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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/5/13

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Scott Heavey

Free Agency Outlook: Wide Receivers
A look at the free agent wide receiver market.

2013 NFL Draft Preview: Quarterbacks
A look at some of the top quarterback prospects leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos Videos

Mike Mayock talks 2013 NFL Scouting Combine stars - NFL Videos
03:49 – Mike Mayock explains which players impressed at the combine and what those performances actually mean in terms of when they will be drafted.

Chiefs Reach Deal With Bowe - ESPN Video - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs reached agreement on long-term contracts with receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt on Monday, allowing them to use their franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert.

Catching Up With Aldon Smith - ESPN Video - ESPN
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith joins "First Take" to talk about his MMA training, the 49ers' Super Bowl loss to the Ravens, and the departure of WR Randy Moss.

Roger Goodell at the 2009 Congressional Hearings on Concussions - ESPN Video - ESPN
In October 2009, Roger Goodell attended a House Judiciary Committee hearing on concussions where he declined to say whether there was a connection between playing football and cognitive erosion.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Denver Broncos' offseason needs: CB, DT, RB, OL lead the way - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
After visiting with Broncos personnel during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis last week, a prominent agent got the impression that defensive tackle clearly was the team's top target.

Britton Colquitt, Denver Broncos punter, a restricted free agent- Mike Klis
In ways other than say, $7.8 million or so, left tackle Ryan Clady is no different than punter Britton Colquitt.

Division News - Chiefs tag Albert; re-sign Bowe, Colquitt
As the deadline approached to use the franchise tag, the Chiefs made a flurry of moves involving three key free agents.

Chiefs give themselves options for top pick with moves | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs did a lot of business in the hours before the franchise tag deadline, signing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to long-term deals, and tagging left tackle Branden Albert.

Albert has no interest in changing positions | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs have applied the franchise tag to left tackle Branden Albert. And Albert says that, moving forward, he fully intends to remain where he has been.

Raiders save some money by restructuring Mike Brisiel contract | ProFootballTalk
When guard Mike Brisiel signed with the Raiders as a free agent before last season, his arrival was seen as part of the team’s commitment to the zone blocking system favored by new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

Palmer will have say in contract talks - AFC West Blog - ESPN
One of the Oakland Raiders’ most pressing issues in the coming days is to address the contract of quarterback Carson Palmer as they try to get under the salary cap.

NFL News

NFL Communications - Franchise Players Named "
Franchise player designations were announced today for the 2013 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12.

NFL wants to know if fans will pay $25 to attend the Combine | ProFootballTalk
The NFL allowed about 300 fans to attend Scouting Combine workouts for free this year. But that may not be the case for long.

More proof that Silberman tryout was a publicity stunt | ProFootballTalk
From the moment it was disclosed by the league’s in-house media conglomerate that a female kicker will be among the participants in a Regional Scouting Combine process that the league wants to see grow into an American Idol-style competition, we were skeptical that it was a publicity stunt. slams Silberman tryout, without slamming NFL for allowing it | ProFootballTalk
Well, the circle is now complete.

Free Agency

2013 Free Agency: Setting the Stage | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of gets you ready for the next few weeks - Dolphins place franchise tag on DT Starks
The Dolphins used their franchise tag on one of their several key free agents Monday, tagging DT Randy Starks, according to multiple reports. - Cowboys tag Spencer, release Sensabaugh
The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on OLB Anthony Spencer and released S Gerald Sensabaugh on Monday.

Rams’ plans for Amendola aren’t clear | ProFootballTalk
Rams G.M. Les Snead went out of his way during the Scouting Combine to make it known that the team won’t be applying the franchise tag to receiver Danny Amendola.

David Akers expected to be released by 49ers | ProFootballTalk
Considering how close he came to not finishing the season, it’s hardly a surprise the 49ers don’t want to commit to kicker David Akers for next year.

No franchise tag for Greg Jennings, market next | ProFootballTalk
There was some recent chatter that the Packers might consider using the franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings.

