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Broncos not interested in 'Hard Knocks' - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
The Broncos are apparently not ready to give away all of their secrets. A team spokesman said the team can be counted out as a possible candidate to appear on HBO’s"Hard Knocks" this summer. Tampa Bay turned down the show this week.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Lockout limbo: Broncos report
With NFL teams stuck in a state of limbo thanks to the lingering lockout, we are taking a tour around the league and looking at where teams stand as they await the opening of the 2011 league year. Today, we offer our take on where the Broncos stand.

Woody's Mailbag: Broncos could, but won't raid the Raiders - The Denver Post
Hey Woody, I'm with you on the Patrick Peterson pick. I love Von Miller, but Peterson and Champ Bailey would have been the best corners ever in football. But ... what about the free agent in Oakland by the name of Nnamdi? How cool would that be to steal him from the dark side? It would be a good way to start the year and payback for last year's 50 burger they dropped on us. Whatcha think? Could this happen?

Krieger: Two teams play political football - The Denver Post
Many years ago, before I covered sports, I covered politics and government. When people ask why I switched, I usually tell them that politics and sports are the same — highly partisan competition — but sports get you outdoors more.

Despite court defeat, NFL players say they're unified - The Denver Post
After a key victory in court by NFL owners, the players say they aren't panicking.

Why player organized workouts are over-hyped | National Football Post
I am a big believer in what the players across the league are doing by organizing workouts, getting together on the grass and conditioning. You need that in the offseason and it is one of the major reasons I stand behind the importance of OTAs and mini-camp in terms of team building.

Owners court victory a path to a deal? | National Football Post
For NFL fans, the ruling from the Eighth Circuit to keep the lockout in place may actually bode well for football being back in business sometime this summer. Beyond the immediate emotion and disappointment that fans have about the NFL still being closed for business, the ruling on Monday night – followed by a similar result on appeal – may be the most direct path to a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and a full season in 2011.

Twitter sense for NFL players | National Football Post
One of my newest roles as an agent is advising my clients on a personal "social networking strategy". If you told me I would be doing this five years ago, I would have said, "yea, right!" However, for each new and existing client who is interested in building their brand, garnering off field income, and teeing themselves up for a second career in media, committing to Twitter and other social networking outlets such as Facebook can make good sense. However, it can come with price.

Breaking down the 2012 DL class | National Football Post
An early look at some of the top defensive line prospects for the 2012 NFL draft.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Who needs to brush up on their NFL rulebook?
As the NFL lockout continues, one disagreement between the players and the league continues to be over how the league will govern itself moving forward. While some rules have come into question, there are others that figure to be mainstays in the NFL for years to come. The following is a list of a few interesting NFL rules — some rather unique and some blatantly obvious — along with commentary on which current and former players might want to brush up on their rulebook:

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFLPA document details NFL path to lockout
The players' trade association sent out a memo to its constituents on Wednesday, detailing what it believes to be the NFL's plans for a lockout over the past four years.

Matt Ryan: Better Than You Think | ProFootballFocus.com
When I had him up at number seven in my top 101 players of 2011, I expected some criticism and it came. How could he be above Tom Brady after the Patriot passer posted one of the greatest statistical seasons we’re ever likely to see? How could he better the great Peyton Manning who once again carried the Colts to the playoffs? How could Michael Vick be so far behind with all those bombs and highlight reel plays?

Tackling Safeties | ProFootballFocus.com
You know the drill, the clue is in the position name – a safety has to be a safety net for the defense, a barrier that saves disaster when the rest of the defense hasn’t. They’re the last line of defense and often the only players between a run of the mill snap from the offense, and a game-breaking touchdown. But how many of the league’s safeties would you trust to make that game-saving tackle in the open field? Let’s take a look what 2010’s numbers say.

Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones pleased by Dez Bryant working out - ESPN Dallas
With several Dallas Cowboys conducting private workouts together in the area, there is some concern about wide receiver Dez Bryant's ability to do so.

Oakland Raiders staff must sell season tickets to avoid lockout pay cuts - ESPN
With no minicamps, offseason workouts or other football activities during the NFL lockout, every member of the Oakland Raiders organization is now part of the ticket staff.

Source: Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler led workout with offensive players - ESPN Chicago
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler began working out with a handful of offensive teammates on Tuesday, according to a league source.

NFL.com news: No. 17: Johnson's drop in OT costs Bills a win over Steelers
Some of the NFL's greatest games are superb from start to finish. Whether they feature an offensive explosion, like No. 18 on our list, or whether they're back-and-forth volleys like the Packers-Cardinals 2009 wild-card game, they keep you on the edge of your seat for three hours.

NFL.com news: Adding five-year vets to free agency would make little difference
A few weeks back we took a look at what the 2011 free-agent class would look like under 2010 rules -- i.e., six years of service time required to become an unrestricted free agent. If you recall, it wasn't pretty. Not at all.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Suh is one of a kind and will only get better "
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a player come from the college game to the pro game and appear like there was no adjustment the way Ndamukong Suh did as a rookie last season. He dominated the NFL the same way he dominated on the college level.

Players' battle with owners not a lost cause - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
When assessing the impact of Monday’s legal setback to NFL players in their ongoing labor clash, a foreboding ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granting the league’s owners a temporary stay of U.S. District Court judge Susan Nelson’s earlier order lifting the lockout, I can’t help but recall some recent football history.