<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:29:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Demaryius Thomas says he'll skip Broncos' offseason workouts]]> By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press http://gazette.com/demaryius-thomas-says-hell-skip-broncos-offseason-workouts/article/1548807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/demaryius-thomas-says-hell-skip-broncos-offseason-workouts/article/1548807?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Demaryius Thomas says he'll skip the Denver Broncos' offseason workouts until the sides agree on a long-term contract.

The star receiver also said he'll bypass Peyton Manning's annual passing camp next week at Duke, where the five-time MVP QB works on his timing with his wide receivers.

Speaking by phone Monday from an XBox "Call of Duty" event in Los Angeles to benefit military veterans, Thomas said if a long-term deal isn't reached, he'd sign the Broncos' $12.823 million franchise tender by the July 15 deadline.

Because he's played three years with Manning, Thomas said missing offseason workouts won't complicate his adjustment to the Broncos' new offense under coach Gary Kubiak.

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ENGLEWOOD — Demaryius Thomas says he'll skip the Denver Broncos' offseason workouts until the sides agree on a long-term contract.

The star receiver also said he'll bypass Peyton Manning's annual passing camp next week at Duke, where the five-time MVP QB works on his timing with his wide receivers.

Speaking by phone Monday from an XBox "Call of Duty" event in Los Angeles to benefit military veterans, Thomas said if a long-term deal isn't reached, he'd sign the Broncos' $12.823 million franchise tender by the July 15 deadline.

Because he's played three years with Manning, Thomas said missing offseason workouts won't complicate his adjustment to the Broncos' new offense under coach Gary Kubiak.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:31:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: A polite request for the NFL, and Broncos, to be better]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-a-polite-request-for-the-nfl-and-broncos-to-be-better/article/1548711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-a-polite-request-for-the-nfl-and-broncos-to-be-better/article/1548711?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Super Bowl opened with accusations of cheating and closed with a brawl in the end zone. The Bears just signed an alleged woman beater; the Cowboys just signed a convicted one. A former Patriots star is on trial for murder.

The next major acquisition is coming, whenever Adrian Peterson signs for another few million bucks. All he did was whip a 4-year-old until his son - one of however many kids he's sired; he once declined to give a number - was bleeding and bruised.

The first Sunday of the NFL season is 24 weeks from today. Get your tickets yet?

Color me jaded. But when their 2015 campaign opens in September, I'm more interested in seeing the Broncos stay off the police blotter than in the playoffs.

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The next major acquisition is coming, whenever Adrian Peterson signs for another few million bucks. All he did was whip a 4-year-old until his son - one of however many kids he's sired; he once declined to give a number - was bleeding and bruised.

The first Sunday of the NFL season is 24 weeks from today. Get your tickets yet?

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From an old former QB to an old current one comes this: "Happy Birthday, Peyton."

New Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, once a longtime backup to John Elway, sent those greetings to his starting quarterback on Tuesday, when Manning turned 39.

"A couple weeks out from getting started, I'm looking forward to getting him into the building from a full-time basis so we can talk some football and do all those things," Kubiak said. Happy birthday to him and I can't wait to see him in a couple weeks."

Kubiak believed Manning would be back for an 18th season (he sat out 2012 after neck surgeries) when the coach replaced John Fox in Denver.



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From an old former QB to an old current one comes this: "Happy Birthday, Peyton."

New Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, once a longtime backup to John Elway, sent those greetings to his starting quarterback on Tuesday, when Manning turned 39.

"A couple weeks out from getting started, I'm looking forward to getting him into the building from a full-time basis so we can talk some football and do all those things," Kubiak said. Happy birthday to him and I can't wait to see him in a couple weeks."

Kubiak believed Manning would be back for an 18th season (he sat out 2012 after neck surgeries) when the coach replaced John Fox in Denver.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:01:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: For Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, gift to grandma is one for a lifetime]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-for-broncos-running-back-c.j.-anderson-gift-to-grandma-is-one-for-a-lifetime/article/1548451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-for-broncos-running-back-c.j.-anderson-gift-to-grandma-is-one-for-a-lifetime/article/1548451?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Her old ride didn't have air conditioning. The emergency brake failed years ago, and passing emissions testing was a pipe dream. Barbara Gaddies is 71, and her '97 Saturn sat low enough that she had trouble climbing into the driver's seat.

So C.J. Anderson, the Broncos running back, did what any good grandson would do.

He bought his grandmother a new car.

"Oh, man. She was just crying, lots of crying," Anderson says of her reaction. "I started crying, too. We all did. It was just a special moment I'll never forget."

This story began long ago, long before C.J. drove a 2015 Honda CRX EX off the dealer's lot and into his grandmother's driveway; long before Anderson erupted onto the NFL scene with eight



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DENVER — Her old ride didn't have air conditioning. The emergency brake failed years ago, and passing emissions testing was a pipe dream. Barbara Gaddies is 71, and her '97 Saturn sat low enough that she had trouble climbing into the driver's seat.

