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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/11/12


Broncos Add Florence to Secondary
On Thursday, free agent cornerback Drayton Florence signed with the Broncos.

Denver Broncos newcomers ready for three-day minicamp - The Denver Post
The newest Broncos boarded planes at airports across the country Thursday, heading to Denver for the official start of their NFL careers.

Jon Gruden, John Lynch honor student athletes at Mile High - The Denver Post
For once, Jon Gruden left the Broncos' stadium a happy man.

Broncos' Elway, Fox, Manning expected at Seau remembrance -
A contingent of Denver Broncos players and coaches who played with and against Junior Seau during his 20-year NFL career is expected to join retired safety John Lynch at the "Celebration of life" event held in the late linebacker's honor Friday.

Denver Broncos Videos

PFT Live: The circus has left town in Denver | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with Mike Klis of the Denver Post about the "mutual" decision for the Denver Broncos to release general manager Brian Xanders

NFL May Use Fill-In Referees - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton talks about the lack of labor progress made between the NFL and its officials as the May 31 deadline approaches.

Terrelle Pryor Addresses Scandal - ESPN Video - ESPN
Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett talks about why Terrelle Pryor has decided to revisit the Ohio State scandal

PFT Live: Can Pryor be an impact player? | ProFootballTalk
Will Terrelle Pryor be an impact player for the Raiders some day,

Roddy White Sounds Off On Twitter - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards, Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith discuss Roddy White's comments about former players bashing football.

Denver Broncos Blogs

MaxDenver " Drayton Florence: A Product of Raised Expectations
Perhaps no single signing since Peyton Manning better illustrates the Broncos’ raised expectations than their pickup of cornerback Drayton Florence. Denver’s signing — and that he was on the market in the first place — is evidence of two franchises in diametrically different places on the NFL spectrum.

Broncos add former Buffalo Bills cornerback Drayton Florence - The Denver Post
The team on Thursday agreed to signed Drayton Florence, a 10th-year player who spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

Florence reunites with Del Rio in Denver - AFC West Blog - ESPN
New Denver cornerback Drayton Florence said reuniting with former Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio was one of the reasons why he signed with the Broncos on Thursday.

Denver adds Florence to strong CB group - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Denver Broncos have won their first AFC West battle of 2012. - No surprise Xanders, Broncos parted ways
Teams rarely get rid of their general managers just days after the NFL draft, but that is exactly what the Broncos did on May 7 when the team announced it was parting ways with Brian Xanders.

Division News

Dennis Allen: Raiders will cut down on penalties | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders were flagged for 163 penalties and penalized a total of 1,358 yards last season, far and away the most of any team in the league. New head coach Dennis Allen says that has to change.

Plaxico Burress likes Raiders, among others - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It's clear Plaxico Burress wants to play in the NFL in 2012.

Raiders make official 13 undrafted rookie signings | ProFootballTalk
The Oakland Raiders were one of the last teams to announce their 2012 undrafted rookie class. They did so on Thursday evening, confirming the addition of 13 UDFAs.

Raiders' Pryor pondered leaving football in 2011 -
Terrelle Pryor vanished last season after the Oakland Raiders snatched him up in the third round of the NFL supplemental draft.

What's the holdup for the Houstons? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It’s May, and in the world of NFL coverage, that means it’s time to look at interesting factoids drowned out the roar of the league's busy season (which is a long, long period).

Da'Quan Bowers tears Achilles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers say -
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday that defensive end Da'Quan Bowers tore his Achilles' tendon and is planning to undergo surgery Friday.

Marvin Lewis says Vontaze Burfict wants to change his image | ProFootballTalk
Few players in this year’s NFL draft class were as closely scrutinized as Arizona State’s Vontaze Burfict,

Bengals do deal with rookie fifth-rounder Prater | ProFootballTalk
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Thursday that they have signed fifth-round pick Shaun Prater to a four-year contract.

Browns DT Taylor to undergo MRI -
It's only May, but the injury bug has already bit Cleveland, where Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor is scheduled to undergo an MRI for a possible torn pectoral muscle.

Bernard Pierce signs contract with Ravens | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens have agreed to a four-year contract with running back Bernard Pierce, their third-round pick in last month’s draft.

No progress between Ravens, Flacco | ProFootballTalk
It looked promising in February, when contract talks between the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco finally launched

Jacoby Jones excited for fresh start with Baltimore Ravens -
For one day in January, M&T Stadium was Jacoby Jones' personal hell.

Roethlisberger: New offense is '90 percent' different -
Earning a college degree for Ben Roethlisberger was relatively easy. Learning Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley's new playbook is a lot tougher.

NFL News

NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora to join CBS Sports -
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora will join CBS Sports as its new "NFL insider" for the television network's NFL pre-game show, The NFL Today, according to a CBS release

NFL Looking at Possible Replacement Refs -
The NFL is looking for potential replacement officials while it negotiates with the officials' association on a new contract. - NFL identifying potential replacement officials
The NFL has asked its officiating-scouting department to begin identifying potential replacement officials for the 2012 season, according to a letter obtained by

Fred Biletnikoff joins new USFL, won't compete with NFL -
The USFL is back in business. Well, almost.

Art Monk, more than 60 ex-players sue league in Los Angeles -
More than 60 former NFL players have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, joining hundreds of others who claim pro football didn't properly protect its players from concussions.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: Concussions
I get asked about concussions and CTEs a lot, both by friends and by people seeking my on-record, expert opinion

Former Players Sue NFL Over Concussions in LA -
More than 60 former NFL players have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, joining hundreds of others who claim pro football didn't properly protect its players from concussions.

Bell Chooses Health Over More Football -
A month ago, free agent offensive lineman Jacob Bell signed a one-year deal to continue his eight-year N.F.L. career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Draft

Players can’t skip Rookie Premiere to work out at team facilities | ProFootballTalk
After we passed along a report this morning that Bears rookie Alshon Jeffery had chosen to prioritize working out over attending the Rookie Premiere, we heard from a few folks inside the league who said the Rookie Premiere is a mandatory event for the players who are invited to attend.

Packers sign second-round pick Jerel Worthy | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Green Bay Packers have signed second-round pick Jerel Worthy, a defensive tackle out of Michigan State, to a four-year contract.

Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers' top pick, agrees to contract -
Linebacker Luke Kuechly, the No. 9 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, agreed to a four-year, $12.58 million contract with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network's Michael Lombardi.

Ravens first team to sign entire draft class | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens will start rookie minicamp with all of their draft picks under contract.

Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore Ravens agree to contract -
Linebacker Courtney Upshaw agreed to a four-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Go Broncos!