In a Q&A, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Broncos Ring of Fame RB Floyd Little discussed his role in Syracuse's athletic department, shared some great personal news and reflected on the Broncos’ victory in Super Bowl 50 and what Owner Pat Bowlen means to him. [...]
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman is known for his aggressive play and ability to talk, but what is his confidence going to get the Broncos into? "I can’t report [to the Carolina Panthers] I haven’t signed anything so I don’t feel as if I’m at the point where I’m ready to get back to working right now," Josh Norman said on NFL Network's Friday edition of Total Access.
He would go on to rattle off his Top Five NFL Receivers and exclude Odell Beckham, Jr., DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas, but the recent media exposure of Norman has pointed to something bigger.
He's looking for $16-million per season to play cornerback for the Carolina Panthers. Also, he deserves it, just ask him.
This offseason Norman received the Panthers' non-exclusive franchise tag, a $13.95 million guaranteed salary in 2016. That is, "no less than the average of the top five cap hits at the player's position (cornerback) for the previous five years applied to the current salary cap, or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, whichever is greater."
Take a look at what the Denver Broncos premiere cornerback Chris Harris will be due in salary over the next four seasons:
YEAR AGE BASE SALARY SIGNING BONUS OPTION BONUS WORKOUT BONUS CAP HIT DEAD CAP
(contract numbers courtesy of Spotrac.com)
There isn't even a single season which Harris even sniffs what Josh Norman will get to play cornerback this season. Forget about Harris reaching the $16 million per season that Norman is seeking ever during the terms of Harris's current contract.
Harris signed a 5 year, $42,500,000 contract with the Denver Broncos, including a $10,000,000 signing bonus, $24,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $8,500,000. In 2016, Harris will earn a base salary of $6,900,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000. Harris has a cap hit of $9,000,000 while his dead money value is $15,000,000.
What Spotrac refrained from mentioning was that Harris took a team-first contract in December 2014 and has defered from showing any regret publicly.
However, he deserves to be paid among the NFL's top five cornerbacks and if not now, he will definitely deserve to be compensated in that range prior to the end of his contract.
This brings up a larger point-- contracts, the Broncos currently have 15 roster members that are not signed for next season, 9 of them are currently penciled in as 2016 starters Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, Mark Sanchez, Britton Colquitt, Darian Stewart, Brandon Marshall and Sylvester Williams and 3 of the 15 are Kayvon Webster, Jordan Norwood and Vance Walker.
That's arguably 10 players that Denver fans would like to have back (minus one of the current 12 signed starters, because I think most would understand Ware retiring. Minus another of the current 12 starters, because Broncos fans could just as easily want Sanchez gone before this season starts). If this offseason was an intense offseason, imagine what 2017 could hold.
Here is the good news, in 2017 the Broncos currently have the 5th most cap space in the NFL ($60,314,229). The other side of that is that of their current roster only 23 players are signed into 2017, that's the least amout of players signed through 2017 in the NFL (the Jacksonville Jaguars currently have 51 players signed through 2017 and lead the NFL in that category). Denver seems fine with making Von Miller the highest paid defensive player in the NFL, so that will eat into some portion and as much as over 33.3% of Denver's available cap dollars for 2017.
The Broncos can establish themselves as a destination resort to upcoming free agents by taking care of guys like Miller, Sanders and Stewart now and through mid-season, but they can win-over the locker room (and save a lot of headaches) by giving Harris a more deserving raise in the form of a contract extension in 2016.
One easy idea that I've advocated for is drafting a quarterback as early as possible, which would free up large amounts of cap dollars for the next 4-5 seasons.
Should the Broncos drop the facade that they don't negotiate player's contracts during the season and sign some of their 2017 free agents sooner than next offseason?
Yes, it seems to be necessary to the continued success of the franchise.
No, the team will make up for it in other ways.
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Mississippi and Alabama players aren't hard to find in the post-free agency edition of the mock draft. [...]
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a reference to Peyton Manning can remain in a Title IX lawsuit filed against the University of Tennessee and that the case shouldn't be moved from Nashville to Knoxville. [...]
The odds appear to favor John Elway making some more moves before the 2016 regular season begins. Currently, the Denver Broncos have Mark Sanchez as their heir apparent, but John Elway has stated repeatedly that trading for Sanchez was just the first of many steps. In short, the Broncos are not done adding quarterbacks to the roster.
Like most things in life, you can now bet on the issue. Bovada has broken down the odds for who will end up being the starting quarterback for the Broncos to start the 2016 regular season.
Mark Sanchez 5/2
Colin Kaepernick 7/2
Ryan Fitzpatrick 15/2
2016 NFL Draft Pick 3/1
Someone Else 13/10
Get your calculators out, cause the odds are pretty tight. The only guy currently on the roster has the best odds of anyone with an actual name on this list, but I doubt many are taking that bet.
Personally, I'm still holding out for a Kaepernick trade over any of the other options. Pair that move with a high draft pick and Elway once again has a Plan A and a Plan B.
Who do you think will likely end up the Broncos starter in Week 1?
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Could Prescott be the Broncos next starting quarterback? According to NFL Network's Path to the Draft, the Denver Broncos are among the teams showing interest in quarterback prospect Dak Prescott, and will have him in for a formal visit in early April.
