Horse Tracks: Broncos could sign both Lofa Tatupu and D'Qwell Jackson

Otto Greule Jr

The Broncos' hunt for a Mike linebacker is on, Evil Peyton Manning, and more for your Wednesday morning Horse Tracks.

Good morning friends! First, let's get the nightmare out of the way.

Evil Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning facial hair
Evil Peyton Manning (via reddit)

Would you buy a Buick from this man? I would not buy a Buick from this man. I would buy a Buick to get away from this man.

At least, now that he's reportedly $34 million richer (with no restructure imminent), he can afford to shave.

Latest on Lofa Tatupu and D'Qwell Jackson

Lofa Tatupu worked out for the Broncos Tuesday, but that doesn't mean Denver has forgotten about Cleveland free agent D'Qwell Jackson. The Broncos may sign both players, the Denver Post reports.

D'Qwell visited with the Colts this week, which has the Post's Ben Hochman wondering if a free agency rivalry is brewing between Peyton's former team and current, and is reportedly choosing between four or five teams by the end of the week.

ESPN also scouted Jackson and came to many of the same conclusions our own Bronco Mike did this past weekend: he's serviceable, and maybe even an upgrade. But D'Qwell Jackson is not a superstar.

Broncos

Broncos Mailbag: Should Denver look to assess Von Miller's trade value? - The Denver Post
Denver Post NFL reporter Mike Klis responds to your questions in the Broncos Mailbag. In this installment, Mike tackles eight Q's, including one about Von Miller's future in Denver.

Broncos likely to ride young horses at running back - The Denver Post
The Broncos believe it's time to take the training wheels off their kid running backs, Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson. "I can't wait," Anderson said Tuesday. "It's an opportunity. It's up to us to take advantage of the opportunity."

2014 NFL Offseason - Denver Broncos' projected lineup, cap situation, free-agent and draft targets - ESPN
Insider's NFL experts team up to break down the Denver Broncos' top offseason priorities, projected 2014 lineup, cap situation, free-agent and draft targets and potential stars already on the roster.

Free agency spotlight: Wesley Woodyard - Denver Broncos Blog - ESPN
So, he will head into the market to see what kind of interest there is. Even though the Broncos will need to fill the position -- since Lenon too is a free agent -- the fact is the spot is largely a role of a specialist these days. They will have to be factor that into the pursuit since the Broncos are essentially using the nickel defense (five defensive backs) as their base.

Open MIKE Tryouts For the Broncos | Bronco Planet
The Denver Broncos are on a quest, make that a yearly mission for a Middle Linebacker to stabilize a void in their lineup that has been AWOL for eight years. That was when Al Wilson was forced into early retirement.

Bruton Supports 'It Starts with School Breakfast'
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Free Agency Outlook: Offensive Tackles
Independent analyst Andrew Mason takes a look at the top offensive tackles set to enter the free agent market.

NFL

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Steven Hauschka -- who made all five PATs in the Super Bowl -- soon might find his job a bit tougher. A new wrinkle is being considered by the NFL Competition Committee.

Nike says it wants to keep innovating with NFL uniforms | ProFootballTalk
"What we’re interested in is finding what is completely unique about each and every team that we work with," Nike Creative Director for Football Todd Van Horne said. "We’re very proud of our innovation."

PFF's 2014 Top 75 Free Agents | ProFootballFocus.com
PFF ranks the 75 free agents that top the list of available veteran talent for 2014.

Michael Bennett "not worried about the outcome" of free agency | ProFootballTalk
"Obviously they want me to be a Seahawk for the rest of my career," Bennett said, via the Seattle Times. "But everything plays into the numbers. Have to make sure everything is right."

Report: Players Frustrated With Harbaugh - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Ed Werder discusses the report that some key 49ers players are frustrated with coach Jim Harbaugh.

Anquan Boldin dismisses any Jim Harbaugh tension - NFL.com
Anquan Boldin, new contract in hand, said any locker room issues with Jim Harbaugh were news to him. In fact, he said the coach was a big part of why he stayed with the San Francisco 49ers.

2014 Team Needs: New York Jets | ProFootballFocus.com
Gonzalo Estrade offers potential free agent fixes for the Jets' top needs.

2014 Team Needs: St. Louis Rams | ProFootballFocus.com
Lining up the top needs and some possible free agent fixes, Mike Renner looks at the Rams' situation.

Offseason Forecast: New England Patriots - NFL.com
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick aren't going anywhere. But the New England Patriots still have a lot of big questions this offseason, starting with Danny Amendola, Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman.

Donald Butler contract details - AFC West Blog - ESPN
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, San Diego Chargers middle linebacker Donald Butler's new contract could be worth up to $48 million over

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