So C.J. Anderson, the Broncos running back, did what any good grandson would do.

He bought his grandmother a new car.

"Oh, man. She was just crying, lots of crying," Anderson says of her reaction. "I started crying, too. We all did. It was just a special moment I'll never forget."

This story began long ago, long before C.J. drove a 2015 Honda CRX EX off the dealer's lot and into his grandmother's driveway; long before Anderson erupted onto the NFL scene with eight

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:39:38 -0600
<![CDATA[NFL gives 32 compensatory picks to 14 teams]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-gives-32-compensatory-picks-to-14-teams/article/feed/216683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-gives-32-compensatory-picks-to-14-teams/article/feed/216683?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — NFC champion Seattle, Denver and Kansas City each were awarded four compensatory picks in this year's draft.

The NFL handed out 32 such picks to 14 teams on Monday. They begin at the conclusion of the third round when Super Bowl winner New England gets the 97th overall choice.

New England lost LeGarrette Blount, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib in 2014 free agency, while adding Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell. Blount returned to the Patriots after being cut by Pittsburgh in November and was a key running back the rest of the season.

The Patriots get two picks overall.

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The NFL handed out 32 such picks to 14 teams on Monday. They begin at the conclusion of the third round when Super Bowl winner New England gets the 97th overall choice.

New England lost LeGarrette Blount, Dane Fletcher, Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib in 2014 free agency, while adding Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell. Blount returned to the Patriots after being cut by Pittsburgh in November and was a key running back the rest of the season.

The Patriots get two picks overall.

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Anyone who knows Broncos running back C.J. Anderson understands his grandmother deserved the precious gift.

Anderson is a slashing and bruising runner capable of bouncing a defensive lineman and eluding a defensive back. But thanks in large part to the way his grandmother brought him up, Anderson is also a sweetheart of a guy. He demonstrated his kindness by using some of the $150,963 playing-time bonus he received a couple days ago to buy his grandmother, Barbara Gaddies, a new Honda CRV EX. Anderson surprised her with the maroon car as she came outside her Vallejo, Calif., home with many of their family and friends looking on.

Grandma was quite excited.



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Anyone who knows Broncos running back C.J. Anderson understands his grandmother deserved the precious gift.

Anderson is a slashing and bruising runner capable of bouncing a defensive lineman and eluding a defensive back. But thanks in large part to the way his grandmother brought him up, Anderson is also a sweetheart of a guy. He demonstrated his kindness by using some of the $150,963 playing-time bonus he received a couple days ago to buy his grandmother, Barbara Gaddies, a new Honda CRV EX. Anderson surprised her with the maroon car as she came outside her Vallejo, Calif., home with many of their family and friends looking on.

Grandma was quite excited.

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Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:46:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colts agree to terms with LB Nate Irving]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/colts-agree-to-terms-with-lb-nate-irving/article/1548289?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colts-agree-to-terms-with-lb-nate-irving/article/1548289?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent linebacker Nate Irving.

Irving spent the past four seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he had 104 tackles, two sacks and 22 special teams stops in 54 regular season games, including 12 starts. In six playoff games, he added nine more tackles.

Irving started the first eight games last season and posted a career-high 44 tackles along with a sack before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 13.

Irving was a third-round draft pick by Denver in 2011 out of North Carolina State.



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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent linebacker Nate Irving.

Irving spent the past four seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he had 104 tackles, two sacks and 22 special teams stops in 54 regular season games, including 12 starts. In six playoff games, he added nine more tackles.

Irving started the first eight games last season and posted a career-high 44 tackles along with a sack before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 13.

Irving was a third-round draft pick by Denver in 2011 out of North Carolina State.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:56:19 -0600
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent linebacker Nate Irving.

Irving spent the past four seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he had 104 tackles, two sacks and 22 special teams stops in 54 regular season games, including 12 starts. In six playoff games, he added nine more tackles.

Irving started the first eight games last season and posted a career-high 44 tackles along with a sack before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 13.

Irving was a third-round draft pick by Denver in 2011 out of North Carolina State.



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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent linebacker Nate Irving.

Irving spent the past four seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he had 104 tackles, two sacks and 22 special teams stops in 54 regular season games, including 12 starts. In six playoff games, he added nine more tackles.

Irving started the first eight games last season and posted a career-high 44 tackles along with a sack before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 13.

Irving was a third-round draft pick by Denver in 2011 out of North Carolina State.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:57:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Seventh-year linebacker Reggie Walker joins Broncos]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/seventh-year-linebacker-reggie-walker-joins-broncos/article/1548235?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seventh-year-linebacker-reggie-walker-joins-broncos/article/1548235?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with free agent linebacker/special teamer Reggie Walker on a one-year contract.

