Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/7/12

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2012 Draft Preview: Offensive Tackles
Some of this year's top tackle prospects talk about why they're ready for the NFL and how they're preparing for the draft.

Jury foreman in Perrish Cox case points to lack of evidence | ProFootballTalk
Initially, the jurors who acquitted former Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox of rape opted not to talk about their decision. The foreman of the jury has had a change of heart.

Q&A: NFL players with trouble in their past still can find work - The Denver Post
There is no definitive way to know which players with a history of trouble can stay out of trouble once theyre in the NFL.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Pursuit of Manning will begin as soon as possible "
The pursuit of Peyton Manning is expected to begin as soon as possible, according to several executives who have interest in the free-agent to be.

Boston College LB Luke Kuechly likely gone for Broncos in first-round - The Denver Post
This years draft is light on inside linebackers, which is why Luke Kuechly might receive the only first-round grade at the position.


Peyton Manning Derby

NFL.com news: Colts expected to part ways with Manning after 14 years
The ending that most anticipated between the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning will arrive at noon ET on Wednesday,

Where will Peyton Manning play in 2012? - CBSSports.com
Peyton Manning, by the end of the week, will no longer be a member of the Colts. It could happen as soon as Wednesday, but it's happening. It's the end of an era, and a new one is going to start soon.

Pursue Peyton? Why Not?
It wasn’t too long ago that the Broncos had arguably the most fractured fan base in the NFL.

NFL.com news: Dolphins among three teams to discuss pursuing Manning
The Miami Dolphins have discussed all their quarterback options over the last three weeks, which included detailed talks about the possibility of bringing Peyton Manning to the club, according to sources.

Report: Dolphins believe they have "good chance" to sign Manning | ProFootballTalk
Citing a team source, the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are "very confident" that they have a "good chance" to sign soon-to-be free agent quarterback Peyton Manning.

Manning’s new team will have to be all in | First-and-Orange
When the Colts finally file the paperwork to make Peyton Manning the biggest catch in free agency — pending a doctor’s thumbs up, of course on his surgically-repaired neck — it isn’t the no-muss, no-fuss signing it would appear to be for his new team.

Where will Peyton Manning wind up? | First-and-Orange
The NFL evening news cycle is dominated tonight by news that the Colts will — finally — release quarterback Peyton Manning this week

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive San Francisco won’t pursue Manning "
The San Francisco 49ers are not looking to get into the Peyton Manning sweepstakes at this time and are instead focused on Alex Smith, according to a team source.

Jerry Rice: 49ers should sign Peyton Manning
Jim Harbaugh hitched his coaching wagon to quarterback Alex Smith a year ago, producing an NFC Championship appearance in their first season together.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Dockett: Arizona is perfect fit for Manning "
Darnell Dockett probably shouldn’t expect a Christmas card from Kevin Kolb after what he said on Tuesday.

Jets will "definitely" give Peyton Manning a long look | ProFootballTalk
Citing an unnamed source, the New York Post reported Tuesday evening that the New York Jets will "definitely" consider signing quarterback Peyton Manning after he’s released by the Colts.

Peyton Manning derby: Ranking 12 potential landing spots for QB's services - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
3. Denver Broncos: Wait, did I just do something else to tick off the Tebowites?

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Freeney: Colts were unprepared for life after Peyton "
If Peyton Manning returns next season, for the first time in 14 years he’ll have a logo other than a horseshoe on the side of his helmet.

Griffin says being ignored by Colts would be "in the back of your mind" | ProFootballTalk
In 1998, when the Colts were wrestling with the question of whether to use the first overall pick in the 1998 draft on Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf (yes, they actually did wrestle with that question), Manning had a warning for the Colts.

Division News

Report: Chargers could pursue Williams - AFC West Blog - ESPN
UT-San Diego thinks the San Diego Chargers could be in on star pass-rusher Mario Williams. The question is: how much will the Chargers dedicate to pu

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs release LB Williams
The Chiefs released veteran LB Demorrio Williams, the team announced on Tuesday.

