Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thursday's headlines include the Denver Broncos newly aquired RB, Correll Buckhalter, as a client in a drug trial today. Buckhalter denies the alleged allegations saying that there is no validity to the statement, and he hasn't been charged. However, if found guilty, Buckhalter would most likely face a suspension for quarter of the season.
Buckhalter, 30, played 8 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to signing his four-year, $10 million dollar deal on the first day of free agency, Febuary 27th and is expected to be the Broncos starting RB this season.
Monday, March 16, 2009
There could also be a possibility that Cook is there to discuss a deal with a different client of his, but one has to think that it has to be involving Cutler.
More to come as more develops.
Update(8:46 PM EST, 3/16/09) - Profootballtalk.com is confirming this now. Apparently former Buffalo Bill offensive linemen, Ruben Brown, announced during his radio show that Cook was spotted in Buffalo on Monday.
Cook has no clients that are currently signed on the Bills roster, but there are 2 that are technically "on the trading block", those 2 include TE Tony Scheffler, and QB Jay Cutler.
Scheffler seems like the more obvious candidate to be heading to Buffalo, but, you never know.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The Denver Broncos disgruntled pro bowl quarterback, Jay Cutler, has just shown another sign that he doesn't want to be in Denver.
And no, this is not a re-post. This is an ongoing story that will not stop until Jay Cutler is traded. According to the Denverpost, Jay Cutler's parents home is up on the market. The house is selling for $835,000.
Now as I said before, us spectators may be looking a little too far into this. But after further consideration, yeah, no. There is no outside the box to this situation. What you see is what you get. It is what it is. I'm going to say it's pretty safe to assume that Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler has played his last game as a Denver Bronco, and the Broncos are going to have some extra draft picks on the weekend of April 25th and 26th to help shore up a defense that needs it.
Which brings me to this.
Before all you Denver fans get upset, frustrated, and start a mob headed for Josh McDaniels office. You have to realize what this situation is indirectly doing to the Denver Broncos team. As much as it seems that he is ruining it, he's not.
If we trade Cutler, and we bring in a guy like, oh, I don't know, let's say... Aaron Curry(the top LB prospect in this years draft out of Wake Forest), or B.J. Raji (the best defensive linemen prospect in this years draft out of Boston College), do you realize the ramifications it would have on the defense?
With Curry, the Broncos would get a young presence in the middle of the defense that would bring a fierce, versatile style of play, along with irreplaceable vocal leadership qualities that you can't find in just any player. Curry can play both OLB in a 3-4, and a 4-3, which is exactly what the Broncos need. Not only would he impact the defense alone, but he'd make others around him better. Most noteably, Broncos LB, D.J. Williams. We'd finally get to see Williams with a supporting cast, we'd finally get to see the developed veteran LB at his best. We saw the potential in his rookie year, when he was playing at his natural LB position at the WILL(Weakside), and playing next to Broncos great, Al Wilson.
Curry brings that back.
And just think of this lineup in a 4-3. Williams - Davis - Curry
And now this lineup, in a 3-4. Dumervil/Moss - Davis - Williams - Curry
That has the potential to be very, very dangerous.
So now let's talk about B.J. Raji. What would he do for the defense? Well, he'd become the Broncos 3-4 NT that they crucially need if they want to have any chance at running the 3-4 scheme. Not to mention, they'd have a great 4-3 DT as well. Raji can do it all. Very athletic, and would create a disruptive presence, that would allow the second level of defenders(The LBs), to come in a make plays.
Either way, the Broncos can't go wrong with either of these two men. But if we had the #1 pick through a Cutler trade, and we'd have the ability to take either, or? I'd take Curry in a heartbeat.
But back to the Cutler situation, I'm going to leave it at this...
I don't think Josh McDaniels signed QB Chris Simms earlier this month, to be a backup QB.
There will be a deeper analysis in a video later this afternoon.
Friday, March 13, 2009
According to the Denverpost, Cutler has put his house in Denver up for sale and has it priced at $2 million dollars. The value when he bought it was $1.34 million.
