Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/26/12

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Broncos' Peyton Manning beats fear factor in his return to NFL - The Denver Post
There were several times during the 439 days that passed between the time he took his last meaningful snap for the Colts and when he signed his new contract with the Broncos that Peyton Manning couldn't help but wonder if his career might be over.

NFL.com news: Peyton Manning: I need to bone up on workout rules
Now that he's extinguished all the candles, Peyton Manning is itching to start preparing for his NFL comeback. All he has to do now is make sure he doesn't get his new team in trouble in the process.

Hanie Joins Broncos
The Broncos agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Caleb Hanie.

Broncos hosting Dennis Dixon | ProFootballTalk
ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson reports that the Denver Broncos are currently hosting quarterback Dennis Dixon for a free-agent visit.

Denver Broncos Videos

Catching Up with the Coach
At the NFL's annual meetings, Head Coach John Fox talks to Broncos TV about signing Peyton Manning, trading Tim Tebow and looking towards mini-camp.

NFL Rules Changes? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter talks about potential NFL rules changes that could be discussed at the NFL owners' meetings.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Kickin' it: Insensitive John Elway lights a fire beneath Tim Tebow fans - The Denver Post
Burning hot. You don't seriously believe Broncos executive John Elway is hurting inside after getting rid of quarterback Tim Tebow, do you? Seriously?

Broncos free agent Brian Dawkins undecided about returning - NFL - Sporting News
Dawkins, 38, is unsigned for 2012, but the report said the Broncos have stayed in contact about the possibility of re-signing him.

2012 NFL free agency -- Jeff Saturday called Peyton Manning to explain Green Bay Packers choice - ESPN
New Packers center Jeff Saturday called Peyton Manning as soon as he signed his deal with Green Bay, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Division News

Mailbag: Chargers' plan at No. 18 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Peter from NYC wants to know what I think the Chiefs think of quarterback Ricky Stanzi.

AFC West notes - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Broncos are visiting with Pittsburgh reserve quarterback Dennis Dixon.

NFL News

Don’t look for partial schedule release this week | ProFootballTalk
Before 2010, the NFL had adopted a habit of unveiling the Week One prime-time games and the three Thanksgiving games during the league meetings in March. Beginning in 2010, the NFL abruptly scuttled the practice.

Inside the NFL Meetings | National Football Post
Annual ritual begins in earnest today

Rules Changes Focus of Meetings - NYTimes.com
Instant replay and injured reserve — the NFL's IRs — will be main topics as the owners consider several rules changes at their spring meetings this week.

Giants' Mara Defends Ruling Against Cowboys and Redskins - NYTimes.com
The Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys, two of the N.F.L.’s highest-profile and richest teams, have filed for arbitration in their dispute with the league over its decision to strip them of a combined $46 million in salary-cap space.

NFL.com news: Redskins, Fletcher deal talks reportedly stalling due to penalty
The Redskins have gone on record saying they would like to see free-agent London Fletcher back in Washington next season.

NFL.com news: NFLPA reportedly expects 'significant growth' for 2014 cap
NFL teams could see a significant boost in their spending room in a couple years, if the details of a recent report are true.

NFL.com news: Foxworth: NFLPA will be 'strongest organization in the world'
The NFL Players Association elected Domonique Foxworth as its new president during the union's Board of Player Representatives Meeting on Sunday, the union announced in a statement.

Why didn’t the NFL discover the Saints bounty program in 2010? | ProFootballTalk
Lost in the NFL’s strong reaction to the discovery of a three-year bounty system in New Orleans is the fact that the league initially investigated allegations of a cash-for-cripplings program in 2010, after the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV.

Light is expected to retire | ProFootballTalk
Light has been the Patriots’ starting left tackle for the past 11 seasons. He’s earned three Pro Bowl trips and one first-team All-Pro Berth.

Patriots may look to Shane Vereen as No. 1 running back | ProFootballTalk
The Patriots spent a second-round draft pick on running back Shane Vereen last year and didn’t get much return on their investment, as Vereen gained just 57 yards during the regular season and never got on the field in the postseason.

Free Agency

NFL.com news: Former Steelers CB Gay agrees to terms with Cardinals
William Gay's message was cryptic, but the free-agent cornerback disclosed on Twitter that he's joining the Arizona Cardinals.

Anthony Hargrove hints he’s Green Bay bound | ProFootballTalk
Free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove visited the Packers on Friday.

Cap penalties reportedly getting in way of London Fletcher deal | ProFootballTalk
Given the public statements on both sides, we would have expected to have word of a new deal between the Redskins and linebacker London Fletcher by now.

LeSean McCoy contract could be next Eagles issue | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles had to deal with a protracted contract disagreement with DeSean Jackson last season and they now have another key offensive player entering the final year of his deal.

Eagles still trying to trade Asante Samuel | ProFootballTalk
Last month we noted that the Eagles were looking to trade cornerback Asante Samuel. That hasn’t changed.

The Draft

Draft focus turns to Blackmon, Richardson and Claiborne | ProFootballTalk
The big questions in all of the NFL draft projections are about what the Browns will do at No. 4, the Buccaneers will do at No. 5 and the Rams will do at No. 6.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Corp takes his turn at Richmond pro day "
Ten teams were on hand for Richmond’s pro day on March 16. The Spiders’ top prospect is QB Aaron Corp (6-foot-3 3/8, 213 pounds), who had a nice workout.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Lindley impresses at San Diego State pro day "
San Diego State’s prolific backfield was the main attraction on its Wednesday pro day, which 22 teams attended. Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and Bengals QB coach Ken Zampese were among the assistants to take in the Aztecs’ workout, which was held in ideal conditions.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Green, Bentley draw teams to Louisiana-Lafayette "
Twenty three teams showed up to Louisiana-Lafayette’s pro day on Tuesday.

N.F.L. Draft: The Case for Ryan Tannehill - NYTimes.com
What do you call 9 for 22 for 156 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, in one half of football?

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