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Broncos' Fox rates both lines highly in upcoming NFL draft - The Denver Post
"The guys in both lines, both offensively and defensively, are as good as I can remember," Fox said. "There are a couple guys at the top of the linebacking group that are interesting, but the offensive and defensive lines are the deepest spots. "And I think we've got a good handle overall on the group of players who can help us."

Q&A: Tim Tebow lacks starting job, not the Broncos' support - The Denver Post
The Broncos support Tebow and the way he conducts himself. They just don't believe, at this moment, that he is their starting quarterback. Fox has always preferred to play a veteran quarterback. Elway has said he likes Tebow's potential, but he also has said the former Heisman Trophy winner is "very, very raw" as a quarterback. The fact Tebow is not being handed the starting job isn't a lack of support. It's a call for Tebow to get to work.

Denver in the top 10 for "Most Miserable Sports City" - KDVR ranked Denver as the 9th most miserable sports city in the country, based off the futility of our teams, a ‘heartbreak index’ that accounts for stars leaving town, and the amount of years since our last major title. While times aren’t exactly great here, we should not be on this list. - Profiles of NFL's 32 team owners
Bowlen has been the owner, president and chief operating officer of the Broncos since purchasing the team, leading the organization to five Super Bowl appearances and back-to-back league titles in the 1997-98 seasons. Bowlen had successful careers in the oil, gas and real estate industries prior to purchasing the team from Canadian financier Edgar Kaiser Jr. for $78 million in '84, saving the organization from potential bankruptcy. Bowlen contributed more than $150 million toward Invesco Field at Mile High, where the Broncos have played the past decade. Bowlen is a former chair of the NFL broadcast committee and has been a major figure in many NFL endeavors but has stepped back from both NFL and Broncos day-to-day operations.

Awaiting the NFL draft, CU's Jalil Brown is glad he focused on playing defense - The Denver Post
As a senior at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, Jalil Brown rushed for 1,910 yards and scored 29 touchdowns. He was selected to some all-area teams that season on offense and defense. But he believed he would find his place in college football, and perhaps in the NFL, on offense. He would do it taking handoffs, running the ball, scoring touchdowns and winning games.


Cold, Hard Football Showtime in Tinseltown
Ed. note: this article originally ran on March 6, 2006. With the passing yesterday of once voluptous bombshell extraordinaire Jane Russell, pictured here with pro football Hall of Famer and former husband Bob Waterfield, we take another look the NFL's very first glamour team, a team that earned some of its glamour thanks to Russell's Hollywood star power.

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Atlanta Falcons' Rich McKay sole NFL competition chairman - ESPN
McKay has been on the committee since 1994 and a co-chairman since 1998. Fisher became co-chair in 2001, but no longer is a member of the committee; he will be a nonvoting adviser during this offseason.

Tennessee Titans Chris Simms will fight marijuana driving charge - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The most serious charge against Simms, driving while impaired by drugs, is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. Under the plea deal he turned down, he would have been spared jail and sentenced to a $500 fine, five days of community service and a 90-day driver's license suspension.

Naked man questions Jay Cutler's toughness | National Football Post
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, a 40-year-old Big Rock, Ill., man who was provoked following an argument with a family member, was spotted running without clothes through the parking lot of Sorrento’s in Maple Park. Per the sheriff’s deputy report, the man was screaming threats and obscenities and he shouted, "Do you think Jay Cutler gave up?"

Carson Palmer says he'll never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again? | National Football Post
According to WCPO-TV, Palmer recently told a confidant: "I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again. I have $80 million in the bank. I don't have to play football for money. I'll play it for the love of the game but that would have to be elsewhere. I'm prepared to live my life." Palmer has requested a trade, which has previously been denied by owner Mike Brown.

Bucs take exception to suggestion they look past character | ProFootballTalk
Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik didn’t take kindly to a suggestion that he looked past character concerns with his 2010 rookies. "I don’t believe we have [cut corners] at all on character," Dominik told reporters at the Scouting Combine, via the Tampa Tribune.

