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Cameron Spencer

Carter's Mindset: 'Just Grind'
Safety Quinton Carter is hard at work recovering from a knee injury, and he has been pleased with his progress.

Brewer Notches Successful Rookie Campaign
Aaron Brewer won the longsnapper job in training camp and held onto it with a strong rookie season.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL32OT: Harvin's Future Unclear - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mike Hill and Chris Mortensen discuss Percy Harvin's future with the Vikings. Adam Schefter breaks down the chance for Robert Griffin III to return for opening day. The NFL32 crew discuss who should call plays for the Cowboys.

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel shaves beard at charity event - NFL Videos
02:32 – Mike Tomlin, Dan Rooney and Ben Roethlisberger had a hand in chopping off the beard of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel at a charity event Thursday.

Eagles Sign Dennis Dixon - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses the Eagles' signing of quarterback Dennis Dixon.

Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Cold hard facts looks at the Cowboys, Dennis Dixon and Percy Harvin.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos will reportedly add to stable with physical tailback -
Knowshon Moreno's second-half knee injury in the divisional round playoff loss to the Ravens may have offseason repercussions in Denver.

Broncos' passing game relies on capable tight ends and slot receivers - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: In Denver's offense, the tight end and slot receiver are critically important. So do the Broncos believe Eric Decker has the skill set to move inside and produce? And can Virgil Green overtake Joel Dreessen?

Grandview grad hopes to follow NFL path of former Washburn teammates - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Jahmil Taylor was a little more than another proud letterman this month when Washburn University made Super Bowl history.

Division News

Chiefs, Dwayne Bowe engaged in contract talks -
Earlier on Thursday, we asked whether Dwayne Bowe would be the best wide receiver available in free agency this season. Perhaps he won't even become available after all.

Takeo Spikes showed off his tackling skills - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It will be interesting to see whether the new brass in San Diego wants to bring back linebacker Takeo Spikes for a 16th NFL season.

Offseason Forecast: San Diego Chargers -
A better question is "what's not changing?" The San Diego Chargers finally blew up the tag-team of general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner, replacing them with ex-Indianapolis Colts executive Tom Telesco and former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

Report: Chiefs interested in Nick Foles if he's available -
The Philadelphia Eagles recommitted themselves to Michael Vick on Monday. Dennis Dixon was reunited with Chip Kelly on Thursday. What does this mean for Nick Foles?

Report: Eagles have "no plans to trade" Nick Foles | ProFootballTalk
The Kansas City Chiefs have already reportedly expressed an interest in acquiring Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to reunite with head coach Andy Reid.

Will Peyton Hillis stay in AFC West? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
All four AFC West teams will have interest in a running back in some form. It is not a strong free agency class. One player who could attract some interest is Peyton Hillis.

NFL News

Field turf not an option for FedEx Field next season | ProFootballTalk
The playing surface at FedEx Field drew criticism late last season for its poor quality toward the end of the regular season and for the Washington Redskins playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Vikings tweak Norseman logo | ProFootballTalk
Seven years ago, the Vikings made dramatic changes to their uniform and helmet.

Free Agency - Top 50 free-agent list
With NFL teams able to begin applying tags this coming Monday (through March 4), the time seems right on the money to begin taking a serious look at this year’s free-agency period, which officially opens for business March 12. - Redskins sign DT Brace
The Redskins signed former Patriots DT Ron Brace on Thursday.

Bills sign Aaron Corp, Hutch Eckerson | ProFootballTalk
The Buffalo Bills signed offensive lineman Hutch Eckerson and re-signed quarterback Aaron Corp on Thursday. - Eagles sign QB Dixon
The Eagles signed QB Dennis Dixon to a two-year contract on Thursday, the team announced. - Bills release veteran CB McGee
The Bills released veteran CB Terrence McGee, the team announced on Thursday.

George Wilson: I think I fit Lions’ needs | ProFootballTalk
Free agency doesn’t start until March 12, but players released by their 2012 teams are free to start shopping for a new team right away.

