The Denver Broncos haven't been quiet to start free agency.
Talib Huge Deal
Broncos sign Aqib Talib for $57M
The Broncos have found their long-term replacement for Champ Bailey, and it's not Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib has agreed on a six-year, $57 million deal with the Broncos, ESPN reports. The Broncos have since confirmed the signing and the length of the deal.
Talib Huge Deal
On Tuesday, team lost guard Zane Beadles to the Jacksonville Jaguars and then started making signings of their own. On Day 1, Denver re-signed Bubba Caldwell for two years, signed T.J. Ward for four years, and then landed Aqib Talib for six years. Amidst it all, there were reports of Jared Allen scheduling a visit—then DeMarcus Ware hit the market.
The Broncos are now considered the favorites to land Ware, who is going to visit the team today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It seems to be only a matter of time before Ware is a Bronco, as Schefter reports one AFC West team was told, "you're not going to like where he winds up," after trying to schedule a visit with Ware.
Multiple outlets have reported that Ware has a boatload of potential suitors (over a dozen), but as of now, Denver is his only scheduled visit. That bodes well for the Broncos, who intrigue Ware, per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
No shortage of visits D. Ware could take given the interest in him, but none scheduled besides DEN right now. Very intrigued by Broncos...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
La Canfora went on to note that a deal could "come together quickly" today between Ware and Denver.
Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that Broncos free-agent receiver Eric Decker is visiting the New York Jets today, his first scheduled visit. It's pretty easy to picture Deck living in the Big Apple, but going from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith may not translate to a good on-field situation. That probably doesn't matter, of course, as Decker is seeking a payday.
While Decker visits the Jets, linebacker Wesley Woodyard is visiting the New England Patriots and has plans to also visit the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. It certainly appears that Woodyard has played his last down in Denver.
Back to the Ware buzz—the Broncos may end up swapping defensive ends with Dallas. The Cowboys have shown an interest in Broncos free-agent defensive lineman Robert Ayers. In a story published last night, the Dallas Morning News called Ayers "one of the top edge rushers still on the market." If the Cowboys' front office is fooled as easily as the media in Dallas, a deal may get done.
Stay tuned for more buzz to come throughout today; Dove Valley isn't done signing yet.
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