New Orleans Saints agree to one-year contract with defensive tackle Shaun Rogers |
The New Orleans Saints agreed to a one-year contract with three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Shaun Rogers on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Saints officials did not offer comment on the move, and Rogers was not immediately reached for comment. But Rogers tweeted, "It's official WHO DAT NATION here I come."

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When we posted Paea’s feat to NFL’s official Facebook page, more than 760 comments poured in — mostly with people bragging about their own bench-press feats — but perhaps the most telling came from a Carl Stickland in Jacksonville who wrote, "Keep that name in mind because he will be out of the league in three years." Valid? Blogs " Blog Archive Getting to know … Texas A&M LB Miller "
" Pick Six: Guys we’d like to see on ‘DWTS’ Draft Getting to know … Texas A&M LB Miller Adam Rank By Adam Rank | Published: March 1st, 2011 | Tags: Von Miller, Charlie Sheen, Dat Nguyen, Emmitt Smith, Getting to know, Ryan Tannehill, Shane Lechler Unlock HQ Video HQ video delivered by Akamai Texas A&M LB Von Miller stopped by the NFL Network studios on Tuesday, and we took some time to get to know him as he prepares for the 2011 NFL Draft. Blogs " Blog Archive OSU’s Heyward to miss pro day, hold own workout "
Instead, the son of former NFL player Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, will hold an individual workout for scouts on March 30 at Ohio State. Heyward was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but did not work out in Indianapolis. Currently, I have Heyward among my top 40 players in the draft.

Auburn QB Cam Newton has NFL searching for his motivation - Peter King -
All Cam, all the time. A lot of thoughts today about the ability, future and football focus of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, a big part of Monday's column and who could end up being the first quarterback taken in April's draft.

Vernon Gholston, and the Canary in the Combine -
Gholston, a defensive end from Ohio State, was a so-called workout warrior at the combine in 2008. His performance quieted some concerns about his play and helped lift him to the sixth pick in the draft. By contrast, a player like running back Ray Rice, who didn’t impress scouts at the combine but who had a great career at Rutgers, was chosen in the second round of that draft. - Quinn looks mighty intriguing as potential top pick
Robert Quinn — who perhaps more than any player at the position was the one guy NFL talent evaluators were dying to see strut his stuff at this year’s Scouting Combine — could not be more conspicuous by his absence in the first-round mock. In a crop considered the best in decades, Quinn is the ultimate X factor. - Peterson's versatility is greatest asset
A big, strong, thick-bodied press-and-bail corner who may turn out to be best suited for the safety position in the pros, Peterson can man and zone cover, roam, blitz and play near the line of scrimmage while bringing a playmaking dimension to the return game, and his versatility may be his greatest asset. Would fit best as a press corner for a team such as the Raiders, Ravens or Packers. Has Pro Bowl-caliber potential. A rare physical specimen in a similar class with Charles Woodson. Is deserving of consideration with the top overall pick.

Combine notes: breaking down the DBs | National Football Post
The one position in the NFL where 40 times matter the most in my view is at the defensive back position. Therefore, here are some of the winners and losers from today’s defensive back workouts in group one.

DeMarcus Van Dyke runs a 4.28, fastest at the combine | National Football Post
University of Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds, the third-fastest time in the past decade.

Peterson/Prince impress; others helped stock more -
Count me among those that is not at all surprised by the fact that LSU's Patrick Peterson and Nebraska's Prince Amukamara silenced a few critics today with their blazing times in the 40-yard dash and strong performances in other defensive back drills. I certainly wasn't alone in believing these players would perform well. I spoke to various members of NFL scouting departments, agents, prospects and media in the weeks preceding the Combine that expected these two players to do well.


