I took last week off. It was not an overly busy week, but some things did occur, so let’s review the game film of some of the events of the week:
The Broncos signed defensive tackle Justin Bannan.
My take: Bannan, who also was a Bronco in 2010, is a solid player who will help in the rotation. Denver still needs a young defensive tackle, but this is a good addition.
The Broncos cut cornerback Andre Goodman.
My take: This has been coming since the Broncos signed Tracy Porter to replace Goodman. This is not a shock at all. I wonder if Oakland coach and former Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will look at Goodman. He will turn 34 this year and he is in decline, but Goodman has strong experience, which could interest Oakland.
My take: Is anyone surprised by this? Thomas is a receiver. Playing with an erratic passer had to get frustrating for all Denver receivers. A Manning-Tebow swap is a receiver’s dream.
Tight end Leonard Pope signed with Pittsburgh.
My take: He wasn’t in the Chiefs' plans. Pope is a favorite of former Kansas City coach Todd Haley, who will now coach Pope for a third NFL organization. They were in Arizona together before Kansas City.
The Raiders signed college basketball player Andre Hardy in hopes of making him a tight end.
My take: Why not? Former college hoopsters turned tight ends have hit it big. So it’s a low-risk endeavor. Don’t expect much from Hardy soon, though. He is probably a practice-squad prospect. This signing does not affect Oakland’s need for another tight end in 2012.
The Chargers re-signed fullback Jacob Hester.
My take: He will back up Le'Ron McClain and will play special teams. Hester is a solid role player.
The Chargers signed former Oakland starting offensive lineman Mario Henderson.
My take: This is a depth move. Having a former starter as a backup is never a bad thing.