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Happy NFL New Year Broncos Country!  Last night was tons of fun - thanks to everyone that hung out and talked some football here at MHR.  Be sure that we will have all the news about the Broncos - and the rest of the NFL - right here all day!  We've been talking all off-season about the Broncos need to get bigger up front, and if the early free agent visits are any indication, the Broncos are doing just that. Offensive guard-tackle Tony Pashos is 6-foot-6, 326 pounds, Center Rex Hadnot is 320 pounds; defensive end Justin Bannon is 310 pounds; and that's just the start.  The Broncos need to get bigger, need to get nastier, and that process has started in earnest.  The 2010 season really gets underway today, here' hoping it is memorable for all the RIGHT reasons!

Remembering Fred Gehrke - Sacco's Blog
Let’s take another step back today to look at another fantastic moment that could only have happened back in the day.

Schlereth: McDaniels doing it his way with Broncos - The Denver Post
In this installment, former Broncos offensive lineman and current ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth talks with fans about the Broncos, his Stinkin' Good Green Chile and "the best burger joint in the whole world!"

Broncos expect busy free agency - The Denver Post
The 2010 free-agent market officially opened at 10:01 p.m. MST on Thursday. Brandon Marshall is still a Bronco, and so now is running back J.J. Arrington. Defensive lineman Justin Bannan, center Rex Hadnot, offensive guard/tackle Tony Pashos and cornerback Nathan Jones could be soon.

Putting the Big B in Broncos | All Things Broncos
Goodness. These Broncos are getting big. Let’s review the free-agent players the Broncos have lined up for visits today

Fellow gang member says Clark told him he shot Williams - The Denver Post
Willie D. Clark paced, chain-smoked and appeared jittery in the days after Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed, according to a childhood friend who testified against Clark on Thursday.

Broncos add RB Arrington with one-year deal - The Denver Post
J.J. Arrington was gone but the Broncos' interest in the former Arizona Cardinals back was not forgotten. - Broncos assessing options for replacing Wiegmann
The Broncos will be looking for a center in the draft or free agency after releasing Casey Wiegmann, who started at the position for Denver from 2008-09, Feb. 24. Head coach Josh McDaniels was asked about the decision to cut Wiegmann, a 14-year veteran, at the Combine, and he said he's looking for a bigger player to plug into the middle of the offensive line.

3rd witness jailed in Denver Broncos murder trial |
A third witness in the trial of a man accused of killing Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams has been jailed for refusing to testify.

Would you make a run at Denver's Brandon Marshall?
A couple of you have asked if the Cowboys would get involved in a deal for Marshall. My initial reaction was no because that would be tying up a lot of money in the wide receiver spot with Roy Williams and Marshall as well as a deal they would want to do with Miles Austin, who is a restricted free agent like Marshall.

Cincinnati.Com " Marshall law
How good would Denver Broncos restricted free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall look in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform?

The Lions are on the prowl | National Football Post
Detroit signs WR Burleson, closing in on DE Vanden Bosch.

Biggs: Bears bag Manumaleuna | National Football Post
Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna has agreed to terms on a five-year contract and arrived at O’Hare International Airport this morning after a red eye flight from Los Angeles. He will sign the contract, brokered by agent Paul Sheehy, after passing a physical.

Wilson: Cromartie has some loose ends to take care of | National Football Post
Traded by the San Diego Chargers to the New York Jets overnight, cornerback Antonio Cromartie owes $799 in fines related to traffic offenses.

Wilson: Ravens give Mark Clayton second-round tender, don't tender Terry | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens assigned a second-round tender to restricted free agent wide receiver Mark Clayton, their former first-round draft pick from Oklahoma.

Falcons closing in on Robinson | National Football Post
From the start, it looked as if free agent cornerback Dunta Robinson was heading to Atlanta.

Report: Chad Clifton to visit Redskins | National Football Post
The Washington Redskins are not being as quiet as everyone first expected when they were on the sidelines for the rush the Chicago Bears made after Julius Peppers.

Wilson: Chester Pitts' dance card filling up | National Football Post
Houston Texans veteran free agent offensive lineman Chester Pitts is drawing interest from his current employer as well as at least two other NFL teams, according to league sources.

Wilson: Leigh Bodden in demand | National Football Post
New England Patriots veteran free agent cornerback Leigh Bodden is a highly regarded commodity this morning at the launch of free agency.

Recalling free-agent deals of the past | National Football Post
What a busy night this is for NFL front offices. First, teams are making last-ditch attempts to keep their players from hitting the market at this, the height of their leverage with their teams. Interestingly, I remember two deals with the Packers done right before the stroke of midnight eastern to keep players in the fold -- players who are in that situation again tonight.

What if there is no lockout? | National Football Post
There’s an alternative to the NFL locking out the players after the 2010 season, and it’s one that hasn’t been discussed much. Except, that is, by noted sports attorney David Cornwell, who let the cat out of the bag in a story in USA Today on Wednesday.

Agent: Peppers could visit two others besides Bear -
Carl Carey, the agent for Julius Peppers, said his client is very excited about spending Friday in Chicago meeting with Bears officials and negotiating a new contract, but the free-agent defensive end could make other visits.

First up for free-agent LB Dansby: Dolphins -
Free-agent LB Karlos Dansby will visit the Dolphins on Friday and could sign a multiyear deal shortly thereafter if both sides can reach an agreement.

Walter, Kampman among top 10 potential bargains in free agency
For a variety of reasons, bargains should be plentiful in the NFL's unrestricted free-agent market, which opens for business on Friday.