Broncos RB Zac Brooks has announced his retirement.
The No. 247 overall pick of last year's draft, Brooks was waived by the Seahawks in August. He ended up spending most of the year on the Broncos' practice squad. He was signed to a reserve/future contract in January. 23, Brooks had previously retired from football to pursue a career in interior design, but ultimately decided to declare for last year's draft. His retirement will likely be final this time around.
Free agent NT Terrance Knighton has officially retired.
Knighton fell out of the league in 2016 and didn't draw any interest this offseason. He had an eight-year career as a run stopper, starting of 96-of-108 games. Knighton plans to pursue a job in coaching.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers, Broncos and Redskins "loom" for Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffrey to the Panthers at No. 8 has been the rumor du jour the past few days, while he was previously linked to the Broncos at No. 20. The Redskins at No. 17 are new. There have been multiple recent reports that McCaffrey could go in the top 10, but it still seems a little far-fetched. There's no question all three teams badly need running back help.
MMQB's Peter King believes the door is "still three percent open" for retired Tony Romo to return to football.
"He misses it," King wrote. "He will miss it in August." King did a podcast with Romo last summer and believes the "passion and excitement" for playing still runs deep in Romo. Per King, the Texans were serious about Romo once he was granted his release by Dallas, but the Broncos were never really interested.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports neither the Broncos nor Texans will trade for Tony Romo.
The Cowboys have given Romo permission to speak with other teams in an effort to drum up trade interest, but both Denver and Houston are holding their ground. Dallas is doing everything they can to get something in return for Romo, but they are going to be forced to release him unless a surprise team enters the picture.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Tony Romo "is a non-issue."
"We haven't had one meeting about Romo," Joseph added. Considering John Elway said the Broncos have no "intent" to pursue Romo even if he is released, it is pretty clear Denver wants to put this situation to bed. It looks like it is Texans or retirement for Romo at this point.
The Denver Channel's Troy Renck believes the Broncos "haven’t closed the door" on Tony Romo.
A previous report suggested it’s the Texans or retirement for Romo. The Broncos aren’t going to trade Dallas anything, but aren’t ruling out signing Romo if/when he becomes a free agent. Houston remains Romo's most likely landing spot.
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.