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Condon: Peyton didn’t want to earn more than Brady

What’s Going On in Orlando
mmqb.si.com

“What does Tom Brady make?”

“$18 million a year.”

“Then I don’t want to make a penny more than that.”

FWIW, it had been said during the lockout and his brief venture into free agency that Manning felt that maxing out his salary was good for the longterm cause of NFL players. 

Dennis Allen has apparently lost his mind

Raiders coach Dennis Allen on Matt Schaub: “We have a quarterback now that’s on par with the quarterbacks in this division”
blogs.mercurynews.com

-Q: How focused are you on matching up against the good QBs in your division?

-ALLEN: We have a quarterback now that’s on par with the quarterbacks in this division.

Granted, this tends to happen when in the employ of the Oakland Raiders...

Hey, someone over at the DP finally woke up

Von Miller likely to have fifth-year option picked up by Broncos
www.denverpost.com

The Broncos are likely to pick up the fifth-year team option on the contract of linebacker Von Miller.

Exercising the fifth-year option would keep the pass-rushing strongside linebacker with the club — and away from free agency — through the 2015 season.

Let's see, we've only been writing about this since 2011, when Von's fifth-year option was last written about at the DP by the always professional Lindsay Jones.

Mays: DeMarcus and Von will terrorize opponents

Hey, Jealousy: The NFL Teams That Deserve Our Free-Agent Envy
grantland.com

DeMarcus Ware is coming off his worst season as a pro, but he was battling injuries, and it was also his first in a new system. When he’s healthy and at his best, he’s in the conversation for best defensive player in the league. And if he can be 85 percent of that next year, it will be horrifying for opposing offenses. Can you imagine Ware coming from one side and Von Miller coming from the other? The freedom Jack Del Rio will have with Ware, Miller, Derek Wolfe, Terrance Knighton, and Kevin Vickerson should make offensive coordinators run to the hills.

FWIW, Mays is skeptical of the Aqib Talib deal and fond of the T.J. Ward one, but both opinions appear based upon those initial guarantee reports we're so fond of.

Cimini: Broncos execs weren’t DVRing Decker’s reality show

Sunday notes: The Jets' new reality-TV star
espn.go.com

His former team, the Denver Broncos, said last year it had no problem with Decker doing the show. “To each his own,” team exec John Elway said.

Privately, the organization wasn’t thrilled, especially when Decker’s impending free agency was mentioned in one of the early shows.

Does anyone really believe Eric and Jessie wanted to stay in Denver?

As if the past week hasn’t already proven, John Elway is EVERYWHERE

Timeless works of art ruined by John Elway
kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com

Elway is taking free agency by storm, gobbling up all the players and ruining everyone else’s dreams. But football dreams isn’t all he ruins. He hates art too.

Over the centuries, there's been plenty of speculation as to the cause of Mona Lisa's closemouthed smile. Apparently, the answer is simple: she had huge teeth!

Von Miller says he’s ahead of schedule in return from ACL surgery

Von Miller Eager To Rush The QB With His Mentor
denver.cbslocal.com

“I’m doing fine. I am doing great. It feels better every day,” Miller said. “I feel confident and that I will be ready to go.”
Any timetable for a return?
“It’s tricky because you feel great some days and you want to do more than what you’re really supposed to be doing,” he said. “Right now, I am ahead of where I am supposed to be.”

Of course, they all say they're ahead of schedule. But, better than saying nothing, we suppose...

Here’s why we’ve been laughing at talk of DRC signing for $6.5M-7M per year

Packers re-sign CB Sam Shields
espn.go.com

The Green Bay Packers have re-signed cornerback Sam Shields to a four-year, $39 million deal that includes a signing bonus of $12.5 million, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

A source told Schefter that Shields will earn $30 million over the first three seasons—$15 million in the first year, $6 million in the second year, and $9 million in the third year.

FWIW, Shields graded out at +0.4 last year, while DRC was good for a +12.9 grade from PFF. Any questions?

Barnwell: Broncos could go on another shopping spree

The 10 Teams That Should Dominate Free Agency
grantland.com

Ideal Free-Agent Blueprint: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Sidney Rice, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, G Jon Asamoah, DE Jared Allen, MLB Daryl Smith, CB Derek Cox, CB Asante Samuel, CB Cortland Finnegan, KR Devin Hester

The thing is, with how well Elway & Co. have managed the cap, they can afford to get all of these deals done while still extending young stars like Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Corry: Look for Decker to get plenty of cash

Agent's Take: Examining key issues for Eric Decker's free agency
www.cbssports.com

After examining these salary metrics, Decker should feel comfortable seeking a five-year, $52.5 million contract, with $25 million in guarantees where $34 million is in the first three years.
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Even though it’s a deep wide-receiver class in the draft, it would be somewhat of a surprise if Decker’s productivity, despite his weaknesses, didn’t land him a free agent contract from a new team in excess of Mike Williams’ deal with an average over $8 million per year and more than $15 million guaranteed.

We've seen some stupid numbers thrown out there, including Mike Florio's suggestion that Denver sees Decker as a $5M/year player.

Especially given the $133M salary cap, we're thinking Decker gets something close to what Corry says his agent should be seeking.