Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/15/13

There's a new stallion in the paddock-Wes Welker. - Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Denver Best Fit for Vasquez
Guard Louis Vasquez said that after seeking advice from former teammates, coaches and his agent, Denver was the right place for him.

Vasquez 'Happy To Be On The Other Side'
Quick hits from new Broncos guard Louis Vasquez, including his recollection of Denver's comeback win at San Diego on Monday Night Football.

Welker's Transition Tough, Even with Smooth Landing
Wide receiver Wes Welker made sure to thank the New England Patriots in his first press conference as a Denver Bronco.

Welker Wants to Win 'Above Everything'
Wide receiver Wes Welker said he didn't have to be sold on Denver, he knew what a good opportunity to win it presented.

Rodgers-Cromartie Appreciates Broncos' Approach
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said the fact that the Broncos addressed his flaws and told him how he could get better impressed him.

Broncos Draft History: Defensive Linemen
A look back at the defensive linemen the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL32OT: Welker Officially A Bronco - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter breaks down how the Bronco's acquired Wes Welker from the Patriots. The NFL32 crew discuss which was the best 'under-the-radar' signing.

Broncos Introduce Wes Welker - ESPN Video - ESPN
Wes Welker ready to play in Denver.

Broncos Welcome Wes Welker
Wide receiver Wes Welker talks about jumping from the Patriots to the Broncos and why the decision was all about wanting to win.

1-on-1 With Wes Welker
Broncos TV talks to Wes Welker about his pitch to John Elway to come to Denver and why he thinks he fits with the Broncos

Fox on Welker, Vasquez Acquisitions
Head Coach John Fox talks about Wes Welker and Louis Vasquez coming to Denver.

Vasquez: 'It Was a No Brainer'
New Broncos guard Louis Vasquez talks about why he signed with one-time division rival Denver.

1-On-1 With Louis Vasquez
New Bronco Louis Vasquez talks about why he wants to play for the Broncos.

Rodgers-Cromartie: 'I'm Just Ready to Start'
New Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie talks to the media about signing with the Broncos.

1-On-1 With Rodgers-Cromartie
New Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie talks about why he signed with the Broncos.

Moves To Be Made Before Trade Deadline? - ESPN Video - ESPN
With the trade deadline looming on April 3rd, will teams be willing to deal superstars rather than let them walk away?

Matt Cassel Released By Chiefs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter has the latest on Matt Cassel's release by the Chiefs and which team is the front-runner to land Cassel.

Matt Cassel To Sign With Vikings - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert discusses Matt Cassel's move to the Vikings.

NFL May Abandon Tuck Rule - ESPN Video - ESPN
Competition committee proposal suggests the NFL may abandon tuck rule.

Blogger Blitz: Chiefs Chances With Smith - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFC West blogger Mike Sando talks with AFC West Blogger Bill Williamson about what to expect from Kansas City now that Alex Smith will be under center

NittanyNation: Michael Robinson interview - ESPN Video - ESPN
Phil Murphy talks with Seattle fullback -- and Penn State legend -- Michael Robinson about the Nittany Lions under Bill O'Brien and Robinson's days in Happy Valley. Robinson also had a message for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Geno Smith Impresses At Pro Day - ESPN Video - ESPN
QB Geno Smith discusses his performance at his pro day and his workout for the Eagles.

Geno Smith's college coach talks NFL potential - NFL Videos
04:11 – West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen talks about quarterback Geno Smith's pro day and how he will adapt to the NFL

Tyrann Mathieu: I just want to play football - NFL Videos
09:21 – With all the controversy surrounding Tyrann Mathieu, he sits down with "NFL AM" to discuss his drug problems of the past and how he will stay clean in the NFL.

Brady Bummed By Loss Of Welker - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss discusses New England's decision to replace Wes Welker with Danny Amendola.

Breaking News With Steve Carell - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN's fake news correspondent Steve Carell reports that according to his "sources," Adam Schefter has been lying and sending out bogus tweets.

Steve Carell Joins The Debate Desk - ESPN Video - ESPN
Steve Carell joins "First Take" to talk about "Anchorman," his love of Boston sports and his new movie.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Denver Broncos now feeling a draft at the running back position - The Denver Post
Think draft with running back. Heal up, Eddie Lacy. Wait a minute.

Kiszla: Elvis Dumervil's clock is ticking, but Broncos aren't budging - The Denver Post
The clock is ticking, John Elway's stomach is churning and Elvis Dumervil has a tough decision to make.

Elway: Dumervil’s salary is "out of whack, hopefully he realizes that" | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos will cut defensive end Elvis Dumervil on Friday if he doesn’t take a significant pay cut.