Walker is a seventh-year player who played the last two seasons in San Diego after four years in Arizona.

Walker has played in 75 regular season games with a half-dozen starts, all in 2013. His best season was 2013, when he had a career-high 36 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery.

For his career, he has 73 tackles, 3 1-2 sacks, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 25 special teams stops.

He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State in 2009.



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ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with free agent linebacker/special teamer Reggie Walker on a one-year contract.

Walker is a seventh-year player who played the last two seasons in San Diego after four years in Arizona.

Walker has played in 75 regular season games with a half-dozen starts, all in 2013. His best season was 2013, when he had a career-high 36 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery.

For his career, he has 73 tackles, 3 1-2 sacks, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 25 special teams stops.

He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State in 2009.

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Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:39:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Falcons find help at tight end by signing former Bronco Jacob Tamme]]> By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press http://gazette.com/falcons-find-help-at-tight-end-by-signing-former-bronco-jacob-tamme/article/1548217?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcons-find-help-at-tight-end-by-signing-former-bronco-jacob-tamme/article/1548217?custom_click=rss

Jacob Tamme found the bigger offensive role he was looking for in Atlanta, where the Falcons were seeking a veteran tight end a year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.

Tamme agreed to a two-year deal with the Falcons, becoming the sixth free agent to bolt Denver this offseason.

"I loved being in Denver, loved my teammates," Tamme said in text message while flying to Hawaii on a family vacation Thursday. "It's not easy to leave a place like that. But the opportunity that presents itself in Atlanta is exciting for me, the chance to go in with a new head coach and build something."

The Falcons on Thursday also signed tight end Tony Moeaki from Seattle.



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Jacob Tamme found the bigger offensive role he was looking for in Atlanta, where the Falcons were seeking a veteran tight end a year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.

Tamme agreed to a two-year deal with the Falcons, becoming the sixth free agent to bolt Denver this offseason.

"I loved being in Denver, loved my teammates," Tamme said in text message while flying to Hawaii on a family vacation Thursday. "It's not easy to leave a place like that. But the opportunity that presents itself in Atlanta is exciting for me, the chance to go in with a new head coach and build something."

The Falcons on Thursday also signed tight end Tony Moeaki from Seattle.

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Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:41:58 -0600
<![CDATA[AP Sources: Tim Tebow works out for Eagles]]> http://gazette.com/ap-sources-tim-tebow-works-out-for-eagles/article/feed/214433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-sources-tim-tebow-works-out-for-eagles/article/feed/214433?custom_click=rss

Tebow Time in Philly?

Tim Tebow worked out Monday for the Philadelphia Eagles, two people familiar with the session told The Associated Press. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because the workout was not made public. One of the sources said Tebow worked out at quarterback and left the facility without discussing a contract.

Considering all the offseason moves made by coach Chip Kelly, taking a look at the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner with the huge following shouldn't be a surprise. Tebow could run zone-read plays better than Philadelphia's four current quarterbacks.

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Tim Tebow worked out Monday for the Philadelphia Eagles, two people familiar with the session told The Associated Press. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because the workout was not made public. One of the sources said Tebow worked out at quarterback and left the facility without discussing a contract.

Considering all the offseason moves made by coach Chip Kelly, taking a look at the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner with the huge following shouldn't be a surprise. Tebow could run zone-read plays better than Philadelphia's four current quarterbacks.

Tebow has not been on an NFL team since the 2012 season. He was released by the Jets, then attended training camp in the summer of 2013 with the Pa]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:47:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow works out with Philadelphia Eagles]]> News services http://gazette.com/former-denver-broncos-quarterback-tim-tebow-works-out-with-philadelphia-eagles/article/1548028?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-denver-broncos-quarterback-tim-tebow-works-out-with-philadelphia-eagles/article/1548028?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA — Tebow Time in Philly?

Tim Tebow worked out Monday for the Philadelphia Eagles, a person familiar with the session told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the workout was not made public.

Considering all the offseason moves made by coach Chip Kelly, maybe his taking a look at the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner with the huge following shouldn't be a surprise.

Tebow has not been on an NFL team since the 2012 season. He was released by the Jets, then attended training camp in the summer of 2013 with the Patriots, who cut him.

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PHILADELPHIA — Tebow Time in Philly?

Tim Tebow worked out Monday for the Philadelphia Eagles, a person familiar with the session told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the workout was not made public.

Considering all the offseason moves made by coach Chip Kelly, maybe his taking a look at the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner with the huge following shouldn't be a surprise.

Tebow has not been on an NFL team since the 2012 season. He was released by the Jets, then attended training camp in the summer of 2013 with the Patriots, who cut him.

