Horse Tracks - 2/27/10 - Combine Continues

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Good Morning Broncos Country!  I will have much more on the Darrent Williams' Murder Trial, so those links are left out.  Speaking specifically about football, the NFL Combine continues, with the list of players NOT working out grows each day.  Already we know that Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy and Dan LeFevour won't workout on the QB side, and now comes news that a hamstring injury will keep WR Dez Bryant from working out.  Bryant has been tied to the Broncos in several mock drafts and is considered by many to be the best WR prospect in the Draft.

VIDEO - 2010 NFL Scouting Combine - WR Golden Tate
Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate talks to the media during the 2010 Scouting Combine.

VIDEO - 2010 NFL Scouting Combine - RB LaGarrette Blount
University of Oregon running back LaGarrette Blount talks to the media during the 2010 Scouting Combine.

VIDEO - 2010 NFL Scouting Combine - QB Tim Tebow
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow talks to the media during the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.

Shanahan says he left Broncos in good shape - The Denver Post
Speaking at the NFL scouting combine here Friday as the new head coach of Washington Redskins, Shanahan didn't want to dwell on the moment Broncos owner Pat Bowlen called him into the office 14 months ago to fire him.

Local talent showing off for scouts - The Denver Post
When Highlands Ranch's Cole Pemberton asked his coach at Colorado State, longtime NFL assistant Steve Fairchild, what it would take to be a successful pro, the answer was pretty clear.

McDaniels to speak at combine | All Things Broncos
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels is scheduled to take his turn among NFL coaches and hold his scouting combine press conference at 11:30 a.m. MST.

The logistics of covering the Darrent Williams trial | All Things Broncos
I’ve gotten a couple of questions over the past few days about how The Denver Post is covering the murder trial of the man accused of killing Bronco player Darrent Williams.

Expect little action in free agency | All Things Broncos
In recent years one the events that has sprung up around the NFL’s scouting combine was the annual meeting between the NFL Players Association and certified agents.

NFL Scouting Combine: Day 3 " DenverBroncos.com
After the sun made an appearance on Friday, the snow, cold and clouds have returned to Indianapolis for combine day three. Today should be a busy day as Head Coach Josh McDaniels addresses the combine media at 1:30 p.m. EST and the defensive line and linebackers make their way through the media room.

Combine wideouts looking for fast 40 times | National Football Post
A look at some of the key points to come out of the wide receiver group after day two of the NFL Combine

Health of Gronkowski, Gresham takes center stage | National Football Post
A look at some key points to come out of the NFL Combine after day one:

Hampton deal is a win for the Steelers | National Football Post
The Steelers appear to have gotten a bargain Thursday with the signing of nose tackle Casey Hampton. While the Packers, Patriots and 49ers are -- at least for the moment -- going year to year with their beefy defensive tackles, using the franchise tag to lock in one-year, $7-million deals with Ryan Pickett, Vince Wilfork and Aubrayo Franklin, respectively, the Steelers have taken a different route, probably due to their ability to forge a favorable agreement.

40 time will be big for Notre Dame's Tate | National Football Post
One of the more intriguing 40-yard dash times that we need to pay attention to when it comes to rookie prospects at the Combine is Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate.

Rams deal is critical to the NFL | National Football Post
The success of the agreed upon deal to sell controlling interest of the St. Louis Rams to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan is going to be a leading indicator of the relative financial health of NFL franchises and a barometer of the future health of the league as a whole as it heads into a year of labor strife. The deal, which will not be formally presented to ownership until the owners’ meetings in late March, will clearly be the second biggest business issue, after the state of labor relations themselves.

Wilson: McCoy's MRI checks out fine | National Football Post
University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy passed a medical test at the NFL scouting combine.

Biggs: Chicago WR Bennett has knee surgery | National Football Post
Earl Bennett has talked about being excited to dive into the new playbook belonging to offensive coordinator Mike Martz, but the Chicago Bears wide receiver might need a little bit of time to put what he finds inside the thick binder to use on the field.

Wilson: Jets have decision to make on Thomas Jones | National Football Post
New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said he'll discuss Thomas Jones' outlook with the running back's agent this week at the NFL scouting combine.

Wilson: Browns interested in Peppers depending on price | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns have held discussions about the merits of trying to sign five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers.

Wilson: Chargers aren't keeping Sproles | National Football Post
Since the season ended, the San Diego Chargers have already cut star running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

Wilson: Heavy metal hoisted | National Football Post
Arkansas offensive lineman Mitch Petrus tied an NFL scouting combine record that had stood for a decade.

Wilson: Dez Bryant decides to not work out at the combine | National Football Post
Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant has chosen not to work out at the NFL scouting combine.

Wilson: Browns to give Harrison the high tender | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns have no intentions of allowing restricted free agent running back Jerome Harrison to be signed on the cheap by another team.

Wilson: Texans don't seem optimistic about keeping Kevin Walter | National Football Post
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith has held discussions at the NFL scouting combine with wide receiver Kevin Walter's agent.

Wilson: Mike Williams: | National Football Post
Wearing a serious expression on his face and staring a questioner directly in the eye, Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams wanted to make one point emphatically clear.

Arizona drops 2014 Super Bowl bid; NYC now favorite - NFL.com
With the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee deciding not to submit a bid to host Super Bowl XLVIII, New York City is now the clear favorite to host the 2014 game, a source close to the situation said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday.

Redskins to tender QB Campbell next week - NFL.com
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Friday that the team will tender an offer to restricted free-agent QB Jason Campbell.

Holmgren: QB decision due before Anderson’s bonus - NFL.com
New Browns president Mike Holmgren has a big question to answer: Will Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn be the team’s starting QB?

Sources: Reggie Bush to return to New Orleans Saints - ESPN
Despite speculation that his $8 million base salary for 2010 might prompt the New Orleans Saints to release Reggie Bush, team sources and two sources close to the four-year veteran said late Friday that the former USC star will return to the defending Super Bowl champions, likely under his current contract.

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