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Joel Dreessen to undergo his third knee surgery in nine months; dissolving the Eric Decker dilemma; Shannon Sharpe says farewell to CBS; John Fox is at the combine today; thoughts on Chris Harris Jr.

Kevin C. Cox

Under the knife again

Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen will undergo surgery on his left knee next week, the Denver Post reports. It will be the third such surgery for Joel since May 2013.

It's been a disappointing and frustrating year for Dreessen. After catching six touchdowns with the Texans in 2011 and five touchdowns with the Broncos in 2012, last season Dreessen only tallied seven catches. You can blame two offseason surgeries and the emergence of Julius Thomas for the drop in production, but it still leaves Dreessen in a precarious position. How do the Broncos justify his $2.5 million salary when he wasn't even active for Denver's postseason games?

"That's exactly it," Dreessen said. "Obviously, being inactive for the postseason was exceptionally disappointing. I want to find a way to have a more permanent role on this team and get one more year in."

The Broncos could relieve themselves of Dreessen's salary, and it would only cost them $666,668 (source). There is no roster bonus attached to his contract this year, meaning the Broncos aren't necessarily in any hurry to let him go. But if Dreessen's health issues continue, the Broncos may be forced to act more quickly - a surgery that places him on Injured Reserve will make the rest of his contract guaranteed.

How to keep Eric Decker

MHR alum Kaptain Kirk pontificates on the Eric Decker situation, then concludes that a backloaded contract could keep him in Denver now.

If Peyton Manning truly has 1 or maybe 2 seasons left in him, it would be wise to backload a deal with Decker that won't be a problem when Peyton and his $20 Million fade into the sunset.

Still, I'm not sure an average salary of $6-7 million per year keeps Decker in Denver.

Shannon Sharpe's classy exit

Shannon Sharpe is out at CBS, but he's leaving with his head held high.

"There's no way I would ever complain," Sharpe told The Denver Post on Tuesday evening. "Am I sad and disappointed? Absolutely. But I'm grateful for the 10 years they did give me. They gave me the opportunity when I had no broadcasting experience. So I'm forever grateful what they did for me. I'll be fine."

"I'm going to work because I want to not because I have to. I can be a little more picky," he said. "I don't have to rush into anything because I'm under no financial strain or obligation. I'm going to weigh all my options."

Interested in co-hosting a Broncos podcast, Mr. Sharpe?

John Fox at the combine today

Broncos head coach John Fox will speak at the combine today at 10:45 a.m. MST.  I confirmed with the Broncos that both Fox's presser today and Elway's conference tomorrow will be streamed live on Follow @BroncosTV for more info.

Checking in on ACL's

Our friends at Bleeding Green Nation have started a fascinating series called On the Mend - they're keeping up with WR Arrelious Benn all offseason as he recovers from an ACL injury.

With both Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr. overcoming ACL injuries this offseason, it's a series I will be watching closely. Speaking of Harris...

Chris Harris Jr. on the podcast

The MHR Radio Podcast returns today for Episode 25 - and, appropriately enough, we have #25 of the Broncos Chris Harris Jr. as our special guest. We exchanged a few messages with Harris last week where he told us he was "ahead of schedule", but in our podcast interview with Harris (conducted last night), the fourth-year cornerback talked about his recovery much more in-depth.

We even asked him to try and explain this.

Stay tuned for Episode 25 later today!