It’s All Orange, Fat Man: 03/26/16

NFL News

LB Courtney Upshaw will sign with the Falcons per report. Confirmed.

– Due to a team vs team brawl in 2015, the Cowboys and the Rams will not scrimmage each other in 2016.

– QB Christian Hackenberg, when asked about his struggles in Penn State, blamed his coach James Franklin according to seperate sources from two seperate teams.

The Rams are being sued over the property rights for their practice facility in St Louis. According to the lease the bought back in 1995, they now have the ability to buy the facility for exactly one dollar. However, the company called the Edward Jones Dome Authority owns the land (who has been leasing it to the Rams) and currently wants to sell it for $19 million. Per Florio, “The lawsuit is intended to obtain a ruling that the term in the lease should be rejected.”

– Roger Goodell isn’t ruling out Las Vegas as a potential replacement home for the Raiders. This could be because the Raiders rent to play at The Dumpster has raised by $2.5 million from 2015 to 2016.

– Sean Payton has no problem with his QB Drew Brees trying to use leverage to stay on with the New Orleans Saints.

– Chip Kelly talked up QB Blaine Gabbert today.

– The NFL realizes that the referees aren’t inclined to eject players with the institution of their “yellow card” rule.

– The Patriots sign WR Nate Washington to a one-year deal worth $1 million.

S Rashad Johnson signs with the Titans on a one-year deal.

– The Bears resigned S Chris Prosinski to a one-year deal.

– The Steelers signed former Bronco LB Steven Johnson to a one-year deal.

NFL Analysis

– Mike Florio states that Colin Kaepernick’s status will be more clear by March 31st at around 4 pm ET.

– Florio also asks if Andrew Luck could be the first QB to get franchised twice by his team.

– Greg Gabriel breaks down the top 4 edge rushers in the NFL draft.

– National Football Post breaks down possible draft fits for the AFC North.

– Here are all of the free agency grades by PFF so far. The Broncos received a D while the Packers received a C.

– Sam Monson argues that RGIII is not Cleveland’s long-term answer at QB.

– Chase Stuart breaks down the top veteran acquisitions of 2015.


– Joe Ellis commented that even though he questioned Jon Elway’s decisions form time to time, he always trusts John Elway’s gut.

Troy Renck also comments that John is at his best when the clock is ticking down. I was kind of like that on my assignments for school, except I used that statement as an excuse for procrastinating.

– Mike Klis suggests that the Broncos are going to wait out Kaepernick while RGIII departs for the Browns.

Von Miller poked some fun at Tom Brady after Tom Brady poked some fun at himself.


Larry Fitzgerald’s meal by Larry Fitzgerald.


“When you come to a fork in the road, take it” – Yogi Berra

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  • Rhett Rothberg

    If you wait to the last minute, it only takes a minute – John Elway

    • Yahmule

      One year I had to do my Christmas shopping @ AM/PM because everything else was closed.

      • WhoShotBobbyHumphrey

        Dude. You’re even cooler than originally thought. I would have been thrilled to get a chicken sandwich, and a cheap phone charger, so I hope your family appreciated the thoughtfulness.

        • Yahmule

          And a cheap phone charger?


  • Yahmule

    The NFL used to completely rule out Las Vegas as a destination because of the gambling. But they’re still okay as an extortion tool. What a greasy business.

    • Dirty_Sancheese

      I don’t understand why the gambling issue is such a big deal for a Las Vegas team. Why would players be more susceptible to alter the outcome of a game just because they are playing in Vegas? It seems to me that the people that would pay a player to alter a game don’t care where a team is located. Cheaters gonna cheat

      • Nick

        Yahmule can probably fill this in better if I’m right, but I sense there’s just a long time frosty relationship between Vegas (the industry) and the NFL (and other sports leagues).

        • Yahmule

          The NFL, that bastion of all that is good, refused to air this TV commercial during their games (terrible show, but my favorite Elvis song). Hypocritical moralizing assholes. And they know damn well that Vegas is terrible destination for an NFL team regardless of their laws on gambling.

          BTW, the Las Vegas Gaming Board is way more likely to root out any corruption than any sports league. They’ve done the NCAA’s work for them on more than one occasion.

          • Paco Alonzo

            Lol I really liked that show.

          • Yahmule

            To be honest, I never watched it. so I really shouldn’t bag on it.

      • Jeremy

        The world’s smaller now than it was 20 years ago.

