Horse Tracks - 2/17/10 - Free Agency gearing up

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The Free Agency talk is starting to rev up.  With March 5th quickly approaching, and plenty of tags and tenders to be used, it will likely only pick up from now until then.  Oh yea, and the NFL Scouting Combine is about a week away as well.  Who says there is an 'off-season' in the NFL?

2009 Offensive Plays of the Year - DB.com
Highlights of the top offensive plays from last season.

2010 Free Agency Preview - Offense; DB.com
As we enter the second week of a football-less America, we can take solace in the fact that free agency is just around the corner -- March 5, to be exact. So until then, we can take a look at some of the top players available on both sides of the ball.

Special teams star, backup LB Reid has knee surgery - The Denver Post
Darrel Reid, a Broncos backup linebacker, invaluable special teams player and a strong locker room presence, underwent surgery this week on his left knee.

In Denver, some coaches are a steal - The Denver Post
Of the Big Four head coaches in Denver, who provides the best value?

Spencer Larsen Enrolls In NFL Business Program - cbs4denver.com
Spencer Larsen from the Denver Broncos is among 77 NFL players who have enrolled in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at Harvard Business School.

Raiders give Janikowski $16 million - The Denver Post
A person familiar with the contract says the Oakland Raiders and Sebastian Janikowski have agreed on a $16 million, four-year deal that is the richest for a kicker in NFL history.

Hillsboro Free Press - Former Bronco urges youth to soar like eagles
Former Denver Bronco Steve Fitzhugh’s brand of "Edu-tainment" made an appearance to Hillsboro High School and Middle School students Wednesday.

Deion Branch posturing, Ruskell resurfacing? | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Denver Broncos are also considered a potential suitor for Branch. Josh McDaniels, now the Broncos coach, is a former Patriots coach.

CBAWatch: Final Eight Plan - NFL Nation Blog
Last week, we began a semi-regular feature designed to feed you a digestible amount of the pending changes to the way the NFL's offseason will work when the salary cap is eliminated next month. We started off by addressing the way franchise and transition tags will work, and Tuesday our SportsNation chat gave us an opportunity to review the "Final Eight" plan.

Report: Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen can't do drills at combine - ESPN
Jimmy Clausen will have to impress teams with his head, not his arm, at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis next week.

NFL Players Association: NFL short-changed low-revenue teams - ESPN
The NFL Players Association is charging the NFL Management Council with short-changing low-revenue clubs on the amount of money that has been distributed from the supplemental revenue pool, according to the union's filing Tuesday with the Special Master.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware to have surgery on left foot - ESPN
Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday to shave down a bone spur on his left foot.

Mark Cuban ponders playing occasional Dallas Mavericks home games at Cowboys Stadium - ESPN Dallas
Cowboys Stadium might not have to wait for another All-Star Game to host NBA basketball.

Does T.O. have value as a free agent? | National Football Post
Today, I want to talk about Terrell Owens, who is also set to become a free agent on March 5. But how much and what type of value does a player like Owens — who will turn 37 next season — have this offseason?

Janikowski’s huge new deal | National Football Post
The Raiders have again rewarded a player with the most lucrative contract at his position. At this time last year, they signed punter Shane Lechler to a four-year, $16-million deal that made him the league's highest-paid punter. They also did a stunning contract with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha that not only made him the highest-paid player at one of the highest-paid positions in football, it also gave him a fully guaranteed deal of more than $45 million for three years, a truly shocking football contract.

More trades than ever in 2010? | National Football Post
Several GMs around the league have indicated to me that there might be more trade action in 2010 than in any previous year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Small-school prospects to watch | National Football Post
The National Football Post takes a look at some of the nation’s top small-school prospects who might not be getting much buzz in the media now but could really intrigue on draft day.

What players need in a CBA | National Football Post
Last week, we looked at what goes into any successful sports collective bargaining agreement from the owners’ standpoint. Today, we’ll examine the players’ needs. These, as we said before, are things in the old CBA that the NFL and its players union had from 1992-2005 and in part explain why the league enjoyed unprecedented labor peace and franchise value appreciation during that period.

Mock draft 2.0: Top overall pick could come down to McCoy, Suh
With that premise in mind, let's take a look at my latest mock draft scenario:

Rams examining QB options, but starter Bulger not definitely gone
Though there is no guarantee that Marc Bulger will be back with the St. Louis Rams next season, team officials are downplaying a report that the quarterback cleaning out his locker could signal his departure

Eagles QB Kolb says he’s not in contract talks - NFL.com
"We haven’t even talked to them as far as I know," the quarterback said (via Sports Radio Interviews). "That totally blew me away whenever that was reported because it was obviously false. Yeah, that has not been discussed yet."

Around the League: Titans could lose three starters - NFL.com
NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reported Tuesday night that the Titans could part ways with veterans Kevin Mawae, Keith Bulluck and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

Wilson: Merriman, Tequila resolve lawsuits | National Football Post
A cease-fire has been declared between San Diego Chargers star linebacker Shawne Merriman and reality television starlet Tila Tequila.

Wilson: Thumbs down on Matt Jones, Pacman Jones | National Football Post
Evidently, the Cincinnati Bengals have a difference of opinion when it comes to wide receiver Matt Jones.

Will the Saints end up overpaying for Sharper? | National Football Post
Last night, while appearing on the NFL Network, Steve Wyche of NFL.com reported on the future of Saints free safety Darren Sharper. And, according to Wyche, New Orleans plans to franchise its defensive playmaker.

Bills release TE Derek Fine - Yahoo! Sports
The Buffalo Bills released tight end Derek Fine(notes) and six other players.

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