Broncos safety Quinton Carter facing Vegas cheating charges - The Denver Post
Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter is facing felony charges in Nevada alleging that he cheated at a craps game last weekend at a Las Vegas-area casino, authorities said Thursday.

Broncos safety Quinton Carter charged with casino cheating | ProFootballTalk
An allegation that he added money to a craps table after the roll of the dice has resulted in three felony charges in Nevada for Broncos safety Quinton Carter, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Louis Vasquez says signing with Denver Broncos 'a no brainer' - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
As Louis Vasquez waiting for his formal introduction as a newly-minted Bronco, executive vice president of football operations John Elway offered a glimpse into the team's reasoning behind the four-year contract that went to its new offensive lineman.

Broncos' aggressive start to free agency gobbles room under salary cap - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
For the most part, the Broncos are finished with phase one of free agency.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looks for fresh start with Broncos - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Jeff Legwold

Chris Harris tops Broncos' performance bonus payouts | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
NFL teams are distributing $3.4 million worth of performance-based bonuses from the 2012 season.

Rodgers-Cromartie: Broncos are a real team, not a "Dream Team" | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos are making a lot of noise in free agency with moves that included signing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Peyton Manning had input as Broncos got Wes Welker - NFL.com
Peyton Manning got another weapon in the passing game on Wednesday when the Denver Broncos scooped up Wes Welker.

Patriots did Amendola deal before Welker signed with Broncos | ProFootballTalk
Signing Danny Amendola appeared to be a reflex move by the Patriots, after Wes Welker bolted for the Broncos.

Division News

Sean Smith gets $11 million guaranteed | ProFootballTalk
Vontae Davis called Sean Smith to the Chiefs long before Smith actually wound up agreeing to a deal, but he never offered up numbers for the eventual deal.

Three years, $13.8 million for Robinson | ProFootballTalk
If anyone wonders why the current crop of free-agent cornerbacks have failed to corner the market, consider this.

Kansas City Chiefs descend en masse on Oregon Pro Day - NFL.com
Representatives from 27 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Oregon, where 15 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.

Entire Oakland Raiders staff witnesses Cal’s pro day - NFL.com
Representatives from 30 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at California, where 16 players went through a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in beautiful weather in Berkeley.

NFL News

Kirk Cousins explains intimacy of NFL drug-testing - NFL.com
If you're one of the millions of Americans who struggle with the challenges of being pee-shy, file this post under the horror/non-fiction section.

Competition Committee proposes 6 rule changes, 3 bylaw changes | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s Competition Committee has proposed six rules changes and three bylaw changes that the owners will vote on at next week’s league meeting.

Competition Committee proposes scrapping the tuck rule | ProFootballTalk
The tuck rule may be no more.

Competition Committee proposes changes to the red-flag rule | ProFootballTalk
One of the most embarrassing plays of the 2012 season — for everyone involved — occurred on Thanksgiving Day, when Texans running back Justin Forsett clearly fell down, got up, and ran the rest of the way to the end zone for an 81-yard score.

N.F.L. Ponders Changing the Tuck Rule - NYTimes.com
The controversial rule that helped launch the New England Patriots’ dynasty and has haunted the Oakland Raiders for nearly a dozen years may finally be struck down.

NFL may prevent runners from lowering their heads into tacklers | ProFootballTalk
In another sign that the days of punishing, physical running backs like Jim Brown and John Riggins are coming to an end, the NFL is considering a rules change that would penalize runners for lowering their heads and initiating contact with tacklers.

Emmitt Smith criticizes proposed helmet rule | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s Competition Committee has proposed a rule that would penalize runners for lowering their heads to initiate contact with defenders.

Free Agency Signings

What we learned on Day 3 of NFL free agency - NFL.com
The bottom fell out of the market on Day 3 of NFL free agency. Cliff Avril's deal with the Seattle Seahawks late Wednesday night was a precursor to the bargain free-agent shopping arriving much earlier than usual.

Retaining starters and free agent activity: Part 1 | National Football Post
The first day of free agency is always one of the biggest news days of the NFL off-season.

One year, $4 million for Cassel | ProFootballTalk
To the extent that the status of quarterback Matt Cassel as a potential starter in Minnesota depends on what the team will pay him, the answer is, well, unclear.

2013 NFL free agency -- Atlanta Falcons to sign Steven Jackson - ESPN
The Atlanta Falcons found their replacement for Michael Turner on Thursday by agreeing to terms with Steven Jackson, considered the top free-agent running back, on a three-year, $12 million deal.