One of the most successful college quarterbacks at Florida, Tebow started 14 games for Denver over two years after being

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:14:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Titans announce they've agreed to terms with CB Perrish Cox]]> http://gazette.com/titans-announce-theyve-agreed-to-terms-with-cb-perrish-cox/article/feed/214452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/titans-announce-theyve-agreed-to-terms-with-cb-perrish-cox/article/feed/214452?custom_click=rss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with cornerback Perrish Cox.

Cox said Saturday via text message to The Associated Press that he had reached a three-year deal with Tennessee. The Titans made it official Monday, but the team did not release terms of the deal.

Cox, a four-year veteran from Oklahoma State, is coming off his best season. He started 14 games and had five interceptions for the San Francisco 49ers.

The 28-year-od Cox has played 57 career regular-season games with the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and 49ers. The former fifth-round draft pick is 6 feet tall and weighs 190 pounds.

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Cox said Saturday via text message to The Associated Press that he had reached a three-year deal with Tennessee. The Titans made it official Monday, but the team did not release terms of the deal.

Cox, a four-year veteran from Oklahoma State, is coming off his best season. He started 14 games and had five interceptions for the San Francisco 49ers.

The 28-year-od Cox has played 57 career regular-season games with the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and 49ers. The former fifth-round draft pick is 6 feet tall and weighs 190 pounds.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:04:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: Anyone curious to see if Peyton Manning fits with Gary Kubiak's system?]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-anyone-curious-to-see-if-peyton-manning-fits-with-gary-kubiaks-system/article/1547937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-anyone-curious-to-see-if-peyton-manning-fits-with-gary-kubiaks-system/article/1547937?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - He's 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, and has a slicked-back-hair, Ryan Gosling look going for him. Then there's the whole millionaire thing. Owen Daniels, the new tight end, signed a three-year contract with the Broncos that's worth over $12,000,000.

As an NFL player, he's famous. And like any famous person would say - see, we're just normal people - Daniels shares something in common with you. He's eager to see if Peyton Manning and Gary Kubiak fit together. There are questions about that, you know.

"I was with everyone in terms of being curious, even before I signed here, when I knew Coach was coming over here," Daniels told The Gazette. "Then when Peyton was coming back, I thought it was going to be interesting.



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ENGLEWOOD - He's 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, and has a slicked-back-hair, Ryan Gosling look going for him. Then there's the whole millionaire thing. Owen Daniels, the new tight end, signed a three-year contract with the Broncos that's worth over $12,000,000.

As an NFL player, he's famous. And like any famous person would say - see, we're just normal people - Daniels shares something in common with you. He's eager to see if Peyton Manning and Gary Kubiak fit together. There are questions about that, you know.

"I was with everyone in terms of being curious, even before I signed here, when I knew Coach was coming over here," Daniels told The Gazette. "Then when Peyton was coming back, I thought it was going to be interesting.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:42:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Ravens agree to terms with S Kendrick Lewis]]> http://gazette.com/ravens-agree-to-terms-with-s-kendrick-lewis/article/feed/213988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ravens-agree-to-terms-with-s-kendrick-lewis/article/feed/213988?custom_click=rss OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens and safety Kendrick Lewis have reached agreement on a three-year contract.

The 26-year-old Lewis started in 16 games with the Houston Texans last season. He had 84 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Lewis is expected to arrive in Baltimore next week to take a physical.

The deal, announced Saturday, comes one day after the Ravens lost free agent Darian Stewart to the Denver Broncos.

Lewis played his first four seasons with Kansas City after being selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He has nine career interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

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The 26-year-old Lewis started in 16 games with the Houston Texans last season. He had 84 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Lewis is expected to arrive in Baltimore next week to take a physical.

The deal, announced Saturday, comes one day after the Ravens lost free agent Darian Stewart to the Denver Broncos.

Lewis played his first four seasons with Kansas City after being selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He has nine career interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

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ENGLEWOOD — Shelley Smith won't have to dole out anything for a moving van. Or rent another home for that matter. Or fly the family cross-country to get to his job now.

The versatile guard who's played in Houston, St. Louis and Miami signed a two-year, $5.65 million deal with the Denver Broncos after visiting the Seattle Seahawks.

Smith has kept a home in Denver since leaving Colorado State for the NFL in 2010, when Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, then with the Houston Texans, drafted him in the sixth round.

Smith didn't get to play for the Texans that year because he was hurt, but he did get a crash course in the zone-blocking scheme, which he found was a good fit for his skills and nimble, 6-foot-4, 310-pound



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ENGLEWOOD — Shelley Smith won't have to dole out anything for a moving van. Or rent another home for that matter. Or fly the family cross-country to get to his job now.

