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


Prater Wins Top Professional Moment "
Matt Prater’s performance against the Chicago Bears — including a 59-yard field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime, and a 51-yard game-winner in the extra frame — has earned plenty of fanfare.

Decker Encourages Healthy Lifestyle
Wide receiver Eric Decker spent Friday morning with DPS students to talk about the importance of eating breakfast and exercise.

The 2008 NFL Draft teaches some lessons to the 2012 version |
My! My! How time flies! Seems like only yesterday we were going through this period four years ago; College All-Star games, NFL Combine evaluations, Pro Day performances and preparations for Free Agency circa 2008.

Denver Broncos Videos

Report: Redskins Bounty System - ESPN Video - ESPN
Redskins had 'bounty' system under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

Palmer Says Raiders Should Be Thinking About Championship - ESPN Video - ESPN
Tedy Bruschi and Adam Schefter discuss Carson Palmer's comments about the Raiders thinking about a championship.

Accorsi: 'No Price is Too Great' - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi joins The Herd to discuss trading up on draft day to select a potential franchise QB.

Sport Science: Calvin Johnson - ESPN Video - ESPN
Sports Science on what makes Lions WR Calvin Johnson Megatron.

Sports Science: Adrian Peterson - ESPN Video - ESPN
Sport Science analyzes the game of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.

Sport Science: Arian Foster - ESPN Video - ESPN
Sport Science analyzes the game of Texans RB Arian Foster.

Sport Science: DeMarcus Ware - ESPN Video - ESPN
Sport Science analyzes the game of Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware.

Sport Science: Greg Jennings - ESPN Video - ESPN
Sport Science analyzes the soft hands of Packers WR Greg Jennings.

Evaluating combine versus game time | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with Corey Chavous of about how scouts balance combine performances with in-season play

Denver Broncos Blogs

Next up for Perrish Cox: The NFL | First-and-Orange
Perrish Cox, a nine-game starting cornerback as a rookie in 2010, was among the Broncos’ final cuts prior to the 2011 season.

Perrish Cox wants "to put it all behind me," plans return to NFL - The Denver Post
Even if former Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox was never behind bars during the period he was accused, he never felt free.

Division News

Michael Huff talks up new Raiders coach - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Oakland defensive back Michael Huff tweeted that he had a productive talk with new Oakland coach Dennis Allen,

Where's the best spot for Vincent Jackson? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In an Insider piece, Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. looks at the five best destinations for San Diego free agent receiver Vincent Jackson. In the end, th news: Chargers' Smith says tagging Jackson an option, but unlikely
San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith hinted Friday that the team isn't likely to apply the franchise tag to receiver Vincent Jackson, but added that the move is still an option. - Chargers to release DL Castillo
The Chargers have told DT Luis Castillo that he will be released prior to March 13.

NFL News

N.F.L. Says Some Saints Paid Bounties for Injured Opponents -
During the past three seasons, while the National Football League has been changing rules and levying fines in an effort to improve player safety, members of the New Orleans Saints’ defense maintained a lucrative bounty system that paid players for injuring opponents, according to an extensive investigation by the N.F.L.

Gregg Williams Apologizes for Role in Bounties -
Gregg Williams apologized Friday for his role in a bounty program that rewarded players for injuring opponents while he was with the New Orleans Saints.

Report: Vilma offered $10,000 to knock out Favre | ProFootballTalk
A lot of information has already come out regarding BountyGate and the Saints. But we’re only just getting started.

League should consider taking Saints’ franchise tag | ProFootballTalk
Though the release issued by the league office mentions only fines, suspensions, and forfeiture of draft picks as possible discipline for the blatant three-year violation of the league’s bounty rules,

Steelers Cutting LB James Farrior, DE Aaron Smith -
The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their offseason roster purge Friday, announcing veteran linebacker James Farrior and defensive end Aaron Smith will be released before the next league year begins March 13

Free Agency and the Draft

Ranking the top 34 DE prospects | National Football Post
Who has the skill set to play the coveted five-technique?

Lamar Miller ready for next level | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with University of Miami running back Lamar Miller about his performance in the NFL Scouting Combine - Free-agent scouting report: Redskins SS LaRon Landry
LaRon Landry might be the best safety on the free-agent market, but his injury status leaves his future in doubt.

Marshawn Lynch of Seattle Seahawks to get franchise tag if talks fail, source says - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks will place their franchise tag on running back Marshawn Lynch if the two sides cannot agree to a long-term contract by Monday, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. - Free-agent scouting report: Bills WR Stevie Johnson
In the midst of his contract year, Johnson decided to turn his focus to the field, postponing in-season talks regarding a new deal when the two sides did not see eye to eye on is value. "The Bills have options. - Redskins apply franchise tag to TE Davis
As expected, the Redskins have placed the franchise tag on TE Fred Davis. He is the first Redskins player to get the franchise tag since Champ Bailey in 2004.

Bears place franchise tag on Matt Forte | National Football Post
Goal is to sign running back for long term

Bengals franchise kicker Nugent | National Football Post
Kicker to make around $2.7 million for 2012

Browns franchise kicker Dawson | National Football Post
Veteran kicker gets tag for second time.

Cardinals place franchise tag on Calais Campbell | National Football Post
Rod Graves would like to sign DE long-term

Ravens officially tag Ray Rice | National Football Post
Running will make $7.7 million in lieu of long-term deal.

Falcons play tag with Brent Grimes | National Football Post
Veteran cornerback locked up for 2012 - 49ers apply franchise tag to S Goldson
The 49ers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on S Dashon Goldson, the team announced Friday.

Report: Titans likely to franchise Cortland Finnegan | ProFootballTalk
Titans defensive back Cortland Finnegan has often been mentioned as one of the top free agents available this offseason. But he may not be available after all.

Exclusive franchise tag for Brees could cost Saints less than $16 million | ProFootballTalk
If the Saints want to keepDrew Brees from having the ability to sign an offered with a team that would be willing to give the Saints two first-round draft picks as compensation for a "very good" quarterback, it won’t cost them as much in 2012 as previously believed.