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The Broncos and Champ Bailey are deep into negotiations that would extend the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback's contract an additional four years.

Letter to the Fans - Big Cat Country
Okay, so maybe this letter is not for all Jaguar fans; however, it is for those of you who will be at the game on Sunday and happen to share a love for both Tim Tebow and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

BREAKING NEWS: "No." - Big Cat Country
You might be serious Don, but that doesn't make you any less wrong. It's very likely the following two home games will be sold out against the Eagles and Colts. I guess the No. 2/3 quarterback in Denver sold those out too, by proxy. Not the mention the half pack of tickets including Sunday's game was outsold by over a 2 to 1 clip. I guess actually calling the ticket office or the Jacksonville Jaguars public relations staff is just too hard for you.

Broncos' McDaniels not tipping his hand about backup QB - The Denver Post
Here's what is not a secret coming out of Dove Valley in the days leading up to the Broncos' season opener at Jacksonville: The Broncos will have only two quarterbacks on the active roster.

Analysis: Clady will face his first big test in Broncos' opener - The Denver Post
When the Broncos and Jaguars meet Sunday, one of the most important matchups will be between two players coming off major knee surgery — Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady and Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman.

Q&A: Gradishar faces long road to Hall vote - The Denver Post
Q: Now that Floyd Little is in the Hall of Fame, do we start a similar campaign for Randy Gradishar?

Jaguars starting survival season - The Denver Post
Having grown up in Jacksonville and having played his entire NFL career in his hometown, Rashean Mathis has a solid grasp on the small-market franchise's recent struggles.

Clady will start, Harris questionable for Broncos' opener in Jacksonville - The Denver Post
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels announced today that left tackle Ryan Clady, who underwent offseason knee surgery, will start Sunday in the season-opener at Jacksonville. However, starting right tackle Ryan Harris is questionable for the game.

Which WRs will play for Broncos on Sunday? | All Things Broncos
Rookie first round draft pick Demaryius Thomas successfully made it through his third straight practice Thursday, a significant step as he continues to gain confidence in his surgically repaired foot.

Broncos among NFL's oldest teams - The Denver Post
NFL personnel executives are constantly looking for the magic number, the one that blends youth and experience to create the perfect roster makeup.

Perfection wasn't required for Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
They unfurled a Super Bowl championship banner in the Superdome on Thursday night. But did the New Orleans Saints roll out a Super Bowl team?

Tom Brady, New England Patriots agree on a 4-year contract extension, according to source close to negotiation - ESPN Boston
Quarterback Tom Brady signed a four-year extension with the New England Patriots that will be filed with the NFL on Friday, a source close to negotiations confirmed Thursday night.

Dallas Cowboys, Miles Austin agree to six-year, $54M contract extension - ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys and Pro Bowl wide receiver Miles Austin have agreed to a six-year contract extension that will kick in beginning in 2011.

Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis: 'No excuses' for New York Jets with Darrelle Revis - ESPN New York
Ray Lewis sounded fed up with the amount of hype surrounding the New York Jets. Join the ever-expanding club, Ray.

NFLPA direction DeMaurice Smith hopes for CBA deal by November - ESPN
"I think the players would love to have a deal done by November," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said. "The game is what is most important to the players."

Cincinnati Bengals' Antwan Odom says he failed drug test, faces suspension - ESPN
Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom said on his Twitter account that he has tested positive for a banned substance and he faces a suspension.

Charles Woodson of Green Bay Packers gets two-year extension - ESPN
The Green Bay Packers signed cornerback Charles Woodson to a contract extension through the 2014 season on Thursday, a deal that will likely allow the 2009 AP Defensive Player of the Year to retire as a Packer.

Michael Crabtree says he's ready despite lost preseason - ESPN
Michael Crabtree's sore neck is much better, he insists he's ready to play after missing the entire preseason and the spat last week with teammate Vernon Davis is long since done.

San Francisco 49ers name QB Alex Smith as team captain - ESPN
It's not as if Alex Smith needed the captain tag in front of his name. As quarterback, he's long been considered the leader of San Francisco's offense anyway.

Arizona Cardinals' Beane Wells misses practice, may miss opener - ESPN
That breakout season so many have predicted for Beanie Wells might be on hold for a week.

Post game notes: Vikings-Saints | National Football Post
Let’s check out my game notes from the Saints 14-9 win over the Vikings down in New Orleans at the Superdome…

Nathan Vasher pays a visit to the Lions | National Football Post
The Detroit Lions have brought in veteran cornerback Nathan Vasher for a visit, according to an NFL source.

Will Witherspoon excused from practice after his mother dies | National Football Post
Tennessee Titans linebacker Will Witherspoon has been excused from practice this week following the unanticipated death of his mother.

Source: Bengals to try out Owen Schmitt next week | National Football Post
The Cincinnati Bengals plan to audition former Seattle Seahawks fullback Owen Schmitt next Tuesday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Ravens have no plans to avoid Revis Island | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens have no plans to avoid a side of the field regarded as the Bermuda Triangle of the NFL: Revis Island.

Ray Rice not worried about being rusty | National Football Post
Rice was hardly even bruised during the preseason as the Baltimore Ravens preserved their elusive all-purpose running back for the games that actually count.

Does football get any better in 2010? | National Football Post
From Thursday evening through next Monday night, the football buffet is overflowing and I for one believe the games have never been stronger. One of the real keys to the exploding popularity of football in general over the past two decades has been the education of the fans in the finer points of the game. The more fans know, the more they expect and those expectations have driven those in charge of college football and the NFL to keep the game evolving and on the cutting edge of technology.

NFL.com news: Life keeps on getting tougher for NFL officials
The season hasn't even started, and NFL officials already have generated the wrong kind of headlines.

NFL.com news: Spanos: Jackson, McNeill to blame for holdouts, not Chargers
San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos made it clear Thursday that he supports general manager A.J. Smith in the no-end-in-sight stalemate between the team and its two Pro Bowl holdouts, wide receiver Vincent Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill.

NFL.com news: Irsay dropping 'cone of silence' on Manning contract talks
Colts owner Jim Irsay is giving fans and media the silent treatment on the topic of a contract extension for Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning, according to The Indianapolis Star.

NFL.com news: It takes conviction to avoid drafting quarterback busts
I was in the airport the other day in Philadelphia when a nice older gentlemen strolled over to me and asked politely, "How come scouts in the NFL can't evaluate quarterbacks?"

Defense may ultimately hold Saints' key to repeat title - Don Banks - SI.com
Things we learned while watching the Saints begin their Super Bowl title defense with a gritty 14-9 victory over the Vikings at a ready-to-rock Superdome ...

Jacksonville Jaguars sell out home game because of Tim Tebow?
Welcome back to Jacksonville, hometown hero? This is Tim Tebow.

Problems aplenty for Favre, Vikings offense - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
For the first 29 minutes of his 20th NFL season, Brett Favre(notes) absorbed the full weight of Who Dat nation, and the 40-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback did not buckle.

Ray Lewis: Jets have 'no excuses' with Revis - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Ray Lewis(notes) is thrilled Darrelle Revis(notes) is back with the New York Jets.

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