According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the Denver Broncos are sending a plane to North Carolina, where Peyton Manning has been working out lately. Meanwhile, NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington reports that Manning called the Miami Dolphins on Thursday to inform them he won’t be playing for them. NFL Network will have full coverage of all the developments in this story. Here’s what else is on tap for Friday:
The league, which already conducted its own investigation, reportedly told the union that it’s not going to wait to take action against the Saints (and probably some parties no longer with the team). The league also told the NFLPA that it will not facilitate the union’s investigation. In other words, the league won’t require parties that may be involved to talk to union investigators. The league maintains that commissioner Roger Goodell has sole authority to investigate and impose discipline in such matters.
The New Orleans Saints defense is not loaded with elite defenders, but the team at least must be solid from front-to-back to compliment an elite offense. The search is on in earnest to upgrade the perceived weakest spot on that side of the ball in New Orleans. Visits have been lined up with free agents starting with Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne. The 26-year old who reportedly visits the Saints’ facilities in Metairie on Friday has been a starter since 2009 in Seattle.
The Saints are looking into adding a middle linebacker in free agency, and that has led to conflicting reports about whether Jonathan Vilma has a future in New Orleans. After the Saints scheduled a visit with free agent Curtis Lofton, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reported that the Saints have been mulling releasing Vilma.
We have seen a run on wide receivers in the early stages of free agency. I believe there were two reasons for this: 1. It was the deepest position in free agency; 2. Outside of Justin Blackmon, the remaining wideouts in the 2012 NFL Draft are not viewed as true No. 1 receivers, but as good No. 2′s. Here is how I rate the top receivers in the draft after viewing tape on them:
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