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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/6/13

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Harry Engels

Free Agency Outlook: Defensive Linemen
A look at the free-agent defensive linemen market.

Barkley Not Big on Comparisons
USC quarterback Matt Barkley is looking to separate himself from the other passers that he has been compared to.

Denver Broncos Videos

Meet the Quarterbacks
Hear from some of the top quarterback prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Miller: "Broncos Will Win Super Bowl" - ESPN Video - ESPN
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller explains why he tweeted that the Broncos will win the Super Bowl and discusses Manti Te'o's combine performance.

Von Miller Tweets Super Bowl Prediction - ESPN Video - ESPN
After his cousin emerged from a coma, Broncos DE Von Miller predicted a Super Bowl victory for the Broncos.

NFL Live OT: Does Trading Revis To 49ers Make Sense? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jeff Saturday and Eric Mangini discuss whether trading Jets CB Darrelle Revis to the 49ers makes sense.

Revis Intrigued By 49ers - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jets CB Darrelle Revis talks about what it would be like playing for the 49ers. Ed Werder examines the likelihood of a Revis trade.

Wide Receiver Runs 40-Yard Dash In 4.19 Seconds - ESPN Video - ESPN
Northern Iowa WR Terrell Sinkfield runs the 40-yard dash in 4.19 seconds at Minnesota's pro day.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Where things stand in AFC West as pro days begin - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos exited the 2012 season with the best team in the AFC West and entered the preparations for the 2013 draft as the best team in the AFC West.

Collin Klein committed as NFL QB, but scouts divided on Kansas State star - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I noticed during the NFL combine that the Broncos brought in John Lynch to help evaluate defensive backs. Would it be of benefit to the Broncos — and would Lynch agree — that getting Collin Klein is a good idea?

A week before free agency and all's quiet | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
Free agency opens a week from today and the buzz around the league is eerily quiet.

PFT on NBC Sports Network: Von Miller, free agency preview | ProFootballTalk
Broncos linebacker Von Miller followed up his excellent rookie season with another strong year in 2012 and he’ll tell us what’s on tap for Year Three when he joins Erik Kuselias for a chat on Tuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network.

PFT Live: Broncos need a killer instinct | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio takes a look at what should be on the Broncos’ to-do list this offseason. He says that they have the passing game under control now with Peyton Manning, but they need up upgrade the running game. The Broncos also need to acquire a killer instinct in order to take their regular season talents deep into the postseason.

PFT Live 03/05: Sam Mellinger, Broncos/Texans To Do List | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star about the Chiefs recent 5-year, $56 million franchise tag on Dwayne Bowe and why the Chiefs have decided to keep the veteran wide out. Then, Florio gives the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs an offseason to do lists.

NFL draft offers slim pickings for teams on hunt for big running back - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
A lot has been made of the lack of an elite quarterback on this year's draft board.

In NFL free agency, Broncos waiting to see: A player-by-player rundown - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Can you let me know who the Broncos' free agents are for this season?

Jarvis Moss joins the draft-bust comeback trail, too | ProFootballTalk
When it comes to washed-up draft-bust players who are trying to launch a comeback, the quarterback monopoly has ended.

Broncos Mailbag: Position strengths differ between free agency, draft - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Mike - Do you see any positions of need which may be better suited to strengthening in free agency?

Division News

Top 10 AFC West UFAs - AFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL free agency starts March 12. The list of the top 10 unrestricted free agents in the AFC West has changed dramatically recently. Here is the list I compiled a month ago before re-signings and franchise tag decisions. The group is nowhere near as deep as it was.

Bowe moves into top three with $56 million deal | ProFootballTalk
We’ve got the full breakdown of the five-year deal signed by receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Dorsey discusses key Chiefs' moves - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Following one of the biggest offseason days in franchise history, I was able to catch up with new Kansas City general manager John Dorsey.

Tyson Jackson alters contract to stay with Chiefs | ProFootballTalk
When perusing a list of the most outlandish cap numbers around the league at the start of the offseason, it was hard not to focus on the $17.5 million figure held by Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson.

Kansas City Chiefs make 2013 NFL Draft stance clear -
Monday's decision to slap Branden Albert with the franchise tag will not preclude the Kansas City Chiefs from selecting a left tackle such as Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, or Oklahoma's fast-rising Lane Johnson with the No. 1 overall pick.

Add the Raiders to Cullen Jenkins’ road trip | ProFootballTalk
Cullen Jenkins continues to take advantage of his head start on the free agent market, as the former Eagles defensive lineman keeps adding stops on his West Coast tour.

Brandon Myers: It looks like I’m leaving Raiders | ProFootballTalk
The overall performance of the Raiders offense led to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp’s firing after one year on the job, but the year wasn’t without any highlights.

Carson Palmer isn’t sure what will happen in Oakland | ProFootballTalk
Last month, Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie told Pro Football Talk there will be competition at the quarterback position. Which could open the door for Terrelle Pryor.

NFL News

Report: Goodell tells friends he fears a player will die on the field | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s emphasis on player safety is borne in part of a fear that a high-impact collision will cause a player to die on the field.