        That said, you still want to leave a small as a digital trail as possible. If the player lives in Vegas, Easier to build a relationship and ultimately pay him off in person then trying to build a relationship over the phone/Internet

        • Paco Alonzo

          I believe less than 10% (can’t find the link) of gambling happens in Vegas.

          • Jeremy

            The statistic you give us for total gambling, which is largely irrelevant.

            Sports betting is only legal in 4 us states

            I’m guessing over 90 percent of sports betting happens in Vegas. Not sure how the Internet has changed things but I’m guessing that still passes through Vegas.

    • drewthorn

      It could be less sinister than that. For example, the league might recognize that the internet has made Vegas obsolete if you’re just looking to place a bet.

    • Personally, I don’t see the draw. Everyone who goes to Las Vegas is visiting for the entertainment value. Their total population is only 200,000 over Colorado Springs. Where would their fan base come from?

      • bradley

        The population of Las Vegas is over 2 million. Most of them pay no attention to the casinos.
        Metro Denver is about 2.7 million.

        • I can see that. Thise guys in the casinos are watching the slot machines instead of sports though. Could Las Vegas fill an 80,000 seat stadium for 8 sundays?

          • bradley

            Hell if I know. Just saying that most of the residents are as normal as those in Denver. I was only there once for a few hours and spent those hours in a casino.
            But I think Yahmule said it well, this is just a ploy to pressure Oakland into providing a new stadium.

  • bradley

    Casey Stengel: “Good pitching beats good hitting.”
    And vice versa.

  • Hank Mardukis

    Love Yogi Berra.

    • bradley

      I’ve always thought he was the illegitimate son of Casey Stengel.

  • If the Broncos draft Hackenberg (especially in any round before 5) I will be quite irked. Extreme irk!

  • MarsLineman

    Prediction: SF ships Kaepernick to Denver for the 94th pick in the 2016 draft, prior to April 1.

    Full discosure: total tea-reading. But it seems like the most likely compromise point.

    • Snipe

      Prediction: Broncos roll with Sanchez and a drafted qb

      • MarsLineman

        I’m guessing this is plan B (if York balks at trading Kaepernick, or if the teams can’t agree on compensation).

        Works for me either way. Just as long as they draft the right guy in scenario B (whoever that is).

        • MarsLineman

          And I have to add that I prefer plan A for the short term (Kaepernick + Sanchez).

  • Laces Out

    Right on Dubs for all the links and info once again

  • drewthorn

    Renck points out that the Broncos thought they had a solid relationship with Oswieler, which I find interesting in that it explains Denver’s perceived lack of urgency on that front. It also speaks highly of Oz, who clearly must have left any hard feelings at the door when he showed up for work.

    • Rhett Rothberg

      That seems to have been the deal, though it seems the team was a little tone deaf in assuming loyalty when they didn’t exactly show it from their side

  • sunsetcolors

    One small unintended benefit of the yellow card rule will be that officials will have to be more rigorous in exactly who they call for a personal foul – no more sloppily getting the number wrong, or the lazy “personal foul – on the defense”

    Still hate the rule overall.

  • I have no idea what this source is but says Kaep will be released before his salary becomes guaranteed on April 1.

    • orangeandblueaussie

      Strange that the Broncos aren’t even mentioned in the article.

  • cjfarls

    I really don’t see how Elway deserves a D in hindsight this FA. It was always likely that Malik and Danny moved on. Oz is really the only surprise, and at that price…. I’m glad Elway didn’t match. I guess no one counts the comp picks either.

    Stephenson seems pricey given performance, but some indication he’s a good fit for what we do. Then he signs CJ and okung on team friendly deals… If you count Wolfe too, that looks like a good offseason for a SB team… It’s not like the team had giant holes. QB is one for sure, but cost/benefit doesn’t look too horrible for Sanchez. Maybe folks are looking at TE, but we all think Virgil has untapped potential, and only DEN knows huerman’s ability.

    Where else has Elway ignored? Backup safety? Oline depth? Those sound like draft or cheap post draft FA positions, not high tier FA moves….

    I wouldn’t give an A, but okung is above average move, and while the process on CJ was sketchy, that’s a good outcome. Even if you think Elway blew it with Oz and could have signed him cheap earlier (I disagree, but it’s reasonable)… is that enough for calling it below average overall.

    • Yahmule

      They gave high grades to the teams who destroyed their salary caps with ridiculous contracts.