Now, us spectators may be looking too far into this, but that's what we're here for. Cutler has expressed his disinterest in playing for new head coach, Josh McDaniels. He has shown disgust with the Broncos organization this past week despite talking to them on Tuesday. And he hasn't been in Denver since the day that he was apparently being shopped, it all has to play into the story somehow.
Basically what I'm trying to say here is... Cutler's future(or lack-thereof) in Denver is not looking too bright, and he could be on his way out sooner than expected.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
With the NFL draft rapidly approaching(6 weeks, yes!), coaches and general managers are spending hours upon hours trying to put together those extra pieces that could make a difference and essentially win the team a championship.
And apparently, Malcolm Jenkins of Ohio State may be one of those pieces for the Broncos.
Per Albert Greer of SportingNews.com, the Broncos are expected to privately workout the All-American cornerback next Friday in Columbus.
Jenkins is a versatile, athletic player, and could definitely be a great fit in Denver with Champ Bailey on the decline of his career. One of the elite prospects in this years draft class, the rated the top cornerback, however many feel that he's better suited at safety and will not make a good cornerback in the NFL.
Regardless, he'd be a franchise player in the secondary to build around, and definitely would be an upgrade over any backup safety, and an upgrade over any other cornerback not named Champ on the Broncos roster right now.
If LaDainian Tomlinson had been released, one has to believe that the Broncos would have been the likely destination if the price was right. Just think about it, not only would he have gone to a team that would desperately would need him and want him. But he'd also stay in the division that he's been in his entire career. Being able to play his ex-team, the San Diego Chargers, twice a year, plus an annual visit to the city of San Diego. On addition to that, he'd be able to compete for a division championship against his former team and he'd thrive off of that given his competitive nature.
Although now that he has re-worked a deal with the Chargers, seeing LaDainian Tomlinson is something that you can only imagine in your head, and there is, well, no possibility that Tomlinson ends up with the Broncos any time in his career now.
It was a nice thought for a little, however.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Also, apparently Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was also involved with the conference calls, and this mess has yet to be sorted out. Apparently, also, Bowlen placed 2 calls to Cutler last week, and either call has yet been returned.
This entire situation continues to dig deeper and deeper, and I think that the Broncos could have very well dug a hole so deep that they won't be able to climb out of it to this point.
The Broncos offseason program starts this coming Monday, and Cutler is expected to show up, but to this point, who really knows? This mess has yet to be sorted out, and things seem to be going from bad to worse in Dove Valley.
Monday afternoon, the Broncos announced the signing of the 325lb, DT J'Vonne Parker, who played the past 5 seasons with 5 different teams. 3 of which were in 2008 alone. Parker previously played for the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens.
Parker attended Rutgers University, and was an undrafted free agent
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Denver Broncos.
Let's relive a moment from February of 2006, before Cutler, before McDaniels, before Marshall, before Royal, back when head coach Mike Shanahan was making a run at Owens. He brought him in and by March, the Broncos offered him a 1 year deal. Then Jerry Jones entered the picture, and snatched T.O. away from the Broncos. 3 years later we could be reliving history, only this time, if he visits the Broncos, he may stay put.
So let's look at the Broncos current WR situation. You have one of the most underrated slot receivers in the league in Brandon Stokley, you have a great #2/slot receiver in Eddie Royal, you have a guy that McDaniels brought in from New England in Jabar Gaffney, and then you have Brandon Marshall. Baby T.O., who could be facing a 4-8 game suspension this season depending on what Goodell sees in Marshall's latest mishap. So while Marshall is serving his suspension, where is the #1 receiver to step in his place?
Now let me break out the question...
Who would be a better replacement to Baby T.O. for that 4-8 game span, than T.O. himself? And I know a lot of you may be thinking, well what happens after that 4-8 games? Then what do the Broncos do with Owens? Well. Let me put it this way, Eddie Royal will be used in the slot, and rarely will he be split out wide in McDaniels system. Therefore, regardless of whether Marshall is suspended for a lengthy period of time or not, the Broncos need a #2 receiver that can step in and be a #1 receiver for a few games. Owens brings that.
