: We didn’t run that many bootlegs in Baltimore last year

Gary Kubiak said Broncos have started building an offense for Peyton Manning

It’s interesting to me—I’ve been asked over the course of the last month since I’ve been in Denver about the bootleg and those types of things. We had Joe [Flacco] in Baltimore last year and I think we booted maybe 25 times in the season. You do what you players do best. We’re going to run the Denver Broncos offense.

This bootleg Kubes speaks of? It's apparently the Jake Plummer Bootleg.

John Elway says Peyton Manning hasn’t decided about playing in 2015

John Elway knows another Super Bowl can help Peyton Manning's legacy

“He has not given me a definitive answer of exactly what he wants to do,” Elway said. “But we’re hopeful he will come back…The bottom line is, I don’t like to get into anybody’s contract or discuss anything with contracts,” Elway said. “But I believe he’ll be back and I believe he’ll be our quarterback next year.”

On Wednesday, Elway told the DP, "I know he feels better. We had a good talk."

No pressure, or anything, Matt Paradis

Tough choices loom for Broncos in free agency

“I know there are some good young players on the team that they think a lot of, and we’ll see what happens. Like the young center, (Matt) Paradis, I think a lot of him. I visited with him the other day,” Kubiak said. “I remember coming to Denver [in 1995 as offensive coordinator] and there was a guy on the practice squad in Tommy Nalen.

That's Tom Nalen, Ring of Famer, whose HOF case we'd be talking about a lot more if we weren't busy complaining about Terrell Davis's exclusion.

Terrance Knighton is getting antsy

Terrance Knighton wants to stay

He said he would be willing to take “somewhat of a hometown discount” but that he also wants to feel he is receiving fair market value for his position. He said the interest in him remaining put doesn’t appear to be mutual at this point.

“To be quite honest with you, it’s frustrating and it’s somewhat disrespectful just knowing how important I was to the team and what the defense could’ve been without somebody like me,” he said. “It’s almost like, the longer they wait, the worse it is going to be.”

And yet, Troy Renck terms re-signing Knighton "a priority" for Denver. Obviously, that message hasn't been sent to the player. There's still 3.5 weeks until free agency, so this should be fun!

The character assassination of Julius Thomas has begun

There's Nothing Wrong With Julius Thomas Wanting To Make Money

“Julius is here to get his money and get out,” one teammate told me last week. “That’s just how some guys are. He didn’t grow up playing this game and it’s just not in his DNA to put it all out there.” When asked if Julius Thomas was soft like some say, he said, ” where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” According to the teammate, Julius Thomas was healthy enough to play multiple times last season but refused to. In one instance Julius Thomas was heard saying, “I’m about 90% – I’m getting close.”

For years, we all read about how intelligent and grounded Julius is, thanks to his wonderfully supportive upbringing. But now that the Broncos aren't going to re-sign him, we're to believe he's a glory boy diva because he doesn't want to cripple himself before he can make something above the league minimum?

Kiszla: Broncos’ leadership sucks, they should keep current leaders

Kiszla: Broncos need to gorge on more Pot Roast, so sign Knighton

What this team lacks is the leadership and character to overcome adversity…But please consider this: If Elway felt the need to stand in front of Denver coaches and players after being routed by the Patriots at New England in early November, it not only speaks to shortcomings of the coaching staff but to the lack of urgency and mental toughness by a roster selected by Elway.

The Broncos lack leadership, because John Elway didn't gather the right mix of players. And yet, it'll be an even bigger mistake if he changes the players. Makes total sense!

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

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

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

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.