Colts reel in Ricky Jean Francois | ProFootballTalk
Ricky Jean Francois left Philadelphia without a contract.

Eagles sign Kenny Phillips and Cary Williams | ProFootballTalk
We haven’t heard a lot about players visiting the Eagles, but we keep getting news of the Eagles signing players.

Saints sign Keenan Lewis to five-year deal | ProFootballTalk
Free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis is heading home to New Orleans.

Plaxico Burress: Pittsburgh was the only place I wanted to be | ProFootballTalk
Plaxico Burress is back with the Steelers, and he says he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Buccaneers cut Quincy Black, sign Kevin Ogletree | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Quincy Black’s 2012 season ended early because of a neck injury suffered when he hit Ryan Mathews of the Chargers in the backfield during a game.

Connor Barwin gets six-year deal from Eagles | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles aren’t slowing down.

Leon Washington says he’s a Patriot | ProFootballTalk
It looks like Leon Washington is back in the AFC East.

Michael Bennett agrees to terms with Seahawks (yes, Seahawks) | ProFootballTalk
The rich keep on gettin’ richer.

Cardinals sign Jasper Brinkley to two-year deal | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals talked Jasper Brinkley out of becoming a Giant, and landed him Thursday.

Free Agency Rumors

Patriots to host Adrian Wilson | ProFootballTalk
The Patriots are expected to bring in ex-Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson for a visit, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said Thursday night.

Patriots to visit with John Abraham | ProFootballTalk
Now that the first flurry of big money free agents have signed, and the market is starting to flatten, it’s time to find bargains in veterans who are undervalued.

Report: Cassel, Ponder will compete to start | ProFootballTalk
In an extended visit last month with Paul Allen and Paul Charchian of KFAN, Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman was unequivocal regarding his position that Christian Ponder is the team’s quarterback.

Shaughessy to visit Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
As the free-agency period continues to unfold (it’s still barely two days old), more and more players are taking visits.

49ers sign Dan Skuta | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers have added to their special-teams coverage units and linebacker depth, signing Bengals free agent Dan Skuta to a two-year contract.

Titans scheduled to host Matt Shaughnessy, too | ProFootballTalk
As we reported earlier Thursday night, Raiders free agent defensive end Matt Shaughnessy is visiting the Cardinals.

2013 Draft/Pro Days

March 15: Arkansas, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kansas, Oregon State, San Jose State

Arkansas - Alvin Bailey, G; Dylan Breeding, P; Knile Davis, RB; Chris Gragg, TE; Cobi Hamilton, WR; Alonzo Highsmith, LB; Dennis Johnson, RB; DeQuinta Jones, DT; Tyler Wilson, QB

Georgia Southern - Brent Russell, DT; J.J. Wilcox, FS

Georgia State - None

Kansas - Tanner Hawkinson, OT; Bradley McDougald, FS

Oregon State - Jordan Poyer, CB; Markus Wheaton, WR

San Jose State - Travis Johnson, DE; Ryan Otten, TE; David Quessenberry, OT

Geno Smith completes 60 of 64 at Pro Day | ProFootballTalk
At times during the 2012 football season, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith generated statistics that look like your average Pro Day workout.

Terron Armstead, Barrett Jones among potential NFL draft steals - NFL.com
By this point in the year, many of us have become quite familiar with the big-name prospects, the Luke Joeckels and Eric Fishers of the world who project as first-round picks and immediate-impact rookies.

Tyrann Mathieu: Putting marijuana ahead of football isn’t fun anymore | ProFootballTalk
Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu says the No. 1 thing he wants NFL teams to know about him is that he no longer considers smoking marijuana to be more fun than playing football.

Alabama’s top prospects take part in first of three workouts - NFL.com
Representatives from 32 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Alabama on March 13, where 10 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.

Denard Robinson gets some work as RB at Michigan’s pro day - NFL.com
Representatives from 29 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Michigan, where 14 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.

Retaining starters and free agent activity: Part 1 | National Football Post
The first day of free agency is always one of the biggest news days of the NFL off-season.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Deuce Lutui suspended four games | ProFootballTalk
Deuce Lutui, a free agent offensive lineman who played last season for the Titans, has been suspended for four games by the NFL.

Defenses are obsessed with stopping the read option | ProFootballTalk
The 2013 offseason already has a theme. Stop the read option.

Cosell’s Take: 3-4 and 4-3 concepts more about personnel than defensive fronts | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL draft is only six weeks away. It’s the time of year when we all discuss the top prospects, and how they best transition and project to the NFL. It’s particularly fascinating on the defensive side of the ball, where two seemingly competing philosophies, the 4-3 and the 3-4, often determine the value and utility of specific players.

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