Report: Denver after Carolina running back

UPDATE: As a testament to just how quickly things are flying this week, DeAngelo Williams is out of the mix for Denver. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Williams is headed back to Carolina. Thus, Denver’s search for a new running back continues.

Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network is reporting the Denver Broncos are one of three teams in the mix for Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams. Lombardi reports the Panthers and Giants are also interested.

The Broncos’ interest has long been expected. Williams played for new Denver coach John Fox with the Panthers and the two have a good relationship. Fox is a believer in running the ball first and he recently said getting a running back would be the team’s top priority in free agency.

There has been talk Denver could look to add Marion Barber or Willis McGahee. While Williams would be more expensive, I think he is the best option. The other two are just guys at this point. Denver’s run game needs a spark and Williams could provide it.

Meanwhile, Kyle Orton has reported to Denver’s camp and he will participate in all team activities unless he is traded. Arizona and Miami are hot for Orton, so he could soon be leaving Denver’s building.

As expected, the Chiefs have interest in Arizona slot receiver Steve Breaston. He played for Kansas City coach Todd Haley with the Cardinals. This paring has long made sense.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Chargers signed Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton. He is the first second-round pick to sign.

Here is the Broncos’ complete list of undrafted free agents.