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Osweiler Still on Target
The Broncos still consider Brock Osweiler their quarterback of the future after his rookie season.

Grateful for a Year Full of Success "
Hi Broncos Country! On behalf of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, I want to thank you for your unwavering support through thick and thin, and especially throughout the 2012 season.

Super Bowl XLVII: An Event of Epic Proportions -
Super Bowl XLVII will be epic. See the crazy numbers behind the Super Bowl commercials, party food, and halftime performance. Check out cool infograph.

People you will meet at a Super Bowl party -
The Super Bowl party has become one of the biggest social events on the calendar. A party up there in stature and anticipation like parties for New Year's Eve, Halloween and WrestleMania.

Ten Easy Super Bowl Party Tips -
Let’s be honest, if it came down to bare essentials, you could have a successful Super Bowl party with a big screen TV, a bowl of chips, and a room of your pals.

Super Bowl Recipes -
Party food is essential to any successful Super Bowl gathering. Almost as essential as the game itself. If your guests aren’t happily stuffing their faces, you probably won’t be asked to host the Super Bowl again next year.

Where is next year's Super Bowl? A Super Bowl FAQ -
Many of you have questions about the Super Bowl. And while I sometimes take it for granted everybody knows everything going on, a lot of casual fans still have some questions.

San Francisco 49ers' Greg Roman: There's no Pistol -
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called Greg Roman's offense "revolutionary" this week. Just don't call it the Pistol offense.

NFL Super Bowl - Can the Ravens stop Colin Kaepernick? |
By now we’ve all been inundated with Super Bowl preview stories on topics such as PED’s, the Harbaugh brothers and even how Jerry Rice measures up to Randy Moss. But going forward there is only one question that matters. Can the Ravens stop the read option?

2013 Super Bowl -- Ed Reed of Baltimore Ravens says NFL is 'policing the wrong things' - ESPN
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed said Thursday the NFL is fining players for the wrong infractions

Players, coaches sell Super Bowl tickets in violation of NFL rules | ProFootballTalk
In 2005, then-Vikings head coach Mike Tice found himself in hot water for reselling Super Bowl tickets, which is strictly prohibited under NFL rules. But a new report says that plenty of other players and coaches still sell their Super Bowl tickets.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Super Bowl XLVII Preview
So, here we are again, with the "mediocre team gets hot in the playoffs" conundrum. On offense and defense, the Baltimore Ravens were essentially just an average team during the regular season.

Denver Broncos Videos

Madden Cover Vote - ESPN Video - ESPN
Madden Cover Vote returns March 2013.

NFLPA Voices Safety Complaints - ESPN Video - ESPN
DeMaurice Smith on safety for players in the NFL.

NFL Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth and Trent Dilfer break down Colin Kaepernick's threat as a runner versus passer, Justin Smith's importance to 49ers, and the importance of Anquan Boldin to Joe Flacco.

Jamal Lewis Responds To Ray Lewis Antler Spray Allegations - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former Ravens RB Jamal Lewis joins UNITE to talk about winning the Super Bowl, Ray Lewis being accused of using deer antler spray, and previews Sunday's game.

GM Pleas To Tony Gonzalez Not To Retire - ESPN Video - ESPN
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lobbying to convince Tony Gonzalez to return for 2013 season.

Osi Keeping Options Open - ESPN Video - ESPN
Giants DE Osi Umenyiora joins "First Take" to discuss the disappointing end to New York's season, the NFC East, and his options as he hits free agency.

Harrison Worried About His Health - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mike Ditka and Jerry Rice react to Rodney Harrison's saying he is "scared to death" about the future of his health.

Denver Broncos Blogs

NFL expected to invite Denver to bid for Super Bowl - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
In a city where there's land below sea level, the air is thick and stomachs are filled with gumbo and catfish, it's not easy finding minds open to a Super Bowl played at a mile high, where the air is thin and the temperature chills moisture into snow.

Denver Broncos salary contract numbers in 2012 with NFL cap
The Denver Broncos’ highest-paid player in 2012 wasn’t Peyton Manning. It was Elvis Dumervil. But that’s not entirely shocking if you’re keeping track (Manning will cash in down the road).

Civil suit against Demaryius Thomas dismissed | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post - Mike Klis
A lawsuit filed against Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas case has been dismissed.

Peyton Manning has big vote in Broncos offense, but not the only vote - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Given the fact that it's Peyton Manning's offense, how much of an influence does that have on the front office when it comes to free agents and the draft regarding offensive players?

Broncos' Von Miller wants to follow LBs like Patrick Willis, Ray Lewis into Super Bowl - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
America loves its quarterbacks, but this Super Bowl might have a throwback flavor. It just might be one for the linebacker.

