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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/19/12


Several quarterbacks in flux await Peyton Manning decision
Peyton Manning's impending decision will have a ripple effect across the league, and has already complicated the travel plans of his fellow free-agent quarterbacks.

NFL trade market would be strong for Tim Tebow | First-and-Orange
I disagree with the notion the Broncos would have trouble trading Tim Tebow if they land free-agent Peyton Manning.

Broncos re-sign linebacker Joe Mays to three-year contract - The Denver Post
Most of the time, folks sprint down the Jetway to make the plane. But Sunday, a rather fit-looking, 240-pound man sprinted back up a Jetway, toward the terminal

The "Basic Biology" of NFL contract negotiations - 101 |
"After further review" I’m back to dissect the particulars of an NFL contract and the corresponding negotiations that go with it. More like "haggling" really.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Courtship of Peyton Manning by NFL teams has other quarterbacks scrambling -
While the free agent decides whether to sign with San Francisco, Denver or Tennessee, Alex Smith is looking for security elsewhere after a stellar season with the 49ers and Matt Hasselbeck might be doing the same after a solid year with the Titans.

Peyton Manning's Decision, and the Trickle-Down Effect -
We expected the most decorated free agent in N.F.L. history to have selected a new team by now. We’re still waiting, and the fate of three franchises – the Titans, the Broncos and the 49ers – hangs in the air. Blogs " Blog Archive Peyton Manning takes hands-on approach to free agency "
Peyton Manning is driving his free-agency process himself, directly dealing with team officials, and hasn’t given a firm timetable on a decision, according to sources with knowledge of the process.

Harbaugh, Peyton may not be an ideal fit | ProFootballTalk
The Peyton chase stands at three teams. Assuming that the Broncos, Titans, and 49ers each have put equivalent offers on the table, the question becomes identifying the best overall fit for the future Hall of Famer.

Matt Hasselbeck A Bronco? - Predominantly Orange
If the Denver Broncos do not end up with Peyton Manning, does that mean that Tim Tebow will be starting for the Broncos come September? That’s certainly not guaranteed even if he is named the starter going into training camp.

Broncos TE Daniel Fells to visit New England Patriots | First-and-Orange
Daniel Fells, who started and played nearly every down at tight end for the Broncos in 2011, will visit the New England Patriots on Monday.

Woody Paige: Denver Broncos had better win horse race for Peyton Manning - The Denver Post
Just as in the 1997 Preakness, the 2012 Peyton Manning Stakes is coming down the stretch. In that historic Triple Crown race, Silver Charm overtook Free House at the wire and barely held off the hard-charging Captain Bodgit.

Elway’s quest to move on from Tebow may not end with Manning | ProFootballTalk
John Elway has already demonstrated, through his pursuit of Peyton Manning, that he wasn’t being completely candid when he declared that Tim Tebow had earned the right to enter training camp as the Broncos’ starter

Division News

Mike Tolbert is visiting Carolina - AFC West Blog - ESPN
San Diego running back Mike Tolbert is in Carolina visiting with the Panthers, according to a league source.

Who's the backup QB in Denver, Oakland? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Every team in the AFC West will likely have a new backup quarterback in 2012.

AFC West shuffling continues - AFC West Blog - ESPN
When quarterback Brady Quinn signed with Kansas City Chiefs, he continued a trend this offseason of free agency jumps within the AFC West. Let’s review the moves:

What Brady Quinn signing means in K.C. - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Random thoughts on Brady Quinn signing with Kansas City: This seals it. Matt Cassel is the Chiefs quarterback for 2012. The team said he will

Raiders bringing in free agent corner Tracy Porter for a visit | ProFootballTalk
Free agent cornerback Tracy Porter is scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders’ facilities "in the next couple of days.

Matt Leinart could back up Carson Palmer in Oakland | ProFootballTalk
The Oakland Raiders may be in the market for a Heisman Trophy-winning USC quarterback to back up their starter, another Heisman Trophy-winning USC quarterback.

NFL News news: McMahon believes league hid information on concussions
Two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon is among 300 retired players or spouses suing the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain disease symptoms they claim were suffered on the job.

Jim McMahon says NFL lied to players about brain injuries | ProFootballTalk
Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon is one of the most famous among the hundreds of former players suing the NFL over brain injuries they say the suffered on the football field. And he says his anger over the issue comes from what he sees as the NFL concealing information about concussions.