The versatile guard who's played in Houston, St. Louis and Miami signed a two-year, $5.65 million deal with the Denver Broncos after visiting the Seattle Seahawks.

Smith has kept a home in Denver since leaving Colorado State for the NFL in 2010, when Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, then with the Houston Texans, drafted him in the sixth round.

Smith didn't get to play for the Texans that year because he was hurt, but he did get a crash course in the zone-blocking scheme, which he found was a good fit for his skills and nimble, 6-foot-4, 310-pound

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<![CDATA[Wild opening week for NFL business season]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/wild-opening-week-for-nfl-business-season/article/1547927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wild-opening-week-for-nfl-business-season/article/1547927?custom_click=rss NEW YORK — Maybe everyone should have known from the way the Super Bowl ended that the beginning of the NFL's business season would be wild.

Chip Kelly made one stunning move after another. The normally free-spending Cowboys let DeMarco Murray, the league's top offensive player, walk — to Kelly and division rival Philadelphia.

Three players retired in their primes. The Colts loaded up on veterans, a clear message they believe 2015 is their year to make super things happen.

Then the Jets brought back the two key players from their outstanding secondary under Rex Ryan. But wait, Ryan is now in Buffalo, remaking the Bills' roster. And the Dolphins added Ndamukong Suh. All three teams want to mount some sort



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NEW YORK — Maybe everyone should have known from the way the Super Bowl ended that the beginning of the NFL's business season would be wild.

Chip Kelly made one stunning move after another. The normally free-spending Cowboys let DeMarco Murray, the league's top offensive player, walk — to Kelly and division rival Philadelphia.

Three players retired in their primes. The Colts loaded up on veterans, a clear message they believe 2015 is their year to make super things happen.

Then the Jets brought back the two key players from their outstanding secondary under Rex Ryan. But wait, Ryan is now in Buffalo, remaking the Bills' roster. And the Dolphins added Ndamukong Suh. All three teams want to mount some sort

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NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe everyone should have known from the way the Super Bowl ended that the beginning of the NFL's business season would be wild.

Chip Kelly made one stunning move after another. The normally free-spending Cowboys let DeMarco Murray, the league's top offensive player, walk — to Kelly and division rival Philadelphia.

Three players retired in their primes. The Colts loaded up on veterans, a clear message they believe 2015 is their year to make super things happen.

Then the Jets brought back the two key players from their outstanding secondary under Rex Ryan. But wait, Ryan is now in Buffalo, remaking the Bills' roster. And the Dolphins added Ndamukong Suh. All three teams want to mount some sort of cha

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe everyone should have known from the way the Super Bowl ended that the beginning of the NFL's business season would be wild.

Chip Kelly made one stunning move after another. The normally free-spending Cowboys let DeMarco Murray, the league's top offensive player, walk — to Kelly and division rival Philadelphia.

Three players retired in their primes. The Colts loaded up on veterans, a clear message they believe 2015 is their year to make super things happen.

Then the Jets brought back the two key players from their outstanding secondary under Rex Ryan. But wait, Ryan is now in Buffalo, remaking the Bills' roster. And the Dolphins added Ndamukong Suh. All three teams want to mount some sort of cha]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:32:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos sign S Darian Stewart, G Shelley Smith]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/broncos-sign-s-darian-stewart-g-shelley-smith/article/1547905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-sign-s-darian-stewart-g-shelley-smith/article/1547905?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Darian Stewart isn't as big a name as Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby or T.J. Ward, his new teammates in Denver's star-studded secondary.

That's not to say he doesn't belong right there with them.

"I feel I'm the final piece to the puzzle," the sixth-year safety said Friday after agreeing to a two-year deal with the Broncos to replace Rahim Moore, who left for a three-year, $12 million deal with Houston a day earlier.

"The secondary is one of the tops in the league and adding me I think we can get it done out there. We have a great organization and we have the personnel in place to get it done."

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ENGLEWOOD — Darian Stewart isn't as big a name as Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby or T.J. Ward, his new teammates in Denver's star-studded secondary.

That's not to say he doesn't belong right there with them.

"I feel I'm the final piece to the puzzle," the sixth-year safety said Friday after agreeing to a two-year deal with the Broncos to replace Rahim Moore, who left for a three-year, $12 million deal with Houston a day earlier.

"The secondary is one of the tops in the league and adding me I think we can get it done out there. We have a great organization and we have the personnel in place to get it done."

The Broncos also agreed to terms with free agent guard Shelley Smith on a two-year

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<![CDATA[Raiders sign former Vikings QB Christian Ponder]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-sign-former-vikings-qb-christian-ponder/article/feed/213837?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-sign-former-vikings-qb-christian-ponder/article/feed/213837?custom_click=rss ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Christian Ponder on Friday.

