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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/8/12


Elvis Back in the Building
On Monday, defensive end Elvis Dumervil joined his teammates in Denver to take part in the club's offseason conditioning program.

Former Broncos DT Ryan McBean settles suit, signs with Ravens - The Denver Post
Before signing a one-year contract Monday with the Baltimore Ravens, former Broncos defensive tackle Ryan McBean settled his lawsuit complaint against the NFL.

MaxDenver " The End of the ‘Three-Legged Stool’
If it wasn’t clear in the 16 months since Elway answered the Broncos’ S.O.S. to become executive vice president and reverse a five-year descent to the foot of the AFC table, it’s perfectly obvious now that general manager Brian Xanders and the Broncos are no longer joined together.

Denver Broncos Videos

Broncos, GM Zanders To Part Ways - ESPN Video - ESPN
Broncos GM Brian Xanders and team mutually agree to part ways.

Claiborne's Rookie Camp Review - ESPN Video - ESPN
Cowboys defensive back Morris Claiborne calls in to "NFL32" to discuss his rookie camp experience.

Players Appeal Bounty Suspensions - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita appeal suspensions for roles in bounty program.

Rookies Making Big Impressions - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter gives his impressions of Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill's rookie minicamps

Denver Broncos Blogs

Brandon Stokley Ready to Play and Teach For Broncos - Predominantly Orange
If any Denver Broncos players threw a party on March 19, the day Peyton Manning announced he would be a Bronco, it was the wide receivers.

Broncos, GM Brian Xanders agree to part ways after four years in Denver - The Denver Post
After spending his first year learning how to run an NFL organization while observing the staff he led, John Elway is taking charge.

What Brian Xanders accomplished with the Denver Broncos | First-and-Orange
Brian Xanders’ tenure in Denver lasted only four years, but in that time, he worked with three head coaches, and never had final say over personnel matters. He and the Broncos parted ways on Monday.

Broncos, GM Xanders 'mutually decide to part ways' -
John Elway isn't done making surprising moves this offseason.

Peyton Manning's year off from the NFL: Another viewpoint | First-and-Orange
While gathering the opinions of various Broncos followers

Division News

Ranking the running backs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In March, we ranked the AFC West quarterbacks after the arrival of Peyton Manning in the division. We are continuing our post-draft tradition of ranking the positions every Monday. Today, we’re look at the tailbacks.

Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch signs franchise tag -
Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch will sign his franchise tender Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Raiders, Branch working toward extension | National Football Post
Safety was given $6.2 million franchise tag, which he has signed.

LaBoy was odd man out in San Diego - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It’s no surprise the San Diego Chargers released linebacker Travis LaBoy.

Will Ingram short-arm the skeptics? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
One of the reasons why pass-rusher Melvin Ingram fell to the San Diego Chargers at the No. 18 pick in the recent NFL draft was his relatively short arms.

Texans add kicker Shayne Graham | ProFootballTalk
The Texans initially responded to the departure of kicker Neil Rackers by drafting Randy Bullock in round five.

Houston Texans' Wade Phillips expects improved pass rush -
No Mario Williams? No problem.

Bengals’ Carlos Dunlap aiming for double-digit sacks | ProFootballTalk
Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap has a specific goal in mind for the 2012 season: Double-digit sacks.

Report: Bengals interested in Braylon Edwards | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday’s edition of NFL Live that the Bengals have expressed interest in free agent receiver Braylon Edwards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers agree to terms with Tiquan Underwood -
Tiquan Underwood, another former Rutgers University product, has reportedly agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to rejoin former Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Baltimore Ravens lock up CB Cary Williams -
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams, the last of the team's remaining restricted free agents, has signed his second-round franchise tender worth $1.972 million.

Browns look to speedy Travis Benjamin for WR depth -
It's been more than a week since the 2012 NFL Draft and the Cleveland Browns first round picks, running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden, have stolen the headlines, but another offensive rookie could play into the team's success this season, wide receiver Travis Benjamin.

NFL News

Standard player contract opens up another potential avenue for legal challenge | ProFootballTalk
The legal challenge to the suspensions imposed on Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Scott Fujita commenced with a pair of grievances aimed at steering the appeal process away from Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Reebok gives up NFL, keeps the Mannings | ProFootballTalk
Reebok has lost the NFL apparel contract to Nike. And while Nike shoes were still available to be worn by NFL players when Reebok was making the jerseys and pants, Reebok shoes also will be gone, as of 2012.

Outside the Lines airing five-part ‘The Concussion Crisis’ series " ESPN Front Row
s the NFL and numerous teams, leagues and groups continue to address the apparent rise in concussions and the after-effects they can have, ESPN’s Outside the Lines will delve deep into the subject this week. Beginning with yesterday morning’s SportsCenter, the Emmy-winning OTL kicked off a five-part series titled, "The Concussion Crisis."

London Fletcher calls on union, league to help players transition away from the game | ProFootballTalk
Brandon Marshall isn’t the only current NFL player spending time thinking about how to make life after the game a bit easier for players.

Talk of 18-game season should go away, permanently | ProFootballTalk
At one point in the not-too-distant past, the NFL had launched a full-court press aimed at persuading the players, the media, and the fansthat the 20-game football season should be shifted from four preseason games and 16 regular-season games to two and 18, respectively

Lawyer Demands N.F.L. Release Evidence in Bounty Investigation -
The push for the N.F.L. to release the evidence it gathered during its investigation of the New Orleans Saints intensified Monday, when the lawyer for linebacker Jonathan Vilma — who has been suspended for the 2012 season — sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell that contained a sweeping request for 17 types of evidence.

Free Agency

New Orleans Saints sign DT Ayodele, who injured Favre's ankle -
The Saints have signed defensive tackle Remi Ayodele, a member of New Orleans' 2009-10 Super Bowl squad, to a one-year deal.

Baltimore Ravens sign suspended nose tackle Ryan McBean -
The Baltimore Ravens have signed suspended free-agent nose tackle Ryan McBean, the team said Monday.

Jordan Palmer lands in Jacksonville | ProFootballTalk
Jordan Palmer proved to the Jaguars that he can back up a quarterback who doesn’t share his DNA.

The Draft

NFL Draft 2012 - Defending the Anger Pick |
The Jacksonville Jaguars surprised the public when the grabbed punter Bryan Anger in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Fred Jackson should be a role model for rookies | National Football Post
RB gets an extension and proves that hard work sells.

Seattle Seahawks, draft pick Bruce Irvin agree to terms on deal -
The Seattle Seahawks and their top draft pick, pass rusher Bruce Irvin from the University of West Virginia, have agreed to terms on a contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

Seattle signs seven more draft picks | ProFootballTalk
Bruce Irvin was just the tip of the iceberg in Seattle.

Buccaneers sign a pair of draft picks | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers have started signing members of their 2012 draft class.

Go Broncos!