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

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Simon Watts

Broncos Add First Free Agent
On the first day of the free agency period, the Broncos agreed to terms with guard Louis Vasquez.

Impact of Vasquez Addition Wide-Reaching
The addition of free agent guard Louis Vasquez could have an effect across the offensive line.

Free Agency Outlook: Cornerback
A look at the free-agent cornerback market.

Lighter Short Looking to Make Impression
Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short said he's more versatile after weighing in at 299 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Broncos Free Agent Activity "
On the first day of free agency, the Broncos jumped right in the fray, adding guard Louis Vasquez in a move that could have an impact across the team’s offensive line.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFL32OT: Free Agency Starts Off With A Bang - ESPN Video - ESPN
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw discusses his injury and getting back on the field and reflects on his career the Giants. The NFL32 crew break down some the big moves that stood out as free agency began.

Wallace Agrees To Deal With Miami - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live talks about free-agent WR Mike Wallace agreeing to a five-year, $65 million contract with the Dolphins.

Dolphins' Logo Leaks - ESPN Video - ESPN
Paul Lukas of Uniwatch on whether the Miami Dolphins accidentally revealed a glimpse of their new logo last week.

Kruger Agrees To Deal With Browns - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live discusses Cleveland reaching an agreement with Baltimore free-agent LB Paul Kruger.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Terrance Knighton, Broncos “close” to deal | ProFootballTalk
Free agent defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is nearing a deal with the Broncos, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Wednesday morning. Knighton is No. 59 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

Elvis Dumervil, Broncos resume contract talks but remain far apart - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Elvis was just about the leave the building when the Broncos called him back.

Terrance Knighton, Stewart Bradley slated to visit Broncos - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Perhaps no team has been as aggressive in the early hours of free agency as the Broncos.

Broncos schedule visits with RB Mendenhall, CB Rodgers-Cromartie - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
With the free-agent market open Tuesday, the Broncos have made arrangements to have former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall

Peyton Manning of Denver Broncos passes physical, locks in $40 million - ESPN
Peyton Manning knows where his paycheck is coming from and the Denver Broncos know who their quarterback will be for the next two years.

Elvis Dumervil willing to restructure, but may be cut anyway | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos and defensive end Elvis Dumervil are still talking. Whether they can come to an agreement or not remains unclear.

Broncos likely to sign Mendenhall | ProFootballTalk
We reported over the weekend, which feels like it was a year ago, that the Broncos are interested in running back Rashard Mendenhall.

Denver Broncos make big splash on first day of free agency - The Denver Post
True story. On Monday afternoon, exactly 24 hours before the opening of NFL free agency, the Broncos had a Brinks truck back up into their parking lot.

NFL draft scouts in Colorado for Buffaloes, Rams pro days - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
NFL scouts and other personnel executives will descend into Colorado on Wednesday for two of the state's major pro days.

Broncos' free-agency plan keeps Champ Bailey positioned at cornerback - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I love Champ Bailey. ... I consider him one of the greatest Broncos to ever play. He once said, that if he could see his play slip on film, he would shift to safety. He said he would notice it before anyone else and he would know.

Rashard Mendenhall meeting with Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
Running back Rashard Mendenhall has at least a couple of teams interested in acquiring his services for next season.

Division News

San Diego Chargers add to O-line in NFL free agency - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers signed tackle King Dunlap.

Chargers release Antonio Garay | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers announced the release of defensive tackle Antonio Garay on Tuesday.

Chargers cut Randy McMichael - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In an expected move, the Chargers released tight end Randy McMichael.

King Dunlap bolts to Chargers | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers plan to shop for bargains in free agency. But that doesn’t mean they’ll drag their feet.

Jerraud Powers “100 percent” committed to Chargers visit | ProFootballTalk
Free agent cornerback Jerraud Powers arrived in Arizona Tuesday night for a meeting with the Cardinals and his former coach Bruce Arians.

Raiders release Huff, Heyward-Bey | National Football Post
DE Tollefson also let go by Oakland

Chiefs agree with Mike DeVito | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs have struck a deal with Jets defensive lineman Mike DeVito, Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reported Tuesday.

Alex Smith-to-Chiefs trade now official | ProFootballTalk
The drama ended on the Alex Smith saga two weeks ago, but the paperwork was filed today.

Chase Daniel agrees to terms with Chiefs | ProFootballTalk
Earlier on Tuesday, there was a report that the Jets were interested in adding Chase Daniel to their quarterback version of The Hunger Games. - Chiefs ink TE Fasano to four-year deal
The puzzle pieces continue coming together for the new regime in Kansas City, as the Chiefs and former Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano agreed to terms on a four-year deal on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

NFL News

What we learned on Day 1 of NFL free agency -
It's safe to say the NFL never will go back to the midnight start time of free agency.