In fact, Owens brings a lot of things. Outside of his selfishness, and glamor, his love for himself, and his catch phrases, Owens does bring his "A" game every Sunday. He doesn't take plays off, he gives 110% every play. Now whether it's for the good of the team, or just for his reputation is debatable, but the fact of the matter is that he is a football player. And he loves doing what he's doing. He loves competing, and doing his dog gone best(Brian Dawkins reference) to go out and make plays.
If McDaniels brings him in, and convinces him that he will get significant playing time, significant looks from the QB, and is guaranteed at least 75 balls this season, then I could see Owens signing a deal with no hesitation.
In fact, McDaniels theme of the offseason thus far, seems to be the logic that he wants to win RIGHT NOW. No excuses. So what makes you think that he won't go out and make an offer to the 35 year old wideout? After all, he did just sign a 35 year old safety. Keep in mind that the 35 year old wideout, and the 35 year old safety use to be teammates. How good of a relationship that they had as teammates has yet to be seen, but they were teammates none-the-less.
Here's something to think about. When New England traded for Randy Moss in 2007, he was under a lot of scrutiny. A lot of people felt as if he was a cancer to a team. A lot of people thought his game had fell off. A lot of question marks in general surrounded Moss, but that did not stop Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, from taking a shot at the guy.
So now here's a similar situation in place, only replace Moss with Owens. We also have a Bill Belichick disciple leading the Denver Broncos organization. If Bill Belichick was willing to take a chance on a receiver that would bring a lot of baggage, what would prevent a predecessor of Bill Belichick to do the same thing?
And here's another thought, if owner Pat Bowlen was going to allow T.O. to come into Denver after he just single handedly dismantled the Eagles team and created a highly disfunctional family, there in Philly. What makes you think that he won't allow T.O. to come into Denver right now?
Honestly, there are a good number of upset Dallas Cowboy fans, and for good reason. T.O., in Dallas, really didn't cause much stir as far as the locker room. I think the release of Owens was between Jerry Jones, and himself. It was a power trip. It was personal. I think the relationship between Jones and Owens was a bad relationship, and I think that Jerry Jones wasn't having any of that. And even if it was going to cause his team to take a few steps backwards, he didn't want Owens on his roster next year.
So, as cancerous as Owens has been, he's never ruined a franchise in just 1 season. In fact, in 1 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, he helped bring them to a Superbowl. And in 1 season with the Dallas Cowboys, he led the league in receiving touchdowns with 13, and statistically had one of his best seasons as a pro.
Here's my thoughts on things... Sign Owens to a 1 year deal. Let Owens be Owens on the field, and just keep him in line off of it. There are a number of potentially good things that could come out of this. And there are a number of potentially bad things that could come out of this. But sometimes, to get reward, you have to take a risk. If anything, this would be a tremendous stop gap for the Broncos until they can find that true #2 receiver that can bring a lot of positive aspects to the field. The Broncos could find an eventual replacement to Owens in the draft this year, and that receiver could study the playbook, and learn from one of the best WRs of all time(Bad attitude or not, you can't dispute that).
Finally, I'm going to leave you with this thought. For the first 4-8 games of the season, how does a lineup of Owens, and Gaffney split left and right, with Royal in the slot left, and Stokley in the slot right sound? And better yet, for the final 8-12 games of the season, how does a lineup of Marshall and Owens split left and right, with Royal in the slot left, and Stokley in the slot right with an occasional dose of Jabar Gaffey sound?
Think about it, Denver.
And while you're thinking about it, I'll be getting my popcorn ready.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
After visiting with the Broncos all day, Simms has agreed on a two year deal with the club. He's expected to backup Jay Cutler, but there is a possibility that the Broncos could bring in another QB to compete for the backup spot.
The 28 year old left handed quarterback was drafted in the third round after attending Texas University. Simms started ten games for the Buccaneers in 2005, in which he threw for over two thousand yards, ten touchdowns, and seven interceptions. This way really the turning point in Simms career.
