49ers signed LB Dekoda Watson, formerly of the Broncos, to a three-year, $6-million contract.
A seventh-round pick of the Bucs in 2010, Watson has bounced around the league the last three seasons, spending time with the Cowboys, Jags, and Patriots before appearing in 16 games with the Broncos in 2016. Perhaps he will compete for a role in the 49ers' lackluster defense, but his biggest contributions have come on special teams to this point.
Free agent LB Dekoda Watson visited the Seahawks on Thursday.
A reserve linebacker, Watson spent 2016 with the Broncos. He makes his mark on special teams.
Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline "consistently heard daily rumors" at the Combine that the Broncos could make Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey their first-round pick.
Pauline drew on Broncos GM John Elway's relationship with the McCaffrey family after playing with Ed in Denver, in addition to Elway's college background having schooled at Stanford. Pauline suggests McCaffrey wouldn't necessarily take over as the Broncos' feature back, instead operating as an all-purpose weapon who also returns punts and kicks. The Broncos pick at No. 20 overall.
Rams signed CB Kayvon Webster, formerly of the Broncos, to a two-year, $8-million contract.
He can earn another $4 million via incentives. Webster will reunite with ex-DC Wade Phillips, who he played under for two seasons with the Broncos. Stuck behind a stellar trio of corners in Denver, Webster should be given a shot to earn a starting job with the Rams.
Ex-Cowboys and Broncos OLB DeMarcus Ware has announced his retirement after 12 seasons.
"After a lot of thought and prayer, I've decided to accept the unknown and retire from my NFL career," Ware said in a poignant statement. Going on 35, Ware has remained an effective pass rusher, but been plagued by back issues. He is probably smart to quit while he's ahead. The No. 11 pick of the 2005 draft out of small-school Troy, Ware rolled up 138.5 career sacks, 117 of which came with the Cowboys. He's eighth all time on the quarterback takedown list. The four-time first-team All-Pro will be Canton-bound.
Speaking Monday, Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team hasn't had "one meeting" about Cowboys QB Tony Romo.
The Cowboys are desperately trying to trade Romo, but the Broncos seem content to wait them out. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram predicted Monday the Cowboys won't find a trade partner for their former franchise quarterback. It's becoming a matter of when, not if, Romo is granted his release.
The Broncos hope to re-sign free agents DE Vance Walker and LB Dekoda Watson.
The word comes straight from GM John Elway. Walker missed all of 2016 with a torn ACL. Fresh off signing DTs Domata Peko and Zach Kerr, Elway is stockpiling bodies up front.
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram does not believe the Cowboys will be able to trade Tony Romo.
Williams writes, "Everyone has called their bluff." Dallas has held onto Romo in the hopes of forcing the Broncos or Texans to give up a pick. Denver has made it very clear they are not going to trade for him, however, and the Texans are not likely to give up more draft capital after trading a second-round pick to free up cap space for a potential run at the quarterback. As has been the case all along, the Cowboys will likely end up cutting Romo. The only question is when.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports "it would be a major upset" if the Cowboys are able to find a trade partner for Tony Romo.
Dallas is holding Romo in hopes of getting the Broncos or Texans to give up a pick, but it does not seem like that is going to happen. The Broncos have leaked several reports trying to convince the Cowboys they are not interested, and the Texans do not seem prepared to give up anything in a trade either. Schefter believes the Cowboys will eventually be forced to release Romo.
Titans signed NT Sylvester Williams, formerly of the Broncos, to a three-year contract.
The 28-year-old has three years of starting experience, but was a liability against the run last season. Williams gets a fresh start in Tennessee, where he'll compete with Austin Johnson to replace Al Woods at nose tackle
According to NFL Network's James Palmer, there's "no guarantee" the Broncos will pursue Tony Romo even if he becomes a free agent.
Denver and Houston have long been considered the favorites to land Romo, but now the Broncos may be having second thoughts. The Cowboys are still trying to trade Romo, which has always been a deal breaker for GM John Elway. Even if Romo hits the market, Houston might be a better fit, both for Romo's body and his family. The Texans seem to be all-in on Romo after dumping Brock Osweiler. We wouldn't rule out Denver yet, but the Broncos appear satisfied moving forward with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
Chargers signed LT Russell Okung, formerly of the Broncos, to a four-year, $53 million contract with $25 million guaranteed.
Okung was a relative disappointment in his one year with Denver but that didn't stop the Chargers from emptying the safe. On a per-year basis, this makes Okung the richest tackle in football. The Giants and Panthers were also in on Okung before he planted his flag in L.A. Now that Okung is on board, the Chargers are almost certain to move on from King Dunlap, who was recently arrested for a domestic disturbance.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Cowboys now expect to trade Tony Romo to Denver or Houston instead of releasing him.
The Cowboys had been dragging their feet on cutting their ex-quarterback, and now we know why. It's not exactly a surprise. Romo's contract isn't all that different from Mike Glennon's, and he's appeared open to either Denver or Houston. This sticky situation could end up a win-win.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Broncos have yet to have a formal meeting regarding the possibility of signing Tony Romo.
Anderson reports Romo is viewed as a "non-story" by some people in the organization until he is released, which is expected to happen Thursday. It is extremely unlikely the Broncos have not had deep deliberations about adding Romo and how much he will cost, but it makes sense for them to feign disinterest in public. The Texans are also expected to be interested once Romo is released.
9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos have expressed interested in free agent OT Menelik Watson.
According to Klis, the Raiders are trying to keep Watson from hitting the open market before Thursday. Watson was the No. 42 overall pick in 2013, but he's missed 37-of-64 games due to injury. He tore his Achilles' and missed all of 2015 before missing time with calf and groin issues last season. Whoever signs Watson won't be able to count on him for all 16 games.
Troy Renck of Denver 7 reports free agent LT Russell Okung is drawing interest from the Panthers and Giants.
That is in addition to the Broncos, who have not closed the door on bringing Okung back despite declining to pick up his option last month. Both landing spots make a lot of sense. The Panthers have to find a replacement for Michael Oher, whose career may be over due to concussions, and the Giants are likely looking to move 2015 first-rounder Ereck Flowers to the right side. Okung could command $10-12 million per year on his next deal.
NFL Network's James Palmer reports the Broncos and free agent LT Russell Okung are "still talking" about a possible return.
The Broncos declined Okung's option, but are open to bringing him back at a reduced rate. That doesn't seem like a real possibility, as early reports suggest Okung could earn $10-12 million annually on the open market. The Chargers, Giants, Jets and Vikings are known to have interest.
Broncos will not tender an offer to restricted free agent G/C Sam Brenner, making him a free agent.
Brenner sat out the entire 2016 season after suffering a concussion early in training camp. Even if he were healthy, Brenner would have been a backup. Brenner claims to have cleared the concussion protocol, so at least he'll enter free agency with a clean bill of health.
Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports the Broncos are interested in free agent Danny Woodhead (ACL).
With a big need along the offensive line and perhaps money set aside to pay Tony Romo, it would be somewhat surprising if the Broncos focus on running back in free agency. Woodhead will likely be relatively cheap coming off ACL surgery, however, and brings something different to the backfield than C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. The Chargers are also interested in bringing back Woodhead, who is reportedly ahead of schedule in his rehab.
Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports the Broncos and Bucs are "hot" on impending free agent DE Chris Baker.
The Redskins are reportedly attempting to re-sign him, but their current mess of a front office could make it difficult to get anything done. Baker has been Washington's best defensive lineman the last couple seasons and would be a great fit in Denver. He is Rotoworld's No. 5 available defensive lineman.