Free Agency - Seahawks make big splash with Flynn signing
After focusing in the early stages of this year's free-agent period on re-signing free agents considered to be key contributors such as RBs Marshawn Lynch and Michael Robinson and DE Red Bryant, the Seahawks switched gears Sunday with the signing of high-profile free-agent QB Matt Flynn

Seahawks Sign Flynn - Dolphins Interview 49ers’ Smith -
The Seattle Seahawks are hoping another Green Bay Packers backup turns into their franchise quarterback, while the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback carousel keeps spinning.

Mike Wallace still a possibility for the 49ers | ProFootballTalk
With most of the teams that wanted a wide receiver already signing one in free agency, it’s beginning to look more likely that the Steelers will be able to hold onto restricted free agent Mike Wallace. But don’t rule out the 49ers making a run at him.

Ryan Clark says "no one" wants to join the Dolphins | ProFootballTalk
So why are the Dolphins having a hard time luring free agents to South Beach? Steelers safety Ryan Clark has a theory.

Lions will host David Hawthorne on Tuesday | ProFootballTalk
The Lions presumably hope to bring back linebacker Stephen Tulloch. But that won’t stop them from taking a closer look at linebacker David Hawthorne.

After losing out on Nelson, Jets look to Atogwe | ProFootballTalk
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie caused a bit of a Twitter stir Sunday when he tweeted he’s "moving to FS," or free safety. But the Jets’ interest in another free safety suggests Cromartie may not have to change positions.

Interest heats up in free agent pass rusher Mark Anderson | ProFootballTalk
Free agent Mark Anderson can play both defensive end in a 4-3 scheme and outside linebacker in a 3-4. He racked up ten sacks and forced two fumbles during the 2011 regular season, operating primarily as a situational rusher. - Reports: Bengals agree with S Nelson
The Bengals have reached an agreement to re-sign UFA FS Reggie Nelson, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday. - Reports: Bengals agree with CB Allen
The Bengals have agreed to a contract with Texans UFA CB Jason Allen, multiple media outlets have reported.

Low demand for veteran running backs | ProFootballTalk
So why haven’t Michael Bush, Mike Tolbert, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Kevin Smith, Cedric Benson, and Justin Forsett put their John Henry Johnsons on a new contract?

The Draft

NFL Draft: are injuries still a concern for these prospects? | National Football Post
Trent Richardson, Markelle Martin and more

Inside the playbook: Michael Floyd vs. Cover 1 | National Football Post
Using video to talk technique, scheme in the red zone. Blogs " Blog Archive Cal touts stellar defenders at pro day "
Though the school has had mixed results on the field the past few years, Cal has had no trouble churning out top draft picks. In the last two years, the school has produced the likes of RB Jahvid Best, DT Tyson Alualu and DE Cameron Jordan. Cal might not have a player drafted in the first round this year, but there are plenty of defenders who could keep the school’s NFL pipeline going strong. Blogs " Blog Archive Top talent shines at Oklahoma pro day "
NFL scouts came out in full force for Oklahoma’s pro day, with 30 teams taking in the workout on Wednesday. Both CB Jamell Fleming (5-foot-10 7/8, 198 pounds) and T Donald Stephenson (6-5 5/8, 314) stood on their combine marks, but strong position workouts helped each player firm up a second-round grade. Blogs " Blog Archive Offensive firepower on display at Oregon pro day "
Representatives from 25 NFL teams, including coaches from the Bengals and Lions, headed to the Pacific Northwest to take in Oregon’s pro day on Thursday. The Ducks had plenty of prospects looking to stand out after a 2011 campaign that saw them win the Rose Bowl. - Coach's dream Kuechly looks to make mark in NFL
Colleen McGovern could tell how special Boston College MLB Luke Kuechly was just from the way her husband spoke about him. Bill McGovern, the defensive coordinator of the Eagles, always talked about his players when he came home from work, but the words he used to describe Kuechly were different.

Bruce Irvin arrested for destruction of property | ProFootballTalk
Last month, former West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin ran very fast at the Scouting Combine, with a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Over the weekend, he apparently didn't run fast enough. Irvin was arrested late Saturday night in Morgantown for destruction of property, according to WVMetroNews.