9 News Denver's Mike Klis suggests free agent LT Andrew Whitworth as a potential target for the Broncos.
The Denver Post has speculated about this match, as well. Klis says the Broncos are moving to a "power scheme," an offensive approach in which Whitworth has spent almost his entire career. Although Whitworth is 35 years old, he will be the best tackle on the market if the Bengals let him get there. Klis notes new Broncos coach Vance Joseph spent 2014-2015 on Cincinnati's coaching staff. The Broncos declined incumbent LT Russell Okung's option on Thursday.
Free agent DT Earl Mitchell completed his Broncos visit on Thursday.
He'll visit the Falcons next. The ex-Dolphin has also drawn interest from the Seahawks and 49ers.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports the Broncos will not pick up LT Russell Okung's four-year, $48 million option.
Okung would have landed $19.5 million guaranteed including an $8 million bonus if the Broncos had picked up the option. The decision makes Okung a free agent, although the Broncos may look to bring him back on a deal which guarantees less and pays less up front. That might be easier said than done in a thin left tackle market of which, even coming off a down year, Okung is now near the top.
The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala expects the Broncos to give free agent LT Andrew Whitworth a "serious look" when the market opens.
The offensive tackle market -- both in free agency and the draft -- is expected to be pretty barren, which bodes well for Whitworth, who is easily the best one available despite his advanced age (35). Whitworth has said he'd be open to a return to Cincinnati, but he also wants to test the market. He's a candidate for a massive payday with so many teams looking for offensive line help.
Free agent DT Earl Mitchell will visit the Seahawks on Monday and Tuesday.
Mitchell's schedule is jam-packed. After Seattle, he'll visit the 49ers on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Broncos on Thursday. Mitchell will meet with the Falcons on Thursday night and Friday morning. Mitchell would make sense for a Broncos defense that struggled against the run last year. It would also reunite him with Vance Joseph, who was Mitchell's defensive coordinator in Miami.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports free agent DT Earl Mitchell is scheduled to visit the Seahawks, 49ers, Falcons, and Broncos.
He will begin his rounds next week. Mitchell played for new Broncos coach Vance Joseph in Miami last season, so they might be the early favorites. Mitchell will be a quality low-cost signing if he can stay healthy.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports doesn't believe the Cowboys will release Tony Romo.
A recent ESPN report stated the opposite. Per La Canfora, nothing has been decided on Romo's status in Dallas. That will remain the case until Romo sits down with owner Jerry Jones before or during the Combine. La Canfora also stated that "the four teams (Romo) is most interested in are Houston, Kansas City, Denver, and Arizona." On paper, the Texans and Broncos are the best fits.
NBC Denver expects the Broncos to express interest in free agent DT Earl Mitchell.
Reporter Mike Klis appears to just be connecting the dots, as Mitchell played for new Broncos coach Vance Joseph in Miami. Slowed by injuries with the Dolphins, Mitchell was limited to 306 snaps in 2016. He turns 30 in September.
9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos "have not discussed" signing free agent Victor Cruz.
This directly contradicts ESPN Broncos beat man Jeff Legwold, who reported on Monday that Denver was "already working to at least meet with" Cruz. The Broncos should be aiming a lot higher in their quest for a No. 3 receiver. Cruz is already 30 years old and has been sapped of his athleticism and playmaking ability thanks to a 2014 patellar tendon tear and multiple calf ailments.
According to ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, Denver was "already working to at least meet with" free agent Victor Cruz as of late Monday.
This is the first club that's been linked to Cruz since he was released early Monday. The Broncos are looking for a third option in the passing game behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders after cycling through a number of different No. 3 receivers last season and getting minimal help from their tight ends and running backs. Cruz would be an underwhelming signing, but Denver has shown a willingness to bring in aging veterans on the tail ends of their respective careers. Cruz shouldn't command much guaranteed money on a short-term deal.
The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala doesn't expect the Broncos to "circle back" and have interest in Colin Kaepernick.
