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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/14/13

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

Free Agents Here to Win
Each of the players that the Broncos have signed this offseason say that playing for a contender played a major role in their decision to come to Denver.

Vickerson Has Eye on 'Championship Run'
Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson backed linebacker Von Miller's Super Bowl goal.

Vickerson, Knighton Create 'Stout' Interior
A look at how defensive tackles Kevin Vickerson and Terrance Knighton could clog up the middle of the defensive line -- and get after the passer.

Welker Deal Wise for Short and Long Term
Andrew Mason writes that the Broncos' offensive attack in 2013 could rival quarterback Peyton Manning's days in Indianapolis.

Fox: Welker 'A Huge Addition'
An exclusive chat with Head Coach John Fox about the team's signing of wide receiver Wes Welker.

Bradley Finds Comfort in Denver's System
Linebacker Stewart Bradley returns to a 4-3 defensive scheme with the Broncos.

Rodgers-Cromartie Heads to Denver
The Broncos agreed to terms on a one-year deal with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Wednesday evening.

Denver Broncos Videos

Elway On Welker Addition
John Elway talks exclusively to Broncos TV about the team signing wide receiver Wes Welker.

Bradley: 'This Was the Best Fit'
Linebacker Stewart Bradley says he's ready to compete and play in Denver.

Knighton: 'I Want to Win Now'
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton talks about why he decided to sign with the Broncos.

Stability, Opportunity Why Vickerson Signed
Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson talks about why he's happy to be staying in Denver.

Meet the Defensive Ends
This year's top defensive end draft prospects talk about their skills and why they're ready to make an impact in the NFL.

Welker Agrees To Terms With Broncos - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton discusses Wes Welker's two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos, and the next option for the Patriots.

Source: Amendola Agrees With Patriots - ESPN Video - ESPN
Source: Patriots and Danny Amendola reaches agreement in principle on five-year deal.

Source: Seahawks, Avril Agree On Two-Year Deal - ESPN Video - ESPN
Source: Cliff Avril agrees on a two-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL32OT: Bush Headed To Detroit - ESPN Video - ESPN
Eric Mangini breaks down how Reggie Bush will fit in with the Lions. The NFL32 crew discuss Wes Welker's signing to the Broncos.

Mathieu Makes His Case - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu discusses why an NFL team should take a chance on him in the draft, how his rehab is going, what he has learned, and what his role in the NFL could be.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Welker adds another dimension to Broncos - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Wes Welker was one of the NFL's best receivers while with the Patriots. For the second straight season, the Denver Broncos have

Dumervil decision likely to wait til Friday | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
Another day with no progress in contract talks between the Broncos and defensive end Elvis Dumervil.

Broncos' Chris Kuper, Willis McGahee, Justin Bannan, Joe Mays in tough times - Mike Klis
Free agency is usually accompanied by the excitement of new talent and new possibilities.

Kiszla: Give John Elway credit for landing Wes Welker for Peyton Manning - The Denver Post
John Elway is 52 years old, walks on an artificial left knee and hasn't played football since Bill Clinton was president. But Elway can still beat the snot out of New England quarterback Tom Brady.

Rashard Mendenhall signs with Cardinals; Broncos now to seek other RBs - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
It's on to Plan B for the Broncos.

Wes Welker signed by Broncos to 2-year deal; Brandon Stokley on market - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Peyton Manning and the Broncos just got another weapon who just may be enough to tweak the entire offense.

Vasquez gets lower annual rate than Welker | ProFootballTalk
With receiver Wes Welker likely feeling chagrined by the all that talk that he will be paid only $6 million per year over the next two, he can take heart in the fact that he’s making more per year than one of his new team’s other free-agent arrivals.

Denver Broncos reap free-agency harvest, led by WR Wes Welker, DT Terrance Knighton - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
"Before the Welker signing, I told my agent, 'Let's get something done,' " Knighton said at his news conference Wednesday at the Broncos' headquarters.

