Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/10/12

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Nike uniforms will be unveiled on April 3 | ProFootballTalk
As the opening credits rolled for Friday’s PFT Live, I posted a short and sweet tweet regarding the unveiling of the new NFL Nike uniforms.

PED Suspensions Could Shape Free-Agency Plans
Much of the football-loving segment of the Rocky Mountain population is either giddy or rankled over the notion of Peyton Manning becoming the Broncos’ starting quarterback and usurping Tim Tebow.

Kiszla: Broncos' Peyton Manning pursuit a crunching hit for Tim Tebow - The Denver Post
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow took the most vicious hit of his NFL career Friday, when he got run over by the red carpet that Denver rolled out for Peyton Manning.

NFL.com news: Doctors say Peyton Manning's injury risk is 'very low'
Fans hear the words "neck fusion" and wonder why Peyton Manning is even considering playing again, fearful he'll risk a career-ending injury -- or worse -- the next time he takes a hit.

Billboard Barometer Indicates Denver Broncos Quarterback Conundrum - Predominantly Orange - A Denver Broncos Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The staff over at Multiline International Imports in Denver is at it again! Dedicating every single LED on their electronic billboard to the Denver Broncos’ quarterback situation.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos Draft History: Offensive Line
A look back at offensive lineman the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft.

Broncos' Carter takes charity trip to Africa - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When he decided as a senior in high school to start his own charitable foundation, Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter never dreamed he’d be able to help so many people.

Brian Griese makes the case for Peyton Manning in Denver | ProFootballTalk
Brian Griese, the former Denver quarterback who is now the Broncos’ radio color commentator, believes that the Broncos are one of the favorites to land Peyton Manning.

Manning Begins Free-Agency Tour by Meeting Broncos - NYTimes.com
Peyton Manning's whirlwind free-agency tour kicked off in grand fashion Friday, complete with a chartered plane coming to pick him up and a helicopter hovering overhead as he met with the Denver Broncos.

If Peyton picks Broncos, what happens to Tebow? | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos aren’t trying to hide their desire to acquire Peyton Manning. But if they’re successful, what does that mean for Tim Tebow?

Wherever Manning lands can alter course of team, division, league - NFL - CBSSports.com News
General manager John Elway and other Broncos officials, including coach John Fox, flew into Denver on a private jet that also carried Peyton Manning. One person described it this way: the Broncos were going to make an offer the former Colts great couldn't refuse.

1st stop: Peyton Manning meets with Broncos brass - NFL - CBSSports.com News
Two days after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, Manning got the star treatment Friday in the Mile High City - flown to town on a chartered plane from Miami and spending the day with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, who also serves as Denver's vice president of football operations.

Crossing the Rubicon at QB?
Not long ago, my wife gave me a book I’ve come to cherish: Endangered Phrases: Intriguing Idioms Dangerously Close to Extinction.

Tebow must face Manning recruitment - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Tim Tebow should not feel great about Friday’s turn of events in Denver.

NFL.com news: Sanchez would garner more interest than Tebow if available
Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Who would garner more interest on the open market, either as trade bait or as a free agent?

Nuggets coach Karl "rooting" for Manning to pick Broncos | First-and-Orange
"I think it’s the best place to live in all the pro sports cities, and I’ve lived in a lot," Karl said.

Williams: Six-Game Suspension ‘Unjust’
Linebacker D.J. Williams issued a statement after being suspended six games by the NFL for violation of its substance-abuse policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs.

Williams, McBean lawsuit may claim Tebowmania-driven delay in ruling | ProFootballTalk
Much can and will be written and said in the coming days and weeks regarding the six-game suspensions imposed on Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams and defensive end Ryan McBean for allegedly violating the league’s steroids policy, especially since Williams and McBean will file suit against the NFL in federal court on Monday.

Division News

Better fit for Manning: Denver or K.C.? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Denver Broncos have gotten a jump on the Peyton Manning chase.

