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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/4/13

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NFL Draft Preparation - 1st round tactics & strategies |
In the movie classic "Braveheart", England’s King Edward "Longshanks" invades Scotland at the Battle of Falkirk against the Scottish army led by Sir William Wallace (Mel Gibson). Longshanks had secretly organized the invasion while sending his daughter-in-law to negotiate a truce.

Joe Flacco's deal with Baltimore Ravens worth $120.6 million -
Joe Flacco's six-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens is worth $120.6 million, two sources who've seen the contract told's Albert Breer on Sunday night.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Could D.J. Williams be Oakland-bound? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It is clear D.J. Williams will not be back with the Broncos in 2013. That’s been expected for months.

Broncos should look at Saints' RB Chris Ivory in free agency - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: There's been plenty of talk about the Broncos going after Steven Jackson and Shonn Greene. What about New Orleans running back Chris Ivory?

Even Alabama can't always escape NFL's critical pre-draft analysis - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
NFL decision makers love to grade prospects from Alabama. They love to sign them and they love to toss them into the starting lineup as soon as the calendar enables them to do it.

NFL News

Robert Kraft: We lucked out getting Roger Goodell as commissioner | ProFootballTalk
Most NFL players say they disapprove of the way Commissioner Roger Goodell does his job, and there’s a vocal contingent of NFL fans who disapprove of Goodell as well.

NFL teams deal with veteran salaries in different ways. | : Mike Tanier Article
Free agency is upon us, meaning teams first have to find room to improve their clubs by dealing with the expensive veteran contracts on the books. While the Falcons push forward, the Cowboys double down and the Steelers go for a happy medium.

Free Agency

Franchise Tag Tracker -
Franchise Tag season is almost over. Five players have been tagged thus far. Who else could get the tag on Monday?

Will Bucs make a splash in free agency? | ProFootballTalk
With free agency only nine days away, it’s unclear whether the Buccaneers will be doing a proverbial cannonball into the free-agent pool.

Miami Dolphins' Jake Long looking for $11M annually -
As free agency approaches, the market for Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long remains unclear. We do know Long believes he should continue to be paid like an elite player at his position.

Absent new deal with Ryan, Falcons will face franchise-tag dilemma in 2014 | ProFootballTalk
So why did March 4 become the real deadline for the Ravens to get a deal done with quarterback Joe Flacco?

Eagles, Asomugha inch toward decision time | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles have the cap space to carry cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s $15 million base salary beyond March 12, when every team must be in compliance with the 2013 spending limit.

Brian Hoyer missed unrestricted market by one week | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Brian Hoyer got a better chance to play for the Cardinals when the Steelers cut him on a Saturday in December.

Tag coming for Jared Cook on Monday | ProFootballTalk
The annual window for application of the franchise tag closes Monday. Before it does, the Titans are expected to use theirs on tight end Jared Cook, according to Terry McCormick of

Randy Starks open to discount, down on franchise tag | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins have until tomorrow afternoon to decide whether or not they are going to use the franchise tag.

NFL’s game of franchise tag ends Monday | ProFootballTalk
Before Friday, no players had been given the franchise tag.

Flacco deal makes Rodgers’ contract even more glaring | ProFootballTalk
Another quarterback has busted the $20 million annual barrier. And perhaps the best quarterback in the game is making roughly half that amount.

Steelers bring back William Gay | ProFootballTalk
Gay, a cornerback who was cut by the Cardinals last week, said on Twitter that he’s back with the Steelers,

Decision time looms for Ronde Barber, Bucs | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers have been through this before with Ronde Barber, but this year, the decision on how (or if) they should accommodate the veteran defensive back is dragging on.

2013 Draft

2013 NFL Draft Bloggers Edition | DraftSeason
DraftSeason has compiled some of the top bloggers for each NFL team to construct it’s first ever Bloggers NFL Mock Draft.

NFP Pro Day Preview March 4 - 8: Part One | National Football Post
Russ Lande gives insight into four important Pro Days the first half of this week

Predictably, Jarvis Jones says he’s fine | ProFootballTalk
Last weekend, multiple reports emerged that multiple teams had taken Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones off their draft boards, for the same reason USC took Jones off the Trojans roster.

Historic tryout by Lauren Silberman cut short by injury | ProFootballTalk
It was always a long shot that Lauren Silberman would wind up impressing an NFL team so much during a regional combine that they wound up signing her for a chance to compete to become their kicker this summer.

Silberman tryout screams "publicity stunt" | ProFootballTalk
It appeared to be a curious coincidence when news that a female kicker would attend one of the various Regional Scouting Combines emerged within a day after a report surfaced regarding the NFL’s long-term plan for turning the regional events into an American Idol-style competition.

Childhood burns make football easier for Purdue CB Josh Johnson | ProFootballTalk
Every NFL draft brings to our attention players with compelling personal stories.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Phil Taylor excited about new Browns defense | ProFootballTalk
The Browns made Phil Taylor a first-round pick in 2011 and he fit well enough in Dick Jauron’s scheme to record four sacks in his rookie year while also doing good work against the run.

Browns embracing analytics under Banner | ProFootballTalk
The concept of analytics can be intimidating to mainstream sports fans.

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