In 2006 he was the projected starter, and did start the first three games, but struggled after throwing seven interceptions in three games, the same amount that he threw in 2005, in ten games. He also reptured his spleen in the third game of the 2006 season against the Carolina Panthers, and hasn't been the same since.
Despite reports that were saying that a deal with J.J. Arrington fell through, it hasn't. Arrington has just signed a 4 year, $10 million deal with the Broncos and is expected to be the Broncos kick returner, 3rd down runningback and a change of pace back.
Arrington, 26, was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft and has been labeled as a disappointment to a lot of fans around the NFL. However, maybe a change of scenary can change the fortune of the talented, yet unproductive runningback.
Arrington is the third runningback to join the team this year. He was expected to sign on the same day that the Broncos signed Correll Buckhalter, but instead he signs on the same day that the Broncos signed Lamont Jordan.
The Broncos are now building up a solid, but not spectacular stable of runningbacks. Reminds you a bit of another man who coached the Denver Broncos, doesn't it?
Peterson is expected to bring depth and competition to the DE position for the Broncos who are expected to run a base 3-4 alignment this season. At 6'3, 300lbs, his size is good for a 3-4 DE.
The contract was a 3 year deal, and the finances have been undisclosed to this point.
So I went out and bought a new laptop today, and now I'm here.
So I'm back.
And to basically summarize the latest Bronco news, since my absence:
-The Broncos have announced that they will NOT be trading QB Jay Cutler.
-Coach McDaniels and Jay Cutler will be meeting next week.
-QB Chris Simms, and DE Vonnie Holliday are visiting with the Broncos today.
-Lamont Jordan was visiting last night, and today with the Broncos and has signed a 2 year deal with the team.
And that's that. I'm back up.
Monday, March 2, 2009
The Broncos got their nose tackle.
Or at least one of them.
Monday evening, the Denver Broncos have announced the signing of DT Ronald Fields, who is a former San Francisco 49er, and has previously played under new Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
This signing was expected initially, but after the Broncos scheduled a visit with him on Saturday, and he left without a deal, his signing was in doubt. But they have indeed signed him now and he is a part of the Denver Broncos.
It is uncertain what role he will play in the Broncos defense, he will most likely be the NT and the anchor to the Broncos 3-4 scheme, but that could change come draft day. But as for right now, he's the Broncos guy, and at 28 years old, he could still have a good amount of upside.
And I'd also like to announce that I'm postponing my Denver Broncos mock draft that was scheduled today, until Thursday. Mainly because I want to see where the Denver Broncos stand at the RB position before I make the mock. And, with a Tampa visit in Derrick Ward's near future, I'm making sure where we're going with this.
And that brings me to an update on Ward. Apparently he is going to stay in Denver until Tuesday morning, so a deal could essentially get completed by then. As of right now though, there isn't much publicity on how the visit has gone thus far.
The bad news that I woke up to after my nap? Roger Goodell is still going to investigate the situation, and Marshall could still be facing a suspension, a SERIOUS suspension.
If Marshall is suspended indefinitely, or for the season, we could have very well seen Marshall in his last game as a Denver Bronco. Marshall's contract with the Denver Broncos is completed next season, and with the controversy surrounding him right now, if he ends up being suspended, could ultimately end up with Josh McDaniels and Brian Xanders not wanting him to be a part of the Denver Bronco organization.
Earlier last week, I made a case in one of my videos to say that Marshall absolutely needs to be resigned, and we can't take our chances with him hitting the open market. Now that this has happened, there may not be another alternative other than letting him go.
The thing about this, is despite the case being dismissed, Marshall was still involved with a legal problem yesterday. Players just don't become involved with a legal problem without there being some kind of conflict. Obviously something went on with Marshall yesterday, how serious it was or not, is not the fact of the matter. The fact of the matter is that he should have never been put in that situation.
Prime example, Champ Bailey. Now I know, every human being can't be perfect, and I'm not saying that Champ is. But Champ has never been in trouble with the law, and he's never even been involved with the law.
