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Horse Tracks - 3/9/10 - Getting Down to Business


Good Morning Broncos Country!  I hope the Broncos saved enough in their entertainment budget because they are passing free dinners out left and right to prospective free agents.  In years past, a visit usually meant a contract.  Last season, Josh McDaniels closed the deal at least 90% of the time.  It's not the case this year, with several players - Dwan Edwards and Rex Hadnot to name a couple - having come and gone without reaching an agreement.  The reason?  The infamous uncapped season.  No one really knew what to expect.  Once money started raining down on free agents on Friday, many guys looked to get a case of cold feet when it came to signing quick deals.  Who could blame them?  Signings all over the NFL have ground to a halt.  Teams, including the Broncos, will need to re-evaluate their process of making offers.  That likely will start today with Jamal Williams and Jarvis Green in town.  Now that the Broncos, and the players, have an idea of what is happening in the market, expect to see Denver much more aggressive in closing the deal.

A Coaching Mantra - Jim Saccomano's Blog
I had the honor of introducing Sandy Weese, widow of one-time Denver Broncos quarterback Norris Weese, at a fundraising banquet Saturday night.

VIDEO - 2009 Best of Pre-Game Sound
Highlights from the best pregame huddles and sideline chatter of the 2009 season.

VIDEO - DL Coach Wayne Nunnely Featured on MWSN
The Mountain West Sports Network features Wayne Nunnely.

Broncos host veteran defensive linemen in free-agent quest - The Denver Post
The Broncos' quest to bolster their defensive line continued Monday when the team hosted former Pro Bowl nose tackle Jamal Williams and defensive end Jarvis Green.

DL Williams in Denver for visit | All Things Broncos
Veteran nose tackle Jamal Williams is currently in Denver for a visit with the Broncos.

DE Jarvis Green to visit Broncos | All Things Broncos
Defensive end Jarvis Green, a free agent from New England, is scheduled to arrive at Dove Valley later today to meet with team officials tonight and tomorrow.

Krieger: Trial shows glimpse of underworld - The Denver Post
With all the talk of intimidation at his murder trial Monday, I couldn't help thinking of what Darrent Williams had to say on the subject.

Free-agent trades in the NFL: A history lesson | Seattle Times Newspaper
This is the start of a research process, not the end of it. With Seattle's interest in Brandon Marshall, I thought it's worth exploring previous examples of trades involving restricted free agents, a category that technically would include players affixed with the non-exclusive franchise tag.

Green to visit Denver -
Patriots DE Jarvis Green is set to start his free-agent tour, according to agent Albert Elias, and is en route now to visit the Denver Broncos.

Reverend Leon Kelly on the Darrent Williams trial: "Some people would rather be tried by twelve than carried by six" - The Latest Word
The ongoing Darrent Williams murder trial has been filled with revelations about the continuing dangers of gang life that may come as a surprise to many people -- but not to the Reverend Leon Kelly.

Raiders release Walker among latest cuts - The Denver Post
The Raiders released wide receiver Javon Walker and defensive end Greg Ellis on Monday in their latest dumping of veteran players.

Where's the market for Antonio Bryant? | National Football Post
After running backs Thomas Jones, LaDainian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook, Bryant is arguably the biggest name still available on the free agent market. But after four full days of transactions, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer has hardly registered a blip on the radar.

Why veteran QBs are still hot names in free agency | National Football Post
Every year during free agency, we tend to see veteran QBs — players who haven’t had a big impact on Sundays for a while — jump into the news. Names we haven’t seen in the box scores for years draw interest, a market is created and multiple teams start to battle for their services.

Pats continuing to be aggressive | National Football Post
The New England front office has been busy closing deals the last few days.

Wilson: Steelers interested in Larry Foote | National Football Post
The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in bringing back linebacker Larry Foote, and the feeling is mutual.

Wilson: Roethlisberger's lawyer says his client hasn't committed any crime | National Football Post
While the investigation continues into allegations that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted a female college student, his high-profile lawyer predicted that Roethlisberger won't be charged with any crime.

Biggs: Vikings land kickoff specialist Lloyd | National Football Post
The Minnesota Vikings have one of the top return threats in the league in Percy Harvin.

Wilson: Browns acquire Seneca Wallace | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns have acquired Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Seneca Wallace via a trade.

Wilson: Reports T.O. to visit Bengals | National Football Post
Wide receiver Terrell Owens is going to join wide receiver Antonio Bryant on a visit Tuesday, according to ESPN and Pro Football Talk.

Wilson: Chargers claim Mason off waivers | National Football Post
The San Diego Chargers claimed running back Marcus Mason off waivers from the Washington Redskins, the team announced.

Report: LB Witherspoon will visit Titans | National Football Post
The Tennessee Titans are scheduled to entertain linebacker Will Witherspoon on a visit Tuesday as they contemplate possibilities at the position.

Randle El, Clark return to Steelers, who add veterans Battle, Allen
The Pittsburgh Steelers brought back two familiar faces Monday.

Eagles trade Brown to Bucs, reward Avant with five-year contract
The Philadelphia Eagles reshaped their receiving corps Monday, re-signing Jason Avant to a five-year contract and trading wide receiver Reggie Brown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft. Blogs " Blog Archive Free-agent CB Bodden sticking with Patriots "
Free-agent CB Leigh Bodden visited the Texans but has decided to return to the Patriots, NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reported Monday night. Blogs " Blog Archive Texas QB McCoy says his shoulder is ‘100 percent’ "
Colt McCoy called Monday night to say he has completely recovered from his shoulder injury and will be full-go at the University of Texas’ pro day on March 29. The quarterback couldn’t participate in throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine last week because of the ailment.

Free-agent safety Sharper recovering after minor knee surgery
Free-agent safety Darren Sharper said Monday that he had minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but he's feeling good and planning to play somewhere next season.

Bears, Lions try to keep pace - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The NFC North is going through one of the great buildups in NFL history. This isn’t just about the flurry of free agents that the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions signed during the opening weekend of free agency. This is about actual arms, too. Like the ones belonging to Brett Favre(notes), Aaron Rodgers(notes), Jay Cutler(notes) and Matthew Stafford(notes)

Early winners and losers in free agency - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
We have learned that, salary cap or not, the top of the free-agent market hasn’t changed from the previous year all that much. In the opening weekend of free agency, teams spent more than $150 million in guaranteed money on high-profile players such as Julius Peppers(notes), Antrel Rolle(notes), Aaron Kampman(notes), Kyle Vanden Bosch(notes) and Chester Taylor(notes).