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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/12/13

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Al Bello

Bruton 'Blessed' to Remain a Bronco
Safety David Bruton said he's excited to stay in Denver, and believes 2013 could be a big year for the club.

Bruton Filling Special-Teams Niche
David Bruton could be following in the footsteps of former Bronco Keith Burns -- a player who makes a lengthy career out of special teams.

Salary Cap Calculus
Andrew Mason takes a look at the ramifications of Monday's moves.

Free Agency Outlook: Quarterbacks
Andrew Mason takes a look at the free agent crop of quarterbacks.

2013 NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Tackles
A look at some of the top defensive tackle prospects leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos Videos

Gruden's Camp - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jon Gruden discusses his sit-down with linebacker Manti Te'o

Manti Te'o's Draft Stock - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. discusses what Manti Te'o needs to do at his pro day to improve his draft stock.

Kiper's Mock Draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. discusses his latest mock draft.

Anquan Boldin Traded To 49ers - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth, Adam Scehfter and Bill Polian discuss Anquan Boldin's trade to the 49ers.

NFL Live OT: Seahawks Pick Up Harvin - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth, Bill Polian and Adam Schefter discuss the trade sending Percy Harvin to the Seahawks.

Kaepernick Takes The SportsNation QB Challenge - ESPN Video - ESPN
Charissa Thompson challenges 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to the "SportsNation" quarterback challenge.

Denver Broncos Blogs

NFL Free Agency: The Cornerback Market | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
Agents representing free-agent cornerbacks have talked to general managers in need.

Elvis Dumervil may follow D.J. Williams out Broncos' doors - The Denver Post
D.J. Williams no longer is a Broncos player. The release Monday of the veteran linebacker was expected.

Denver Broncos cut LB D.J. Williams, may lose DE Elvis Dumervil - The Denver Post
After all these years, there were never any slogans connecting the Denver D with D.J. and Dumervil.

Broncos don't figure to see any compensatory draft picks this go-round - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: How are compensatory picks awarded? Will Denver get any extra draft picks if their free agents are signed by other teams

Division News

AFC West free-agency primer - AFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL news, commentary, scores, stats, standings, audio and video highlights from ESPN.

Chargers interested in Eric Winston - AFC West Blog - ESPN
When the Kansas City Chiefs cut right tackle Eric Winston last week, the San Diego Chargers seemed like a natural fit for him.

Chargers have interest in Derek Cox and Jerraud Powers | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, there was a report that indicated the Buccaneers might be making a big push to sign cornerback Derek Cox right at the start of free agency.

Eric Winston visited Chargers over the weekend | ProFootballTalk
While the gates don’t open for unrestricted free agents until 4 p.m., guys who have been cut are free to talk to other teams.

Chargers doctors cleared in Dielman concussion case | ProFootballTalk
The flaws in the NFL’s handling of in-game concussions became a focal point following a 2011 game between the Chargers and Jets. Former Chargers offensive lineman Kris Dielman was clearly knocked loopy, struggled to stand, was permitted to keep playing, and suffered a seizure on the flight back to San Diego after the game.

Report: Chiefs still looking to add a cornerback | ProFootballTalk
In the wake of their deal with cornerback Dunta Robinson, the word on the street was that the Chiefs were no longer going to pursue Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith when he became a free agent.

Chiefs schedule private workout with Eric Fisher | ProFootballTalk
Although Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel appears to be the current favorite to land in Kansas City as the first overall pick in next month’s NFL draft, Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher is getting increasing attention.

NFL News

N.F.L. to Consider Rule on Runners Lowering Helmets -
N.F.L. owners will consider a significant rule change at their annual meeting next week that would prohibit players – runners and defenders – from using the crown of their helmets to initiate contact and deliver a forcible blow.

Space: NFL GE Grand Challenge | NineSights
GE and the National Football League’s Head Health Challenge I aims to develop new solutions to help diagnose mild traumatic brain injury

NFL Communications - NFL fans received note from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the Head Health Initiative with General Electric & Under Armour "
For the fans note, click here

NFL Communications - 11 former NFL players & 1 active player to participate in officiating academy March 14-16 in Baltimore "
Twelve NFL players – 11 former players and one active player – will take part in the Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic at Maritime Institute and Morgan State University, March 14-16 in Baltimore

Free Agency Signings - 2013 AFC free-agent moves, by team
The free-agent signing period begins at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12. - 2013 NFC free-agent moves, by team
We will keep track of all the transactions in the NFC in our free-agent tracker. See who your team has lost and added for 2013.