Wes Welker gives Broncos quite the three-pack in the offense - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
If you asked many NFL personnel executives to rank the league's most proficient slot receivers — those who work in the small patch between the outside receiver and the tackle or tight end — two names are usually mentioned first: Wes Welker and Brandon Stokley.

Former Buffs, Rams get the once over from NFL scouts - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In preparation for the April 25-27 draft, many of the NFL's inquiring minds attended the Colorado and Colorado State pro-day workouts Wednesday.

Division News

Evening AFC West notes - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Linebacker Dan Connor, cut by Dallas, is going to visit the Raiders. He started eight games last season and had 56 tackles. He fits the profile of the players Oakland is pursuing: young and inexpensive.

Raiders sign Kaluka Maiava, Pat Sims | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders signed linebacker Kaluka Maiava, defensive tackle Pat Sims and defensive end Jason Hunter, the club said Wednesday. The club also announced the re-signing of defensive back Coye Francies, who appeared in 15 games for the Raiders a season ago.

Report: Raiders thinking about Vince Young - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL Network offered an interesting nugget when it reported the Raiders have had preliminary contact with former NFL quarterback Vince Young about a workout.

Derek Cox chooses the Chargers | ProFootballTalk
After a slow start to the market, another cornerback has picked a new home.

Report: Derek Cox gets four years, $20 million with Chargers | ProFootballTalk
Former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox has agreed to terms on a new contract with the San Diego Chargers and is expected to sign it when he arrives in Southern California on Thursday.

Chargers still looking for cornerbacks - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers' need for a cornerback remains after Jerraud Powers signed with the Cardinals.

Chargers set to add former Bills blocker Chad Rinehart | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers have a glaring need on the offensive line, and they’re taking a low-key approach to fixing it.

Chargers re-sign Richard Goodman | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers re-signed exclusive-rights free agent kickoff returner / wide receiver Richard Goodman on Wednesday, the club said. Goodman signed his one-year tender offer from the club.

Alex Smith: No doubt in my mind about coming to K.C. | ProFootballTalk
If you thought signing Chase Daniel represented some kind of hedge by the Chiefs against quarterback Alex Smith as their starting quarterback, coach Andy Reid put it to rest on Wednesday afternoon.

Chiefs adding Donnie Avery | ProFootballTalk
The first wide receiver taken in the 2008 NFL Draft is moving on to the team that holds the No. 1 pick in April’s draft.

Chiefs trying to trade Matt Cassel, may cut him today if they can’t | ProFootballTalk
Matt Cassel won’t be a Chief for much longer, but the question in Kansas City is whether the team can get anything for the quarterback.

Chiefs should set Cassel free | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs keep Matt Cassel hanging on.

NFL News

NFL Communications - NFL Health and Safety Update—March 13, 2013 "
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What we learned on Day 2 of NFL free agency -
If Day 1 of free agency was about wild spending, Day 2 was about drama.

Tracking the big-name free-agent defensive backs -
It took some time, but the cornerback market began to come into focus late Wednesday with deals for Derek Cox in San Diego and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Denver.

Market for pass rushers ends up being a disappointment | ProFootballTalk
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the avalanche of free-agency developments that the implications aren’t immediately obvious.

Free Agency Signings

Two-year, $15 million deal shows Cliff Avril bet on himself and lost | ProFootballTalk
The Lions reportedly offered Cliff Avril a three-year, $30 million contract last year. Avril declined, instead signing the franchise tender, playing last season for $10.5 million, and then testing free agency again this year.

Dashon Goldson signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ESPN
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a move to upgrade their secondary, signing safety Dashon Goldson on Wednesday.

Patriots, Danny Amendola agree to five-year, $31 million deal | ProFootballTalk
The loss of Wes Welker created a need at receiver for the Patriots, and they didn’t take long to fill it.

