Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 4/2/12

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Broncos likely finished signing free agents for now - The Denver Post
Todays questions about the Broncos come from Dan Johnson.Q: Are the Broncos over the salary cap after signing Jason Hunter and Caleb Hanie?

Football Turns to Helmet Technology to Tackle Head Injuries - NYTimes.com
As Americans grow more aware of the risk of brain injury tied to football - the country's most popular sport - players and coaches are experimenting with the latest technology in a bid to make the game safer.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Is This an Indication of Tweaked Broncos' Jersey Design in 2012? - Mile High Report
Take a look at this link to a Peyton Manning t-shirt jersey. The font for the player last name is different than the one that has been used since 1997

Doubling Down on a Defensive Tackle Draft - Mile High Report
Going into the draft Denver has two glaring needs that hasn’t been address in Free Agency Defensive Tackle and Running Back.

Division News

NFL.com news: Raiders reportedly hopeful for long-term deal with Branch
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie hopes to sign safety Tyvon Branch to a long-term deal at some point this offseason, a source recently told Pro Football Weekly.

NFL News

NFL.com news: NFLPA, NFL reportedly will meet about Saints 'bounty' case
The NFL Players Association has agreed to meet with the NFL in New York this week to review and discuss the findings in two confidential reports the league provided the union on the New Orleans Saints "bounty" scandal, according to SI.com.

NFL.com news: NFLPA hires outside counsel for players in Saints' 'bounty' case
The NFL Players Association told players involved in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" case that there is a chance they could face criminal charges, and it hired outside counsel to represent them if needed.

NFLPA warns Saints players regarding possible criminal charges | ProFootballTalk
The Associated Press reports that the NFLPA has informed players of the possibility that criminal charges will be pursued. In preparation for this possibility, the NFLPA has hired outside counsel to represent the players.

New USFL aims to be true NFL minor league | ProFootballTalk
The USFL is back. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.

The UFL isn’t dead, but it isn’t alive, either | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this year, Commissioner Michael Huyghue quit and the league pulled the plug on its website and by all appearances the UFL died with a whimper, not a bang.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bengals collecting No. 1 picks
The Bengals currently have 12 first-round picks on their roster after the additions of DE Derrick Harvey, DL Jamaal Anderson and CB Jason Allen and the re-signing of OLB Manny Lawson.

Free Agency

NFL.com news: Panthers plan to use Tolbert as fullback, Rivera says
When the Carolina Panthers signed Mike Tolbert, it seemed they were adding to an already crowded backfield of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. The Panthers, however, don't necessarily view Tolbert in the same light as their two top backs.

Eagles unlikely to find a starting tackle in the draft | ProFootballTalk
When they confirmed that starting left tackle Jason Peters suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Eagles issued a statement saying they would "continue to scan the free-agent market

Demetrius Bell leaves Philly without a contract | ProFootballTalk
Free-agent Demetrius Bell, who spent his first four seasons with the Bills, has left Philly without a contract

The Draft

NFL Draft: Who will be an impact rookie? | National Football Post
Pro scouts run down some names heading into the draft.

NFL Draft: three routes WRs must convert | National Football Post
Going to the chalkboard to talk some Xs and Os.

Andrew Luck's best blocker could be a top-10 draft pick too - The Denver Post
If its possible for a 6-foot-4½, 316-pound offensive lineman to sneak up on you, Stanford guard David DeCastro is that guy.

NFL.com news: Luck's coach: QB 'far from a finished product' but fits Colts
While the Indianapolis Colts haven't said so themselves, Andrew Luck seems pre-ordained to become the No. 1 overall draft pick and the face of the franchise's rebuilding efforts.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Stanford could produce four first-rounders "
Representatives of every team in the league were at the Stanford pro day on March 22

NFL.com news: Osweiler undecided if he'll accept invite to draft
Here's what we know about Brock Osweiler: He's tall (6-foot-7). He's green (15 career starts at Arizona State). And nobody can come close to a collective agreement as to where he'll be drafted this month.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Receiver Sanu improves on combine speed at Rutgers pro day "
Representatives from 24 teams were at the Rutgers pro day on March 21. Prospects ran indoors on FieldTurf.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Prospects contend with tilted field at Temple pro day "
Representatives from 20 teams were at the Temple pro day on March 16 to watch prospects run outdoors on FieldTurf.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Rounding up Marshall, Virginia pro days "
Linebacker coaches from the Cardinals and Bears and defensive-line coaches from the Saints, Lions and Bears were at the Marshall pro day March 14 to watch LB prospect Vinny Curry. He ran outdoors on FieldTurf. In all, representatives from 19 teams were there.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Defenders stand out at West Virginia pro day "
Bears coach Lovie Smith, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Steelers GM Kevin Colbert were among the representatives of 29 teams on hand to observe West Virginia’s pro day on March 16. Several linebacker coaches, defensive back coaches and defensive-line coaches were also there.

Tannehill could give Vikings trade leverage | ProFootballTalk
After former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill worked out in College Station on Thursday, Mike Mayock of NFL Network proclaimed that "Cleveland has to take [Tannehill] at No. 4."

Go Broncos!

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