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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/8/12


Boston College LB Luke Kuechly likely gone for Broncos in first-round - The Denver Post
This years draft is light on inside linebackers, which is why Luke Kuechly might receive the only first-round grade at the position.

Great Falls crowd loves Tebow time | Great Falls Tribune |
More than 1,400 people packed into Great Falls' Heritage Inn on Tuesday night to celebrate another successful year at Foothills Community Christian School

Two Former Broncos Go Hollywood "
Twenty current and former NFL players are set to take part in the first-ever NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp at Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif. Two of the players are former Broncos — safety Nick Ferguson and wide receiver Ashley Lelie.

Baylor's Blake Blazes Unusual Trail
Former Baylor center Philip Blake has gone from a hockey goalie in Canada to preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos Videos

Dre Kirkpatrick pro day interview - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick talks to TideNation after working out at the Crimson Tide's pro day on Wednesday.

Dont'a Hightower pro day interview - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Former Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower talks to the media after working out at the Crimson Tide's pro day on Wednesday.

Alabama pro day breakdown - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN TideNation writers Alex Scarborough and Greg Ostendorf break down the University of Alabama's pro day on Wednesday.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Peyton Manning’s camp has already heard from 12 teams | ProFootballTalk
Of the NFL’s 32 teams, 12 of them contacted Manning’s representatives in the hours after the Colts made his release official, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Why Denver is interested in Manning - AFC West Blog - ESPN
believes Denver, along with Arizona, makes the most sense for Manning.

Broncos would have to pay too much to be in position to draft Baylor QB Robert Griffin III - The Denver Post
The Rams are asking a lot for the No. 2 pick in the April 26-28 draft. They dont need a quarterback, because they have Sam Bradford. So theyre willing to trade the pick.

Division News news: Chargers reportedly interested in signing LB Williams
Following back-to-back disappointing seasons that saw a supremely talented San Diego team miss the playoffs, the Chargers could be on the verge of making a big free-agent splash this offseason.

Poll results: Raiders best fit for Bush - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Oakland and Denver appear to be the best AFC West fits for Raiders free-agent running back Michael Bush, according to our poll this week.

Vincent Jackson free-agent primer - AFC West Blog - ESPN
San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson will be one of the most sought after free agents. Here is what to expect from the process:

Chargers trying to take care of offensive line before free agency | ProFootballTalk
The team is also talking to center Nick Hardwick about re-signing with the team before he hits the open market.

NFL News

Teams still don’t know the 2012 cap number | ProFootballTalk
The new league year begins on March 13 at 4:00 p.m. ET. At that moment, every team must be in compliance with the salary cap. And yet no team knows specifically what it will be. - NFLPA to review Saints' bounty program
In a statement released Thursday, the NFLPA announced a "comprehensive review" of the Saints' violations of the league's "bounty" rule.

Are signs pointing to a soft free agent market? | National Football Post
With no mandatory spending requirements this year, teams may wait longer to sign "value free agents".

Free Agency and the Draft

2012 NFL draft -- DaJohn Harris says doctors found hole in heart at combine - ESPN Los Angeles
Former USC defensive tackle DaJohn Harris was not allowed to work out at the NFL combine last month because doctors found a small hole in his heart during a physical examination in Indianapolis, Blogs " Blog Archive Kalil pleased after USC pro day "
USC’s Matt Kalil told NFL Network on Wednesday he was pleased following a short pro day workout, but he won’t be the one to decide what kind of suit he wears when he attends the 2012 NFL Draft. Blogs " Blog Archive Gray impresses at Texas A&M’s pro day; Tannehill sits "
Texas A&M held its pro day Wednesday, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill will not work out until March 28. Blogs " Blog Archive Childs impresses at Arkansas pro day "
Wide receiver Gregory Childs was easily the star of the Arkansas’ pro day on Tuesday. Blogs " Blog Archive Auburn pro day devoid of usual early-round talent "
Auburn’s pro day on Tuesday had a drastically different feel from a year ago, when eventual top overall draft pick Cam Newton drew multiple representatives from all 32 teams.

Breaking down Kiper, McShay mocks - AFC West Blog - ESPN
25. Denver Kiper: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St. McShay: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State - Report: Bucs place first-round tender on Bennett
The Buccaneers have placed a first-round tender on DE Michael Bennett, - Free-agent scouting report: Colts WR Pierre Garcon
Drafted by the Colts in the sixth round in 2008, Garcon, a Mount Union product, is coming off a career year despite playing without QB Peyton Manning.

NFLPA Says It Will Do Own Bounty Investigation -
The NFL Players Association will do its own investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty system and asked the league to help set up interviews with the team's coaches and front-office staff.

Stars sit at Alabama pro day - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Somehow, there wasn't much of a buzz Wednesday at Alabama's Pro Day.

2012 free agents by team - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The following list was provided by the NFLPA.Stars sit at Alabama pro day - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

Somehow, there wasn't much of a buzz Wednesday at Alabama's Pro Day.Stars sit at Alabama pro day - NFL - Yahoo! Sports - Report: Mathis, Jaguars agree to terms
The Jaguars came to terms with veteran CB Rashean Mathis on a one-year contract Wednesday, The Florida Times-Union reported. The deal is worth $5 million with incentives. news: Seattle releases former Pro Bowl CB Trufant in salary cap move
The Seattle Seahawks have released veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant, who missed most of last season with a back injury. news: Report: Bears won't bring back backup QB Hanie
For all those teams that end up bridesmaids in the chase for Peyton Manning, there is a silver lining. Caleb Hanie can still be yours.

Report: Redskins will make "aggressive effort" to sign Manning | ProFootballTalk
Mike Shanahan’s team will make an aggressive bid to sign quarterback Peyton Manning after he’s released by the Colts. news: Report: Seahawks plan heavy push for Manning
With Peyton Manning's expected release from the Colts on tap, make no mistake: Teams will come calling.

Seahawks moving quickly to reach out to Peyton Manning | ProFootballTalk
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Seahawks want to be major players in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.

Cutting Peyton triggers $16 million acceleration | ProFootballTalk
By releasing quarterback Peyton Manning, the Colts avoided paying Peyton Manning $28 million in cash, as well as carrying a $17 million cap charge in 2012.

CAA factor looms over Peyton’s next destination | ProFootballTalk
When picking the next place where Peyton Manning will play, a potentially significant factor arises not from Peyton’s preferences or priorities but from the stable of clients represented by CAA, the agency that represents Manning.