Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/8/13

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Broncos Draft History: Quarterbacks
A look back at the quarterbacks the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft.

Free Agency Outlook: Tight Ends
A look at the 2013 free agent market for tight ends.

The real seven rounds of the NFL draft | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of draftmetrics.com reveals some startling details about league success by round.


Denver Broncos Videos

Reports: Broncos Ask Dumervil To Take Pay Cut - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton with the latest on Elvis Dumervil and the Broncos.

NFL Live OT: Impact Free Agent - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth and Brian Dawkins discuss which free agent would make an immediate impact on his new team.

NFL32OT: Scouting Safeties - ESPN Video - ESPN
Episode 283: Herm Edwards evaluates Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro heading into the NFL Draft. The NFL32 crew discuss the free agency needs in the AFC South.

Inside the Huddle: Tight Ends, Tackles and Franchise Tags - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton provides his inside scoops on Jared Cook's challenge of the Titans franchise tag, the options opened by the Chiefs franchising of tackle Brandon Albert, the market for right tackles, and Cowboys Spencer and Ware going to DE in the new 4-3.

Chargers Cut Spikes - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN.com AFC West blogger Bill Williamson discusses San Diego releasing two-time Pro Bowl LB Takeo Spikes.

Possible Destinations For Jennings - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses Greg Jennings' place in the WR free-agency market.

Matt Barkley A Project - ESPN Video - ESPN
Merril Hoge breaks down Matt Barkley's NFL prospects.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Elvis Dumervil willing to restructure Broncos contract, agent says - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Mike Klis

ProFootballWeekly.com - Denver Broncos: 2013 team needs
We highlight the top three needs on offense and defense for the Denver Broncos, and take a look back at their 2012 draft class.

Darrelle Revis saga shows the NFL's lying season has officially opened - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I was listening to the local sports show and they had an "insider" on that said he wouldn't be surprised to see Elvis Dumervil and a high draft sent to the Jets for Darrelle Revis, which would likely lead to the signing of Dwight Freeney.

Next wave of NFL pro days have Denver Broncos scouts interested - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Pro days are up and running all over football nation, but the coming days will feature some players on the Broncos' to-do list.

Division News

Terrelle Pryor says he's ready to be Oakland Raiders' leader - ESPN
Terrelle Pryor said Wednesday he will be "more than ready" to compete for the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback job when the time comes, but first he's trying to win over the organization and prove he can lead the team.

Raiders restructuring continues with Tyvon Branch | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders created some cap space earlier this week by restructuring the contract of guard Mike Brisiel and they’ve opened up a little more by doing the same with safety Tyvon Branch.

San Diego Chargers create new hole by cutting Takeo Spikes - ESPN
Whenever a 36-year-old is released, especially by a new regime, it shouldn’t be a shock.

ProFootballTalk: If Albert won’t play RT, who will? | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs released RT Eric Winston, and the ripple effect has already been felt. LT Branden Albert took to twitter to say he’s not interested in switching to the right side of line. If Albert doesn’t, who does play RT for Kansas City?

Chiefs hope to keep Dorsey, but Starks tag could complicate things | ProFootballTalk
Five years ago, the Chiefs picked defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey with the fifth overall selection in the draft.

Tyson Jackson can make up to $5.2 million | ProFootballTalk
Chiefs defensive lineman Tyson Jackson, the third overall pick in the 2009 draft, was due to earn a base salary of $14.72 million in 2013.

NFL News

Leaked document embarrassing for Panthers on several levels | ProFootballTalk
The headline at Deadspin.com proclaims the Panthers made a $112 million profit over a two-year span, according to a leaked financial document.

Panthers say financial reports present "incomplete picture" | ProFootballTalk
On Thursday, Deadspin published leaked financial documents from the Panthers, reflecting a two-year profit of $112 million.

NFL Communications - NFL players to take part in second annual "Business of Music Boot Camp" at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music "
Twenty current and former NFL players will get a crash course on how to break into the music industry

NFL Communications - 2013 NFL Free Agency Questions & Answers "
Q. When does the 2013 free agency signing period begin?

ProFootballWeekly.com - Rules for three-day negotiating period
For the first time, the NFL is allowing for teams and agents to negotiate for three days prior to the start of free agency. Here are the rules to that negotiating period, which starts on Saturday:

Free Agency

The Hunt for Players Is About to Begin - NYTimes.com
Twelve months ago, the N.F.L. universe was waiting for Peyton Manning to pick his landing spot and for Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III to find their first professional homes.

A.F.C. Free Agency Preview - NYTimes.com
In the A.F.C., active teams in free agency could be the Dolphins, who need receivers; the Colts, who need offensive linemen; and the Jets, who need, well, almost everything.

Dolphins keep Brian Hartline | ProFootballTalk
At a time when many expect the Dolphins to make a play for receiver Mike Wallace once free agency opens, they have finalized a deal to keep one of their most productive pass catchers on the team.

Goldson is expected to be the hottest safety on the market | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers opted not to use the franchise tag for the second straight year on safety Dashon Goldson.

Steven Jackson says Rams wanted him to take a reduced role | ProFootballTalk
Running back Steven Jackson has voided the final year of his contract with the Rams, which would have paid him $7 million. But as he looks for the first time in his career for a new team, he says it’s not about the money.

49ers tender Tramaine Brock | ProFootballTalk
Cornerback Tramaine Brock didn’t play a major role on defense for the 49ers in 2012, but the team would still like to retain the restricted free agent-to-be’s services.

Bengals sign Peerman, chipping away at salary cap room | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals haven’t done much with one of the league’s longest list of unrestricted free agents, but they’re doing some smaller business.