Cardinals keep Rashad Johnson | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals have signed safety Rashad Johnson to a three-year deal, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday night.

49ers sign Ian Williams to two-year deal | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers have signed defensive tackle Ian Williams to a two-year, $3.2 million contract, a league source told PFT’s Mike Florio Monday.

Jonathan Dwyer signs tender with Steelers | ProFootballTalk
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on Tuesday. - Jets sign QB Garrard
The Jets added QB David Garrard to the fold, signing the nine-year veteran on Monday.

Anquan Boldin gets his full $6 million salary | ProFootballTalk
Anquan Boldin’s desire to make every penny of the $6 million he was scheduled to make in 2013 contributed to his departure from Baltimore in Monday’s trade to the 49ers.

Vikings get three picks for Harvin | ProFootballTalk
Eight years ago, the Vikings traded receiver Randy Moss to the Raiders for a first-round pick, a seventh-round pick, and linebacker Napoloeon Harris.

Percy Harvin could get more than $12 million per season | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks are giving up a first-round draft pick and other draft compensation for Percy Harvin.

Ravens bring back Reed (no, not that one) | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens finished up a smaller piece of business, and have a bigger one on deck before this afternoon.

Eagles sign two before free agency, aren’t expected to re-sign any others | ProFootballTalk
If the Eagles do the expected and cut CB Nnamdi Asomugha, they’ll likely be looking to replace both of their starting cornerbacks.

Free Agency Rumors

10 free agents to monitor starting Tuesday | National Football Post
Wide receiver Mike Wallace heads the list of big-name talent set to sign on the dotted line.

PFT Live: Where will the top free agents land? | ProFootballTalk
With free agency set to kick off tomorrow, Mike Florio breaks down the top offensive free agents set to hit the market.

Report: Buccaneers could sign Derek Cox "out of the chute" on Tuesday | ProFootballTalk
Teams can stop expressing interest on Tuesday and start signing players to contracts, something that the Buccaneers might be planning to do as soon as possible.

Buccaneers in the hunt for secondary help | ProFootballTalk
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in search of help to upgrade a pass defense that ranked dead last in the league last season.

Four teams pursuing Dashon Goldson | ProFootballTalk
It was already expected that San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson would be one of the hottest commodities on the market when free agency begins on Tuesday.

Jets have "good" offer on table for Revis | ProFootballTalk
A day ago, the chances of Percy Harvin and Anquan Boldin being traded before Darrelle Revis would have been regarded as slim, at best.

More and more reports link Mike Wallace to Miami | ProFootballTalk
The reports linking free-agent receiver Mike Wallace to the Dolphins continue to mount.

Lions reportedly interested in Jason Jones | ProFootballTalk
Multiple reports have the Lions expected to be players for Seahawks defensive lineman Jason Jones.

Greg Toler expected to hit free agency after all | ProFootballTalk
It looks as though Greg Toler will get the chance to head to free agency after all.

Stephens-Howling likely leaving Cardinals, too | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, the Cardinals cut running back Beanie Wells. As soon as Tuesday, running back LaRod Stephens-Howling could be signing with a new team.

Dannell Ellerbe, Baltimore Ravens to keep talking contract -
The Ravens and representatives for Dannell Ellerbe plan on talking Tuesday morning to see if they can work out a deal to keep the starting linebacker in Baltimore, a source apprised of the situation said Monday.

Lions looking like more likely landing spot for Bush | ProFootballTalk
For a week now, we’ve been saying/suggesting/speculating/whatever that the next destination for running back Reggie Bush likely will be Arizona or Detroit.

Manning, Freeney reunion becoming more likely | ProFootballTalk
Last month, when very-soon-to-be former Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney joined PFT Live, he said that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning already had been recruiting Freeney to return to the defensive end position in Denver’s 4-3 defense.

Dolphins think Vikings may offer Mike Wallace $13 million a year | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins have long been viewed as the favorites to land receiver ex-Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace. But interest from the Vikings will make Wallace expensive.

Eagles interested in Laron Landry | ProFootballTalk
When free agency begins Tuesday afternoon the Philadelphia Eagles appear to be strongly in the market to address the safety position.

Jets ready to move Revis soon | ProFootballTalk
It’s no longer a matter of if but when.

