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Kuper, Walton not expected to practice until training camp

OTAs Day One Practice Takeaways
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In terms of personnel, the offensive line isn’t yet up to speed. Chris Kuper and J.D. Walton were among the players who were outside, but not practicing. Neither are expected back before training camp, but Walton’s presence with the offensive line group during drills was a positive sight.

Safety Quinton Carter and rookie defensive end Quanterus Smith were also on hand, but limited to watching and working out. Carter, who is recovering from microfracture surgery, ran laps around an adjacent practice field.

That is, if Kuper is still around, and as we've noted countless times, we're not expecting him to be, given his $4.5M salary for 2013.

Also from Mason's excellent post is the disconcerting note that Trindon Holliday still hasn't kicked his fumbling problem. Is that why Wes Welker was fielding punts during his first Broncos practice? Is he the new Jim Leonhard?

Klis: Broncos were close to deal with Woodson last week, are still hopeful

Peyton Manning, Broncos return for offseason practices
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Woodson visited the Broncos’ headquarters last Wednesday and the two sides appeared close on finalizing a deal when negotiations hit a snag. Woodson is scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday but the Broncos are still hopeful they can sign him.

Meanwhile, current safety Rahim Moore had a fun Monday, having to answer questions about both the Baltimore game and the possibility of having to compete with Woodson.

Of course, we don't see Woodson as a threat, but rather a potential complement to Rahim, so perhaps those were just uninformed queries?

Agent: McGahee just sticking to usual routine

Willis McGahee is only no-show for Broncos' training session
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“He’s following the same routine he’s had his whole career,” said Chafie Fields, McGahee’s agent. “He’ll be there. He’s ready to compete. No messages.”

As noted by Gregg Rosenthal, Willis typically trains with his fellow ex-Hurricanes, so there appears to be nothing to see here.

However, his roster standing is still in jeopardy, what with the drafting of Montee Ball last month and Ronnie Hillman in 2012, plus Knowshon Moreno's lower age (by six years) and salary ($1.7M vs. $2.5M, and cutting McGahee would provide $2M in cap relief, while cutting Knowshon would net just $945K).

PFT: Change in cap accounting for Manning unintentional

Manning’s contract doesn’t change, league’s treatment of it does
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A source with knowledge of the situation has reiterated to PFT that, despite reports elsewhere to the contrary, the deal did not change.  However, the NFL’s interpretation of it did.

Well, I feel like I just wasted an hour writing about what the Broncos were thinking when they may or may not have renegotiated Peyton Manning's contract.

I see no reason to doubt Florio's latest report on the situation, so that obviously eliminates any intent on Denver's part. Nonetheless, they could still end up making use of the extra space, or just carry it over to next offseason.

Raiders add Cribbs, emphasizing the importance of David Bruton

Oakland Raiders sign receiver/returner Josh Cribbs
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Cribbs, who turns 30 on June 9, spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, where he developed into one of the game’s most productive kick and punt returners.
His eight kick returns for touchdowns are tied for the most in NFL history. He also amassed 1,914 yards and nine touchdowns rushing and receiving for the Browns.

Reggie McKenzie continues to make wise decisions; anyone else missing Al Davis right about now?

Oh yeah, and this signing is a perfect reminder of why special teams ace David Bruton is so vital to the Broncos' sustained success.

Woodson healthy and at Dove Valley; Panthers also interested

Charles Woodson meeting with Broncos; defensive back has other suitors
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Although the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers also are interested in signing the versatile defensive back, the Broncos likely are the leading candidate for Woodson because they have the best chance to win a Super Bowl this season.

An opportunity to win a second Super Bowl ring, not money, is the primary objective for Woodson, who turns 37 in October.
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He has struggled with shoulder injuries since breaking his collarbone in Green Bay’s Super Bowl victory in 2011, but he is healthy now.

If the ring's the thing, then this apparent choice for Chuck Wood is a no-brainer, isn't it?

Jets, Bucs have framework of Revis deal set

Sources: Jets have agreement in principle to trade Darrelle Revis to Buccaneers
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The New York Jets have agreed in principle on a trade to send star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for undisclosed draft picks and the Buccaneers have agreed to a long-term contract that will make Revis one of the highest paid non-quarterbacks in the NFL, according to multiple sources.

The Jets gave Revis permission to visit the Buccaneers on Sunday morning after reaching an agreement with Tampa Bay on the trade portion of the transaction.

As for the contract, the Bucs are well aware that Revis is seeking a deal worth in the range of $15 million to $16 million per year.

~13% of the salary cap to one cornerback? Have fun with that, Bucs...

Ravens want Dumervil, who’s said to have better offer from Broncos

Elvis Dumervil mulls Ravens' offer; Freeney, Abraham visit Broncos
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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.

Add Steelers to list of known Dumervil suitors

Ravens, Steelers interested in Elvis Dumervil, source says
www.baltimoresun.com

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.

Latest from Klis: Elvis wants to stay in Denver

Broncos release Elvis Dumervil because new contract too late
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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.