The first day plus of the NFL negotiating period for free agents has been a dud. These three days before Tuesday when teams can officially sign players was supposed to generate interest, but then the league sabotaged its own plan.
Every team and every agent received a memo on Friday cautioning them not to release any information regarding agreements or even who they have talked to. So what exactly was the point of this three-day window?
Having said that, what little news has come out indicates that the Denver Broncos are going to be extremely active. They continue to be linked to former St. Louis Rams running back, Steven Jackson. Depending on who or what you believe, the Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons are the leading contenders for his services with the Broncos holding a slight edge.
The Broncos have also been linked to a few cornerbacks, one of the areas they want to upgrade. On Saturday, the names that surfaced were Brent Grimes from the Falcons and Antoine Cason of the San Diego Chargers. Both would help the Broncos who want to bring in someone to play on the outside so they can move Chris Harris inside where they believe he is more effective.
Then on Sunday, the Broncos were being linked to former Miami Dolphins cornerback, Sean Smith. Smith would be considered the best of the bunch and there are a number of teams bidding for his services. It remains to be seen who it is, but there’s very little doubt that the Broncos will sign a veteran cornerback in the first few days of free agency.
In addition to Jackson and the cornerbacks, defensive linemen continue to pop up in relation to the Broncos. Dwight Freeney has been potentially connected to the Broncos for awhile, and now Osi Umenyiora is reportedly on the team’s radar.
Starting on Tuesday, maybe as early as Monday, we will start getting some answers and figure out what is rumor and what is fact. This much is true though, the Broncos are going to be active. For now we all wait because the NFL can’t decide what it wants.
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