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A Fast Friendship - Denver
Whether it's learning the "foreign language" of NFL terminology, adapting to the speed of the game, getting acquainted with a new city or just enduring a little initiation from the veterans, there's always something new to take in.

Broncos Cheerleader Voting App
Select your picks for the 2010 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. Please choose 26 finalists. Hit Vote Now in your selections box to complete your vote.

Broncos Mailbag: McDaniels calling his own shots - The Denver Post
Denver Post sports writer Mike Klis posts his Broncos Mailbag in the first week of each month during the offseason.

Torch passing? Elway likes Tebow pick for Broncos - The Denver Post
Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway told 9NEWS this morning he thinks Tim Tebow can play quarterback in the NFL and he likes what coach Josh McDaniels did in the draft.

Sayers not real happy with the state of Bears - The Denver Post
"Cutler hasn't done the job," Sayers said. "(Linebacker Brian) Urlacher, I don't know how good he's going to be coming back. He's 33 years old. They need a couple wide receivers, a couple defensive backs. They haven't done a good job.

Niners reward production with Willis extension | National Football Post
When the 49ers rewarded Patrick Willis yesterday with a five-year extension that is reported to be valued at $50-million dollars, the club showed us that they view the 25-year old linebacker as one of the premier players in the entire league. And, we should all agree that Willis has shown the production on the field that deserves big money in the NFL.

Social media and the NFL | National Football Post
Just about every big name in pro football has an active Twitter account – Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, Commissioner Roger Goodell, Chad Ochocinco, Drew Brees, agent Drew Rosenhaus and others. I would estimate that many players also have Facebook accounts or their own personal websites. Tim Tebow has a Twitter account and website for his foundation.

Falcons safety William Moore cleared for return | National Football Post
Safety William Moore, who suffered through an injury-marred rookie season with the Atlanta Falcons, has been cleared for full participation in the team’s minicamp, which opens Friday.

Seahawks claim QB Reilly | National Football Post
The Seattle Seahawks traded for quarterback Charlie Whitehurst as they begin preparations for the post-Matt Hasselbeck era. Apparently, they want to get a good look at a local option too as the Seahawks claimed quarterback Mike Reilly off waivers from the St. Louis Rams.

Vobora sues supplement maker | National Football Post
St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora has filed suits against SWATS, claiming the spray the company manufactured led him to test positive for a banned steroid, leading to his four-game suspension last season.

2010 NFL Divisional odds | National Football Post
I spoke with Dave Staley of on Tuesday who informed me that his website had just released their 2010 NFL Divisional odds.

StarCaps ruling coming Thursday | National Football Post
Whether it will be the end of the road for the StarCaps legal maze or not remains to be seen, but Hennepin County (Minn.) judge Gary Larson will rule on the case Thursday, according to Brian Murrphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Umenyiora was 'off limits' | National Football Post
It looks like we can finally put the Osi Umenyiora rumors to rest.

Steven Jackson had back surgery | National Football Post
During a teleconference with reporters last season, St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was asked if during his reconstruction of the team, did he worry that by the time he’s able to get things turned around if running back Steven Jackson will be out of juice?

Chiefs sign David Grimes | National Football Post
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Notre Dame wide receiver David Grimes to a free agent deal.

Browns cut Valentin, Wagner, announce Alex Smith signing | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns have released tight end Troy Wagner and wide receiver Aaron Valentin and announced the previously reported signing of tight end Alex Smith.

Lions claim WR Mitchell off waivers | National Football Post
Five Washington Redskins were waived on Monday and two of them have been claimed. Running back P.J. Hill was picked up by the New Orleans Saints, and the Detroit Lions have grabbed wide receiver Marko Mitchell.

Bengals, 'Pacman' working on multiyear contract; signing imminent
Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones received a second look from the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, and his signing with the team is imminent after an impressive workout, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.

Team executives ask NFL draft prospects the darnedest things
Some of the queries are just weird. Occasionally, they're intrusive and in questionable taste.

NFLPA head Smith: Rookie salaries a stumbling block in labor talks
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Tuesday that the union has done "the majority share of the heavy lifting" in labor negotiations and reiterated his belief there will be a lockout in 2011.

Is there a John Randle in this year's undrafted class?
I learned a long time ago that you can't go to sleep after the draft and pay little attention to the undrafted rookies still available to be signed. They represent the absolute cheapest pool of players

No easy answer to contract dispute between Johnson, Titans
As contractual disputes go, the one between Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans is as fascinating as any that has occurred in the NFL. Blogs " Blog Archive Who has the best throwback uniform for 2010 "
Packers, Eagles, and then Bears. And the Bears a distant third. That is how I would rank the upcoming throwback uniforms for the 2010 season.

NFL Power Rankings Preseason - National Football League - ESPN
Take a look at's Preseason Power Rankings to see which teams reigned supreme in the NFL

Bud Light replaces Coors Light as official NFL sponsor - ESPN
nheuser-Busch's flagship brand Bud Light will be the official beer sponsor of the National Football League, edging out rival MillerCoors, which said Tuesday it wouldn't renew its deal.