What I'm coming to is, Marshall had to have been put in a situation where he was in danger of getting in trouble, and if he was as mature and grown up as he said he is, then he shouldn't have been in that situation.
And the worst part? Vic Lombardi of CBS 4 in Denver is reporting that it was a conflict with his newly engaged fiance, Michi Leshase Nogami-Campbell.
If this has any credibility to it, this will be the second woman that Marshall has been in trouble with. So maybe it's not the woman, but rather, Marshall. And if that's the case, then Marshall could be facing a steep suspension. And the #12 pick in the draft could be used on a WR, rather than a defensive player which has been the projection since before the season ended.
Something tells me that Marshall isn't out of the woods with Goodell. Goodell did him a favor last season, and now this could be the last straw.
And what if Marshall's rights are traded to a team, so the Broncos can get some kind of compensation for the talented, star, pro bowl WR? What if he's just flat out released? How much would that upset, already upset QB Jay Cutler who has grown and developed with Marshall throughout his career? This could get ugly(If you thought it couldn't get uglier).
We could have already seen the last of what was going to be a great career here in Denver, maybe two.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Brandon Marshall gets arrested for being involved with a fight, according to ESPN.com.
There's really no details besides the fact that he has posted a $300 bail and is out of jail right now. But this has been his 4th time arrested since being in the league, and Roger Goodell isn't going to stand for it.
Marshall could be facing a 4-8 game suspension.
I can't believe this is happening.
More to come as it develops.
I’ve been visiting the Patriots message boards asking what they think of the situation. And apparently McDaniels doesn’t tolerate drama queens, much like Belichick doesn’t. This makes me think.
Matthew Stafford has drawn drastic comparisons to Jay Cutler. Their poise, stance, release, is almost EXACTLY the same. As far as arm strength Cutler has more velocity on the ball, but regardless, Stafford can make all the throws on the field and that’s all you need. They are both smart. But at the same time they were both put down for their poor decision making and trusting their arm too much.
It’s crazy because I was reading Stafford’s biography back in January before all the hooplah started and I was thinking about Cutler the entire time.
Could we see a draft day trade, that includes Jay Cutler to the Lions for the #1 pick in the draft? Then the Broncos would take Stafford, be able to start off with a clean slate, and have McDaniels mold Stafford into the QB that he wants without any rebellion.
And then what to do with the #12 pick? Could it be that we would take Knowshon Moreno and keep Stafford/Moreno united?
If anything, this would create the biggest draft day talk generated since Eli refused to play for the Chargers.
Could you imagine this entire scenario on draft day?Chris Berman: "So, will the Lions takes Stafford #1 overall, or will Josh McDaniels have a little something up his sleeve. The rumors have been flying. Cutler doesn't want to be a Bronco. McDaniels isn't going to put up with it."
*ESPN crew discusses*
2 minutes later
*Roger Goodell walks up to the podium*
Roger Goodell: "The Detroit Lions are now on the clock"
*ESPN goes to a commercial break, then come back*
Chris Berman: Oh boy, there's still 6 minutes left on the clock, let's see what we have here!"
*Roger Goodell walks up to the podium*
Roger Goodell: "There has been a trade between the Detroit Lions and the Denver Broncos and the Broncos are now on the clock."
*The crowd ERUPTS*
Then the ESPN crew starts talking, rumors are flying around that Cutler was traded. But they don't know for sure yet. But Berman is hinting at it.
*5 minutes later, they show Stafford in the green room on the phone.*
*Goodell walks back up to the podium...*
Chris Berman(in the background): "UH OHH! UH OHH! HERE WE GO!"
Roger Goodell: "With the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select, Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia"
So they start talking about everything, the trade, the details, what it does for the Broncos, what it does for the Lions, Mel Kiper Jr. breaks it all down with the highlights. And it would be the biggest story of the offseason, easily.
I just don't want to see anything happen when the season starts and Cutler is upset with being a Bronco.
