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Say you're being offered $2 million to marry your ex-wife. She and you had a brutal, public falling out, but that's a big chunk of change to set aside your differences. Would you do it?
Begrudgingly, maybe. That's the case with Broncos free agent wide receiver Wes Welker as he looks to shed retirement rumors and find that special fish in the sea.
Even if that fish is Bill Belichick and Mr. Limp Football himself, Tom Brady.
"I wouldn't be opposed to it," Welker said of a New England return. "It's a great organization, obviously, and a great team. It wouldn't be the worst situation in the world."
In other words: it's nearly the worst situation in the world.
Reading between the lines, the idea doesn't read like it thrills Welker. But right now, no one is calling. Desperate times call for
deflating desperate measures.
How Chris Harris Jr. is preparing to improve upon his best year
That should be intimidating for any offense this season, considering in 2014 he was thrown at 89 times without allowing a single touchdown – all while feeling he still wasn’t quite there yet. He allowed 51.7 percent of receptions, averaging only 7.7 yards allowed per catch, while notching 51 total tackles, three interceptions and 17 passes defended.
Aqib Talib expects more speed, more big plays, better ending for Broncos - The Denver Post
But the sour, and unexpected early ending to the season trumped the accolades. Especially for Talib, who had perhaps his worst game of the season in the playoff loss to Indianapolis trying to cover receiver T.Y. Hilton. "I feel like we were recognized enough," Talib said. "It could be better, but if we had finished later in the season, we would have gotten even more recognition, so that's what we worried about."
Roby given a C-minus despite A-list accomplishment
"I'd say C- is pretty good for him," Harris said. "He was really up and down a lot. He went through a streak like five or six touchdowns where he gave up that in a row. Whenever you have that, that's definitely C-minus. He knows that. He knows what he has to get better at. It's that consistency all through the year at cornerback, and that's tough to do. It's tough to be good great every game."
Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby wants to rise above 2014's 'C-minus' - Denver Broncos Blog - ESPN
Last season rookie Bradley Roby balanced the usual growing pains with timely plays and played 75 percent of the defensive snaps.
Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning: I love being coached - Denver Broncos Blog - ESPN
"I feel that whatever they ask me to do, I can do," Manning said on May 27 and added later; "I love being coached. I get angry when I’m not coached. I ask a lot of questions and certainly appreciate any insight and feedback. I think if you ever stop listening to coaching or stop asking questions, you probably need to be doing something else. This is the kind of time for it."
Veterans offer foundation for secondary to improve
"We're trying to raise each other's level even higher," Harris said of how he and Talib are working toward that goal. "He's seen how I didn't give up no touchdowns last year so I'm pretty sure he's going to come out there and be like, 'OK, I'm going to try to not give up a touchdown.' Just that competition right there between me and him that we have is going to make each other better, make us us better and I like that. He's going to go out there and try to prove he's best every week and I'm going to prove I'm the best every week."
Ball looking forward to return of smash-mouth football
With the addition of a new balanced offense under the helm of Head Coach Gary Kubiak and Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison, the Broncos running back corps will look to see more snaps in 2015. Ball is expected to share time with running back C.J. Anderson who stepped up after Ball suffered a groin injury and tallied 849 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Finally, via reddit, here's Darrent Williams with an 80-yard touchdown return, just because. Rest in peace, DWill.