Gut Reaction: Broncos Sign Evan Mathis

It was just a few weeks ago that some of you were wondering if the Broncos might bring in another veteran lineman. Well, look no further as the Broncos have signed former Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis to a one-year deal.

Mathis was very good last season, ranked by Pro Football Focus as one of the top guards in the NFL. He’s 33 years old, though, so one has to wonder how much he has left in the tank.

So why would the Broncos bring him on board? Does it mean they might look at more veterans? Let’s consider a few possibilities.
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The Broncos’ 2016 Salary Cap & Contract Needs, Pre-2015 Season Edition

Unless some major contractual development happens until the 2015 season ends for the Broncos, this will likely be my last rather lengthy take on what lies ahead for the team in this regard. Things could change a lot as we learn about the state of the Broncos after 2015 is in the books, but I think it’s good to lay out what challenges are ahead so that we can be aware of them as this year progresses.

UPDATE (4:17 PM MT): Well, just my luck that a major contractual development takes place mere hours after I finished this.  The Broncos signed Evan Mathis to a one-year deal worth up to $4 million.  This takes their combined 2015/2016 cap space down to potentially $13 million.  The post has been updated with this news, and may be updated further as we learn more about Mathis’s deal.

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Former Broncos Center Chris Myers Retires at 33

10 year NFL vet Chris Myers announced his retirement from the league this morning, thanking his fans on twitter:

Myers was a 6th round pick in 2005, and followed his offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak to Houston a few seasons later. Many, including myself and others at In-Thin Air has speculated that Myers may follow Kubiak back to Denver. This may have been a situation where Mile High insiders knew Myers was contemplating retirement, and that’s why he was not signed. We will never know if Myers retired due to lack of interest, or if there was lack of interest because he was planning to retire. Either way, he was a class act on and off the field and we at In-Thin Air wish him luck in the next chapter of his life.

Peyton Manning Has Had No Feeling In His Fingertips

Via Peter King, a quote from Manning himself:

It’s crazy. I’ve talked to a doctor recently who said, Don’t count on the feeling coming back. It was hard for me for about two years, because one doctor told me I could wake up any morning and it might come back. So you wake up every day thinking, Today’s the day! Then it’s not.

King also has other tidbits regarding Manning and the Broncos that you can read in more detail, including:

  • Manning’s insistence that the flu and resulting quad injury from dehydration in the road game against the Chargers were the only thing that kept him down.
  • Some insight into the pay cut that John Elway forced Manning to take.
  • King also believes that there are “major” offensive line concerns.

And in an interesting undercard in King’s article, he notes that Stan Kroenke is hoping to seal the deal for the Los Angeles Rams by building a new studio for  NFL Network.

My commentary will some soon in the comments section.

A Pro Tip For NFL.com…

If you’re so embarrassed by a video that you feel compelled to remove the video from your website, you might want to, I don’t know, actually remove the file itself from your server, instead of just deleting the database record of that file from your content management system:

As for the content itself, while Cris Carter’s “fall guy” comments are terrible and getting all the media attention, I’m more jarred by the mere presence of Warren Sapp in this symposium.  I hope that this year, the next speakers told the incoming rookies that assaulting prostitutes is a horrible thing to do.

Broncos at Texans: The 10 Things I Liked and the 10 Things I Didn’t

The second preseason game is where we start to see the team positions take place. Unfortunately, preseason games are often filled with penalties and this one is no exception. What killed us the most in this game were the bad penalties that gave the Texans much needed yards. Thankfully, there was more good than bad to walk away with in this game.

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