After working out for Cardinals & Cowboys, Dak Prescott has visits set up with 3 other teams https://t.co/X0vkArePFw pic.twitter.com/fBZ9WAur3O
— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) March 25, 2016
Prescott is among the second tier quarterback prospects teams have been showing interest in. The Cowboys and Cardinals have had Prescott in recently for workouts/visits. Both teams are looking for a developmental quarterback to be the backup behind their veteran starters who are both injury prone.
Next week, Prescott will return to Orlando to train with his private quarterback Coach Tom Shaw before continuing his pre-draft visits. His next visit happens to be with the reigning Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos who so happen to be in the market for a quarterback.
Next week, Prescott will return to Orlando to continue training with his private quarterback coach, Tom Shaw. The following week, he'll travel to Denver for a formal visit with the Denver Broncos, who are among the teams expected to have a draft interest in a quarterback.
As we know, the Broncos lost quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans during free agency and have been on the lookout for a starter since. They did trade for Mark Sanchez, but he is not the answer at starter and is only the "1st step of the process" according to General Manager John Elway.
This report helps back up a report from Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com. He reported that the Broncos were "enamored" with Dak Prescott and that he is in play for the Broncos during the second day of the NFL Draft.
Even if Osweiler is re-signed, drafting a quarterback early in the 2016 NFL draft is definitely in play for Denver. The Broncos loved North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, but know that he won't be getting anywhere near Denver's pick. However, the team also is enamored with Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. He is a good fit in Gary Kubiak's offense and sources say that Prescott is in play for the Broncos on the second-day of the draft.
With Osweiler now gone, it makes the chances of Prescott joining the Denver Broncos even more likely. With Paxton Lynch probably not making it to pick 31, I assumed that Prescott could be in play for the Broncos at 31. Teams reach for quarterbacks all the time, and if they thought Dak was their guy, why not make sure you get him.
However, Dak's stock may have fallen a bit since his DUI arrest in early March. Before this, I thought he could sneak into the first round, but now he might slip into the third round of the draft. The quarterback is more often than not the face of your franchise and you do not want a mug shot floating around out there. So this arrest probably made teams like the Broncos go back and make sure this will not happen again.
The Cowboys and Cardinals have asked Prescott about it and he says that he has taken full responsibility of his actions.
"I took full responsibility for it and I felt like both teams wanted to know that it's not who I am. I didn't try to lessen it by any means. I explained what happened," Prescott said. "The worst part on my end is done -- that was going through the arrest, getting blasted in the media. It was my fault and the damage is done. Right now it's about overcoming it, and not letting it affect me in a negative way. It was a learning situation for me, and I took something away from it. It's going to make me a better person from that point forward."
This is something that General Manager John Elway and Head Coach Gary Kubiak will likely ask Prescott about when he visits the team in early March.
The Broncos have shown in the past that they will look part a red flag like this and roll the dice on the prospect after doing their homework on a player. They did it with cornerback Bradley Roby and last year with linebacker Shane Ray. Both players have stayed out of trouble since joining the Broncos. I believe they will do the same with Prescott. This looks like a one-time offense, and he was known as a high character guy and leader at Mississippi State.
Prescott will also visit the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and Cardinals next month in advance of the draft.
I will have a full scouting report on Mississippi State quarterback prospect Dak Prescott ready for you guys/gals on Saturday. [...]
Shutdown Corner is counting down the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted. 36. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch 6-foot-7, 244 pounds Key stat : Threw nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2013, but his TD-INT ratio the past two seasons was 50-13. [ Follow Yahoo Sports draft expert Eric Edholm on Facebook and Twitter ] The skinny : Fascinating long-levered passer and athlete who might have the most throwing juice of any quarterback in this year's class. Although he came from a crude wing-T offense in high school and took a while to adjust to the Tigers' spread attack while adding 30 pounds to his lanky frame over that time, he flourished with a terrific 2015 season and showed he can be both dangerous (attacking defenses vertically) and also smart (only four interceptions on 444 attempts). His season came crashing down with a dud of a game (16 of 37 passing, 106 yards, interception) in the bowl game loss to Auburn after head coach Justin Fuente bailed for the Virginia Tech job. After a so-so NFL combine, Lynch's stock hasn't sunk, per se, but he still could stand to give one more good performance at his pro day April 6 just to convince teams there's nothing wrong with him after a little extra work by clubs' medical staffs. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch said his medical evaluation "spooked" NFL teams a bit with AC joint in throwing shoulder but said it's not an issue. — Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) February 26, 2016 Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed Best-suited destination: In a perfect world, Lynch would go to a team that could make him their third quarterback next season, elevate him to backup in 2017 and compete for a starting job in 2018. But then again, we know how patient NFL teams tend to be: not so much. Lynch has rare athletic traits and appears to have the makeup of a winner, showing composure in tough situations and also earning praise from the staff for his work ethic and attention to detail. So he'd appeal to creative offensive coaches such as Chan Gailey (New York Jets), Gary Kubiak (Denver Broncos), Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs), Greg Roman (Buffalo Bills) or Hue Jackson (Cleveland) who could tailor their schemes to highlight Lynch's intriguing movement and throwing ability. But Lynch just wasn't asked to do some of the same things as other quarterbacks in this class, such as change plays at the line or perform advanced diagnostics of defenses in the Tigers' simplified scheme with many pre-determined reads. His development could take a bit of time, but the payoff could be large. [...]