Let the recruiting wars begin! | National Football Post
Landing a top free agent can include some serious wining and dining as well as a fat contract.

Free Agency Cuts

Dolphins cutting Kevin Burnett in LB makeover | ProFootballTalk
It’s like Christmas in Miami.

Dolphins dump Dansby | ProFootballTalk
So what do you get for a 134-tackle season? You get cut.

Titans waive Jordan Babineaux | ProFootballTalk
The Titans announced Tuesday that they are waiving strong safety Jordan Babineaux and guard Mitch Petrus.

Vikings release Antoine Winfield | ProFootballTalk
In case it wasn’t clear before, it should be now — this is not the year to be an expensive, veteran cornerback.

Texans part ways with Kevin Walter | ProFootballTalk
The Texans will have a new outside receiver opposite of Andre Johnson. - Bills release QB Fitzpatrick
The Bills released QB Ryan Fitzpatrick after the signalcaller turned down an offer to restructure his deal. - Eagles release CB Asomugha
The biggest free-agent signing from 2011 has been cut.

Jets will release Sione Pouha | ProFootballTalk
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the team will release nose tackle Sione Pouha.

Panthers release James Anderson | ProFootballTalk
With all the focus on the 4 p.m. start of free agency and guys finding new jobs, the reality is many players are about to become unemployed as well.

Saints release linebacker Will Herring | ProFootballTalk
In an effort to improve their salary cap situation as free agency officially got underway Tuesday afternoon, the New Orleans Saints released reserve linebacker Will Herring.

Free Agency Signings

Redskins re-sign Kedric Golston | ProFootballTalk
The Redskins and defensive tackle Kedric Golston reached agreement on a new three-year contract on Tuesday.

Browns agree with Desmond Bryant | ProFootballTalk
Free agent Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant is joining the Browns, PFT’s Mike Florio has learned via a league source.

Colts keep Darius Butler | ProFootballTalk
The Colts have signed plenty of new players today. They’ve also kept one of their own.

Eagles keep the signings coming with Chung, Phillips | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles might not catch the Dolphins today in terms of dollars spent, but they are signing in bulk.

Dolphins add linebacker Phillip Wheeler | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins are doing a good job of selling tickets — and buying votes.

Harvin gets $67 million over six years | ProFootballTalk
Percy Harvin has gotten the new team that he wanted, and with it came a new deal.

Ravens sign Chris Canty | ProFootballTalk
After a rough start to the league year, the Ravens are on the board in free agency, bringing in former Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty.

Rams land Jared Cook | ProFootballTalk
The Titans signed Delanie Walker to play tight end for them on Tuesday and the guy that Walker will be replacing has also found a new home.

Bears announce four-year deal for Martellus Bennett | ProFootballTalk
On the first day of free agency last year, the Bears swung a trade for wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Lions keep Kassim Osgood | ProFootballTalk
Special teams coverage specialist Kassim Osgood is staying in Detroit.

Vikings keep Phil Loadholt with multi-year deal | ProFootballTalk
After trading their best wide receiver and cutting their best cornerback, the Vikings kept one of the top run-blockers.

Bengals re-sign Robert Geathers | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals will head into free agency secure in the knowledge that one of their prospective free agents is safely in the fold.

Rams, William Hayes reach deal | ProFootballTalk
The Rams are keeping one of their top pass rushers from a season ago.

Santonio Holmes agrees to restructure contract with Jets | ProFootballTalk
We noted on Monday that Santonio Holmes would be wise to agree to take a pay cut with the Jets, and now he’s done just that. - Dolphins land WR Wallace
The worst-kept secret during free agency, that the Dolphins were hot on the trail of WR Mike Wallace, came to fruition at the open of free agency. - Dolphins snag former Ravens LB Ellerbe
The Dolphins continued their spending spree on Tuesday and surprised many by signing former Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun first reported.

Vikings redo John Carlson’s contract | ProFootballTalk
The Vikings and tight end John Carlson finalized a reworked contract on Tuesday morning, Tom Pelissero of reported.

Ravens host Chris Canty visit, sign James Ihedigbo | ProFootballTalk
The Ravens are doing a lot of business today, though they haven’t heard word on the biggest part of it.

