Report: Virgil Green mulling Denver offer as Julius Thomas likely bolting
By Johnny Hart
With Julius Thomas likely jetting out of the Mile High City when free agency hits Tuesday, the Denver Broncos have seemingly put their support behind Thomas’ 2014 backup, Virgil Green.
According to the Denver Post, Green is contemplating a multi-year contract offer from the Broncos to return to the team that drafted him in 2011.
As many as a 13 teams have contacted Green about becoming its tight end, but reportedly only a half dozen seem to be seriously interested.
“The Broncos have talked to me,” Green told the Denver Post
. “They didn't tell me what my role would be but they made it clear how valuable I was to them. I love playing in Denver, and I love the fans. But I can't make the decision just based on that. I appreciate the offer. But I don't want to react too quickly until I know how other teams see me.”
Green’s offer comes amid contract talks between Thomas and the Jacksonville Jaguars, per ESPN Denver’s Broncos Insider Mike Klis.
Rumors that the Seattle Seahawks are also interested in Thomas surfaced late last week on Twitter, ahead of the team releasing veteran tight end Zach Miller.
As of Saturday, teams have been allowed to contact free agent players from other teams, but no deals will be final until free agency kicks off Tuesday. Before Saturday, teams could contact and attempt to re-sign its own free agents.
Report: Knighton on Redskins, Bears, Colts and Raiders radar ahead of free agency
By Johnny Hart
A handful of NFL times are biting on free agent Terrance Knighton, but don’t count the Denver Broncos among the clubs interested in Pot Roast.
The Washington Redskins ranked among the most interested, according to the report, making a big push for the Broncos defensive big man.
Other clubs reportedly interested include the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, and Chicago Bears –– the latter two with ties to Knighton.
Oakland’s new head coach, former Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, not only coached Knighton in Denver the last two seasons but also drafted him as the head coach of Jacksonville in 2009.
And aside from the oblivious tie to new Bears head coach John Fox, former Broncos defensive line coach Jay Rodgers followed Foxy to Chicago.
Among those four clubs, the Raiders have the most available cap space at $59.6 million.
However, Knighton told ESPN Denver’s Nate Kreckman in January that though money’s important, he’d still be open to taking a hometown discount to stay with the Broncos.
“I’m still open to it, but I’m not going to take a ridiculous contract just to satisfy anyone else. I still have a lifestyle I want to live, a family that I provide for, and a lifestyle I want to live after football.”
Knighton said at the time that he’s “not expecting anything,” having gone through the free agency process in Jacksonville two years ago, and doesn’t know what to expect.”
“I’m not expecting anything. I hope to be a Bronco for the rest of my career, and I hope to get something done prior to free agency starting,” Knighton said. “And that’s all I can do right now is hope, but I’m not expecting anything.”
The two sides haven’t talked about a contract yet, and likely won’t until free agency kicks off, as the Denver Post reported
general manager John Elway said during last month’s NFL Scouting Combine that the club won’t negotiate with Knighton until the defensive tackle market solidifies.