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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/13/12

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Broncos' need for speed on defense remains a priority even with another new coordinator - The Denver Post
Todays question about the Broncos comes from Ted Shih.Q: You have written that the Broncos have sought big, powerful players on defense and small, quick players on defense.

Denver Broncos offseason plan: Tebow's development not the only priority - NFL - Sporting News
What was expected to be a multiyear rebuilding process for the Denver Broncos bore fruit sooner than almost anyone predicted.

Hold your horses on Broncos trading out of draft's first round to stockpile picks - The Denver Post
Todays question comes from Robert Johnson: The Broncos have a lot of holes to fill and probably wont sign a lot of free agents, so will they trade their first-round draft pick for extra picks in the second and third rounds?

Draft prospects need to take their jobs seriously to find work in the NFL - The Denver Post
It is difficult to evaluate draft prospects even for the NFL teams that do it best. What a player will look like three or five years down the road is an educated guess in most cases.

Former CU Buffs quarterback Tyler Hansen fights for an NFL job - The Denver Post
It took four years, but for one glorious week former Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen finally found a comfort zone in an 11-player huddle.

Health Issues

OTL: Suing the NFL - ESPN Video - ESPN
Hundreds of players have now filed lawsuits against the NFL, accusing the League of negligence in addressing the issue of head injuries.

CTE, the concussion crisis, and an economic look at the end of football - Grantland
The NFL is done for the year, but it is not pure fantasy to suggest that it may be done for good in the not-too-distant future. How might such a doomsday scenario play out and what would be the economic and social consequences?

Division News

Trending in the AFC West |
PFF's Khaled Elsayed highlights AFC West players whose 2011 trended up or down from last season and those who've earned more snaps. news: Raiders DT Seymour reportedly set to earn $15 million in 2012
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour apparently is safe from the Oakland Raiders' roster overhaul, and will not join recently released cornerback Stanford Routt in the free-agent market. news: Report: Eagles won't let Jackson go without something in return
The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing league sources, reported Sunday that the Eagles won't let go of receiver DeSean Jackson, whose contract is about to expire, without getting something in return.

What’s next for Vincent Jackson, Chargers? – Audibles
Two years ago, Vincent Jackson reportedly told the Chargers that he wanted a five-year, $50 millon deal, and then he refused to show up for the first half of the season after San Diego gave him a $3.2 million tender instead.

NFL News

On Hall of Fame voting, transparency could be counterproductive | ProFootballTalk
When it comes to changes to the Hall of Fame selection process, there’s only one adjustment that seems to enjoy any traction with the folks who cast the ballots: Transparency. news: Browns' Watson: No lingering symptoms from concussions
One of the primary reasons for the Cleveland Browns' dismal showing on offense during the 2011 season was the team's lack of playmakers in the passing game.

2011 Tackling: The Cornerbacks |
PFF's Sam Monson discusses 2011's best and worst tackling corners.

Lions facing big decision with Cliff Avril – Audibles
Martin Mayhew traversed his first three offseasons as the Lions’ general manager without using the franchise tag. If he’s going to push that streak to four, it might come at the expense of Cliff Avril.

Is a Steeltown staredown brewing with Roethlisberger?
Although the Steelers last played Jan. 8 when Tim Tebow knocked them out of the playoffs, games are apparently still being played in Pittsburgh.

Reggie Wayne hasn’t heard from Colts, open to playing for Patriots | ProFootballTalk
After 11 seasons with the Colts, Reggie Wayne is set to become an unrestricted free agent next month.

Panthers don’t have many free agent concerns | ProFootballTalk
The Carolina Panthers made a lot of news after the lockout by keeping their own players.

Dolphins may sign Canada’s top running back | ProFootballTalk
Jerome Messam, the Edmonton Eskimos running back who was voted the CFL's best Canadian player last year, may be heading 3,000 miles to the southeast.

Free Agency and the Draft

PFF's Top 50 Free Agents |
The analysis team at PFF offer their list of the NFL's Top 50 free agents.

NFL DRAFT: Late round sleepers worth monitoring | National Football Post
Who could be a late round steal?

One test a prospect can't afford to fail at the NFL Combine |
The NFL’s annual Combine is scheduled to take place in little over a week and for the better part of the past two months, draft prospects across the country have been preparing diligently for sport’s ultimate job fair and interview process

Remaining 2011 cap space, by team | ProFootballTalk
With teams now able to carry over their excess cap space from one year to the next, here's a look at each team's remaining 2011 cap space, as of February 12, 2012.

Minimum cash spend will be based on unadjusted cap numbers | ProFootballTalk
When the 89-percent per-team spending minimum kicks in next year, the threshold will be based on the unadjusted cap number. - Patriots could make run at Texans' Williams
This could all be moot if the Texans try to wrap up their superstar defender.

Finnegan could join other ex-Titans in Detroit | ProFootballTalk
Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and linebacker Stephen Tulloch both followed Jim Schwartz from Tennessee to Detroit. Perhaps Cortland Finnegan will be the next player to make the journey.