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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - NFL is "No Country For Old Men?"

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No country for old men?

39 by NFL standards is ancient...well unless you're a placekicker or longsnapper. For everyone else, this is the time where the body starts to break down a bit more. It's hard to bounce back from the weekly beatings that take place on Sunday. If you're one of the fans that smiles each and every time Peyton Manning goes into the fetal position in order to avoid a sack, you do so tongue in cheek. Sure it's funny looking, but you really don't want ol' "Iron Neck" to take a huge hit.

With our signal caller entering is 18th NFL season and 4th with the Broncos, are there other QB's out there that have turned in solid performances at 39 and beyond?

Of course....

Warren Moon

In 1995 Warren Moon turned 39 and put up some impressive numbers. He completed 62% of his passes for 4228 yards, 33 TD (only the 2nd 30+ TD season he put up as an NFL player), 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 91.5.

Unfortunately....there's not more more evidence than that.

Many guys have made it to 39 in a reserve role. They're not playing much, let alone expected to lead a franchise, yet here we are.

The greatest positive Manning and the older generation of QB's can sustain growth by is the fact that almost all NFL rules and regulations have given the offense a decided advantage.

Peyton may be 39 but his past, especially the last few as a Bronco have been a sight to behold.

Of course the NFL is "Country for Old Men" but it takes a sheriff, and it takes a team.

On Roby and other rumors

This is the time of year where any player can play any position and fill any open role on the roster. I also think it's the time of year that fans can get too worked up over it.

If Elway does his job this offseason, Bradley Roby  A CORNER will play corner next season. You don't pay the Ravens guy starter money just to be there in nickel situations and you don't convert a promising young talent to a position that is foreign to him just because you lack depth. If that's the case the Broncos would have been better served paying Rahim Moore 4 million a season to be their starter.

That brings me to the next rumor. Grayson and Oz. I personally don't care which player you endorse. While Peyton Manning is on the Broncos roster, it is John Elway's job to replace him. Think about what that means then wrack your brain for the historical gravity. John Elway is trying to replace a once in a generation quarterback, someone this franchise can be built around, someone who for the next 15 years can be the face of this franchise and compete for multiple super bowls.

If Garrett Grayson fits the mold sign me up.

If Brock Osweiler fits the mold sign me up.

And because I love numbers and production, and because I think the Broncos can replicate Julius Thomas' production:

I'll be taking a look at the Broncos Redzone numbers in depth later on this week. Until then, don't breath all the smoke that's coming from Dove Valley.

Since MHR has been killing the coverage all offseason, and since I am proud to be a part of the best Broncos blog on the interwebz, it was nice to see Chris Wessling of reference Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann's interviewwith WR Cody Latimer in his column yesterday! Cheers!

Horse Tracks

Cody Latimer ready for big jump, Broncos' Kubiak says -
Coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that Cody Latimer is poised for a "big jump" in 2015. Will the second-year wide receiver make up for the loss of Julius Thomas and Wes Welker?

2015 NFL free-agency spending update: by the numbers
A spending breakdown of the 153 NFL free-agent signings through March 24, 2015.

Contract details for Broncos safety Darian Stewart
Darian Stewart, who signed with the Denver Broncos in free agency, received a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Briefs: Much to learn for Brandon Marshall, Danny Trevathan - The Denver Post
As the Broncos convert to a 3-4 defense, the position with perhaps the greatest adjustment is inside linebacker.

Kubiak: C.J. Anderson goes into offseason as top RB
But with plenty of depth behind him, the Pro Bowler will have to work every day to maintain that spot, the head coach noted.

Kubiak details preparation for offense's transition
The offensive transition Gary Kubiak will implement has already gotten help from some members of the coaching staff, he said.

Notion of using Bradley Roby at safety 'has come up'
But the second-year cornerback's use at safety could be limited to base-package work, with him lining up at cornerback when the Broncos go into their nickel alignment.

Gary Kubiak: O-line has 'got to get better'
But the question is with what players? Two spots are set, but three are wide open with young possibilities all around and a fresh start for veterans like Chris Clark.

Additional picks give Broncos additional opportunities to help roster - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos got some much needed draft help Monday, or at least the potential for some much needed draft help. Or as the t

Kansas City Chiefs' 2014 free-agent decisions further validated - ESPN
Addition of four compensatory draft picks is icing after team showed restraint last offseason.

Chargers' Mike McCoy says Branden Oliver can be a workhorse back - ESPN
Branden Oliver led the San Diego Chargers in rushing last season as a rookie.

50-yard line markers will be gold all year for Super Bowl 50 | ProFootballTalk
The 50s on the field will be painted gold throughout the 2015 season as the NFL prepares for Super Bowl 50. The league said today that it wants to spend the entire season celebrating the 50th Super Bowl, which will take place on February 7 at the 49ers' new stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Detailing the 43 trades (so far) of 2015 draft selections | ProFootballTalk
As we detailed earlier today, the 2015 NFL Draft order is now officially set following the doling out of compensatory draft picks at the league meetings on Monday.

Jets file tampering charge against Patriots over Revis -
The Jets filed tampering charges against Patriots owner Robert Kraft for comments referencing cornerback Darrelle Revis, Ian Rapoport reported according to a source informed of the Jets' plans.

Jeffrey Lurie: LeSean McCoy didn't fit Chip Kelly's O -
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie confirmed Tuesday that LeSean McCoy was traded because he didn't fit Chip Kelly's power spread offense. Is Kelly better off with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews?

Bucs owners comfortable with Winston or Mariota at No. 1 -
The Glazer family is apparently on board with either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota if Tampa Bay Buccaneers brass decides to select a QB with the No. 1 overall pick. - Official Site of the National Football League
NFL teams unanimously approved Tuesday morning the addition of a medical timeout during the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.