2013 Draft/Pro Days

March 12: Delaware State, Florida, Jacksonville State, Kansas State, Lehigh, Monmouth, Oklahoma State, Portland State, Toledo, Towson, Tulane, UCLA

Delaware State
- None

Florida - Jon Bostic, LB; Matt Elam, S; Josh Evans, FS; Sharrif Floyd, DT; Mike Gillislee, RB; Jelani Jenkins, LB; Lerentee McCray, LB; Xavier Nixon, OT; Jordan Reed, TE; Caleb Sturgis, K

Jacksonville State - Alan Bonner, WR

Kansas State - Arthur Brown, LB; Anthony Cantele, K; Chris Harper, WR; Collin Klein, QB; Nigel Malone, CB; Braden Wilson, FB

Lehigh - Ryan Spadola, WR

Monmouth - None

Oklahoma State - Joseph Randle, RB; Quinn Sharp, K

Portland State - Marquis Jackson, DE

Toledo - None

Towson - None

Tulane - None

UCLA - Jeff Baca, G; Joseph Fauria, TE; Johnathan Franklin, RB; Aaron Hester, CB; Datone Jones, DE; Jeff Locke, P; Sheldon Price, CB

A big week of Pro Days kick off Monday | National Football Post
Penn State, Alabama, Florida and Oregon will all be in action over the next few days

Eagles give Geno Smith a workout in Morgantown | ProFootballTalk
Maybe new Eagles coach Chip Kelly is planning a revolutionary three-quarterback offense.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Changes on the eve of free agency -
28. Denver Broncos: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher keeps his draft stock soaring -
Representatives from 28 NFL teams gathered at Central Michigan’s pro day Monday, where 18 players participated in a workout that was held indoors on FieldTurf.

Grand Valley State’s Charles Johnson sprints up draft boards -
Charles Johnson was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but his workout Monday in front of NFL scouts representing 24 teams at Grand Valley State’s pro day could have the receiver vaulting up draft boards.

Washington State QB Jeff Tuel earns extended looks -
Representatives from 10 NFL teams gathered at Washington State’s pro day on March 7, where nine players participated in a workout that was held indoors on FieldTurf

Latavius Murray, Montee Ball might have best hands in NFL draft - The Denver Post
Of all of the players looking for a spot in the NFL draft, at least two understand security.

More Free Agency Stuff

Ex-Carolina Panthers CB Chris Gamble to retire, agent Carl Poston says - ESPN
Cornerback Chris Gamble, who was released last week by the Carolina Panthers, has informed his agent that he plans to retire.

Steve Hutchinson to retire | ProFootballTalk
One of the best interior offensive linemen of his generation is stepping away from the game.

Adrian Wilson would like to play three more years | ProFootballTalk
Safety Adrian Wilson’s long run with the Cardinals came to an end last week, but Wilson isn’t thinking about the end of his playing days.

Seahawks offering Leon Washington in trade | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks are willing to deal Pro Bowl returner / running back Leon Washington, CBS’ Jason La Canfora reported Monday.

Eric Wright challenging voiding of his guaranteed money | ProFootballTalk
So why haven’t the Bucs cut cornerback Eric Wright, whose $7.75 million in guaranteed salary was voided by his 2012 suspension for violation the PED policy?

Bennett won’t give Bucs chance to match, after all | ProFootballTalk
Yes, Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett told a Tampa radio station that he’ll give the Bucs a chance to match any offer he receives in free agency.

Ravens issue second-round tender to Dennis Pitta | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens got a sixth-round pick for wide receiver Anquan Boldin on Monday and they stand to get a second-round pick if any team signs tight end Dennis Pitta away from them.

Ravens give Arthur Jones second-round tender | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens have tendered restricted free agent defensive end Arthur Jones at the second-round level, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported Monday.

Titans give Fernando Velasco second-round tender | ProFootballTalk
When the Titans lost Eugene Amano to a season-ending injury last season, they turned the center job over to Fernando Velasco.

Packers put second-round tender on Sam Shields | ProFootballTalk
Packers defensive back Sam Shields can be had for a second-round draft pick. - Cardinals release RB Wells
The Cardinals released former first-round pick RB Beanie Wells, the team announced Monday. - Redskins release CB Hall
The Redskins part ways with CB DeAngelo Hall on Monday, The Washington Post first reported. Hall was due to count $8 million against the cap. - Cowboys cut LB Connor, restructure three contracts
The Cowboys released LB Dan Connor and restructured three contracts on Monday to get under the salary cap.

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