Plaxico gets another chance in Pittsburgh | ProFootballTalk
Last year, receiver Plaxico Burress languished on the open market for months. - Titans make twin killing; sign OG Levitre, TE Walker
The Titans have wasted no time addressing their 26th-ranked offense, pulling off a potent parlay with the signings of former Bills OG Andy Levitre and former Niners TE Delanie Walker. - Colts add OT Cherilus, CB Toler
The Colts addressed two significant needs in the opening hour of free agency, signing former Lions OT Gosder Cherilus and CB Greg Toler, formerly of the Cardinals, the team announced Tuesday. - Browns strike early, sign Kruger
Armed with considerable cap space, the Browns’ revamped regime made an early free-agent statement with the signing of Ravens OLB Paul Kruger,

Pittsburgh Steelers RBs Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman receive tenders - ESPN
The Pittsburgh Steelers have tendered offers to four restricted free agents, including running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman.

Browns add Quentin Groves to Ray Horton’s defense | ProFootballTalk
New Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton is bringing one of his guys to Cleveland.

Seahawks tender offers to three restricted free agents | ProFootballTalk
The Seattle Seahawks tendered offers to three restricted free agents on Tuesday.

Free Agency Rumors

Falcons did not re-sign Brent Grimes | ProFootballTalk
After we posted this item, it emerged that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution report was a mistake, and Grimes has not re-signed with the Falcons.

Glenn Dorsey visiting 49ers | ProFootballTalk
The rich could be getting even richer. By making another rich guy richer.

Bengals looking at Beanie Wells, Mike Goodson | ProFootballTalk
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has said that the team’s cap surplus will be used on the current players.

Titans close to deal with Sammie Lee HIll | ProFootballTalk
The Titans have been among the most active teams on the first day of free agency, and they’re not finished.

Rey Maualuga could be visiting Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga might be making a free-agent visit to the Cardinals.

Cardinals close to landing Cribbs and Alexander | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals still have quarterback problems, but they’re working on fixing their special teams.

Louis Delmas visiting the Rams | ProFootballTalk
With the Lions exploring their options at safety, Lions safety Louis Delmas is exploring his options at, um, team.

Vikes, Bucs, Cards could be after Cassel | ProFootballTalk
Now that the Chiefs have traded for quarterback Alex Smith and signed quarterback Chase Daniel, they’ll need to dump Matt Cassel.

Packers are the early leaders for Steven Jackson | ProFootballTalk
Veteran running back Steven Jackson is leaving the Rams after nine seasons.

Jerraud Powers scheduled to visit Cardinals and Chargers | ProFootballTalk
We’ve been aware of the Chargers’ interest in cornerback Jerraud Powers, but their General Manager Tom Telesco isn’t the only Colts alum with Powers on his radar screen.

Four teams linked to Ricky Jean Francois | ProFootballTalk
The Colts, Titans, Eagles and Saints have all shown an interest in 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Tuesday.

Dan Connor visiting the Steelers | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, the Cowboys dumped veteran linebacker Dan Connor.

Shonn Greene visiting Titans | ProFootballTalk
If Chris Johnson really is going to break Eric Dickerson’s rushing record, he may have to do it while giving up some carries to Shonn Greene.

2013 Draft/Pro Days

March 13: Alabama, Central Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Colorado, Colorado State, Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Washington

- Quinton Dial, DE; D.J. Fluker, OT; Nico Johnson, LB; Barrett Jones, G; Eddie Lacy, RB; Robert Lester, FS; Dee Milliner, CB; Damion Square, DE; Carson Tinker, LS; Chance Warmack, G; Jesse Williams, DT; Michael Williams, TE

Central Oklahoma - None

Cincinnati - Drew Frey, SS; Travis Kelce, TE; Walter Stewart, DE; Kenbrell Thompkins, WR; George Winn, RB

Colorado - David Bakhtiari, OT; Nick Kasa, TE; Ray Polk, FS

Colorado State - Joe Caprioglio, OT

Louisiana-Monroe - None

Marshall - Aaron Dobson, WR

Maryland - Matt Furstenburg, TE; Demetrius Hartsfield, LB; Kenny Tate, LB

Michigan State - Johnny Adams, CB; Le'Veon Bell, RB; Dan Conroy, K; William Gholston, DE; Dion Sims, TE; Anthony Rashad White, DT

Oklahoma - Demontre Hurst, CB; Tony Jefferson, S; Lane Johnson, OT; Landry Jones, QB; David King, DE; Jamarkus McFarland, DT; Stacy McGee, DT; Kenny Stills, WR; Tom Wort, LB

Rutgers - Steve Beauharnais, LB; R.J. Dill, OT; Khaseem Greene, LB; Mark Harrison, WR; Jawan Jamison, RB; D.C. Jefferson, TE; Logan Ryan, CB

Washington - Desmond Trufant, CB

Digging deeper into draft probabilities | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti takes a closer look at the draft by position

Miscellaneous Stuff - Titans OLG Hutchinson retires after 12 NFL seasons
Titans OLG Steve Hutchinson has decided to retire after 12 NFL seasons, the last cut short by a knee injury that limited him to 12 games.

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