Posted Mon Jul 27th by Monty
It looks like the Denver Broncos might have to begin training camp practices Monday afternoon without their top two rookies in tow. First round picks Knowshon Moreno and Robert Ayers remain unsigned even as the 3pm start of practices grows near.
This could very well change in the hours to come, but word is, the Broncos and their respective parties are still far apart on contract negotiations.
The Denver Post reports that Moreno’s contract negotiations with the team have stalled, citing an NFL source who said there was “no way” the Georgia product would be under contract in time for the start of practice. This is especially unfortunate when you consider the two sides began contract discussions two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, FOX 31 reports that Ayers and the Broncos are “still a ways” apart on agreeing to a deal. A source close to the negotiations told FOX’s Josina Anderson that the two groups were not even on the phone Sunday evening. UPDATE: FOX now reports that negotiations have been ongoing this morning, but as of 9am, talks were “not looking good, still working, but we are still apart on it.”
The Broncos entered the eve of camp with six of ten drafted rookies unsigned. They were able to reach agreements with Alphonso Smith, Darcel McBath, David Bruton, and Tom Brandstater Sunday.
I have to admit, I’m surprised we’re sitting here without our top two guys locked up. We’re counting on both of these guys to make an impact on our team this season, and making the first set of practices is important. That being said, one of the difficulties in signing Moreno and Ayers has to be that only four of the 32 first-round draft picks have signed to date…. The full team doesn’t report until Thursday, so it’s not the end of the world, but it is disappointing if they don’t get either deal done.