July 27, 2011

Broncos Day 3 - Signing Draft picks, Free Agents, Trades and more

Here we go again with another crazy day, as before I will do my best to update throughout the day.

DeAngelo Williams will remain with the Panthers, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported, receiving a new deal worth $43 million over five years with $21 million guaranteed.

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Seahawks have agreed to terms with Sidney Rice on a five-year contract, $41 million contract.

According to Klis, the Broncos and Dolphins have been "feverishly working on" the Orton trade, and only a new contract is left, not that that's a trifling detail. The Broncos' players, including Orton, have left the building for lunch and will be back for John Fox's opening meeting at the top of the hour. Klis figures that Orton will not be among the attendees. - IAOFM.com

Hearing that the only hold up in the Orton to Fins deal is Orton signing a new contract, from twitter through IAOFM.com.

According to the Denver Post, a Kyle Orton trade was no longer "imminent" as of late Wednesday night. Orton attended morning and evening meetings at Broncos headquarters, and the team expects him back for the first training camp workout Thursday. The Miami Herald is reporting that Orton's camp is still in talks with multiple teams, including the Broncos, and that a trade would involve "many moving parts." Orton will restructure his contract as part of a deal, and he could be waiting for the Cardinals situation to finalize.

Mike Lombardi says the Broncos are competing with St. Louis, Seattle, and one unnamed team in the Brandon Mebane sweepstakes.

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos have dealt WR Jabar Gaffney to Washington in return for DE Jeremy Jarmon. Jarmon was a third-round pick out of Kentucky by the Redskins in the 2009 supplemental draft and has played in 16 games over the past two seasons (starting one). Meanwhile, Mike Lombardi says the Broncos would have cut Gaffney had they been unable to trade him. Gaffney's departure should mean more playing time for second-year receiver Eric Decker and increases the likelihood that either Matthew Willis or Britt Davis will stick around.

The Broncos are planning to bring in St. Louis right end Daniel Fells on Friday in an attempt to sign him. - ESPN.com

Complete list of Undrafted FA on DenverPost.com, check it out here, also has more information on each player.

The Broncos have shown interest in free agent S Eric Smith. The Jets are also working to re-sign him. Denver is loaded to the brim at safety, so that wouldn't seem like a particularly desirable landing spot for Smith. The Broncos just drafted their safety tandem of the future in FS Rahim Moore and SS Quinton Carter. Brian Dawkins is also supposedly coming back. - Rotoworld.com

Broncos placed WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles tendon surgery) on the non-football injury list. No surprise here. It's just a procedural move so that Thomas will be eligible for the list into the season. After undergoing his surgery in March, Thomas is unlikely to be ready to play before Thanksgiving at best.

Broncos signed No. 204 overall pick TE Virgil Green to a four-year, $2.16 million contract. One of the most physically impressive tight ends in the draft, Green was also highly productive at Nevada. He slipped to the seventh round due to a four-year old knee injury. Expected to man the "move" tight end role in Denver, Green will make a more immediate impact than fourth-rounder Julius Thomas. Yeah first one in the books!

IAOFM.com says Draft choices Julius Thomas and Mike Mohamed have been signed along with Virgil Green. Broncos still finalizing contracts of our other picks. Rotoworld now confirming that, Mohamed and Thomas are now signed as Broncos. 3 down, more still to come. Check out Elway's twitter for more.

Broncos signed No. 247 overall pick Jeremy Beal to a four-year contract. Beal was an incredibly productive pass rusher at Oklahoma, but scouts believe he lacks the athleticism to last in the pros despite all his domination of the Big 12 conference. Beal will have to fight for a reserve role as a rookie. 4 down.

The Broncos have also expressed interest in Miami’s Tony McDaniel. The Broncos are also still negotiating with their own Marcus Thomas. - DP.com

Free agent DT Daniel Muir is reportedly drawing interest from the Broncos and Rams. Not exactly consolation for losing out on Brandon Mebane. The Broncos are interested in seemingly every defensive tackle available, so their inclusion is no surprise. Muir is more of a rotational tackle than starter-caliber.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch concedes that it "doesn't appear likely" free agent DT Brandon Mebane will sign with the Rams. The Rams are said to be concentrating on defense, but the Broncos and Seahawks have been more aggressive on Mebane. The 26-year-old is expected to get "expensive" before deciding on a team.

The Broncos also made one of their first calls of free agency to Cowboys defensive end Stephen Bowen. Bowen has been durable in his career having played 16 games in three of the last four seasons and 14 in the fourth one. He’s also 27 and may be able to play both inside and outside in the Broncos’ scheme. The Broncos have tried to get Bowen to commit to a visit, but he’s a popular target and will be difficult for the Broncos to land. So it is official, if you are a DT the Broncos need you haha.

Stayed tuned for more throughout the day as more news comes ~ Aussie.


  1. Sounds like the player(s) involved in the trade are going to be either Kendall Langford or Randy Starks. Both are big DE types. I have no idea what kind of D we are going to run, but obviously we need a lot of guys in the 290-300 range. What happened to Fox wanting the big fatties? No wonder we didn't draft any DTs, he doesn't plan on using just a gap plugger, he wants penetration.

  2. Good read.


  3. I think the big fatties is a fix thing, where as the penetrating dts is an Allen thing, similar to the saints so that is interesting to see.

    And I like the article, I have read it before but is a good read.