Sammie Hill, Titans agree on three-year deal | ProFootballTalk
Since Jim Schwartz moved from Titans defensive coordinator to Lions head coach, several players have followed him to Detroit.

Panthers sign veteran Drayton Florence | ProFootballTalk
While it doesn’t make up for the level of cornerback they lost when they cut Chris Gamble, the Panthers did backfill at the position Wednesday.

Levitre cleans up with $46.8 million | ProFootballTalk
The Titans wanted to spend money last year, but neither Peyton Manning nor Mario Williams wanted it.

Bush gets four years, $16 million from Lions | ProFootballTalk
Seven years ago, Reggie Bush’s status as the No. 2 overall pick in the draft resulted in a mammoth contract.

Glenn Dorsey agrees to deal with 49ers | ProFootballTalk
Faced with losses along their own defensive front, the 49ers have found a replacement.

Jaguars sign Geno Hayes | ProFootballTalk
The Jaguars signed Bears free agent linebacker Geno Hayes to a one-year deal on Wednesday, the team said.

Report: Jake Long agrees to deal with Rams | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins had money to spend on linebackers, but not for the guy they spent the first pick in the 2008 Draft on.

Cardinals sign Rashard Mendenhall | ProFootballTalk
Former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is heading to Arizona.

Free Agency Rumors

Jets hosting Antwan Barnes on Thursday | ProFootballTalk
The Jets don’t have the cap space to make a big splash in free agency, but they can still shop for bargains.

Four teams in play for Nnamdi | ProFootballTalk
On Tuesday, the Eagles cut cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. On Wednesday, the first word emerged of his potential destinations.

Antoine Cason visiting Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
With a need for reinforcements at cornerback, the Cardinals are hosting Chargers free agent Antoine Cason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Jaguars waive Laurent Robinson | ProFootballTalk
Last March, the Jaguars gave wide receiver Laurent Robinson a five-year, $32.5 million contract.

2013 Draft/Pro Days

March 14: Arkansas State, California, Delaware, Fort Valley State, Georgia Tech, Grambling State, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Tulsa, UNLV, West Alabama, West Virginia, Wyoming

Arkansas State - Ryan Aplin, QB; Josh Jarboe, WR

California - Keenan Allen, WR; C.J. Anderson, RB; Marc Anthony, CB; Brian Schwenke, C; Iso Sofele, RB; Matt Summers-Gavin, G; Aaron Tipoti, DT; Steve Williams, CB

Delaware - None

Fort Valley State - None

Georgia Tech - Terence Barnes, DT; Izaan Cross, DE; Rod Sweeting, CB; Omoregie Uzzi, G

Grambling State - none

Michigan - William Campbell, DT; Kenny Demens, LB; Jordan Kovacs, SS; Patrick Omameh, G; Denard Robinson, WR; Craig Roh, DE; Roy Roundtree, WR

Nevada - Chris Barker, G; Stefphon Jefferson, RB; Duke Williams, FS; Khalid Wooten, CB

Oregon - Kiko Alonso, LB; Kenjon Barner, RB; John Boyett, SS; Dion Jordan, DE; Kyle Long, G; Jackson Rice, P

Tulsa - none

UNLV - John Lotulelei, LB

West Alabama - None

West Virginia - Tavon Austin, WR; Stedman Bailey, WR; Joe Madsen, C; Geno Smith, QB

Wyoming - None

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Duke QB Sean Renfree
The steal of the draft. That's what Duke head coach David Cutcliffe says about Blue Devils quarterback Sean Renfree, a 6-foot-3, 219-pound senior.

Scout Talk | National Football Post
Front office men talk about their "sleepers" in the 2013 draft

Jaguars send group to West Virginia Pro Day | ProFootballTalk
The Jaguars have the No. 2 pick in April’s draft.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Vontaze Burfict tops all NFL players in performance-based pay | ProFootballTalk
The formula for performance-based pay in the NFL rewards players with the lowest salaries who get the most playing time. And no one fit that bill better in 2012 than Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

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