The Broncos were hot on Kaepernick's trail last offseason when they were trying to replace Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. GM John Elway reportedly met with Kap in person, but compensation couldn't be worked out as Kap was unwilling to take a pay cut. Elway settled for Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch in the first round. The Kaepernick-to-Denver ship remains docked.
The Denver Post suggests free agent DE Calais Campbell could be a fit for the Broncos.
Campbell has earned All-Pro honors in two of the last three seasons. The 30-year-old grew up in Denver. Joel Corry of CBS Sports believes Campbell will surpass Michael Bennett's three-year, $31.5 million contract. Upgrading the defensive line is a priority after Denver's run defense collapsed last season.
49ers hired former Broncos director of college scouting Adam Peters as vice president of player personnel.
Peters was just granted permission to interview on Monday, so this deal was likely worked out in advance of John Lynch being hired as general manager. Peters spent eight seasons with the Broncos, working his way up from a regional scout to director of college scouting. He is a respected evaluator and a great hire for an inexperienced GM.
The 49ers will interview Broncos director of college scouting Adam Peters for their director of player personnel vacancy.
Normally an interview for a secondary front-office job would not make the Rotoworld News Page, but the staff built around John Lynch will go a long way in determining the inexperienced GM's fate. A respected evaluator, Peters would be a great hire for San Francisco. Ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik could also be a candidate.
The Denver Post suggests the Broncos could make a run at free agent Ted Ginn.
The Broncos want an upgrade on returns, and could also use Ginn as a deep threat to play alongside Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. From a fantasy standpoint, staying in Carolina would still be Ginn's best option. Turning 32 in April, this may be Ginn's final shot at a lucrative contract. Ginn is coming off a 54-752-4 receiving season and remains one of the NFL's fastest players.
Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports the Broncos could have interest in Tony Romo if he becomes a free agent.
The Broncos aren't interested in trading for Romo, but could be open to signing him if he's released. Romo is due a reasonable $14 million and is still a top-15 NFL quarterback, so it would be a surprise if the Cowboys couldn't get something significant on the trade market. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier this month that Denver is Romo's preferred landing spot. Romo would make a fine stopgap ahead of Paxton Lynch, but the Broncos probably won't get him if they're unwilling to part with trade compensation.
Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post believes impending free agent Kendall Wright would be a good fit for the Broncos.
It's a near certainty that Wright won't be back in Tennessee, and Denver could use a slot receiver to complement Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Coming off a season where he was benched multiple times, Wright should be relatively affordable. Denver's offense was painfully stagnant down the stretch.
Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reports the Broncos are expected to hire Geep Chryst as their TEs coach.
Chryst was out of the league last year but served as the Niners' OC under Jim Tomsula in 2015. If he joins the Broncos, Chryst will be reunited with OC Mike McCoy, who he worked alongside for three seasons in Carolina. Chryst has five years of experience as an NFL TEs coach.
Bills hired Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator.
Dennison was the Broncos' coordinator the past two seasons, but wasn't retained following Gary Kubiak's resignation. Dennison also coordinated the Texans' offense under Kubiak from 2010-13. It's a decent, if unimaginative, hire for a Bills team that isn't setting the world ablaze with its new coaching staff. Dennison's addition doesn't really speak to Tyrod Taylor's future one way or the other, though he was Taylor's QBs coach for the Ravens in 2014 when Taylor was still a backup. Like Kubiak, Dennison is a run-first, play-action oriented play-caller.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos are Tony Romo's "No. 1 spot."
With Dak Prescott staking his claim to the starting job in Dallas, the Cowboys will certainly look to shop Romo this offseason. Denver would be his preferred destination, though according to Rapoport, the Broncos aren't "inclined" to trade for him. Other potential fits include the Cardinals, Jets and Texans. Rapoport is hearing from league executives that the Cowboys could hold onto Romo until a major injury arises and shop him to the quarterback-desperate team. Either way, the Cowboys should be able to fetch a first- or second-round pick for Romo.