Report: LaRon Landry wants at least $6 million | ProFootballTalk
When safety LaRon Landry signed a one-year deal with the Jets after several injury-riddled seasons, it was seen as a "prove it" deal for a player trying to show he was capable of staying healthy enough to warrant a sizable long-term commitment from an NFL team.

Raiola restructures deal to hang around with Lions | ProFootballTalk
The Lions have already cut one of their starting offensive linemen, and they avoided having to cut another Thursday.

As Steven Jackson weighs his options, he hasn’t met with the Rams | ProFootballTalk
Rams running back Steven Jackson has yet to sit down with the team to discuss a new contract, less than a month before the start of free agency.

No talks between Saints, Jimmy Graham | ProFootballTalk
Last year, two of the premier tight ends from the 2010 draft got long-term deals. Neither is named Jimmy Graham.

Saints re-sign Rafael Bush, Eric Olsen, Michael Higgins -
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has re-signed safety Rafael Bush, tight end Michael Higgins and guard Eric Olsen.

Steelers, James Harrison haven’t talked contract yet | ProFootballTalk
As mentioned in Friday’s one-liners, Steelers linebacker James Harrison has a new hobby.

2013 Draft - Missouri DT Richardson ready for NFL after huge junior year
Dreams drive individuals, providing them the motivation needed to achieve an important goal.

Compare & Contrast NFL Prospects - NFP Version 2.0 | National Football Post
Russ Lande analyzes the differences between linebackers Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree.

Gruden’s QB Camp expands to non-quarterbacks | ProFootballTalk
From September through December, we see Jon Gruden every Monday night. But we never see his acid-tongued alter ego, Chucky.

Draft restriction makes sense for colleges, NFL but not players - ESPN
You have to give the NFL credit: It has the absolute best business deal. It's so good, in fact, that even the most devious monopolist would have a hard time finding an industry that compares.

2013 Combine

The five people you meet at every NFL combine. | : Mike Tanier Article
Just as Thanksgiving marks the traditional start of the end-of-year holiday season, the NFL Scouting Combine marks the start of draft season.

NFL opens two days of Scouting Combine workouts to fans | ProFootballTalk
For the first time last year, the NFL allowed fans to attend one day of the Scouting Combine. That worked out well enough that the league has decided to admit fans for two days of this year’s Combine.

2013 NFL draft - Top NFL combine snubs - ESPN
The official list of NFL combine invitees has been released, and the 333 prospects who make up the group now have a chance to showcase their skills in Indianapolis in front of anyone who matters in scouting/coaching/front-office circles.

NFL combine: Time to answer some QB questions? | National Football Post
Barkely, Smith and Nassib all expected to throw in Indy.

Zac Dysert injured, won’t be able to work out at Combine | ProFootballTalk
While most of the top quarterbacks in a muddled class will be working out fully next week in Indianapolis, one of them won’t be able to.

Coaching Carousel

Marinelli thinks shift to 4-3 will make Ware more dangerous | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware has been an outside linebacker since he entered the NFL.

Steelers add Mann as receivers coach | National Football Post
Pennsylvania native returns home to coach in Pittsburgh

Marcus Robertson is the new Lions defensive backs coach | ProFootballTalk
The Lions found themselves in need of a new defensive backs coach after Tim Walton took the defensive coordinator job in St. Louis earlier this week and it didn’t take them long to fill it.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Teams should be able to trade cap space | ProFootballTalk
When spending every waking moment writing or reading or talking or thinking about football, certain ideas will naturally pop out of the brain.

Steelers want to be sustainable, but numbers make it tough | ProFootballTalk
The Steelers went through a dramatic purge last year, having the get rid of older starters just to comply with the salary cap.

Rules give Ravens a cap advantage on Flacco tag | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens eventually must decide whether to apply the non-exclusive franchise tag (at $14.6 million for 2013) or the exclusive franchise tag (at, under current calculations, more than $20 million for 2013) to quarterback Joe Flacco, unless the two sides can work out a new contract.

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