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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/9/12


Elway to Scout Oklahoma State’s Pro Day
"March Madness" has a different connotation at Dove Valley.

Broncos' chances of signing Peyton Manning better than most think - The Denver Post
The Broncos, like any team with any hint of sanity in its front office should, are highly interested in Peyton Manning. And they arent making a courtesy, just-in-case pitch. They are trying to snag him.

Helton helping Broncos? If time is right - The Denver Post
Todd Helton became the answer to a trivia question last fall when Peyton Manning's surgically repaired neck prevented him from starting for the Indianapolis Colts.

Broncos want to sign Prater long-term - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
It had been 10 years since the Broncos used the franchise tag. When they did, they repeated their move from a decade ago, keeping their kicker in place.

Rice Takes: Bring on the Offseason "
The glow of the playoff win over the Steelers has now faded. While the impact of that win has not decreased, it is time for the Broncos to turn the page to the 2012 season.

Denver Broncos Videos

2012 Draft Preview: Guards / Centers
Some of this year's top interior offensive line prospects talk about why they're NFL ready and how they're preparing for the draft.

Rumor Central: RG3 To The Browns? - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Insider Chris Sprow talks about the Browns being the front-runner to land Robert Griffin III.

Matt Kalil Pro Day Interview - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former USC tackle Matt Kalil stops by to chat with WeAreSC after his pro day.

How Many Wins Will Colts Have With Luck? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Marcellus Wiley, Jemele Hill and Skip Bayless discuss how many wins an Andrew Luck lead Colts team will have.

Rams Options With 2nd Pick - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. discusses who the Rams should target with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. Blogs " Blog Archive Mayock: Clemson trio didn’t disappoint at pro day "
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock reported from Clemson’s pro day on Thursday, where TE Dwayne Allen, DE Andre Branch and DT Brandon Thompson did not disappoint in their workouts.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos have cap space, but won't spend wildly - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
With the free-agent period beginning Tuesday, the salary cap had yet to be finalized by the league. But whatever the cap turns out to be, the Broncos will have more room than almost anyone else -- as much as $40-$50 million, depending on which cap estimate you use.

What The Denver Broncos Can Learn From The Indianapolis Colts - Predominantly Orange
There’s obviously ample player-oriented news (read: speculation) surrounding Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos as this talk has appeared to be more than just an apparition.

Woody Paige: Broncos won't make Peyton Manning's final list - The Denver Post
Despite all the shrieking and screeching, Peyton Manning is not coming to Denver to play — unless hes on the visiting team. - Free-agent scouting report: Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard
Set to enter his fifth season in the NFL, Woodyard is coming off a career year after finally cracking the Broncos' starting lineup for a portion of 2011. - Marino: Manning 'fits with anybody' in NFL
If Peyton Manning wants to talk about playing quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, Dan Marino would be thrilled to take his call.

If Fusion Solid, Doctors Say Manning Safe to Play -
Fans hear the words "neck fusion" and wonder why Peyton Manning is even considering playing again, fearful he'll risk a career-ending injury — or worse — the next time he takes a hit.

Division News news: Raiders reportedly clear nearly $12 million in salary cap space
The Oakland Raiders made three more moves in order to get one step closer to salary-cap compliance, restructuring the contracts of defensive standouts Richard Seymour and Michael Huff and quarterback Carson Palmer. - Report: Seymour, Huff restructure deals
Seymour lowered his $7.5 million fully guaranteed base salary to the league minimum, which is $925,000. The remaining $6.575 million was converted into a guaranteed roster bonus that will be treated as a signing bonus.

Carson Palmer restructures contract | ProFootballTalk
As the Raiders continue to chop away at a cap surplus as high as $25 million, they’ve taken another chunk out of their excess. - Free-agent scouting report: Raiders RB Michael Bush
The Raiders face a major dilemma when it comes to Bush. The running back has shown he can be a workhouse when given the opportunity, though he has averaged just 158 carries and 23 receptions in each of his four NFL seasons.

Raiders expected to cut Wimbley barring "major change" | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders have not spoken to the agent for linebacker Kamerion Wimbley "in several days," and are expected to release their top edge rusher

With cap number unknown, DeSean can’t sign franchise tender | ProFootballTalk
Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson sees the franchise tag as something other than a pair of golden handcuffs. - Report: Chargers agree to terms with LB Williams
The Chargers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with LB Demorrio Williams,

NFL News Blogs " Blog Archive Official 2012 salary cap numbers to be released Friday "
The official salary cap numbers for the 2012 season will be released by Friday, league sources said on Thursday.

Cleveland Browns GM Tom Heckert confirms trade talks with St. Louis Rams - ESPN
Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert acknowledged Thursday that he has had talks with the St. Louis Rams about the No. 2 overall pick, but he wouldn't classify them as "serious." news: Report: Forget Flynn, 'Fins all in on Peyton Manning
Perhaps Matt Flynn shouldn't rush to lay out that down payment on a South Beach condominium just yet.

John Madden says more protection of quarterbacks is needed | ProFootballTalk
Some people think the NFL excessively protects quarterbacks, taking too much of the contact out of football and making it a league full of glory-boy passers who whine to the referees every time they get touched.

Free Agency and the Draft

Ranking the draft’s top 3-4 nose tackles | National Football Post
A lack of talent at the spot means the top prospects will go quickly Blogs " Blog Archive Fletcher cements status at Mississippi State pro day "
A total of 18 teams were on hand Thursday to watch Mississippi State’s pro day, where the performance of DT Fletcher Cox likely cemented his status as a late first-round pick. Blogs " Blog Archive Hill works out in front of three NFL coaches at Ga. Tech pro day "
Stephen Hill continued his meteoric rise up the draft boards with a fantastic workout at Georgia Tech’s pro day Thursday Blogs " Blog Archive Coleman gains attention at UCLA pro day "
All 32 teams were in attendance as 13 players worked out outdoors on field turf during UCLA’s pro day Tuesday. Blogs " Blog Archive Kalil shows of length at USC pro day "
Kalil’s arms measured at 34 5/8 inches, good for a 80 1/8-inch wingspan. Blogs " Blog Archive Wilson dazzles, Konz sits at Wisconsin pro day "
Quarterback Russell Wilson (5-foot-11 3/8, 206 pounds) put on a show Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin’s pro day. Working out in front of all 32 teams

Trent Richardson a Top 10 talent, maybe not a Top 10 pick | ProFootballTalk
Alabama running back Trent Richardson sat out pro day after knee surgery, but he’s expected to be at full speed in time to work out for NFL teams before next month’s draft. - Clemson's Allen, Branch work out for NFL personnel
Clemson TE Dwayne Allen and DE-OLB Andre Branch worked out for nearly four dozen pro personnel on Thursday, including Jets coach Rex Ryan. - Sterling Combine lifts Kendricks' draft stock
California ILB Mychal Kendricks still can remember the first game of his college career as if it were yesterday.

Report: Finnegan "recruiting" Vincent Jackson for possible package deal | ProFootballTalk
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan is actively "recruiting" free agent wideout Vincent Jackson to join Finnegan on his next NFL team.

Browns won’t be in on Mario Williams sweepstakes | ProFootballTalk
G.M. Tom Heckert strongly indicated Thursday that the Browns won’t be going after Williams

Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant restructure their contracts | ProFootballTalk
Thursday in Texas was a big day for wide receivers restructuring their contracts.