Ryan Clady, Broncos getting close on new contract, sources confirm
There has been progress in contract negotiations between Ryan Clady and the Broncos, according to two NFL sources close to each party…A potential breakthrough in negotiations came when there appeared to be agreement on the guaranteed portion of the contract, the sources said. The sides are still haggling over dollars in annual and total value.
Translation: There's agreement on the only part of the contract that truly matters, so it would be a significant upset were this not to get done. For those new to NFL contracts, it's always, all about the guaranteed money.
Recall that Vic Lombardi reported the guaranteed portion would cover the first three years of Clady's deal. What that means is essentially, the Broncos will hold one-year options on each season beyond the third. If it's a five-year contract in name, then in function, it's a three-year deal, with the Broncos holding two one-year options after that.
No picks in supplemental draft
Four defensive players—defensive end James Boyd and defensive tackle Nate Holloway, both from UNLV, Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson and South Alabama defensive back Damond Smith—and two receivers—Houston’s DeWayne Peace and Purdue’s O.J. Ross—were eligible to be selected.
Those six prospects may now be signed as undrafted free agents; the last time no players were taken in the supplemental draft was 2008.
Broncos mourn loss of parents of running backs coach Eric Studesville
According to a report by ConnectAmarillo.com, Alfonso Studesville, 67, and his wife Janet Studesville, 68, were riding a motorcycle along U.S. Highway 54 when a truck towing a grain trailer veered into their lane and struck them head-on.
Unfathomable. All of us here at IAOFM extend our thoughts and condolences to Eric Studesville, his family, and their friends.
Quentin Jammer practices with Broncos; John Fox likes his versatility
Fox also said after Thursday’s practice that tight end Joel Dreessen has had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will not be available for the remainder of offseason workouts, including the team’s mandatory minicamp June 11-13.
Julius Thomas, who had ankle surgery last April after missing most of his rookie season in 2011, has taken many of the snaps in passing situations in Dreessen’s absence.
“Just a little knee procedure, scope, done, just to clean it up,” Fox said. “It’s been a good deal for Julius.”
Good deal indeed, at least from the vantage of sideline observers at an OTA practice. This again seems a make-or-break offseason for Thomas. Can his physical talents translate into a spot on the 53-man roster?
R*d*k*ns add a scout and offensive assistant
He will serve as an advance scout for the R*d*k*ns. Most recently, Coyer served as defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011.
Coyer is best known around these parts as the guy whose defense allowed PMFM & Co. to rack up 90 points in consecutive playoff games, but we prefer to remember him as the architect of the seventh-stingiest defense in Denver history relative to points allowed per game.
A five-game stretch in 2006 during which the team allowed just 26 points called to mind the Orange Crush defense of 1977, but things fell apart quickly from there, leading to the nightmarish Bob Slowik Era.
Coyer was again undone by Manning in 2011, when the QB's injury led to a 2-14 season for Indy, and you know the rest...
2014 NFL draft scheduled for May 8-10
The NFL announced Tuesday that next year’s combine will be held Feb. 18-25 while the league year — and the ensuing free agency frenzy — will begin on March 11. Those dates remain in line with the current 2013 calendar.
The NFL would need approval from the NFL Players Association to make any other significant changes to the calendar.
It remains to be seen what tangible impact this ends up having, but for now, we're guessing there will be somewhat fewer unsigned veterans by the time the draft rolls around next year.
Chiefs add two defensive backs, release two others
The club signed unrestricted free-agent safety Quintin Demps, who spent three seasons at Houston and two with Philadelphia, where he played for Chiefs coach Andy Reid. Demps has three career interceptions, one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 48 NFL games.
Demps returned 52 kicks as a rookie under Reid, including one for a touchdown. Last year, in 354 snaps over 12 games, he graded out at minus-2.1 overall according to PFF, with 20 tackles, three assists, three missed tackles, and four stops.
During Houston's Week 3 win at Denver, Demps saw 53 snaps and tallied six tackles, one assist, and one stop.
Urlacher retiring from NFL
“After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” Urlacher said in a statement he posted on Twitter. “Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that’s up to my standards. When considering this along with the fact I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.”
Denver ended up trading down from the #10 pick prior to the 2000 Draft, and the athletic freak went at #9 to Chicago, much to the disappointment of Broncos fans everywhere. Baltimore took WR Travis Taylor with Denver's old pick (oops), while the Broncos took Deltha O'Neal with Baltimore's (oops).
Chargers land LT Max Starks
The Chargers waived Kevin Haslam, a three-game starter at left tackle in 2012. On the same day, free agent Max Starks donned a Chargers avatar on his verified Twitter account and announced he was joining the team.
With Pittsburgh, Starks faced Denver (with Elvis Dumervil) in back-to-back games - the 2011 WC game, and the 2012 opener, and PFF has Starks down for having allowed one sack, three hits, six hurries, and a cumulative grade of minus-6.9. In other words, just the kind of guy the Broncos want to see twice a year.
Meanwhile, the Chargers are reportedly holding out hope that Melvin Ingram can recover quickly enough from his ACL tear to have an impact on the 2013 season.
The largest signing bonus issued to an undrafted rookie this year belongs to UNLV linebacker John Lotulelei, who received $25,000 to sign with the Seattle Seahawks. Boston College offensive tackle Emmett Cleary received $20,000 to sign with the Indianapolis Colts, while Florida linebacker Lerentee McCray was third on the list with a $17,500 signing bonus from the Denver Broncos.
Granted, that's still peanuts in the NFL, and won't factor into whether Lerentee makes Denver's 53-man roster. If nothing else, it's an indication that the Broncos weren't alone in liking McCray's prospects, and that he heard good enough things from the Denver front office about his chances of making the squad.