AFC West: David Anderson

The Denver Post is reporting former Baltimore running back Willis McGahee will become a Bronco pending a passed physical.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday he agreed to terms. The Denver Post is reporting the deal is now for four years, $9.5 million. McGahee will turn 30 this season. Again, I think McGahee can make some plays, but his contributions will likely be limited. He had 209 carries the past two years combined.

In other AFC West news:

Denver agreed to terms with receiver David Anderson. The former Colorado State player was cut by Houston. He has a chance to be a rotational receiver and special teamer in Denver.

The Chargers had interest in former Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett, but not at the price that it will take to sign him.

There still doesn’t seem to be much of market for Oakland Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller. At this point, I’d be surprised if he went elsewhere.

As expected, the Broncos cut safety Renaldo Hill as the team clears cap space. Hill was with the team the past two years. He wasn’t going to start this season.

The Broncos were interested in former Houston first-round pick Amobi Okoye. But he reportedly agreed to terms with the Bears shortly after being cut by the Texans. In a strange one, Denver is bringing in Broncos’ defensive tackle Marcus Thomas in for a visit. He has been with the team since 2007.

Afternoon free-agency frenzy

March, 4, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

News is popping in the AFC West:

The Denver Post is reporting that the Broncos have resolved their contract issues with running back J.J. Arrington and have agreed to terms again. The team and Arrington had agreed to a deal on Friday but it fell apart on Saturday.

Denver now has three new running backs in Arrington, Correll Buckhalter and LaMont Jordan. The addition of the veterans may mean it will be difficult for youngsters Ryan Torain and Peyton Hillis to get extensive playing time.

Expect Buckhalter, Arrington and Jordan all to play fairly extensive roles. Jordan may be the short-yardage back and Arrington the third-down back.

  • The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston matched the offer restricted free agent receiver David Anderson received from Denver last week. Anderson likely would have been a No. 5 receiver with Denver.
  • Former Kansas City quarterback Damon Huard is headed to San Francisco. The Chiefs had no plans of bringing back Huard, who was a starter at times the past few seasons.
  • Denver has kept defensive lineman Kenny Peterson. He may be the only in-house free agent new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels keeps. The team thinks Peterson will fit in Denver's new 3-4 defensive alignment.

Interestingly, Peterson is the only holdover who knows McDaniels. The two were actually high school teammates in Canton, Ohio. McDaniels was a senior and Peterson was a freshman.

Denver is at seven and counting

February, 28, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

With Denver agreeing to terms with former Indianapolis defensive tackle Darrell Reid, the team has now signed seven free agents in the first 36-plus hours of free agency.

To put the Broncos' wild spree in perspective, the other three AFC West teams have no players.

Sure, Oakland is sniffing around tackles Khalif Barnes and Marvel Smith; San Diego is thinking about bringing back cornerback Drayton Florence after a year's detour to Jacksonville and Kansas City traded for New England linebacker Mike Vrabel. But the only inking going on thus far in this division is coming out of the Rocky Mountains.

None of the names Denver has signed so far will overwhelm you but the new regime, led by coach Josh McDaniels, is trying to create competition and depth.

Here is a recap of the players Denver has agreed to deals with so far:

Houston Texans receiver David Anderson (restricted offer sheet); Arizona Cardinals running back J.J. Arrington; Philadelphia Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter: New England Patriots receiver Jabar Gaffney; Miami Dolphins safety Renaldo Hill; New England Patriots long snapper Lonie Paxton and Indianapolis' Reid.

The team is also trying to finalize deals with Philadelphia safety Brian Dawkins and Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis. Dawkins would certainly be the big catch of the group and if Denver is going to finalize the deal, it could come at any time.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

A source close to the situation confirmed that the Broncos have agreed with restricted free agent wide receiver David Anderson on a three-year, $4.5 million offer sheet and a $1 million signing bonus.

The Houston Texans will have a week to match the deal.

Denver signed former New England receiver Jabar Gaffney earlier Friday. If Anderson is brought in, it could mean the end of No. 3 receiver Brandon Stokley in Denver. He was the team's No. 3 receiver the past two seasons.

If new coach Josh McDaniels gets both Gaffney and Anderson, it is unlikely he'll want one of them to be a fifth receiver. Stokley could be on the outs if Anderson is brought in.

Meanwhile, the Denver Post is reporting the Broncos are close to signing Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis. The move would one more in a long line of transactions for the Broncos, one of the league's busiest teams Friday.