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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/20/12

Today through March 5th, all NFL Teams can begin applying Franchise and Transition tags to players. See the new rules and numbers below in NFL News.

Look for Broncos to spend wisely in free agency this year - The Denver Post
Todays questions come from Andrew Patterson: Can you explain the 2012 salary cap as far as the Broncos are concerned? And what does it mean to their offseason moves?

NFL scouting combine starts this week - The Denver Post
The NFL scouting combine opens Wednesday in Indianapolis, and the Broncos will be avid followers of the event.

Broncos' o-line proves plenty durable | National Football Post
All five starters played at least 93 percent of offensive snaps.

Von Miller’s ceiling | ProFootballTalk
We noted early in the 2011 season when the Broncos benched their star rookie Von Miller during the second half of a loss to the Chargers.


Tim Tebow On Jeremy Lin - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tim Tebow on Jeremy Lin's popularity

Parting Shot - Just Say Goodbye - ESPN Video - ESPN
Bryan Burwell feels Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning should just end the relationship and we need to accept Manning's career will end in a different uniform.

RG3 Draft Prep - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN goes behind the scenes as Robert Griffin III prepares for the NFL draft.

Division News

More than half of Wimbley’s 2012 salary is guaranteed | ProFootballTalk
We wrote Friday about the future of Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, noting that Oakland will have a difficult time deciding whether to pay Wimbley $11 million in 2012.

NFL News

Franchise tenders shrink under new CBA | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, the window for applying the franchise tag opens.

NFL franchise tag period begins Monday under new rules
This is an important week for stars such as Arian Foster and Ray Rice and teams looking to re-stock the cupboards for next season.

League remains intent on exploring full-time officials | ProFootballTalk
Last month, before a playoff game between the Texans and Ravens, Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league will consider making some of the league’s game officials full-time employees.

Kickoffs and Concussions, Reviewing 2011 Numbers -
The N.F.L. talks about making the game safer, sometimes drawing skepticism. news: NFL Commissioner Goodell still has 18-game schedule in sights
One of items brought to the negotiating table by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the lockout negotiations last offseason was the implementation of a new 18-game, regular-season schedule. - Making football a full-time job
Millions of Americans find themselves making the transition from the collegiate world to the professional one every single year.

Whisenhunt says his quarterbacks are "knuckleheads" at times | ProFootballTalk
It’s important for a coach and G.M. to be on the same page. When it comes to the quarterback position for the Cardinals, they apparently are. news: Panthers' Davis, Beason optimistic after season-ending injuries
Every time Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis steps inside the training facility at Bank of America Stadium, there's one thing on his mind: Making history.

Free Agency and the Draft news: Source says WR Johnson doesn't expect Bills to use tag
A person familiar with the contract talks between the Buffalo Bills and Stevie Johnson said the two sides remain "far apart," and added that the receiver doesn't expect the team to use its franchise tag to retain him

The future of the franchise tag could be bleak, for players | ProFootballTalk
The difference comes from a new formula for calculating the franchise tenders.

Browns focusing on five in the first round | ProFootballTalk
The Cleveland Browns hold the fourth overall pick in the draft. Blogs " Blog Archive Measuring the first line of defense "
Teams looking to duplicate the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants’ depth and talent along the defensive line in 2012 will have some enticing options in April’s draft.

NFL will allow fans in to watch Scouting Combine this year | National Football Post
250 fans will see QB's, WR's work out Feb. 26

NFL Combine: All eyes on Justin Blackmon | National Football Post
WR has legit talent, but the stopwatch will be a factor.

Justin Blackmon plans to "do it all" at the Combine, too | ProFootballTalk
With the annual underwear Olympics known as the Scouting Combine only a few days away, we’re trying to shame the top prospects into working out in Indy

Mercilus plans to do it all at the Scouting Combine | ProFootballTalk
Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus has become one of the top pass-rushing prospects in 2012.