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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/20/13

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Vince Caligiuri

Fox Talks Position Battles, Miller's Potential
At the NFL owners meetings, Head Coach John Fox discussed position battles on the offensive line and at linebacker, and said the 'sky is the limit' for Von Miller.

Goodell Addresses League Issues
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about a variety of issues at the owners meetings.

New NFL Rules Proposed
A look at the rule changes proposed by the NFL Competition Committee.

Elway 'Hopeful' to Bring Dumervil Back
On Tuesday, EVP of Football Ops John Elway said the team has made an offer to bring DE Elvis Dumervil back to Denver.

Denver Broncos Videos

Elway: 'We've Made an Offer to Elvis'
John Elway on the team taking the next step towards possibly bringing Elvis Dumervil back to Denver.

Fox from AFC Coaches Breakfast: Part 1
Head Coach John Fox talks about Elvis Dumervil, some proposed rules changes and preparing for next season.

Fox from AFC Coaches Breakfast: Part 2
Head Coach John Fox talks about Elvis Dumervil, some proposed rules changes and preparing for next season.

Broncos Offer Dumervil New Contract - ESPN Video - ESPN
Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter discuss the Broncos' new offer to Elvis Dumervil.

NFL Owners Pass Two Rules Changes - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton with the latest on the NFL unanimously passing two rule changes.

Draft Lab: WRs and TEs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay discuss the wide receivers and tight ends in the NFL draft.

Best Free-Agent WR Signing - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jerry Rice pits the top wide receivers who have signed with new teams against each other in his best free-agent wide receiver bracket.

Jennings Says Favre Helped Him Pick Vikings - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mike Hill and Ryen Russillo discuss Brett Favre helping WR Greg Jennings to decide on the Minnesota Vikings.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Elvis Dumervil, Broncos negotiating; Ravens remain in picture - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
After stepping back to allow the fax fiasco to cool, the Broncos have returned to their pursuit of Elvis Dumervil.

Elvis Dumervil remains "in the mix" for Broncos, says coach John Fox - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Just days after the failed fax heard 'round the football world, Broncos coach John Fox said defensive end Elvis Dumervil is still "in the mix" to return to the team.

Broncos' John Fox sees even bigger things from Von Miller in '13 - The Denver Post
In whatever becomes of Von Miller's career as a Broncos linebacker, he always will be the first player selected in the NFL draft during John Elway's and John Fox's tenure.

John Elway, John Fox on Broncos' offseason -- so far - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
As a coach who came through the ranks on the defensive side of the ball, Broncos coach John Fox knows the value of an edge rusher.

Broncos coach John Fox aims to guide draft picks "to the 2nd contract" - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Yes, Broncos coach John Fox only had to look around a nicely appointed ballroom in an Arizona hotel Tuesday morning to see the kind of turnover there is in his profession, to see the kind of "win now" pressure that hangs over the business.

Wes Welker signing by Broncos likely leads Brandon Stokley to the door - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Don't you think they should also keep Brandon Stokley? He isn't that expensive and could be the fourth wide receiver in a four-wide formation and provide backup for the other three wide receivers.

Division News

NFL Power Rankings: AFC West style - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here's a look at how the AFC West teams fared in our offseason power rankings. I do not have a vote, but I do have an opinion:

Back to the future with Jamaal Charles - AFC West Blog - ESPN
As he gets to know his new team, Kansas City coach Andy Reid has looked back at old film to get a feel for his players.

Aubrayo Franklin leaves Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Former San Diego defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday.

Dennis Allen: No changes on Radiers QB Carson Palmer - ESPN
One of the biggest questions in the AFC West is what is going to happen in Oakland with quarterback Carson Palmer.

Dennis Allen on defensive options - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Predictably, Oakland coach Dennis Allen didn’t come out and directly answer the question whether the Oakland Raiders will move to a 3-4 defense.

Raiders give McClain’s agent permission to seek a trade | ProFootballTalk
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is obviously a humanitarian, and an optimist.

Raiders add Vance Walker to defensive overhaul | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders aren’t landing big names on the free agent market, but they are making moves to make sure that the lack of depth that plagued them last season is not a problem again in 2013.

Andy Reid talks up Geno Smith ... Why? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid raised some eyebrows Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings when he said that West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is in still in the mix to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Desmond Bryant facing lawsuit associated with last month’s arrest | ProFootballTalk
When newly signed Browns defensive tackle Desmond Bryant provided us with a mug shot for the ages last month, we knew that he had been arrested on charges of criminal mischief.

NFL News

NFL Power Rankings: 49ers claim No. 1 amid free agency frenzy -
The Dolphins made it rain, Blaine played the blame game and the rest of the NFL can only hope the Seahawks drop five again ...

Owners delay helmet vote, pass 2 other rule changes - ESPN
Concerned with how it will be officiated, NFL owners delayed voting Tuesday on a rule change that would ban offensive players from using the crown of their helmets against defenders in the open field.

NFL bans low blocks from behind | ProFootballTalk
Defensive players are now protected from being blocked in the knees from behind, after owners voted to change the league’s rules today.

Jim Brown likes rule proposal; Emmitt Smith blasts it - ESPN
A proposed rule that would make it a foul if a tackler or a runner initiates contact with the crown of his helmet has come under fire from both current and former running backs, but Hall of Famer Jim Brown said Monday he didn't think it was such a big deal.

Marshall Faulk: If runners can’t lower their heads, eliminate helmets | ProFootballTalk
Marshall Faulk would rather eliminate helmets from football than tell running backs they can’t lower their heads into tacklers.