Brain at center of focus on safety - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
in the swirl that is the Super Bowl, there are predictions of passes and runs, of what will happen and why. Predictions made with certainty and volume.

NFL News

N.F.L. Hopes to Make Another Move on Concussions -
The N.F.L. hopes by next season to have independent specialists capable of diagnosing and treating concussions on the sidelines during games, the league’s top lawyer said Thursday. - Unaffiliated neurological consultants will be on sidelines
The NFL will have unaffiliated neurological consultants on the sidelines during games beginning in the 2013 season, according to Andrea Kremer of the NFL Network.

DeMaurice Smith, Domonique Foxworth of NFLPA lay out complaints about safety issues - ESPN
So much for labor peace in the NFL.

NFLPA asks for Chargers team doctor to be removed | ProFootballTalk
The NFLPA has demonstrated its general mistrust of team doctors. Now they have a specific target.

NFLPA says NFLPA members don’t trust team doctors | ProFootballTalk
In a development that shocks exactly no one, the NFLPA announced today that the vast majority of their players did not trust their team’s medical staffs.

ProFootballTalk: 18-game season topic won’t go away | ProFootballTalk
NFL VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson says expanding the season to 18 games is "still on the table." The PFT crew is pretty unanimous when saying this is not a good idea. - Feds: $13.6M in phony sports goods confiscated
Investigators have confiscated more than $13.6 million worth of phony sports merchandise over the past five months and expect to seize more in New Orleans during Super Bowl week, a federal law-enforcement official said Thursday.

NFL Communications - NFL Health and Safety Update — January 31, 2013 "
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2013 Draft - PSU's McGloin, Mauti prep for draft in own way
Matt McGloin went Hollywood. Michael Mauti went home to Louisiana.

Natural draft fits for the Chiefs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
We’ve talked often about the tough spot the Kansas City Chiefs are in with the No. 1 pick overall pick this year.

Free Agency

Players to Watch During the 2013 Offseason
As we transition our way to 2013, we always want to get the jump on our competition. While it’s still far too early to discuss round values, sleepers, etc, there are definitely players to keep your eyes on as we approach free agency, the draft, and positional battles in OTAs and camps.

Andy Reid reportedly interested in 49ers' Alex Smith -
Alex Smith will not be with the San Francisco 49ers next season, as's Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week. So where might he land?

Ozzie Newsome wants Joe Flacco in Baltimore as long as he’s G.M. | ProFootballTalk
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following Super Bowl XLVII but general manager Ozzie Newsome doesn’t see Flacco leaving Baltimore under his watch.

Bisciotti on Flacco contract: Trust in Ozzie | ProFootballTalk
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has a message for any Ravens fans worried about quarterback Joe Flacco’s expiring contract.

Dane Fletcher re-signs with New England Patriots - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent this offseason as he recovers from a torn ACL that sidelined him for the entire 2012 season, has re-signed with the team.

Osi Umenyiora hopes to stay with Giants, open to playing for Jets | ProFootballTalk
It’s long been assumed that the Giants and defensive end Osi Umenyiora would be parting ways after 10 years that featured a pair of Super Bowl titles and nearly constant complaining from Umenyiora about his contract.

Vernon Carey planning a comeback | ProFootballTalk
When the Jets were casting around to find a replacement for tackle Wayne Hunter last summer, they reached out to former Dolphin Vernon Carey.

Coaching Carousel

Steve Smith "optimistic" about Mike Shula’s promotion | ProFootballTalk
On Wednesday, we shared some comments from Panther coach Ron Rivera about the decision to promote Mike Shula to offensive coordinator with Rob Chudzinski off to Cleveland to coach the Browns.

Vernon Davis wishes he thanked Mike Singletary for benching him | ProFootballTalk
When Mike Singletary took over as head coach in San Francisco in 2008, one of his first actions was benching tight end Vernon Davis in the middle of a game because he thought Davis was putting himself above the team.

Mike Holmgren says it would be a "big surprise" for him to return to coaching | ProFootballTalk
Former Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren has moved back to the Seattle area after his three-year run as the right-hand man to former owner Randy Lerner.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Toomer unloads on Ray Lewis, calling him a caricature and a hypocrite | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of words can be used to describe this year’s Super Bowl week.

Matt Birk urges fellow NFL players to donate their brains | ProFootballTalk
Ravens center Matt Birk has been using the high profile of Super Bowl week to talk to fellow players and the media about one of the issues most important to him: encouraging NFL players to donate their brains to a Boston University program that researches brain injuries in sports.

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