Ponder, who spent the last four seasons with the Vikings, will be reunited in Oakland with new Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who worked with Ponder while serving in the same position with Minnesota from 2011 to 2013.

In Oakland, the former Vikings starter will be vying to back up Derek Carr. The Raiders also have quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin on the roster.

The Vikings took Ponder with the No. 12 pick in the 2011 draft.

For his career, Ponder has played in 38 games with 36 starts, throwing for 6,658 yards with 38 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

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]]> ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Christian Ponder on Friday.

Ponder, who spent the last four seasons with the Vikings, will be reunited in Oakland with new Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who worked with Ponder while serving in the same position with Minnesota from 2011 to 2013.

In Oakland, the former Vikings starter will be vying to back up Derek Carr. The Raiders also have quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin on the roster.

The Vikings took Ponder with the No. 12 pick in the 2011 draft.

For his career, Ponder has played in 38 games with 36 starts, throwing for 6,658 yards with 38 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:17:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos sign DE Vance Walker to 2-year deal]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/broncos-sign-de-vance-walker-to-2-year-deal/article/1547821?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-sign-de-vance-walker-to-2-year-deal/article/1547821?custom_click=rss

 

ENGLEWOOD — The Broncos continued their low-key approach to free agency with the signing of defensive lineman Vance Walker to a two-year, $4 million deal Thursday.

The versatile seventh-year pro is familiar to the Broncos because he's spent the last two seasons in the AFC West.

Walker, who turns 28 next month, was a 3-4 defensive end for Kansas City last season and a 4-3 defensive tackle in Oakland the year before that.

He spent his first four season with the Falcons, who drafted him out of Georgia Tech, where he was teammates with Broncos star receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Walker has played at least 15 games in five of his six seasons in the NFL.



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ENGLEWOOD — The Broncos continued their low-key approach to free agency with the signing of defensive lineman Vance Walker to a two-year, $4 million deal Thursday.

The versatile seventh-year pro is familiar to the Broncos because he's spent the last two seasons in the AFC West.

Walker, who turns 28 next month, was a 3-4 defensive end for Kansas City last season and a 4-3 defensive tackle in Oakland the year before that.

He spent his first four season with the Falcons, who drafted him out of Georgia Tech, where he was teammates with Broncos star receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Walker has played at least 15 games in five of his six seasons in the NFL.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Justin Forsett agreed to terms Thursday on a three-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who keep their leading rusher from 2014 after losing several key free agents earlier in the week.

The 29-year-old Forsett is coming off the finest season of his seven-year career. Thrust into a starting role after the Ravens released Ray Rice, Forsett shed his journeyman label to run for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns.

His hope was that the Ravens, despite being burdened by the salary cap, could drum up enough money to provide him a multi-year deal at the right price.

"There were some points there where I was like, 'It might be difficult to come back,'" Forsett said. "I'm just glad in the end it all w

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]]> OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Justin Forsett agreed to terms Thursday on a three-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who keep their leading rusher from 2014 after losing several key free agents earlier in the week.

The 29-year-old Forsett is coming off the finest season of his seven-year career. Thrust into a starting role after the Ravens released Ray Rice, Forsett shed his journeyman label to run for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns.

His hope was that the Ravens, despite being burdened by the salary cap, could drum up enough money to provide him a multi-year deal at the right price.

"There were some points there where I was like, 'It might be difficult to come back,'" Forsett said. "I'm just glad in the end it all w]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Jets' Hakim challenges Marshall to race for jersey number]]> http://gazette.com/jets-hakim-challenges-marshall-to-race-for-jersey-number/article/feed/213083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jets-hakim-challenges-marshall-to-race-for-jersey-number/article/feed/213083?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Marshall might be in for a race to get his familiar No. 15 jersey.

The Jets' newest wide receiver, whose trade from Chicago to New York became official Tuesday, has worn the same jersey number for most of his NFL career. But it currently belongs to backup receiver Saalim Hakim, who issued a challenge to Marshall in a video posted on his Instagram page Wednesday night.

In the post, which was apparently deleted about an hour after going up, the speedy Hakim declared that he wants to race Marshall in a 40-yard dash to earn the jersey number. Hakim says Marshall can have the number if he beats him. But, if Hakim wins, "he can give me $25,000 and he can have the number."

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Marshall might be in for a race to get his familiar No. 15 jersey.

The Jets' newest wide receiver, whose trade from Chicago to New York became official Tuesday, has worn the same jersey number for most of his NFL career. But it currently belongs to backup receiver Saalim Hakim, who issued a challenge to Marshall in a video posted on his Instagram page Wednesday night.

In the post, which was apparently deleted about an hour after going up, the speedy Hakim declared that he wants to race Marshall in a 40-yard dash to earn the jersey number. Hakim says Marshall can have the number if he beats him. But, if Hakim wins, "he can give me $25,000 and he can have the number."