Raiders chop Chris Johnson, save $3.5 million | ProFootballTalk
When we reported last month that the Raiders’ 2012 cap commitments exceed $145 million, we also explained that they could create plenty of cap room, quickly.

Raiders continue to clear cap space - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Raiders have cut safety Hiram Eugene in a salary-cap move that was expected. Defensive tackle John Henderson and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley are both candidates to be cut as well, although Wimbley is open to a new deal to stay.

AFC West team needs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Offseason movement starts Tuesday, when the free-agent signing period begins. Let’s take a look at the top needs of each team in the AFC West in free agency and in the draft:

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs name Smith assistant offensive-line coach
The Chiefs announced Friday that they have hired Steven Smith as assistant offensive line coach.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Free-agent scouting report: Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe
As one of the top wide receivers on the market, Bowe will demand top dollar after posting back-to-back standout campaigns.

Luis Castillo visited with the Chiefs | ProFootballTalk
Defensive end Luis Castillo, released by the Chargers earlier this week, had a visit with the Chiefs. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that several other teams have also expressed interest in Castillo, who the Chargers are thought to be interested in bringing back at a price lower than the $4.9 million he was set to make in 2012.

NFL News

Carl Nicks: "In my mind, I pretty much am gone" | ProFootballTalk
All-Pro guard Carl Nicks will be free agency’s top offensive lineman if he makes it to the open market unsigned. The Saints haven’t so much as made Nicks a contract offer since season’s end

Colts continue to clean house | National Football Post
Clark, Brackett, Bullitt, Addai and Painter released by Indy.

Colts engaged in Dwight Freeney trade talks | ProFootballTalk
Dwight Freeney said this week that he plans to stay in Indianapolis. But that may not be in the cards. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Colts are fielding calls from teams interested in trading for Freeney.

Giants Release RB Jacobs After 7 Years - NYTimes.com
Brandon Jacobs was released Friday by the New York Giants after he could not reach agreement on a restructured deal.

The Perils and Promise of Free Agency - NYTimes.com
The funny thing about free agency is that everyone acknowledges that it begins with a frenzy of overspending and wishful, if not outright irrational, decision-making.

Free Agency and the Draft

Washington trades up for No. 2 pick in NFL draft - latimes.com
Washington struck a deal with St. Louis for the No. 2 pick in April's draft, with the Redskins apparently moving into position to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (assuming Indianapolis takes Stanford's Andrew Luck first.) The deal cannot be finalized until the start of the league year Tuesday.

Sources: Redskins Acquire No. 2 Pick From Rams - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter breaks down the deal between the Rams and Redskins.

Oklahoma State Pro Day Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Josina Anderson recaps Oklahoma State's pro day, where Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden practiced in front of NFL scouts.

Impressive Pro Day helps quarterback Brandon Weeden | ProFootballTalk
The reviews are in on the Pro Day performance from Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, and observers said he looked good.Nike uniforms will be unveiled on April 3 | ProFootballTalk

ProFootballWeekly.com - OSU's Blackmon runs 40 under 4.5
WR Justin Blackmon ran under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash at Oklahoma State's pro day Friday, according to multiple reports.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Free-agent scouting report: Jets S Jim Leonhard
There haven't been many updates on Leonhard, who had to undergo surgery following a season-ending torn patellar tendon in his right knee.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bills, LB Morrison agree to new deal
The Bills announced Friday that LB Kirk Morrison has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed

Jets Extend QB Sanchez's Contract by 3 Years - NYTimes.com
The deal includes an additional $10 million in potential escalators. So, the maximum value of the three new years is $50.5 million, and $68.25 million over the entire deal.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Free-agent scouting report: Jets S Jim Leonhard
There haven't been many updates on Leonhard, who had to undergo surgery following a season-ending torn patellar tendon in his right knee.

Scouting the Draft: Clemson's Brandon Thompson - NYTimes.com
Some might be scared about the 6-foot-2 Thompson’s lack of height. As a defensive tackle or potential nose tackle, he will need to be able to hold off blockers before shedding them.

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