John Abraham thinks he has a couple of years left | ProFootballTalk
Getting released by the Falcons last week isn’t the end of the road for defensive end John Abraham.

Titans won’t tag Jared Cook at any position | ProFootballTalk
Apparently the Titans don’t care whether Jared Cook considers himself a tight end or a wide receiver, for accounting purposes.

D.J. Moore won’t be back with the Bears next season | ProFootballTalk
Chicago Bears defensive back D.J. Moore already knows he’ll be looking for a new team for next season.

Vikings part ways with Michael Jenkins | ProFootballTalk
The Vikings didn’t need to clear any cap space to use their franchise tag on Monday, but they did a little housekeeping anyway to rid themselves of a player they didn’t want to pay a roster bonus later this month.

Report: Jets consider second-round tender for Jeff Cumberland | ProFootballTalk
In recent years, there has been scant little action in restricted free agency, and excitement could be lacking once again unless a team decides to make a big offer for Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz or Chargers wideout Danario Alexander.

Bradshaw hopes to get medical clearance on Wednesday | ProFootballTalk
Cut last month by the Giants after literally being cut in the foot by a surgeon the month before, running back Ahmad Bradshaw has not yet been cleared medically.

Cushing aims for bar set by Peterson | ProFootballTalk
The uncanny ACL recovery by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who suffered the injury on Christmas Eve and launched his league MVP season less than nine months later

Dashon Goldson could be ready to leave the 49ers | National Football Post
Safety will be attractive free agent target

Cliff Avril figures he’ll know soon if Lions still interested | ProFootballTalk
For the last two years, Cliff Avril has worked on one-year contracts. And while he said he was close to working out a long-term deal with the Lions last year, the soon-to-be free agent defensive end said he’s not sure how much longer he’ll be there.

Pro Days

March 5: Auburn, Buffalo, Harding, Jackson State, Missouri Southern State, Northwestern, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Tuskegee, Youngstown State

Auburn - Emory Blake, WR; Corey Lemonier, DE; Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE; Onterio McCalebb, RB; John Sullen, G

Buffalo - None

Harding - Ty Powell, DE

Jackson State - None

Missouri Southern State - None

Northwestern - Dan Conroy, Michigan State K

Tennessee-Chattanooga - None

Tuskegee - None

Youngstown State - Lamar Mady, G

2013 Draft

Anyone (yes, anyone) can try out for the NFL | ProFootballTalk
Maybe the Regional Scouting Combines will indeed begin to look like American Idol. The first wave of annual episodes, that is.

Does Sharrif Floyd make sense for Chiefs? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Perhaps no draft prospect is rising up the NFL draft boards faster than Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

2013 NFL Mock Drafts : NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs select Eric Fisher
Bucky Brooks has the Broncos selecting Mati Te'o

Matt Barkley or Geno Smith? Quarterback class still unsettled -
It's dangerous to make assumptions about what will happen over the last weekend in April during the first week of March.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Cosell’s Take: You say you want a revolution? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
It was just over 12 months ago that the 2011 season was anointed "the Year of the Quarterback".

Brodrick Bunkley restructures contract | ProFootballTalk
The Saints didn’t use the franchise tag on Monday, but they did make a move to clear themselves room under the salary cap.

Colts re-sign Fili Moala | ProFootballTalk
The Colts used their franchise tag on punter Pat McAfee and they were able to keep another impending free agent from hitting the open market on Monday as well.

Report: AEG L.A. stadium proposal "essentially dead" to NFL | ProFootballTalk
The plan to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles could be hitting a substantial roadblock.

Weeden getting advice from the guy you’d expect to advise him | ProFootballTalk
The surprising part isn’t that Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is working with Chris Weinke in Florida.

Terrell Sinkfield’s 4.19-second 40 doesn’t pass the smell test | ProFootballTalk
It makes for a great headline: An unheralded prospect from a small school showed up at Minnesota’s Pro Day and turned in a 40-yard dash that was faster than anyone has ever run at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Go Broncos!

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