Bills, Leodis McKelvin working on a new contract | ProFootballTalk
Time’s running short for teams to re-sign their own players before the start of free agency and that’s just what the Bills are trying to do with cornerback/returner Leodis McKelvin.

PFT Live: Is Steven Jackson asking for too much? | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio addresses the topic of free agency. Will free agents get the deals they are looking for? Why haven’t teams expressed interest in big named players that are currently free agents? Where will Steven Jackson land?

Report: John Abraham to visit Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
Players who become free agents on March 12 aren’t allowed to start talking to prospective employers until Saturday, but John Abraham is not bound by any such rules.

Report: Breaston doesn’t need Regenokine treatment on knee | ProFootballTalk
After wide receiver Steve Breaston made visits to the Browns and Steelers last week,

Giants offer not enough to keep Kenny Phillips off market | ProFootballTalk
The Giants were lumped into the Charles Woodson speculation, which might be fueled by a failed attempt to keep one of their own.

Corey Webster takes a pay cut to stay with the Giants | ProFootballTalk
Cornerback Corey Webster was a candidate to get cut as the Giants try to clear salary-cap space, but Webster has agreed to take a pay cut instead.

Titans likely looking for big-name pass rusher | ProFootballTalk
Last year, the Titans were planning to make a play for former Texans defensive end Mario Williams.

Several teams reportedly express interest in Charles Woodson | ProFootballTalk
Teams can start talking to free agents currently on other teams on Saturday, but players that have already been released are free to sign with teams at any point.

Jermichael Finley’s agent won’t rule out pay cut | ProFootballTalk
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley said last week that he wouldn’t take a pay cut from the Packers, but his agent says that’s not quite the truth.

Young Falcons pass-rusher won’t be returning next year | ProFootballTalk
In yet another sign the Falcons are going to look outside the organization for a replacement for John Abraham, one of their young developmental players can’t wait to get out the door.

Jake Long getting healthy in time for free agency | ProFootballTalk
If there are concerns about Dolphins left tackle Jake Long and his value in the free agent market, they shouldn’t be health-driven, according to his doctor.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Titans re-sign PK Bironas
The Titans re-signed PK Rob Bironas to a two-year deal. According to PFW correspondent Jim Wyatt of The Tennesean, the contract is worth roughly $6.7 million.

ProFootballWeekly.com - No tag for Cook ups ante for Titans as FA approaches
The Titans needed a free-agent haul capable of making an instant impact before they decided not to franchise TE Jared Cook.

Report: Eagles, Texans reach out to Eric Winston | ProFootballTalk
Andy Reid’s new team said goodbye to right tackle Eric Winston on Wednesday, a move that piqued the interest of Reid’s old team.

Matt Moore staying with the Dolphins to be a backup | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins are working quickly to keep the pieces they want before the market opens, and apparently just did another bit of good business.

Matt Hasselbeck understands it’s pay cut or be cut | ProFootballTalk
Add Titans backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to the pay-cut-or-be-cut club, and at least the veteran passer understands exactly what’s going on.

Brandon Moore having “surprisingly” little contact with Jets | ProFootballTalk
Brandon Moore has been a constant presence in the New York Jets starting lineup for the better part of the last decade.

Pro Days

NFP Pro Day Breakdown - Version 1.0 | National Football Post
Russ Lande passes along info he obtained about Pro Days so far this week.

March 8: Arizona State, Cornell, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Missouri State, Montana, Mount Union, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Southern Mississippi, Texas A&M, Wofford

Arizona State -
Josh Hubner, K; Keelan Johnson, SS; Brandon Magee, LB; Cameron Marshall, RB; Jamal Miles, WR

Cornell - J.C. Tretter, OT

Florida Atlantic - None

Florida International - John Cyprien, FS; Caylin Hauptmann, OT; Tourek Williams, DE

Missouri State - None

Montana - None

Mount Union - None

Northern Illinois - None

Ohio State - Zach Boren, FB; Reid Fragel, OT; Johnathan Hankins, DT; Travis Howard, CB; Orhian Johnson, SS; Etienne Sabino, LB; John Simon, DE; Jake Stoneburner, TE; Nate Williams, DE

Southern Mississippi - Jamie Collins, LB; Jason Weaver, OT

Texas A&M - Luke Joeckel, OT; Christine Michael, RB; Damontre Moore, DE; Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR; Sean Porter, LB; Jonathan Stewart, LB; Ryan Swope, WR

Wofford - None

2013 Draft

DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson Tigers runs 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds - ESPN
Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins did his best to push himself into the NFL draft's first round, bettering his 40-yard dash time Thursday and putting on a solid pass-catching show in front of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and personnel from 31 pro teams.

Draft buzz builds around E.J. Manuel | ProFootballTalk
The draft stock of former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel appears to be rising after a strong Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine.

NFL scouts take a look at 6-foot-10, 388-pound Terrell Brown | ProFootballTalk
Terrell Brown barely played college football, getting on the field for only two games during his senior season at Ole Miss. But 6-foot-10, 388-pound athletes don’t come around very often, and so it’s not surprising that NFL scouts are taking a look at Brown.

League mum on Combine questions inquiry | ProFootballTalk
Last week, the NFL said it will investigate whether teams were asking impermissible questions at the Scouting Combine.

Coughlin seems cool on Te’o | ProFootballTalk
There’s a possible disconnect between Giants G.M. Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin when it comes to the most controversial player in the 2013 draft pool.

Sharrif Floyd gains momentum as potential top pick | ProFootballTalk
Discussions of the Chiefs’ choice with the first overall pick in the NFL draft haven’t usually included Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd. But that may be changing.

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