Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/9/12

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Checking In with Robert Ayers " DenverBroncos.com
DenverBroncos.com caught up with defensive lineman Robert Ayers after he finished his workout on Tuesday. Here’s what he had to say about his 2012 offseason thus far:

Denver Broncos Videos

Blogger Blitz: No No. 2 In Cincinnati - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley talks about the wide receiver situation in Cincinnati

Denver Broncos Blogs

Rich Gannon Speaks About Peyton Manning's Challenges - Predominantly Orange
Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon spoke out on Peyton Manning and the difficulties that he will face in coming back after neck surgery and playing in a different system.

Why Broncos' structure won't change - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I’ve received a lot of questions from readers about the impact of the Broncos parting ways with general manager Brian Xanders on Monday.

Division News

Owens to Raiders: A bad idea from Rice - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I won’t make it a habit to disagree with Jerry Rice about the wide receiver position. I think it makes good sense to defer to the greatest receiver of all-time on the subject.

Oakland Raiders part ways with four longtime staff members - NFL.com
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has started restructuring the player personnel department, announcing on Tuesday the departure of four longtime employees.

New York Jets' top draft exec leaves for Oakland Raiders, sources say - ESPN New York
Joey Clinkscales, the New York Jets' vice president of college scouting, is leaving the organization for a prominent front-office position with the Oakland Raiders,

ProFootballWeekly.com - Raiders sign C Colin Miller
The Raiders have signed free-agent C Colin Miller to a contract.

Drayton Florence to visit Titans; Chargers also interested - NFL.com
Drayton Florence will visit the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, according to a source close to the situation. The veteran cornerback was released by the Buffalo Bills last week.

Jamaal Charles sees Peyton Hillis as another Thomas Jones | ProFootballTalk
Running backs Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis had great seasons in 2010. In 2011, however, disappointment was in the cards for both men; Charles tore an ACL early in the year, and Hillis’ performed was diminished by a bizarre mix of injury and ineffectiveness and, to an extent, delusion.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs sign DE Pitoitua
The Chiefs have signed free-agent DL Ropati Pitoitua. He is expected to play defensive end in Kansas City.

Chargers agree to terms with first-round pick LB Melvin Ingram - NFL.com
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with linebacker Melvin Ingram, their first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the team's official website reported Tuesday.

Chargers agree to deal with rookie Kendall Reyes | ProFootballTalk
Adam Caplan reports that the Chargers have reached a four-year contract agreement with second-round pick Kendall Reyes.

Mike Holmgren: We wanted Kendall Wright at No. 22 - NFL.com
Brandon Weeden wasn't the Browns first choice for the No. 22 pick. Browns president Mike Holmgren acknowledged as much on 92.3 The Fan Tuesday, saying that Baylor wideout Kendall Wright was the team's top choice.

Holmgren expects significant improvement in Cleveland this year | ProFootballTalk
The Browns went from 5-11 in Mike Holmgren’s first season as president to 4-12 in his second, but Holmgren isn’t getting discouraged.

Baltimore Ravens add Jacoby Jones, extend Bernard Pollard - NFL.com
Free-agent wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones has agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs has successful Achilles surgery - NFL.com
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had successful surgery on his Achilles' tendon, general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement Tuesday.

Ben Roethlisberger: Expect lots of no-huddle from Steelers - NFL.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers said they wanted to run the ball more often when they parted with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians this offseason, but Ben Roethlisberger hasn't noticed too much of a change under Todd Haley, the Pro Bowl quarterback told NFL Network's Rich Eisen.

NFL News

Breaking down the Patriots 'Joker' personnel | National Football Post

A look at the 'Smash-7' with Gronkowski and Hernandez

Light reveals battle with Crohn's disease | National Football Post
Retiring Patriots lineman reveals life-and-death battle from 2004.

Study: Former NFL players live longer than typical male - NFL.com
Former NFL players are living longer than other men in the general population, said a study the league sent to retirees Tuesday.

Coroner Releases Junior Seau's Body to His Family - NYTimes.com
County officials say the body of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau was released to his family this weekend after undergoing an autopsy.

Free Agency

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bengals sign two off waivers
Cincinnati claimed OG Chris Riley off waivers from Tampa Bay and DT Vaughan Meatoga from Washington.

Ex-Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh tries out with Vikings - NFL.com
Former Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh had a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, a league source said.

Veteran Crocker to visit Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals - NFL.com
Veteran defensive back Chris Crocker is visiting the Detroit Lions on Tuesday and scheduled to meet with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, according to source with knowledge of the situation.

Tennessee Titans host veteran free agent CB Andre' Goodman - NFL.com
Andre' Goodman is visiting the Tennessee Titans, a source close to the situation said.

Falcons release former Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli - NFL.com
The Atlanta Falcons have released former Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli in a move that clears salary cap space and creates an opening for fifth-round draft pick Bradie Ewing.

The Draft

Philadelphia Eagles sign second-rounder Mychal Kendricks - NFL.com
The Philadelphia Eagles signed their second-round draft pick, Mychal Kendricks, the team announced via their Twitter page Tuesday.

Contract status for 2012 NFL Draft first-round picks - NFL.com
The Seattle Seahawks' Bruce Irvin was the first player picked in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft to agree to terms on a deal with his new team.

One reason rookies may have bigger roles in 2012 than ever before… - NFL.com
The draft was not even a week old, and Bears WR Alshon Jeffery already had his rookie contract finished.

Asa Jackson is first Ravens draft pick to sign | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens have their first draft pick under contract.

Go Broncos!

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