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's business season began with a bang. Several actually: trades, retirements and, yes, even some big free agent moves.

It wasn't until mid-evening Tuesday that the first huge star took advantage of free agency: Darrelle Revis returning to the Jets for five years and $70 million.

There were plenty of moves beforehand involving frequent All-Pros. But they were in the form trades or leaving the sport altogether.

Monster deals sent Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle and Rams quarterback Sam Bradford to Philadelphia. San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis, plagued by sore feet, announced his retirement. So did injury-prone QB Jake Locker of the Titans, who spent just four seasons in the league.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's business season began with a bang. Several actually: trades, retirements and, yes, even some big free agent moves.

It wasn't until mid-evening Tuesday that the first huge star took advantage of free agency: Darrelle Revis returning to the Jets for five years and $70 million.

There were plenty of moves beforehand involving frequent All-Pros. But they were in the form trades or leaving the sport altogether.

Monster deals sent Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle and Rams quarterback Sam Bradford to Philadelphia. San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis, plagued by sore feet, announced his retirement. So did injury-prone QB Jake Locker of the Titans, who spent just four seasons in the league.]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:04:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Jets bring back Revis, cut Harvin after Marshall trade]]> http://gazette.com/jets-bring-back-revis-cut-harvin-after-marshall-trade/article/feed/212623?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jets-bring-back-revis-cut-harvin-after-marshall-trade/article/feed/212623?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets kicked off free agency with a flurry of moves — including bringing back one of the best players in franchise history.

Two years after leaving New York in a messy divorce, Darrelle Revis is coming back to the Jets. And with one of the biggest contracts paid to a cornerback in NFL history.

Agents Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night that "pending legal," Revis had agreed to terms on a new deal with the Jets. The five-year contract is worth $70 million, with $39 million fully guaranteed. He'll make $33 million in the first two years, and $48 million through the first three.

"I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year," Revis wrote on Tw

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets kicked off free agency with a flurry of moves — including bringing back one of the best players in franchise history.

Two years after leaving New York in a messy divorce, Darrelle Revis is coming back to the Jets. And with one of the biggest contracts paid to a cornerback in NFL history.

Agents Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night that "pending legal," Revis had agreed to terms on a new deal with the Jets. The five-year contract is worth $70 million, with $39 million fully guaranteed. He'll make $33 million in the first two years, and $48 million through the first three.

"I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year," Revis wrote on Tw]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:32:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Big trades steal spotlight from free agents]]> http://gazette.com/big-trades-steal-spotlight-from-free-agents/article/feed/212599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-trades-steal-spotlight-from-free-agents/article/feed/212599?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Until the New York Jets landed Darrelle Revis, the first hours of NFL free agency Tuesday looked more like fantasy football.

Trades, anyone?

Monster deals sending Jimmy Graham to Seattle and Sam Bradford to Philadelphia stole the spotlight from free agent signings. That is until mid-evening, when Revis Island returned to the Meadowlands.

The Jets dug into their past to bring back the All-Pro cornerback, according to his agents. Revis goes from the Jets' archrival Patriots, who he helped win the Super Bowl last month, to his NFL roots.

The deal is for five years and $70 million, with $39 million guaranteed.

New Orleans agreed to send its star tight end to the Seahawks for center Max Unger, w

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Until the New York Jets landed Darrelle Revis, the first hours of NFL free agency Tuesday looked more like fantasy football.

Trades, anyone?

Monster deals sending Jimmy Graham to Seattle and Sam Bradford to Philadelphia stole the spotlight from free agent signings. That is until mid-evening, when Revis Island returned to the Meadowlands.

The Jets dug into their past to bring back the All-Pro cornerback, according to his agents. Revis goes from the Jets' archrival Patriots, who he helped win the Super Bowl last month, to his NFL roots.

The deal is for five years and $70 million, with $39 million guaranteed.

New Orleans agreed to send its star tight end to the Seahawks for center Max Unger, w]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:04:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Guard Orlando Franklin agrees to 5-year deal with Chargers]]> http://gazette.com/guard-orlando-franklin-agrees-to-5-year-deal-with-chargers/article/feed/212668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guard-orlando-franklin-agrees-to-5-year-deal-with-chargers/article/feed/212668?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms of a five-year contract with guard Orlando Franklin, an unrestricted free agent from AFC West rival Denver.

Franklin has been a starter since his rookie season of 2011. He started all 17 games at left guard in 2014, including the divisional playoff game. During his first three seasons he started 53 of 54 games at right tackle.

Franklin's only missed start came in 2013 when he was sidelined by a sprained left knee for a game against Indianapolis.

Also Monday, the Chargers agreed to a two-year contract with restricted free agent center Trevor Robinson and a one-year deal with defensive end Ricardo Mathews.