Threat of lockout worries NFL draft hopefuls - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Prodded late last week about his thoughts on a possible lockout by owners, former Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, at the podium for the media grilling that accompanies the annual NFL job fair, responded: "I hope it's dissolved." That malapropism likely will transform into a self-fulfilling prophesy by the end of the week, when the NFLPA decertifies or "dissolves" in a last-ditch effort to avoid a lockout. But it also symbolized the lack of clarity that many draft prospects at the combine possessed about what is about to transpire with their careers. No doubt, the 330 players present in Indianapolis were prompted by the players association on what is coming down, the scary ramifications of what it could mean to them.

NFL taking risk with fans by heading toward lockout - Ann Killion -
The NFL is Teflon-coated, right? Bullet proof. America's favorite form of entertainment, a sport without rival. We'll find out. NFL owners seem set on taking the harshest route possible to prove how untouchable they are.

Urgency building as NFL and players union continue mediated negotiations - Don Banks -
But no one knows exactly what we're counting down to this week. Will it be an NFL-orchestrated lockout that kicks off at that long-awaited hour, effectively beginning the first real labor crisis that the league has faced since the 1987 season? Or will the NFL Players Association move to decertify itself as a union, perhaps blocking the league's owners from shutting down the game? Or will the two sides make enough progress in this week's negotiations to merit stopping the clock, with a temporary extension of the CBA in order to continue working to toward a new deal?

NFL Lockout, Decertification - What It All Means -
Decertification would primarily be a legal move by the players to prevent a lockout. Players would give up their rights to collectively bargain, but they could individually file antitrust claims against the NFL and the owners. It's a lengthy process in which the players would claim the league is restricting trade. If they were successful, the league could lose some of its antitrust protection; as long as there is a players union, the league is protected from such antitrust actions.

In Labor Clash, N.F.L. Union Calls an Old Play -
Instead of remaking the system the way they did in the late 1980s and early 1990s — when the union became the first and only one in a major sports league to dissolve itself — players hope to use the process known as decertification to save what they already have, by blocking owners from locking out players in a dispute over how to divide the $9 billion in annual revenue the N.F.L. generates. Union leaders say they would decertify simply as a way to get players back on the field, and to prevent a work stoppage that threatens the 2011 regular season.

The Wrath of Doty persists | National Football Post
I have always chosen not to believe the doom and gloom about an inevitable work stoppage, knowing that this long-running drama is simply a negotiation: nothing more and nothing less. As with any negotiation, no side will show its hand until it absolutely has to. Will this decision force the NFL to show its hand sooner or with more transparency? We will know soon.

League pooh-poohs lockout insurance ruling | ProFootballTalk
"As we have frequently said, our clubs are prepared for any contingency, this decision included," the league said in a statement posted by Greg Aiello on his Twitter page. "Today’s ruling will have no effect on our efforts to negotiate a new, balanced labor agreement." Yeah. Right.

Standard & Poor’s optimism on league’s ability to withstand lockout needs to be revisited | ProFootballTalk
Some are pointing to the assessment in the aftermath of the adverse "lockout insurance" ruling from Judge David Doty, which could keep the league from collecting a penny under network deals that otherwise would pay out billions during a lockout. But here’s the catch — the S&P projection assumes that the league will collect the TV money

Possible NFL lockout could splatter ‘golden egg’ -
So now, when talking with San Diego State sports marketing expert and professor Dr. George Belch about the strong possibility of a player lockout, what’s the very first thing he has to say? "If this happens, they clearly run the risk of killing the goose that lays the golden egg." Unless there is intervention from the divine — and it may take more than that for The League and the players’ union to settle on a collective bargaining agreement inside of 48 hours — the owners could lock out the players Thursday night at 9 our time. By Friday, the union could decertify, meaning it no longer represents the players (it’s happened before).

Read the Judge's Decision in the Big NFL Lockout Insurance Case - THR, Esq.
Judge Doty hasn't spelled out the remedy he is granting just yet. He has asked the parties to brief him before making a final ruling. In the meantime, the league's owners will have to adjust themselves to the latest development. The league was expected to impose a lockout on Thursday.