Eric Dickerson decries "trying to take the violence out of the NFL" | ProFootballTalk
Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson has joined the chorus of players, coaches and fans who oppose the NFL Competition Committee’s proposal to penalize runners for lowering their heads into tacklers.

Some coaches are skeptical of ban on lowering the helmet | ProFootballTalk
Although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league’s Competition Committee want the owners to vote at this week’s meeting to penalize running backs who lower their helmets into oncoming tacklers, the proponents of the rule are meeting some resistance from coaches.

Frazier worries new rule could make Peterson’s legs vulnerable | ProFootballTalk
Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier is among the coaches who are skeptical of the NFL Competition Committee’s proposal to penalize running backs for lowering their helmets into defenders.

Helmet rule could be tabled until May | ProFootballTalk
Owners opted on Tuesday to defer consideration of the latest rule aimed at reducing concussions until Wednesday.

Game location, player compensation among Pro Bowl changes weighed | ProFootballTalk
Letting players pick teams isn’t the only big Pro Bowl change being weighed by the NFL.

NFL considering changing way Pro Bowl teams divided | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell generally approved the play in last year’s Pro Bowl, a subtle affirmation that the league’s threats to the game’s future were noted.

Free Agency Signings

Randy Starks signs his franchise tender | ProFootballTalk
With the free agent market falling from under the feet of the guys who got to it, the guys who didn’t are locking in their money.

Aubrayo Franklin latest to join up with the Colts | ProFootballTalk
The Colts got off to a fast start in free agency and their pace isn’t slowing all that much.

Phil Dawson headed to San Francisco | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers held their breath on a veteran kicker this year, but have since replaced him with another.

Panthers add D.J. Moore to secondary | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers made another cheap secondary addition, signing former Bears cornerback D.J. Moore to a one-year deal.

Brad Meester signs on for 14th season with Jags | ProFootballTalk
There’s a new general manager and coach in Jacksonville, but it looks like the same old center will be snapping the ball.

David Carr re-signs with Giants | ProFootballTalk
It will be quite some time before we know how the quarterback depth chart shakes out for one of the teams that calls MetLife Stadium home.

Free Agency Rumors

Report: Texans offer Reed three years at around $4 million per year | ProFootballTalk
The Texans and the agents for safety Ed Reed met again in Phoenix, but reports are that they aren’t any closer to a deal.

Ed Reed reportedly wants around $7M per season -
Nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed is coming off a season in which he earned $7.2 million from the Baltimore Ravens.

Josh Cribbs still recovering from knee surgery | ProFootballTalk
Free agent receiver Josh Cribbs has been linked several times with the Cardinals, but still hasn’t signed.

Texans bringing back Brice McCain | ProFootballTalk
The Texans have reached a deal with cornerback Brice McCain, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday night.

Eric Winston visiting Dolphins | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins lost Jake Long this week, leaving them in need of a starting tackle for their offensive line.

Dolphins sniffing around Osi Umenyiora | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins might be through throwing big money around, but they’re still looking for help, and unlike years past, some veteran players are more willing to look their way

Stevie Brown signs tender to remain with Giants | ProFootballTalk
As a restricted free agent, Stevie Brown had the opportunity to seek offers from other teams that would be interested in his services.

2013 Draft/Pro Days

March 20: Ball State, Baylor, Central Florida, North Carolina State, Ohio, Sacramento State, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky

Ball State - Scott Kovanda, P

Baylor - Lanear Sampson, WR; Terrance Williams, WR

Central Florida - Theo Goins, G

North Carolina State - Zach Allen, G; Mike Glennon, QB; Earl Wolff, SS

Ohio - Travis Carrie, CB; Eric Herman, G

Sacramento State - None

Tennessee - Tyler Bray, QB; Justin Hunter, WR; Cordarrelle Patterson, WR; Mychal Rivera, TE; Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech WR; Darrington Sentimore, DE; Dallas Thomas, OT

Utah - Sam Brenner, G; DeVonte Christopher, WR; Joe Kruger, DE; Ryan Lacy, CB; Star Lotulelei, DT

Virginia Tech - Nick Becton, OT; Marcus Davis, WR; Corey Fuller, WR; Vinston Painter, OT; Bruce Taylor, LB

Western Kentucky - Jack Doyle, TE; Quanterus Smith, DE

Draft Rumblings - Risers & Fallers Around The NFL | National Football Post
Russ Lande tells us which players are Rising & Falling on Draft Boards around the NFL.

Is EJ Manuel a better prospect than Christian Ponder? -
EJ Manuel got another chance Tuesday to move his way up draft boards at Florida State's pro day.

Host of Rutgers defenders get look from every NFL team -
Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Rutgers on March 13, where 17 Scarlett Knights went through a workout held indoors in a practice bubble on FieldTurf.

Kyle Juszczyk could be first Harvard player drafted since 2005 -
Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Harvard on March 14, where six Harvard players and nine others from different schools worked out.

CSU-Pueblo’s Ryan Jensen thrust into draft spotlight -
Representatives from 21 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Colorado on March 13, where seven players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.

Indiana’s Adam Replogle states his case in front of scouts -
Representatives from eight NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Indiana on March 18, where five Hoosiers players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Munchak has a significant role in mind for Shonn Greene | ProFootballTalk
In what might come as a surprise to anyone who watched Shonn Greene play for the Jets, the Titans think he has enough ability to warrant taking touches away from Chris Johnson.

Rob Chudzinski wants to create competition at quarterback | ProFootballTalk
The Browns have scheduled a workout with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, but drafting a quarterback isn’t the only way they could go to challenge incumbent starter Brandon Weeden.

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