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DB - Constantly Improving
Vernon Fox and Jeb Putzier met with the press yesterday; Fox likes the team's offseason additions and Putzier is enjoying the way the offense practices.

DB - The Excitement of Change
Jim Saccomano says Dove Valley is buzzing with all the fresh faces around; he sees positive changes in the attitude and character of the team so far.

DB - Passing Camp: Fox - Broncos TV
Vernon Fox is impressed by the offseason attendance and the leadership of the new veterans, especially Brian Dawkins.

DB - Passing Camp: Putzier - Broncos TV
Jeb Putzier says the offense is more about reacting to the defense now than pure timing and speed. He likes the added emphasis on situational plays in practice.

DP - Clady lets considerable skill speak volumes
LJones briefly profiles Ryan Clady, who speaks so little that she needed Kyle Orton and Josh McDaniels to complete the column.

NFL - Several factors complicate potential long-term deal between Chiefs, Cassel
Pat Kirwan considers several interesting possibilities for the Chefs and QB Matt Cassel, who is still only signed to his franchise tender. One fascinating scenario would have Cassel signing with Denver next winter. So, get the picks for Cutler and McD gets his guy anyway, at the cost of a season's time? Interesting...

DP - Broncos murder case postponed until October
The judge in the D-Will murder case granted a continuance at the defense's request.

SI - NFL behavioral seminars not reaching players like Brandon Marshall
Ross Tucker wonders how the NFL can teach players to confine their aggression to football.

CT - It's no sin to reserve judgment on Jay Cutler
It's nice to read that McJayGate was not quite like Elway forcing his way out of Indy. Thanks, Rick Morrissey. To the Self-Proclaimed Ombudsmen and Horse Tracks Editors, just don't click the link!

TW - Sweeney case breaks: 23-year-old charged with murder
Charges were filed in the murder of former Broncos wideout Neal Sweeney.

DP - Putzier big backer of CU coach
Klis focuses on Putzier's comments on CU coach Dan Hawkins.

NFL - Busy offseason results in change at QB position in AFC West
Vic Carucci looks at the AFC West's turnover at QB.

SDUT - "Turner lobbies for Coryell"
Norv is pushing for Don Coryell to make the HOF. Remember, 7 HOFers and 0 Titles for San Deeahgo; 2 HOFers and 2 Titles for Denver....

KCS - Chiefs ready for mandatory minicamp — with or without Waters
Chefs G Brian Waters took his holdout to a new level by skipping a charity event for which he is an honorary co-chairman.

NFL - Veteran safety McCree returns for second stint with Jaguars
Another former Broncos free-agent bust safety found a new team. In Marlon McCree's case, it was actually his old team.

BG - Patriots sign Patrick Pass
The Pats brought back their old RB Patrick Pass and dumped a few players.

NFL - Cardinals sign Pro Bowl safety Wilson to five-year, $39 million contract
The Cardinals have signed safety Adrian Wilson to a new five-year deal with $18.5 million in guarantees.

NFL - Niners commit to OT Staley with six-year extension through 2017

NFL - Restricted free-agent guard Clabo signs deal to stay with Falcons
Former Bronco OG Tyson Clabo signed his RFA tender with Atlanta.

Y! - NFLPA settles lawsuit with retired players
The NFLPA reached a $26.5 million agreement to settle a lawsuit by retired players over video game royalties.

NFP - Bears Thinking Burress?
Bears players are pushing for the team to acquire Plaxico Burress. I guess Hester and Davis aren't the next Marshall and Royal...go figure.

SI - Rodney Harrison provided Brett Favre a lesson in how to retire
Don Banks likes that The Dirtiest Player Ever retired gracefully. Banks also writes about Brian Westbrook and Mike Vick, among others while showing plenty of un-MSM-like good sense and reason.

NFP - Time Catching Up To Westbrook
Matt Bowen examines the aging of Brian Westbrook.

NFP - Summertime In The NFL
Robert Boland offers his take on the potential Rams sale and the dead of summer in the land of NFL news.

NFP - Diner Morning News: Philly’s Dilemma
Mike Lombardi considers the impact of Brian Westbrook's injury. Plus, he thinks Aaron Kampman will thrive in Green Bay's new 3-4 D.

NFP - 2009 NFP Scouting Series: LSU