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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 2/23/12


Elway, Fox, Xanders Proud of First Draft Class
Eight of nine drafted players from 2011 saw playing time in Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, General Manager Brian Xanders and Head Coach John Fox's first draft class together.

Nike plans to "have some fun" but "respect traditions" with NFL gear | ProFootballTalk
In 2010, a Nike executive created a stir by suggesting that, once the company inherits the NFL apparel deal from Reebok, dramatic changes will be made to team uniforms. - Running backs losing their first-round luster
Last April, Alabama's Mark Ingram was the only running back taken in the first round, at pick No. 28. What's the reason for that, and will it happen again this year? - Trial date set in lawsuit by ex-players vs. NFL Films
A Dec. 15 trial date has been set in a lawsuit filed by former players against NFL Films for using their names and images in films and promotions.

Woody's Mailbag: Broncos must be penny wise with NFL cap space - The Denver Post
In this installment, Woody tackles seven questions, including one wondering what the Broncos will do with their salary cap space.


Inside The Brady Quinn Interview - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mike Silver discusses his interview with Brady Quinn and how the public is reacting to his comments.

James Combine Prep - ESPN Video - ESPN
Go behind the scenes as LaMichael James prepares for the NFL combine.

Upshaw Combine Prep - ESPN Video - ESPN
Go behind the scenes as Courtney Upshaw prepares for the NFL combine.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Hold your horses on Broncos bidding for Mario Williams in free agency - The Denver Post
Is there any chance of having Mario Williams join Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller as Denver pass rushers this year?

St. Patrick's Day With The Denver Broncos - Predominantly Orange
The Irish connection is in full force right now.

Quinn’s comments hurt his marketability | ProFootballTalk
It’s now a given that Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn said some unflattering things about Tim Tebow, including most notably a question regarding Tebow’s humility.

Division News

Will Raiders keep Scott and Schilens? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Trevor Scott and Chaz Schilens may not be the Oakland Raiders' highest profile free agents, but they are two players who I’ll be watching in free agency

NFL News news: Fans' billboard calls for Colts QB Manning to play for Dolphins
A group of fans in Florida has put up a billboard in Fort Lauderdale urging the Miami Dolphins and quarterback Peyton Manning to come together, WPLG-TV reported Wednesday news: Shurmur looks forward to RG3 meeting, praises McCoy
Pat Shurmur isn't going to act like it's unreasonable for people to connect the Browns to Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

Competition Committee to consider adjusting 12 men penalty | ProFootballTalk
Following the 12 men on the field penalty called on the Giants late in the Super Bowl, Florio started banging the drum for the league to consider changes to the rule.

Mayock thinks NFL needs to make a decision on the Pro Bowl | ProFootballTalk
"Doug Flutie and I looked at each other after the first snap, like, ‘What are we gonna do with this?’"

Free Agency and the Draft

10 to watch at the scouting combine: The offense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Every year, many who come to cover the scouting combine insist that the drills are relatively meaningless, and that it's the game tape that really matters

10 to watch at the scouting combine: The defense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Every year, there are a handful of guys whose performances -- whether terrific or terrible -- vault them up or down the NFL's draft boards. Here are 10 defensive players to watch during this year's combine drills news: Richardson has knee injury, won't do on-field drills at combine
Trent Richardson will not participate in on-field drills at this week's NFL Scouting Combine because of a minor knee injury, a league source said Wednesday. news: Packers agree on deal to keep TE Finley for two more years
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley agreed to a two-year deal with the team Wednesday, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.

Bobby Wagner to miss Combine with pneumonia | ProFootballTalk
One of the most intriguing linebacker prospects in this year’s NFL draft will miss the Scouting Combine because he has pneumonia.

Scouting 2012 NFL Draft, Georgia's Cordy Glenn -
The featured player of today’s scouting report, Georgia’s Cordy Glenn, will most likely be the No. 2 guard on many boards.

Russell Wilson trades baseball for shot at NFL career - The Denver Post
When his fathers body was ravaged by diabetes, when a tap of a finger and a flicker of a smile were victories, Russell Wilson learned about choices.

Report: Bills won’t play tag with Stevie Johnson | ProFootballTalk
If the team and the player can’t worked out a deal to replace a rookie contract that expires at 12:01 a.m. ET on March 13, Johnson will be permitted to hit the open market. news: Cowboys exec suggests LBs Brooking, James won't be back
The Dallas Cowboys likely are planning to part ways with veteran linebackers Brade James and Keith Brooking, according to comments Tuesday by executive vice president Stephen Jones. - Agent: Abraham likely to test market
Falcons DE John Abraham is likely to hit the free-agent market, according to his agent, Rich Rosa.

Jimmy Clausen is candidate for release | ProFootballTalk
While the team doesn’t have many key players to re-sign, Carolina needs to shed a lot of salary before the start of the new league year. - Free-agent scouting report: Jets NT Sione Pouha
The Jets once again have a long list of free agents this offseason, and even though Pouha is 33 years old, he is likely their top priority to re-sign - Free-agent scouting report: Bears RB Matt Forte
There is little doubt about where Forté will be playing in 2012

Colts permitted to sign Luck as soon as Friday | ProFootballTalk
In past years, some first overall picks were signed to contracts before the draft actually began. Last year, due to the lockout, that was impossible.