Schedule release not happening tomorrow
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that the schedule won’t be released on April 16. He added the date for the release has not been determined.
“It will not be tomorrow but could be in the next week or two,” Aiello said via email. “We’re working to finalize it.”
Along with its traditional home-and-home with the three other AFCW teams, Denver will host Baltimore, Washington, Philly, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, and visit New England, Dallas (likely on Thanksgiving), Indy, Houston, and the Giants.
Elvis Dumervil mulls Ravens' offer; Freeney, Abraham visit Broncos
The Ravens have delivered a contract offer to Dumervil, according to two NFL sources. However, the sources say the Broncos have offered slightly more money in the early portion of the deal.
The Broncos’ money has tightened because of a $4.89 million dead-money, salary-cap hit they absorbed while releasing Dumervil last week, so re-signing Dumervil likely would mean releasing a player or two off their roster.
This has to be a tough call for Elvis, whose recent Denver experience has been just brutal. First came the stunning home playoff loss to the very team that's now pursuing him, followed by a public demand from the Broncos and John Elway that he accept a pay reduction. Next, his now former agent bungles his reworked contract, and the Broncos have now reportedly offered him less than the two sides had agreed to last Friday.
Will he take what Mike Klis reports is a somewhat better offer to stick around, or has the taste grown so bitter that he just wants a fresh start? Impossible to know what Elvis is thinking, but our hope is he remains in orange and blue.
Bill in Congress challenges Redskins trademark
Faleomavaega is joined in his effort by nine lawmakers as original co-sponsors of the bill. They include Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn., the co-chairpersons of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a civil rights icon.
Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, is one of two Native Americans in the U.S. House. In January, he told Roll Call that redskin is “not a term of respect” and “needlessly offensive to a large part of our population.”
I'm usually not a fan of Congress getting involved in sports (especially with PEDs), but when it comes to removing a blatant racial slur from everyday life? That's worthwhile.
Ravens, Steelers interested in Elvis Dumervil, source says
The Ravens’ biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are also interested in Dumervil after cutting outside linebacker James Harrison as a salary-cap casualty prior to the free agent signing period, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Structuring a contract high enough for Dumervil could be tough for either team because of tight salary-cap situations, but teams can always make adjustments to their roster by cutting players if they need to make room for an elite player.
Yesterday, Wilson reported that Baltimore, New England, and Tennessee were interested in Elvis Dumervil. Mike Garafolo adds Houston and Detroit to that list, and continues to report that Elvis would strongly prefer to return to the Broncos.
Broncos release Elvis Dumervil because new contract too late
In the meantime, Dumervil is a free agent, and Magid said his cell phone “has been blowing up” by calls from interested teams. However, two sources close to the situation said Dumervil wants to get his paperwork fiasco fixed and return to the Broncos.
This situation can be rectified, with no harm, and no foul. But you know what they say - money talks, bullshit walks.
Broncos safety Quinton Carter facing Vegas cheating case
Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter is facing felony charges following his arrest last weekend on allegations that he cheated at a Las Vegas casino craps game. Carter was arrested late Saturday at the Palace Station after officials reported he added money to his bets after the dice had already rolled.
Carter was charged with three counts of fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. Each charge carries a possible six-year prison sentence.
Not sure where cheating at craps ranks in terms of cosmic badness, but the law apparently doesn't think very highly of it.
Welker's Gone. Now What?
Back when we were all projecting various landing spots for Wes Welker should he ultimately decide to leave the New England Patriots, there were a number of differing opinions. Some saw him in Tampa Bay. Others saw him with the Chiefs. A few even figured he would end up back in Miami with the Dolphins. And while we didn’t all agree on where Welker might eventually end up, we did all agree on one thing:
Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos is the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen.
This blows. This just blows.
My man is having a WAAHmburger with some french cries. I'd be pissed too, if I were him. WELKAH!!!! It's not FAY-UH!!!!
I cannot wait to see what Tommy from Quinzee has to say about this.
H/T Charles Burnett
Michael Vick signs with Eagles for '13
The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed Michael Vick on Monday to a one-year deal for the 2013 season, league sources said.
This contract replaces the one Vick had signed and he now is scheduled to be a free agent after next season.
Vick was reportedly paid a $3M roster bonus last week, and had been due to draw a $15.5M salary for 2013, in a deal that ran through 2015.
Instead, the former number-one overall pick has taken a hefty pay cut, with a one-year deal that has the potential of topping out at around $10M.
Broncos most likely to open on SNF, play on Turkey Day
Broncos @ Giants – Peyton Manning versus Eli Manning. The huge New York television market. According to sources, it will be a “major upset” if this is not the SNF opener.
If Denver opens at home on Monday Night Football, the logical match-ups would be the Chargers, with former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy now at the helm in San Diego, and the Chiefs, with Andy Reid making his regular-season debut as the head coach in Kansas City.
While the plan for opening weekend is still being finalized, one game on the Broncos schedule is all but set in stone. Denver will be playing on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) in Dallas. “It’s a lock,” said a league source.
NFL will have independent neurological consultants on sidelines next season
According to Andrea Kremer of the NFL Network and sideline reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the NFL will have unaffiliated neurological consultants on the sidelines during games beginning next season.
This move stands in stark contrast to the inane comments made last November by Richard Ellenbogen, the co-chair of the NFL's concussion committee. We heartily applaud the league for taking an important step toward better handling of head injuries.