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Horse Tracks: Poor Raiders edition

The Denver Broncos have yet to make a free agent splash, but the AFC West is a bubbling Gatorade cooler of intrigue. Chiefs fans got some good news regarding their Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali. Chargers are likely over the moon about Orlando Franklin's imminent signing. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders are watching their coveted free agents sign with other teams. The Broncos are showing interest in former Browns TE Jordan Cameron and Rams DL Kendall Langford.

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As Scotty Payne reported yesterday, the Broncos are showing interest in former Browns tight end Jordan Cameron.

Cameron would give the Broncos a proven pass catcher who can step in and be the Broncos starting tight end from day one. Cameron's best season came in 2013 when he totaled 80 receptions for 917 yards and 7 touchdowns. He had a down 2014 that was plagued by injuries. He only totaled 24 receptions for 424 yards and 2 touchdowns in limited action for the Cleveland Browns. In four seasons in the NFL, Cameron has totaled 130 receptions for 1,600 yards, and 10 touchdowns.

(Former?) Broncos TE Virgil Green has spoken with nearly a third of the league and is weighing options from almost as many, including the Broncos. Known for his studly blocking ability especially on running downs, I would be sad to see him sign with any other team. Don't do it, Virgil. We love you. Lots.

Later today, the Broncos are going to visit with Rams DL Kendall Langford. I'm not sure what my feelings are on this. In fact, the Denver Post's Mike Klis appears to not really know his feelings on it either. Read his article here.

... [the] Broncos... [are] pursuing solid veterans such as defensive lineman Kendall Langford.

I think it's just a clever way of saying that Langford has managed to avoid getting cut until recently. Let's be honest, Kyle Orton was a solid veteran. Julius Thomas (I guess) is a solid veteran. Jay Cutler... Well, you get the point. Here's Scotty Payne's writeup on Langford.


It looks like former Broncos OL Orlando Franklin is headed to sunny San Diego to protect everyone's favorite bolo-tie wearing quarterback. Every time Franklin got called for offensive holding I would swear (curse) to my friends that he was consistently good for at least one a game. In all fairness, Franklin had just 32 penalties total over the course of 63 total games played. This is great news, Broncos fans! With Franklin averaging a penalty in over 50% of games, Denver is sure to have at least one Chargers drive stymied (each year!) by our own 2011 2nd round draft pick. Silver linings are everywhere if you know where to look.


With a not-so-pleased Justin Houston pouting over the Chiefs franchise tag designation, Kansas City fans got a little good news regarding their linebacker Tamba Hali. Combined, the two were responsible for 28 sacks in 2014. Granted, Hali was only responsible for 6 all year, but his presence demands attention from opposing offenses.


Remember when the Raiders were poised to make a big splash in free agency? It's not going quite as General Manager Reggie McKenzie or their fans would have hoped. Former Broncos Julius Thomas (much to the chagrin to those around him from the Oakland area... ahem...) appears to be headed to Jacksonville. Whiff. Ndamukong Suh? Whiff (Dolphins). Randall Cobb? Whiff (Packers). If the Raiders eventually do end up signing former Bronco Terrence Knighton, they may have to pay him ridiculous money. Not because Knighton deserves it, but because they have to pay someone... Anyone... This article breaks down the 2015 salary cap floor computation.

...nine teams are under the minimum spending threshold, according to figures the NFLPA released this week: Carolina, Dallas, Jacksonville, New England, New Orleans, the New York Giants, the New York Jets and Oakland.

Time to get that wallet out, Reggie!