BREAKING NEWS FROM DOVE VALLEY: In the mid-afternoon on March 3, the Broncos publicly addressed the ongoing Jay Cutler situation, and I think that Broncos fans will like the news. Cutler and head coach Josh McDaniels will meet next week when Cutler returns to Denver from his home in Nashville, TN. It isn't known whether GM Brian Xanders or McDaniels spoke to Cutler. Broncos spokesperson Patrick Smyth issued the following statement on behalf of McDaniels, Xanders, and team owner Pat Bowlen: "The Denver Broncos are not trading Jay Cutler. Period." This according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Throughout the weekend, I'll be updating this blog with rumors and free agent signings concerning the Denver Broncos. The first three expected to sign in Denver are all offensive players, which is a little strange, as Denver needs defensive help, including 2 safeties, a cornerback, at least one linebacker, and a plethora of defensive lineman. Here you go:
*Wideout Jabar Gaffney signed a 4-year deal on Feb. 27. The deal is for $10 million, $3 million of which is guaranteed, according to Mike Klis the Denver Post.
*Safety Renaldo Hill (MIA) signed a 4-year deal on Feb. 27. The deal is for $10 million, $3 million of which is guaranteed, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
*Running back Correll Buckhalter (PHI) agreed to a 4-year deal on Feb. 27. The deal is in the neighborhood of $10 million, $3 million of which is guaranteed, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
*Free agent safety Brian Dawkins (PHI) signed a 5-year/$17M deal with the Broncos on Feb. 28. The deal includes $7.2M in guarantees, and could reach as high as $27M with incentives. It can also be voided after the first two years, in which Dawkins will receive $9M, according to Adam Schefter of nfl.com.
*The Broncos inked long-snapper Lonie Paxton (NE) to a 5-year, $5.3 mil. deal on Feb. 27, making Paxton the NFL's second highest-paid long-snapper, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
*The Broncos have signed LB Andra Davis (CLE) on Feb. 27, according to Brandon Krisztal of KKFN radio - Denver and Vic Lombardi of KCNC TV - Denver. Davis himself confirmed the deal in an interview with KKFN radio - Denver at 8:05 PM Mountain Time on Feb. 27. The deal is for 2 years with no financial terms disclosed, according to ESPN's John Clayton.
*The Broncos signed WR David Anderson (HOU) to an offer sheet on Feb. 27. The offer sheet is for 3 years, $4.5M, according to ESPN's John Clayton.
*Defensive tackle Darrell Reid (IND) agreed to a deal with the Broncos on Feb. 28. The deal is 3 years, $6.8M, according to ESPN's John Clayton.
*CB Andre Goodman (MIA) agreed to a 5-year deal with the Broncos on Mar. 1. The deal is 5 years/$25M, including over $10M in guarantees, according to Adam Schefter of nfl.com.
*DT Ronald Fields (SF) agreed to a 2-year/$5M deal with the Broncos on Mar. 2, according to Adam Schefter of nfl.com. Judging by his size, he'll likely be the Broncos nose tackle.
*It appears that the contract with RB JJ Arrington (ARI) has fallen through, and Arrington will not be a Denver Bronco, according to Mike Klis and Lindsay H. Jones of the Denver Post.
*The Broncos will bring backup QB Chris Simms (MIN) to Dove Valley for a visit on Mar. 4, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. This should make Bronco hater Phil Simms happy.
*If you'd like to read more about the Jay Cutler situation, read this piece by Dave Krieger of the Denver Post. It doesn't say too much, but it offers a little bit of insight as to what head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders were thinking even entertaining the idea of trading Cutler.
*For some insight on Brian Dawkins leaving Philadelphia to come to the Promised Land, read this excellent piece by Matt Bowen of the National Football Post.
*To join the legions of Bronco fans trying to ensure that Jay Cutler stays in Broncos Country forever, visit http://www.savejaycutler.com.
*There is another site that, while I don't necessarily support its mission, is trying to keep Cutler in Denver - http://www.keepjayfiremcdaniels.com.