ESPN's Rich Cimini believes Denver's decision to draft Paxton Lynch could facilitate Ryan Fitzpatrick's return to the Jets.
The Broncos never pursued Fitzpatrick, but any chance he had of going to Denver died as soon as GM John Elway traded for draft Lynch at No. 26. Denver's quarterback opening gave Fitzpatrick leverage in negotiations with New York, but now the Jets are the only team with a "Help Wanted" sign. So far Fitzpatrick has held firm at his $16 million a year asking price, but he's lost most of his negotiating power and will have to settle for less if he wants to rejoin Gang Green.
Broncos GM John Elway confirmed the team will no longer pursue Colin Kaepernick after drafting Memphis QB Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick.
They'll also be out of the running for Sam Bradford. The Kaepernick trade had legs a few weeks back but talks had died down recently and now the Broncos have a potential franchise quarterback in Lynch. It remains to be seen if Kaepernick can patch things up with San Francisco after demanding a trade earlier this offseason. Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, some teams think the 49ers will simply cut him.
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported on SportsCenter that there is "absolutely nothing" going on regarding a Sam Bradford trade.
Sal Pal reports the Eagles got "one phone call from one team" (Denver), and Broncos GM John Elway's overtures were "quickly rebuffed" by Eagles GM Howie Roseman. While we wouldn't totally rule out a Bradford trade, it's certainly appearing highly unlikely at the moment. Roseman seems intent on retaining Bradford to operate as the Eagles' stopgap ahead of rookie Carson Wentz.
Michigan State QB Connor Cook said he thinks the 49ers "like" him.
"The coaching staff at San Francisco was super cool. I liked those guys a lot," Cook added. The 49ers are not going to select Cook at No. 7 overall, but he could be an option in the second round. He also said he thinks the Broncos and Cowboys are interested. Denver could take Cook at the back of the first round, and Dallas picks ahead of the 49ers in the second round.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Broncos do not expect the Eagles to trade Sam Bradford.
Schefter reports the Broncos are "mulling" their other options at quarterback. The Eagles have been steadfast in their desire to retain Bradford, and it does not look like they plan to budge despite the fit he threw this week. Coach Doug Pederson believes in letting rookie quarterbacks grow behind a veteran starter, and it looks like they want Bradford to be that bridge for whichever quarterback - Carson Wentz - they select at No. 2.
A league source told 9 News Denver's Mike Klis that the Broncos "are in" on pursuing a trade for Sam Bradford.
Klis reports the Eagles aren't yet budging on their stance that Bradford won't be dealt. Denver's quarterback pursuit picked up this week, with Klis also reporting 49ers GM Trent Baalke and Broncos GM John Elway had a conversation on Monday. Those talks didn't go anywhere, but may perhaps be rekindled on Thursday morning. The same goes for Broncos talks with the Eagles. Denver should feel urgency to emerge from the weekend with a quarterback.
9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos are unlikely to make a trade for Colin Kaepernick by Sunday.
While Klis conceded a Kaepernick trade is "not impossible," the two sides have had "zero" discussions and there's no indication that will change leading up to the draft. The Broncos won't be in the running for top prospects Jared Goff or Carson Wentz but Connor Cook, Dak Prescott and Jeff Driskel all visited during the pre-draft process and could be options later in the draft.
49ers GM Trent Baalke told ESPN's Bob Holtzman that "it's possible" Colin Kaepernick could be traded this week.
Kaepernick trade rumors have cooled considerably. Last we heard, talks between the 49ers and Broncos were "dormant." Schefter's colleague at ESPN, and former Bucs GM, Mark Dominik has opined a deal between the two teams is already agreed upon, but is contingent on the 49ers drafting a quarterback. San Francisco could be a dark horse for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch or Michigan State's Connor Cook at No. 7 overall or in a trade-down scenario.
9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos inquired about Sam Bradford.
Klis reports the Eagles' asking price was too high, but the report at least suggests Philadelphia is open to offers. Agent Tom Condon said Bradford has not been granted permission to seek a trade, but that could change if he continues to sulk. Condon confirmed Bradford plans to skip the voluntary portions of the offseason program.
Broncos GM John Elway has described the trade talks for Colin Kaepernick as "dormant."
Dormant does not mean dead, of course. It means neither side has been willing to move off its last, best offer. With the draft now only a week away, the moment of truth is approaching.
Free agent Brian Hoyer left his Broncos visit without a contract.
GM John Elway said Hoyer has another visit scheduled. Hoyer met with the Jets before the Broncos. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports both teams have genuine interest in Hoyer, but are not in a rush to get a deal done.
