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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/6/12


John Fox says Broncos never had NFL bounty program - The Denver Post
In light of the New Orleans Saints and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' "bounty" violations, the NFL has encouraged every team to review the severity of the issue with its coaches

Broncos Franchise Prater
The Denver Broncos have applied their franchise tag to kicker Matt Prater.

Tag … Matt Prater’s It
– Three things to know about the Broncos’ decision to place the franchise tag on kicker Matt Prater: 1. If it seems unfamiliar, there’s a reason …

2012 NFL Draft Preview: Offensive Line
Take a closer look at some of the top prospects on the offensive line as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

2012 NFL Free Agency - World's Largest "Used Car" Expo? |
NFL Free Agency kicks off in about a week to what could best be described as pro football’s version of the world’s largest "Used Car" Expo

Denver Broncos Videos

Spygate Or Bountygate? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Darren Woodson, Rob Parker and Skip Bayless debate which is worse - Spygate or Bountygate?

Experience With Bounties - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former NFL players Mike Golic and Darren Woodson talk about their experience with getting paid for hard hits.

NFL Seeking Answers - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter with the latest on the NFL's investigation into the Saints bounty program.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Ayers Shows His Support
On Friday, Robert Ayers went to Cherry Creek High School's pep assembly to help cap off the school's Wish Week.

Happy Belated Birthday Randy Gradishar - Predominantly Orange
While most of us were enjoying our weekend, ex-Bronco linebacker Randy Gradishar was hopefully celebrating his 60th birthday

Would you watch Tebow on The Bachelor? | First-and-Orange
Another week, another Hollywood Tim Tebow making the tabloid rounds.

Free agent QBs for Broncos, Chiefs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Both teams are expected to add a quarterback during the offseason. Let’s take a look at the current unrestricted free agents, who could intrigue either team.

Three-and-out: Broncos' free agency outlook
A brief snapshot of Denver's roster and considerations heading into free agency

Division News news: Chiefs beat deadline to apply franchise tag to WR Bowe
The Chiefs have made Dwayne Bowe their franchise player, keeping the impact wide receiver off the free-agent market this offseason.

Chargers pull plug on franchise tag | ProFootballTalk
After weeks of speculation as to whether the Chargers will use the franchise tag for a second straight year on receiver Vincent Jackson, the Chargers have opted not to tag Jackson.

Chargers start to release players - AFC West Blog - ESPN
On the day the San Diego Chargers did not franchise receiver Vincent Jackson, they made another move by releasing defensive lineman Luis Castillo.

Chargers release injury-plagued defensive end Luis Castillo | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers announced Monday that they have released longtime defensive end Luis Castillo.

Chargers gambling Jackson will re-sign - AFC West Blog - ESPN
There is no doubt Vincent Jackson took a major step toward leaving the San Diego Chargers on Monday. But rest easy Chargers’ fans. It is still the team’s plan to re-sign him. Now, we have to see if they can get it done. Blogs " Blog Archive Raiders to cut LB Wimbley unless he restructures deal "
The Oakland Raiders have begun contract talks with linebacker Kamerion Wimbley hoping to restructure his deal, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Chargers, Jared Gaither talking about new deal | ProFootballTalk
Jared Gaither was a pleasant surprise for the Chargers after they claimed him off waivers from the Chiefs last season and San Diego seems interested in keeping him around.

Three-and-out: Chargers' free agency outlook
A brief snapshot of San Diego's roster and considerations heading into free agency, which officially begins March 13 at 4 p.m. ET:

NFL News

The full statement from the league on the Saints’ bounty program | ProFootballTalk
A lengthy investigation by the NFL’s security department has disclosed that between 22 and 27 defensive players on the New Orleans Saints,

2012 cap number still isn’t known | ProFootballTalk
The time for using the franchise tags has come and gone. And most of the teams that used the tags still don’t know exactly how much it will cost.

A Union Stands Up for Players -
"I hate bullies," said DeMaurice Smith

Ranking the draft’s top 3-4 pass rushers | National Football Post
Who possesses the skill set needed to reach the quarterback?

The complete list of 2012 franchise tags | National Football Post
21 teams opt to apply the tag before 4:00pm ET deadline

Free Agency and the Draft news: Foster, Texans agree to terms on five-year, $43.5M extension
Foster's deal is worth a maximum of $43.5 million with $20.75 guaranteed, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported

Robert Mathis gets reported $36 million over four years | ProFootballTalk
Defensive end Robert Mathis turned 31 last month, but the Colts believe he’s got several good years left.

Bills rumored to have interest in Vincent Jackson | ProFootballTalk
Free agent receiver Vincent Jackson will generate heavy interest if he makes it to the March 13 market news: A deal's a deal: Johnson signs, so Fitzpatrick shaves
Saved in the list of contacts on Stevie Johnson's iPhone is the phone number of Bills teammate Ryan Fitzpatrick, or "OG Fitz" as Johnson identifies him. This is the first recorded instance of a Harvard graduate being known as an original gangster.

Cortland Finnegan: Titans don’t want me, I don’t know why | ProFootballTalk
Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan will test free agency after the team declined to use the franchise tag on him today

No serious discussions between Texans, Mario Williams | ProFootballTalk
With Texans running back Arian Foster now signed to a new five-year deal, the question becomes whether the team will use the franchise tag on linebacker Mario Williams.

Cardinals not interested in free agent Hines Ward | ProFootballTalk
Arizona could be viewed as a logical landing spot for free agent receiver Hines Ward - Free-agent scouting report: Falcons MLB Curtis Lofton
The linchpin of a run defense that was one of the league's best for much of last season, Lofton is a homegrown talent the Falcons would like to re-sign - Tolbert among UFAs who could prove solid values
For the record, Packers TE Jermichael Finley would have been No. 10 on PFW's list of the top 100 prospective free agents of 2012. That was the plan, but the Packers and Finley agreed on a contract in late February, - Texans re-sign LS Weeks
According to PFW correspondent and Houston Chronicle writer John McClain, it is a four-year deal worth $2.9 million

Bears expected to make run at free agent Vincent Jackson | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers haven’t given up hope of re-signing free agent Vincent Jackson, but refusing to franchise tag their No. 1 receiver suggests they’ve at least prepared for the possibility of losing him.

Rams "90 percent" certain to trade No. 2 pick | ProFootballTalk
Many think it’s a given that the Rams will trade the second overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Mike Shanahan: "I think we were a playoff-caliber offense this year" | ProFootballTalk
The Washington Redskins were not a playoff team last season, and not even close to a playoff team. But head coach Mike Shanahan has defended his team’s offense as "playoff-caliber."

Assessing the best free agents left, after the franchise deadline | ProFootballTalk
Here’s look at what’s left:

At least 21 teams use franchise tags | ProFootballTalk
It’s been more than an hour since the window closed for using the 2012 franchise tags.