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]]> SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms of a five-year contract with guard Orlando Franklin, an unrestricted free agent from AFC West rival Denver.

Franklin has been a starter since his rookie season of 2011. He started all 17 games at left guard in 2014, including the divisional playoff game. During his first three seasons he started 53 of 54 games at right tackle.

Franklin's only missed start came in 2013 when he was sidelined by a sprained left knee for a game against Indianapolis.

Also Monday, the Chargers agreed to a two-year contract with restricted free agent center Trevor Robinson and a one-year deal with defensive end Ricardo Mathews.]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:32:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos sign tight ends Virgil Green, Owen Daniels]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-sign-tight-ends-virgil-green-owen-daniels/article/feed/212562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-sign-tight-ends-virgil-green-owen-daniels/article/feed/212562?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos went shopping in the bargain aisle this time.

Instead of breaking the bank to keep Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas in Denver, the Broncos re-signed Virgil Green for $7.5 million over three years and veteran Owen Daniels for three years and $12 million.

Thomas is the only tight end in NFL history to catch a dozen touchdown passes in consecutive seasons and Green has just one TD catch in his four-year career.

Yet, in new coach Gary Kubiak's system, tight ends have to be good blockers in the run game, and that's Green's forte and Thomas' shortfall.

Daniels, a two-time Pro Bowler, has played all nine of his seasons for Kubiak, whom he followed from Houston to Baltimore las

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]]> ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos went shopping in the bargain aisle this time.

Instead of breaking the bank to keep Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas in Denver, the Broncos re-signed Virgil Green for $7.5 million over three years and veteran Owen Daniels for three years and $12 million.

Thomas is the only tight end in NFL history to catch a dozen touchdown passes in consecutive seasons and Green has just one TD catch in his four-year career.

Yet, in new coach Gary Kubiak's system, tight ends have to be good blockers in the run game, and that's Green's forte and Thomas' shortfall.

Daniels, a two-time Pro Bowler, has played all nine of his seasons for Kubiak, whom he followed from Houston to Baltimore las]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:18:27 -0600 <![CDATA[AP source: Jaguars to sign Thomas, 5 others in free agency]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-jaguars-to-sign-thomas-5-others-in-free-agency/article/feed/212624?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-jaguars-to-sign-thomas-5-others-in-free-agency/article/feed/212624?custom_click=rss

Jacksonville's rebuilding project took a major step forward Tuesday with the addition of two proven starters, including former Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, and four players who could thrive in bigger roles.

It was one of the largest free-agent spending sprees in franchise history.

The Jaguars agreed to terms with Thomas, former Miami defensive end Jared Odrick, former Dallas right tackle Jermey Parnell, former Green Bay cornerback Davon House, former San Francisco linebacker Dan Skuta and former Indianapolis free safety Sergio Brown, said a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the moves.

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]]> Jacksonville's rebuilding project took a major step forward Tuesday with the addition of two proven starters, including former Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, and four players who could thrive in bigger roles.

It was one of the largest free-agent spending sprees in franchise history.

The Jaguars agreed to terms with Thomas, former Miami defensive end Jared Odrick, former Dallas right tackle Jermey Parnell, former Green Bay cornerback Davon House, former San Francisco linebacker Dan Skuta and former Indianapolis free safety Sergio Brown, said a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the moves.]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:03:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Brandon Marshall passes physical, trade to Jets official]]> http://gazette.com/brandon-marshall-passes-physical-trade-to-jets-official/article/feed/212606?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brandon-marshall-passes-physical-trade-to-jets-official/article/feed/212606?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Marshall has passed his physical and his trade to the New York Jets from the Chicago Bears is official.

The teams agreed on the deal last Friday, but it became official at the start of the unrestricted free agency signing period Tuesday.

The Jets sent a fifth-round draft pick to the Bears for Marshall and a seventh-rounder. Marshall, who turns 31 on March 23, has played the last three seasons with the Bears. He dealt with injuries and had 61 catches last season, his lowest total since his rookie year with Denver in 2006, for 721 yards and eight touchdowns.

Marshall told the team's website playing in New York and for new coach Todd Bowles is "an amazing opportunity."

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Marshall has passed his physical and his trade to the New York Jets from the Chicago Bears is official.

The teams agreed on the deal last Friday, but it became official at the start of the unrestricted free agency signing period Tuesday.

The Jets sent a fifth-round draft pick to the Bears for Marshall and a seventh-rounder. Marshall, who turns 31 on March 23, has played the last three seasons with the Bears. He dealt with injuries and had 61 catches last season, his lowest total since his rookie year with Denver in 2006, for 721 yards and eight touchdowns.

Marshall told the team's website playing in New York and for new coach Todd Bowles is "an amazing opportunity."

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