Free Agency

Lions sign punter who paid his own way to tryout | ProFootballTalk
At a time when plenty of people without actual football talent (but who may believe otherwise) may be willing to plunk down $275 to try out for the NFL, it’s no surprise that a former college punter made a slightly larger wager on himself.

Seahawks add basketball player turned tight end | ProFootballTalk
A former pro basketball player who never played college football has landed a job in the NFL.

Likely Revis trade timing? The week before the draft | ProFootballTalk
Indeed, the Jets are shopping cornerback Darrelle Revis. Which means that owner Woody Johnson has decided not to pay him.

Falcons, 49ers, on list of possible Revis trade partners | ProFootballTalk
The Jets might be trying to slow-play any potential Darrelle Revis trade to maximize value, but it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he’s getting traded somewhere.

Jaguars moving on without Rashean Mathis | ProFootballTalk
When the Jaguars enter a new era, they’ll be doing it without long-time cornerback Rashean Mathis.

Report: Bucs considering first-round tender for LeGarrette Blount | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers used a first-round pick to bring running back Doug Martin to Tampa last season and they might want one in return for allowing the guy who Martin replaced in the starting lineup to leave as a restricted free agent.

William Moore hopes to get deal done with Falcons soon | ProFootballTalk
The franchise tag deadline came and went without the Falcons using theirs, leaving open the possibility that safety William Moore will hit the open market next week.

Falcons sign Antone Smith to two-year deal | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons signed running back Antone Smith to a two-year deal Tuesday, giving themselves some cost certainty and a special teamer.

Bears expected to make an offer to Jared Cook | ProFootballTalk
After tight end/slot receiver Jared Cook wasn’t given the franchise tag by the Titans, the speculation has begun about where Cook will end up in free agency. And much of that speculation is centered in Chicago.

Report: Dolphins near a deal with Brian Hartline | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins and wide receiver Brian Hartline have apparently moved from a general sense of optimism to something approaching tangible.

Fred Davis: I don’t want to just go for the money | ProFootballTalk
Redskins tight end Fred Davis got some good news recently about his recovery from a torn Achilles and that means it’s time for him to start thinking about where he’d like to end up as a free agent this offseason. - Vikings release WR Jenkins
The Vikings announced the release of WR Michael Jenkins on Tuesday. Jenkins was reportedly due a $2.425 million roster bonus this month.

Wes Welker appears set to test free agency | ProFootballTalk
Despite some talk that the Patriots and receiver Wes Welker were trying to work out an agreement on a long-term contract before Welker becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 12, that doesn’t appear likely to happen.

QB G.J. Kinne signs two-year deal with Philadelphia Eagles -
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback G.J. Kinne to a two-year contract.

NFL free agency primers: Biggest needs for all 32 teams in 2013 -
With free agency set to kick off at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12, Elliot Harrison identifies priorities for all 32 teams over eight divisional primers. One player of interest to many: Greg Jennings.

Kelvin Hayden expected to explore options in free agency | ProFootballTalk
The Chicago Bears were already planning on moving on from defensive back D.J. Moore, but they may have to find a replacement for Kelvin Hayden as well.

Pro Days

March 6: Alabama A&M, Duquesne, Eastern Washington, Kent State, Mississippi State, North Alabama, Northern Arizona, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Texas Tech, West Texas A&M, Wisconsin

Alabama A&M -- Jamaal Johnson-Webb, OT

Duquesne -- None

Eastern Washington -- Brandon Kaufman, WR; Kyle Padron, QB; Marquess Wilson, Washington State WR

Kent State -- Brian Winters, G

Mississippi State -- Johnthan Banks, CB; Josh Boyd, DT; Corey Broomfield, CB; Chad Bumphis, WR; Cameron Lawrence, LB; Darius Slay, CB

North Alabama -- None

Northern Arizona -- None

Pittsburgh -- Ray Graham, RB

South Florida -- Sam Barrington, LB; Cory Grissom, DT; Kayvon Webster, CB

Texas Tech -- LaAdrian Waddle, OT

West Texas A&M -- Manase Foketi, OT

Wisconsin -- Montee Ball, RB; Travis Frederick, C; Mike Taylor, LB; Ricky Wagner, OT

2013 Draft

NFP Pro Day Preview March 4 - 8: Part Two | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers his thoughts on five more schools holding their Pro Days

PFT Live: Regional combines a waste of time? | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio breaks down three of the biggest topics around the NHL. The Chiefs paid WR Dwayne Bowe like a top-5 wide receiver, Rams WR Danny Amendola is set to hit the open market, and regional combines have been turning into a joke with the lack of talent being showcased.

Matt Barkley is a fourth-round talent, Greg Cosell says -
It's widely believed that USC's Matt Barkley is the best quarterback in this draft class not named Geno Smith.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Aldon Smith says "we all know" Crabtree was held | ProFootballTalk
The Super Bowl happened more than a month ago. But since it was one of the more memorable Super Bowls in NFL history, there’s still stuff about the game worth mentioning.

Antonio Smith: Texans’ locker room would laugh at Manti Te’o | ProFootballTalk
Rookie hazing is commonplace in the NFL, but former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o may need to be prepared for a little more than usual.

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