Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that the team’s need for a tight end could be addressed before the draft. Scheffler is the top tight end on the market and he signed his restricted free agency tender this week to help expedite a trade. He was often in the doghouse with first-year coach Josh McDaniels in 2009 and was benched for the final game of the season for accountability issues. But McDaniels said Friday during his pre-draft press conference that the Broncos have not talked to the Bengals about Scheffler.
The Broncos want a third-round pick for Scheffler, who is a fine field-stretching receiver. The Bengals have two picks in the third and fourth rounds. They have compensatory picks in each round. Those two choices can’t be dealt, though.
The Broncos are open to trading down in the draft. The Broncos already have three picks in the first 45 choices. Denver will be major power brokers during the draft.
Are the Raiders moving away from being a zone-blocking offense? If so, that may mean new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has more influence than head coach Tom Cable. That is never a good sign for a coach’s job security.