The Denver Post's Mike Klis expects the Broncos to have some interest in free agent Charles Clay.
Julius Thomas is expected to walk in free agency and leave the Broncos for a big-money deal. He's likely looking for $8 million-plus annually, while Clay should slot in around the $6 million range. Clay seems like the better fit for coach Gary Kubiak's offense as a finesse player who can line up at multiple spots.
ESPN's Adam Caplan reports free agent TE James Casey will visit the Bengals, Redskins and Jaguars.
Casey visited the Broncos on Thursday, and has also been linked to the Titans, Browns and Cardinals. With so many teams kicking the tires, Casey should have a new deal by this time next week.
Free agent TE/FB James Casey will visit the Broncos on Thursday.
Casey, 30, would probably love to reunite with coach Gary Kubiak in Denver after playing for Kubiak's Texans from 2009-2012. Casey is a versatile H-back-type who can line up in the backfield and as a traditional tight end. The Broncos are expected to use the fullback much more under Kubiak.
Free agent Owen Daniels has played his entire career with new Broncos HC Gary Kubiak.
The dots connect from Daniels to Denver. Julius Thomas will likely be too expensive for the Broncos to keep, leaving them with a need at a position Kubiak likes to feature. Daniels was only mediocre at best last season (48 catches for 527 yards), but catching passes from a healthy Peyton Manning (assuming he comes back) would certainly give him a boost. Injury-prone Dennis Pitta could see more targets if Daniels decides to leave Baltimore -- assuming Pitta can gain medical clearance.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports Bengals DBs coach Vance Joseph is the Broncos' first choice to fill their defensive-coordinator vacancy, but that Cincinnati has yet to allow an interview.
The Broncos were first connected to Joseph last week. With the Bengals apparently not budging, GM John Elway is interviewing Wade Phillips on Wednesday. Good coordinator though he is, Phillips would be another retread for Elway, who lamented his past staff's inability to take the team to the next level. Joseph would be an aggressive hire for a club that wants to mix things up.
The Broncos are interviewing Wade Phillips for their defensive coordinator vacancy.
67-year-old Phillips is the best candidate on the market. His most recent defensive coordinator work came in Houston under new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, where Phillips inherited the league's No. 30 unit in 2011 and turned them into an annual top-7 group. Phillips was also John Elway's head coach from 1993-94. He should jump at the chance to work with a talented defense headlined by Von Miller, Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware.
ESPN's Jeff Legwold passes along "buzz" from the Senior Bowl that Wade Phillips is a candidate for the Broncos' defensive coordinator vacancy.
The Redskins surprisingly chose Joe Barry over Phillips despite their respective track records; Barry has been highly unsuccessful as a defensive coordinator in the past, whilst the opposite can be said of Phillips. Phillips worked under Gary Kubiak in Houston and is a logical fit in Denver.
FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports the Bengals will not allow DBs coach Vance Joseph out of his contract to pursue a defensive-coordinator job.
The Broncos requested permission to interview Joseph for their DC opening, but were spurned by the Bengals. The 49ers also reportedly had some interest in Joseph. This isn't uncommon, as teams who value their assistant coaches often keep them away from other teams unless it's for a head-coaching gig. Joseph will be back with the Bengals to coach the defensive backs in 2015.
ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson is "hearing" ex-Texans DC Wade Phillips "could get play" from the Raiders and Broncos for their defensive-coordinator vacancies.
Phillips, 67, was in the mix for the Redskins' DC job, but was passed over in favor of Joe Barry. Phillips coordinated new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak's defenses in Houston for three seasons from 2011-2013, leading them to three top-10 finishes in total defense. Phillips would be an excellent hire for either team.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Ravens OC Gary Kubiak intends to take the Broncos' head-coaching job if it's offered to him.
This has been the feeling around the league, and it's been crystal-clear to everyone. GM John Elway has been poking around other candidates, though some have even canceled interviews because they see the writing on the wall with Kubiak. Elway and Kubiak are very close. Kubiak coached Elway in the late 1990s.
Ravens QB coach Rick Dennison is considered the frontrunner for the Broncos' offensive coordinator job.
Dennison was Gary Kubiak's offensive coordinator in Houston and coordinated the Broncos' offense from 2006-08. An offensive line guru, Dennison has extensive experience in Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. The Ravens also have interest in Dennison as a potential in-house replacement for Kubiak.