NFL News

John Madden says NFL will end bounty system with harsh punishment - latimes.com
Hall of Fame coach John Madden said Tuesday that he anticipates NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hand out severe punishments in the wake of the so-called "pay for performance" bounty scandal of the New Orleans Saints.

NFL.com news: Former Redskin talks of $100 bonuses handed out by Joe Gibbs
Former Redskins offensive tackle George Starke said ex-Washington coach Joe Gibbs used to hand out $100 bills to his players for specific plays, including hits that knocked down the opposing quarterback

Free Agency and the Draft

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Is Andrew Luck a ‘can’t-miss’ prospect? "
The NFL Draft is full of "misses" throughout its history. But many of those were once thought to be "can’t-miss" prospects.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Mercilus solidifies first-round status at Illinois pro day "
Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus answered the most pressing questions surrounding his draft stock during Tuesday’s pro day and solidified himself as a sure-fire first-round selection.

Top prospects Richardson, Barron to miss Alabama Pro Day | ProFootballTalk
Len Pasquarelli of the Sports XChange reports that running back Trent Richardson (knee) and safety Mark Barron (double hernia surgery) will both skip the Alabama Crimson Tide’s Pro Day on Wednesday.

Scouting the Draft: South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore - NYTimes.com
At 6-1, Stephon Gilmore has elite length for the cornerback position. He uses it to his advantage at the line, extending to re-route receivers in his press. Gilmore could add some bulk at 195 pounds, but he already possesses good strength

Josh Robinson, Combine’s fastest man, looks like a first-round pick | ProFootballTalk
The dust has settled from the NFL Scouting Combine, and it’s becoming clear that few players improved their draft stock as much as Josh Robinson, a cornerback from Central Florida

NFL.com news: Georgia Tech WR Hill continues to impress at pro day
After creating a buzz by running the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds at the NFL scouting combine two weeks ago, Hill caught all 12 passes thrown to him in a pro day workout Tuesday on campus.

Freeney could be out in Indy, too | ProFootballTalk
With the Colts giving defensive end Robert Mathis a new four-year, $36 million contract that kicks out $17 million in 2012 alone, the team now has more than $30 million tied up this year in a pair of defensive ends who are on the wrong side of 30.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Falcons re-sign FS Decoud
The Falcons agreed to terms with FS Thomas Decoud on Tuesday. Decoud was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Free-agent scouting report: Cowboys WR Laurent Robinson
It's hard to understate how important Laurent Robinson was to the Cowboys last season, coming on prior to Week Three as a third receiver and later stepping up into a starting role when Miles Austin went down with repeated hamstring issues.

Scott Fujita says he paid teammates, but not for causing injuries | ProFootballTalk
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has admitted that during his time with the Saints he participated in what Gregg Williams called the "pay for performance program."

Panthers’ Dan Connor a free-agent target for the Eagles | ProFootballTalk
A week before teams can publicly declare their interest in free agents from other teams, the Eagles are privately declaring their interest in soon-to-be free agent linebacker Dan Connor of the Panthers.

Titans working on deal with Jordan Babineaux | ProFootballTalk
The Titans locked up one half of their safety duo by slapping the franchise tag on Michael Griffin and now they’re reportedly close to a deal with the other half as well.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Report: Finnegan done in Tennessee
Titans CB Cortland Finnegan's time in the Music City is over, he confirmed

Megatron’s mega-contract looms large for Lions | ProFootballTalk
As rookie contracts spiraled out of control during the last decade under the old Collective-Bargaining Agreement, the Lions hamstrung themselves by devoting big money to bad draft picks like Charles Rogers and Joey Harrington.

2012 NFL Free Agency: Offensive line rankings - CBSSports.com
It's not the sexiest position in the NFL -- just ask Andre "C-Cup" Smith -- and there's a feeling in the NFL these days, whether it's right or wrong, that offensive line is becoming a fungible position

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