It could lead us to a horrible season, it could lead us to something disastrous. Cutler could be labeled as a cancer, McDaniels could be fired, Dawkins would retire and we'd never feel the full effects of his leadership, Marshall could get tired of losing, and switching coaches. Everyone could get fed up.
It would be a big mess, and I think EVEN if the situation is "straightened out", there would still be MAJOR trust issues between McDaniels and Cutler and the entire transition may just never work. They may never be on the same page. They may never become friends. And you NEED that in a QB/Coach relationship. It could be horrible.
So in conclusion...
It's not that I want this scenario to happen, I just am afraid to see Cutler as a Bronco from here on out, I think things are ruined beyond repair, personally. And the chance to get Stafford, would allow McDaniels the chance to build the QB of his liking, rather than a QB that is likely to rebel against any philosophy that McDaniels preaches.
And if McDaniels wasn't afraid to trade him yesterday for Cassel, what makes you think that he wouldn't be afraid to trade him on draft day if he doesn't feel comfortable with Cutler's attitude and his relationship with Cutler?
Yesterday could have very well been the beginning of the end of Cutler in Denver.
I’m just thinking about this. It’s just an idea on my part. But if it happens, remember where you heard it from.
And also remember, that stranger things HAVE happened.
By the way, my first Denver Bronco mock draft is tomorrow, so stay tuned.
So now apparently the talks that were supposed to happen between Bronco officials and Cutler, are put on hold. And this time it's Jay Cutler's fault.
There's no actual quotes on to what Cutler has said to stall the talks, but I bet it was something along the lines of "Well you know, they don't want me, I have nothing to say to them."
Just because Cutler is stubborn like that. I'm not saying I don't like Cutler, but that's his attitude, and that's something he would say.
This is frustrating, really, really, frustrating. Just clear the air, Jay. Don't add fuel to the fire, the damage is done, but it can certainly be fixed if both sides are willing to repair it.
And apparently McDaniels has his tool belt on, because Adam Schefter has reported about 90 minutes ago that Cutler is NO LONGER on the trading block, and that McDaniels has stated that Cutler is his QB. However, if Cutler keeps up the sheninigans, McDaniels and Xanders might just get fed up and pull the trigger on ANY type of trade offer that they can get for Cutler.
Which scares me. And the rest of the Denver Broncos organization.
No, not Jim, not Jeff.
The Broncos have brought in yet another piece of the defensive train that expects to take a complete U-turn from last year in 2009 for the Broncos.
According to Adam Schefter, the deal was worth $25 million with $10 million guaranteed, over the course of 5 years. With that kind of money, I'm assuming that he will join Brian Dawkins, former teammate Renaldo Hill, and Champ Bailey to bring the question about the Broncos starting secondary to a conclusion.
Goodman had 39 tackles last season, 19 pass deflections, and nabbed 5 interceptions, which is 1 interception less than the entire Denver Broncos team had last year.
According to Vic Lombardi, Coach McDaniels is FINALLY taking time out of his day to talk with Jay Cutler TONIGHT, and is going to try to clear everything up.
All I can say is what a roller coaster weekend, I've been on the edge of my seat all day just waiting for SOMETHING, and we finally got something. I can not wait to see the conclusion to this story. Whether it's good, or it's bad. I just want to know where the Broncos stand as a team, and who they plan on going with from here on out. Whether it's Cutler, or someone else.
Obviously, I want Cutler more than anything right now. But if the Cutler talks don't cut the thick air, and he essentially gets traded, I'm just going to have to deal.
But to summarize this weekend, in a game situation:
- With the Brian Dawkins signing, the Broncos gained 20 yards on 4th and 16 with 38 seconds remaining, to drive into field goal range.
- With the Jay Cutler trade talks, we nearly got sacked on first down with the clock running.
- With this news, Jay Cutler just broke out of the sack, rolled out of the pocket, found an open man in the endzone, so he loaded up, and threw.
- Now we just wait to see where the ball ends up, and pray, while biting our nails.
I'll be back as soon as I hear the conclusion to this discussion.