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A small group of Denver fans wants to celebrate Peyton Manning's first anniversary as a Bronco through a letter writing campaign they're calling the 3/19/13 project.

The NFL in February | National Football Post
The season is officially over but February is a busy month for many NFL execs and agents.

National Camp Series (NCS) Associate Nolan Owen Creates Inspirational Internet Video ‘The Heart of a Long Snapper’
National Camp Series (NCS) Associate Nolan Owen has created the inspirational video ‘The Heart of a Long Snapper’ and posted it to YouTube.

Denver Broncos Videos

Chicago Hot Button: Should Bears keep Hester? - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Chicago's Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman discuss whether the Bears should keep Devin Hester for 2013

Cross-Sport Power Rankings: Joe Flacco First - ESPN Video - ESPN
After winning both the Super Bowl and the Super Bowl MVP Award, Joe Flacco is first in our Cross-Sport Power Rankings. Ravens teammate Jacoby Jones is runner-up with his two TDs and Phil Mickelson, winner of the Phoenix Open, is third.

Denver Broncos Blogs

John Clayton bullish on 2013 Broncos - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN's John Clayton thinks the Denver Broncos have the best chance of getting to next year’s Super Bowl.

Broncos Mailbag: John Elway, John Fox clock in Day One of new season - The Denver Post
Denver Post NFL reporter Mike Klis responds to your questions in the Broncos Mailbag. In this installment, Mike tackles eight Qs, including one about the road to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Broncos devising strategies for free agency in March, draft in April - The Denver Post
Q: Aside from re-signing Ryan Clady, what will be Denver's free-agency priorities this offseason?

Division News

AFC West teams avoid Titus Young - AFC West Blog - ESPN
None of the four AFC West teams claimed talented but troubled receiver Titus Young.

Top AFC West storylines - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Let’s take a look at the biggest storyline for each AFC West team as we prepare for offseason news:

NFL News

Manti Te’o tops Cutler, Vick, Romo as most disliked football player | ProFootballTalk
A year ago, when Forbes unveiled its annual survey of the most disliked athletes in American sports, Michael Vick topped the list. But Vick isn’t at the top anymore.

Jaguars unveil their new logo | ProFootballTalk
We noted this morning that the Jaguars were preparing to unveil a new logo. Well, it didn’t take long.

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Free Agency

Legal tampering period launches on March 9 | ProFootballTalk
For the NFL, the ball drops at 345 Park Avenue on Tuesday, March 12, at 4:00 p.m. That’s when the 2013 league year begins.

Four years of service is the dividing line for the players being released | ProFootballTalk
Now that the offseason finally has begun and rosters have unlocked and players can be released, there’s an important distinction that becomes relevant for the first time since late October.

Source: Vick’s release isn’t imminent | ProFootballTalk
Last week, I crossed paths on several occasions with John Clayton of ESPN. We’d never met before, and I found him to be polite and friendly and collegial and free of any pony tail.

Report: Eagles talking contract with Dennis Dixon | ProFootballTalk
After successfully pretending to be Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, Dennis Dixon could now be getting to reprise the role for which he’s most famous: Dennis Dixon.

Chris Rainey passes through waivers unclaimed | ProFootballTalk
Chris Rainey, the 2012 fifth-round draft pick who showed promise as a rookie with the Steelers but was sent packing after the latest in a long line of off-field issues, has passed through the NFL’s waiver wire unclaimed.

When it comes to Chris Johnson, decision time coming for Titans | ProFootballTalk
If the Titans don’t cut running back Chris Johnson by February 9, $9 million of his $10 million base salary in 2013 will become fully guaranteed.

Rams were only team that wanted Titus Young | ProFootballTalk
For the Rams, Titus Young’s talent trumped the trouble he’s been known to cause. For the NFL’s other 31 teams, he wasn’t worth the headaches.

Giants cut Michael Boley | ProFootballTalk
The Giants are saying goodbye to linebacker Michael Boley.

Browns release Frostee Rucker | ProFootballTalk
The switch to the 3-4 defense has claimed its first victim in Cleveland. - Lions release DE Vanden Bosch
The Lions informed DE Kyle Vanden Bosch he will be released, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today Sports. The team's website later confirmed the move. - Lions release ORG Peterman
The Lions released ORG Stephen Peterman on Tuesday. Peterman had started every game for Detroit over the past three seasons.

Harbaugh plays it coy about Alex Smith’s future | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers might have a "great respect" for deposed quarterback Alex Smith, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to give him away if they don’t have to.

Patriots not sure they can trust Aqib Talib on a multi-year contract | ProFootballTalk
Aqib Talib played well for the Patriots after they acquired him from the Buccaneers just before the trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be in New England for long. - Bears would be silly to let Hester become next Jacoby Jones
Devin Hester, the greatest kick returner in NFL history, told the Chicago Tribune one day prior to Super Bowl XLVII that he was looking for a fresh start.

2013 Draft

Tulane QB Ryan Griffin and The Disconnect Between Evaluating and Drafting Talent | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
The flavor of Texas versus Nation week may well have been 6-4, 216-pound Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin.

NFL Draft Prospects with Character Questions - First Edition | National Football Post
A breakdown of how character questions surround DE Armonty Bryant.

NFP's Top 200 Draft Prospects - Version 5.0 | National Football Post
NFP posts its first Top 200 after the All Star Game circuit.

Coaching Carousel

Jaguars to add Ron Middleton as tight ends coach | ProFootballTalk
With the Super Bowl now in the books and college football’s national signing day coming on Wednesday, the remaining coaching vacancies left in the NFL are likely to be filled in the near future.

Report: Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan | ProFootballTalk
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan to be the team’s next defensive coordinator.

Saints will interview Grantham then Ryan | ProFootballTalk
Earlier tonight, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan to be the team’s next defensive coordinator. Thereafter, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Ryan will be interviewed on Friday, a day after coach Sean Payton interviews Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Cowboys promote Wes Phillips to tight ends coach | ProFootballTalk
Having a member of the family as the current or former head coach of the Cowboys appears to be a prerequisite for coaching the team’s tight ends. - Jets announce coaching changes
The Jets announced several coaching changes on Tuesday, including parting ways with O-line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.

Adam Zimmer goes to work for his father as Bengals assistant | ProFootballTalk
After being let go as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff with the firing of head coach Romeo Crennel, Adam Zimmer is heading to Cincinnati to work alongside his father.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Montana would have used a unique approach for receivers who complained | ProFootballTalk
It’s easy to figure out where 49ers quarterback Joe Montana comes down on the question of whether Jerry Rice or Randy Moss is the greatest receiver of all time.

Blueprint for a new Darrelle Revis contract | National Football Post
What will the star cornerback’s next contract look like? The NFP takes you inside the numbers.

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