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Horse Tracks - 7/7/10

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One play your approach is unfiltered aggression clearing a running lane, while the next snap you're calmly finessing your feet backwards looking to punch a pass rusher out of the pocket. As soon as you get comfortable crouching in a left-handed stance at guard, the team might need your services at right tackle.

Exponential curve continues for free-agent salaries - The Denver Post
It was crazy money. Insane. Unheard of. Astronomical. And, to many, an outrage.

Broncos WR Decker finally hits the field in tuneup for start of training camp - The Canadian Press:
Decker, a third-round draft pick out of the University of Minnesota, is participating in Larry Fitzgerald's star-studded camp at the Golden Gophers' campus this week, running routes, catching passes and doing drills.

Police confirm lone suspect in shooting not Eagles' Vick - The Denver Post
Police said Tuesday they know who was responsible for shooting another man following Michael Vick's birthday celebration, but the shooter will not be charged "at this time" because the victim has not cooperated with investigators.

Is the 'lockdown corner' a luxury item? | National Football Post
Is there such a thing as a "lockdown corner" in the NFL outside of a few select players? And, do defenses even need to have a player of that caliber to be successful and produce?

Why NFL Free Agency doesn't work | National Football Post
First, someone who has been a subject of many a column here, JaMarcus Russell, was arrested this past weekend for possession of a controlled substance. As I detailed in December, Russell appears to be the leader in the clubhouse for the most money spent in the NFL for the least performance.

Tarvaris Jackson OK with Brett Favre skipping start of camp | National Football Post
Maybe it was difficult for Tarvaris Jackson when Brett Favre arrived in the middle of the preseason a year ago to take over the quarterback job for the Minnesota Vikings.

Michael Vick says there never should have been a party | National Football Post
If Michael Vick had it all to do over again, or at least the last two weeks to do over again, there wouldn’t have been a nifty 30th birthday bash at Guadalajara in Virginia Beach, Va.

Major Wright counts Cris Carter as a mentor | National Football Post
Cris Carter has been credited before for his work with wide receivers Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald, players he helped mentor when he was near the end of his career with the Minnesota Vikings.

Chris Johnson, Titans discussing possible compromise | National Football Post
The boiling contract dispute between the Tennessee Titans and star running back Chris Johnson is beginning to cool down.

Report: Atogwe deal not what it was cracked up to be | National Football Post
The St. Louis Rams were unwilling to pay veteran safety O.J. Atogwe nearly $7 million this season, a decision made when the club elected to not place the franchise tag on him.

Who will replace Jason Taylor? | National Football Post
The Miami Dolphins need a viable replacement for veteran pass rusher Jason Taylor, who defected this offseason to the AFC East rival New York Jets.

Police investigated two months before arresting JaMarcus Russell | National Football Post
It wasn't through coincidence or random sighting that former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Goodell endorsed Pereira's new television role | National Football Post
MIke Pereira didn't need permission from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to accept his new television role with FOX Sports.

USC releases Henderson from letter | National Football Post
Over before it really even began. That is how the Seantrel Henderson era at USC will officially go down in the books.

Jared Allen takes his turn weighing in on Albert Haynesworth | National Football Post
In Dan Steinberg’s quest to have 1,000 Albert Haynesworth-related posts on his Washington Post blog before the season begins, he can’t let a single thing slide past him. news: Brees hopes memoir will help inspire others who face adversity
Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees often asks himself if there's anything he could have done to prevent his mother from committing suicide. Blogs " Dockett sends expectations to Rhodes "
Darnell Dockett was made for Twitter, and vice versa. The Cardinals defensive end is as active as any NFL tweeter, and there is no shortage of money quotes about whatever is on his mind. news: Broncos' Decker up and running, should be ready for camp
Rookie wide receiver Eric Decker said Tuesday that he's on schedule to join the Denver Broncos for the start of training camp, provided he signs a contract by then.

Former Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown appeals lawsuit dismissal - ESPN
NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown is asking a San Francisco appellate court to overturn a federal judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit against video game maker Electronic Arts.