Horse Tracks 4/29/09

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DP - The Broncos signed former Ravens ILB Nick Greisen, along with UFA linebackers Braxton Kelley and Jeff Schweiger. To create the roster room, Denver waived wide receiver Jayson Foster and tight end Adam Bergen.

DB - Broncos TV has part of an interview with G.M. Brian Xanders, the entirety of which will air sometime next week. Xanders reveals that several teams called to trade up to #12 for the purpose of drafting Knowshon Moreno, and that Alphonso Smith was the top-rated cornerback on Denver's board. So, not only do the Broncos get their top-rated corner, but they slot him into a #37-level contract. How often does that happen?

DB - Mike Rice offers his patient, balanced look at the Broncos' draft haul. Most importantly he reminds us that we have no idea how these players will turn out!

Y! - I already linked to this Mike Silver column last week, but it now looms larger for the Broncos - Silver profiles fellow Golden Bear Rulon Davis, whom Denver signed as a UFA.

EUR - Former Broncos O-Lineman-turned artist Ernie Barnes passed away on Monday. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.

NFL - Here's the list of the league-wide UFA-signings announced so far.

SDUT - RB Darren Sproles finally ssignedd his franchise tender with the Dolts.

KCS - Tony Gonzalez bid the Chefs' fans farewell. Sniff, sniff.

SFC - Finally, here are some names of the Raiders' UFAs. Here's another one.

NFL - RB Edgerrin James was finally granted his wish to be released by Arizona, who also cut CB Rod Hood and DE/LB Travis LaBoy.

NFL - The Jets officially released Brett Favre. Therefore, he is off the reserve/retired list and free to sign with any team.

NFL - Stillers LB Larry Foote expects to be traded or released soon. Yes, that's another 3-4 linebacker hitting the market. Folks, keep your eyes open for these guys - I have a feeling everyone who's upset about the draft may be sated by some veteran front-7 signings over the next couple months.

NFL - The Bungles got rid of punters Kyle Larson and Ryan Plackemeier after drafting Kevin Huber in the fifth round.

SI - The Saints released DT Brian Young.

NFP - The Skins claimed RB Marcus Mason off waivers from the Jets.

NFL - Steve Wyche offers a look inside the Rams' war room from the draft.

CBS - Charlie Casserly looks at each team's best bet and biggest risk from the draft. For Denver, it's Moreno and Ayers, respectively.

NFP - Wes Bunting looks at the first-round selections he liked, along with those which puzzled him.

CBS - Clark Judge says Minnesota got a big-time weapon in Percy Harvin. Apparently, the Jets and Patriots made some heavy offers to jump ahead of the Vikings and take Harvin, but were rebuffed by Minnesota.

CBS - Judge likes what Rick Smith and Kubes are doing down in Houston.

SI - Peter King responds to some emails, and offers an explanation (from Josh McDaniels) of the Broncos' trade to select Alphonso Smith.

NFP - Matt Bowen examines a few first-rounders whose new homes jumped out at him.

NFP - Bowen thinks this year's draft was more evidence that the Senior Bowl should be scrapped.

NFP - Andrew Brandt looks at productive college QBs who were snubbed in the draft, along with a couple of veteran casualties of the draft.

NFP - Robert Boland looks at how his organizational rankings rang true during the draft.

NFP - Mike Lombardi ponders a few questions which remain after the draft.

Y! - Here's Mike Silver's Tuesday column, focused on the Niners and their draft.

NFL - Bucky Brooks grades out the NFC South teams' drafts.

ESPN - Here's a fine example of national writers passing along each others' misinformation - Alex Marvez of FOX speculated that Denver could release Selvin Young and/or Ryan Torain. In response, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN figured that one of those guys could be the "bigger back who can get tough inside yards working with Steve Slaton." I'd like to know the last time someone called Young and Torain "tough" players...

NFL - And from Solomon Wilcots' chat, a perfect example of a national analyst claiming to know Denver's needs better than Josh McDaniels.

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