ESPN's Adam Caplan reports free agent Brian Hoyer will next visit the Broncos.
Hoyer met with the Jets' higher-ups Tuesday night and continued his visit with the coaching staff Wednesday morning, but he's now moving on to Denver. The Jets' interest may have been overblown by some, as it's safe to say Ryan Fitzpatrick is still Gang Green's No. 1 target. Hoyer wouldn't be much of an upgrade, if one at all, over Mark Sanchez for the Super Bowl champs.
9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports contract talks between the Broncos and free agent Ronnie Hillman "have heated up."
Get excited. With only borderline-NFL talents Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs behind C.J. Anderson on the depth chart, the Broncos are in the market for a No. 2 back. One alternative to re-signing ineffective Hillman would be to use a draft pick at tailback. It's perhaps a route that might serve Denver best. Hillman is a thoroughly mediocre player whose smallish body can't hold up to a pounding. He's drawn scant free agent interest elsewhere.
The Broncos will host the Panthers in this year's Thursday night opener on Sept. 8.
It's a Super Bowl 50 rematch, albeit without Peyton Manning. The stars had to align for this matchup to be possible, as the Broncos and Panthers only play once every four years. 2016 just happened to be the year the Panthers head to Denver. The NFL has made a new tradition of the defending Super Bowl champs hosting the season's opening game. The rest of the schedule will be announced Thursday evening at 8ET.
9 News Denver's Mike Klis believes the Broncos "might" have interest in restricted free agent Case Keenum after Los Angeles acquired the No. 1 overall draft pick from Tennessee.
The Rams may make Keenum available after securing the rights to draft Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. Keenum is currently under Los Angeles' control via a first-round tender. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak coached Keenum in Houston. In order to execute a trade for Keenum, Denver would have to part with second- to third-day draft pick and sign him to a reasonable contract. This would presumably be a fallback option if the Broncos can't land Colin Kaepernick.
ESPN's Mark Dominik believes a Colin Kaepernick-to-Denver deal is "done," and contingent only on the 49ers drafting a quarterback.
If Dominik's belief is correct, the trade would go down on draft day. A former NFL general manager, Dominik bases this belief on the fact that Kaepernick formally visited the Broncos' facility, and "you never let a player visit (another) club without (the) trade and contract already figured out." Dominik's theory makes sense, and he still has connections throughout the league. Unfortunately, we won't find out whether Dominik is right until April 28.
ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports the Broncos "don't figure" to bend in their contract demands for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
Legwold reports the Broncos want the 49ers to pay $4.9 million of Kaepernick's salary this season and the quarterback to reduce his 2017 salary from $14.5 million to $7 million. Neither the 49ers nor Kaepernick has appeared willing to accept Denver's demands, making this deal all but dead. The Broncos may now look to trade for Browns QB Josh McCown, and they will almost certainly target a quarterback early in the draft.
The Broncos have exchanged contract proposals with free agent Ronnie Hillman.
Hillman outplayed C.J. Anderson last preseason and early last year, but averaged under 4.0 YPC in four of Denver's last five games, while Anderson emerged as the Broncos' best offensive player. Hillman was especially dreadful in the playoffs, managing 54 yards on 32 carries (1.69 YPC). Hillman set a career high with 207 carries in 2015. That number should be drastically reduced.
9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos' salary-cap clearance resulting from the Ryan Clady trade will have "no impact" on the team's pursuit of Colin Kaepernick.
The Clady deal wiped $9.5 million off Denver's books. The Broncos don't need Kaepernick to take a pay cut, but Klis reports cap room "had nothing to do" with Denver's pay-cut request. It was more a reflection of Kaepernick's recent play. The Broncos don't view Kaepernick as a surefire solution under center. If Denver wants a quarterback likelier to "win now," GM John Elway will get serious about Josh McCown. Kaepernick may be more of a long-term rehab project. Per Klis, a Kap-to-Denver deal is "not dead, but it's not looking good."
Jets acquired LT Ryan Clady and a seventh-round pick from the Broncos for a fifth-round pick.
The pick swap amounts to an 81-spot jump in the draft for Denver. Clady had been on the trade block since the Broncos signed Russell Okung. He'll take over at left tackle for the Jets after D'Brickashaw Ferguson's retirement. Clady agreed to restructure his $9.5 million salary as part of the deal. He hasn't played a game since 2014 due to ACL surgery, but gives the Jets a proven starter with four-time Pro Bowl credentials if Clady can stay healthy. The move also clears Denver's cap space for a potential Colin Kaepernick trade.