CBSSports' Jason La Canfora reports Bengals DBs coach Vance Joseph would be the "top candidate" to lead the Broncos' defense if Gary Kubiak becomes head coach.
Joseph was originally thought to be interviewing for the Broncos' open head coaching position, but it makes more sense he would serve on Kubiak's staff. Joseph coached under Kubiak for two years in Houston before spending last season in Cincinnati. With Kubiak the heavy favorite to land the Broncos' head job, Joseph will likely be leading Denver's defense in 2015.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Doug Marrone has canceled his head-coaching interview with the Broncos.
He's the second candidate to cancel in one day, joining Lions DC Teryl Austin. The smoke that Gary Kubiak is poised to replace John Fox could become fire before too long.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Ravens "expect" OC Gary Kubiak to be named the Broncos' next head coach.
Kubiak is interviewing with the team on Sunday. Per Werder, coach John Harbaugh would be "understanding" if Kubiak went back on his word to remain in Baltimore. Harbaugh appears sympathetic to Denver being a special opportunity for Kubiak, who both played and coordinated in the Rockies. Doug Marrone has reportedly canceled his Broncos interview, which is another sign GM John Elway is zeroing in on Kubiak as his man.
Bears hired John Fox as head coach.
It's a four-year deal. Fox is the 15th head coach in franchise history. Fox enters Chicago on the back of a gaudy 46-18 record he compiled over four years in Denver, but that was built largely on the back of Peyton Manning. Fox was fired in Denver because GM John Elway didn't believe he could take the team to the next level. Now instead of Manning Fox will be working with Jay Cutler, a quarterback who is looking more and more like a coach killer. Fox coordinates neither his offense nor defense, and is extremely conservative in the way he manages games. Fox keeps the trains on time, but doesn't make much of an impact beyond "leadership." That's important, of course, but it's an underwhelming hire for a franchise coming off a disastrous season. If the Bears are realistic, they'll be banking on Fox restoring order, not taking them to the Super Bowl.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Broncos will interview Doug Marrone for their head-coaching vacancy on Saturday.
Ravens OC Gary Kubiak will interview for the Denver job on Sunday. Kubiak is the heavy favorite. GM John Elway is covering all the bases and may as well touch base with Marrone, who opted out of his contract with the Bills on New Year's Eve. He's since interviewed for the Jets, Falcons, and Bears' vacancies, but was never seriously in play for any of those jobs.
NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports Kyle Shanahan turned down an interview request for the 49ers' offensive-coordinator vacancy.
Russini adds that Shanahan may be "in play" for the Broncos, though it's unclear whether she means as head coach or offensive coordinator. But the real news is Shanahan turning down the Niners' interview. It's possible that after a couple unsuccessful seasons with Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel, Shanahan is over the whole dual-threat quarterback thing. Shanahan has no shortage of suitors, so he can afford to be picky about where he coaches next. The Rams, Bears, and Ravens have also been linked to the younger Shanahan.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions DC Teryl Austin has withdrawn his name from the Broncos' head-coaching search.
Austin was scheduled to interview with Denver on Friday, but canceled at the last minute. It appears to be Atlanta or a return to Detroit for Austin. He's interviewed twice for the Falcons' head-coaching job, but Atlanta may be waiting to speak with Seahawks DC Dan Quinn and/or Patriots OC Josh McDaniels before making a decision. The Lions would love for Austin to return.
Ravens OC Gary Kubiak will interview for the Broncos' head-coaching vacancy this weekend.
After shooting down head-coaching inquiries from the Bears and Jets, Kubiak has decided to take an interview for the recently-opened Broncos vacancy. Kubiak spent all nine seasons of his playing career in Denver and then was on Mike Shanahan's coaching staff as QBs coach and OC for 11 years. A Shanahan pupil, Kubiak runs the same offense. He coached GM John Elway and is said to be "far and away" Elway's top choice.
Lions DC Teryl Austin will no longer interview for the Broncos' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.
The interview hasn't been rescheduled, yet. It's unclear why Austin will no longer interview for the gig. There's a possibility the Broncos have already settled on a new coach, or Austin has accepted the Falcons' job.