<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:42:53 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Woody Paige: Denver Broncos one of five teams without set starting QB]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-one-of-five-teams-without-set-starting-qb/article/1599896?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-one-of-five-teams-without-set-starting-qb/article/1599896?custom_click=rss

Despite all the clutter, prattle and commotion surrounding Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler (three names that have been linked with the Broncos in some fashion in the past or now) and RG3andout and Johnny Footloose, and the four top quarterbacks In the draft, it's remarkable to realize that 27 NFL teams already have established who will be their starters in September.

Nobody will displace Tom Brady (including the commissioner this time), Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger (who isn't retiring), Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Philip Rivers or Cam Newton and Derek Carr (both of whom will be recovered from injuries), or kids Dak Prescott, Jameis Winston, Carson Wentz and Marcus Mariota (coming

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:58:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Saints bring back tight end Phillips]]> http://gazette.com/saints-bring-back-tight-end-phillips/article/feed/452243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saints-bring-back-tight-end-phillips/article/feed/452243?custom_click=rss METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are bringing back tight end John Phillips on a one-year contract.

Phillips joined the Saints during Week 10 of last season, when he was claimed off of waivers from the Denver Broncos.

The 6-foot-5, 251-pound Phillips started four of eight games last season with New Orleans, catching five passes for 32 yards. Including his time with Denver, Phillip played in 16 games last season and caught 10 passes, including one touchdown.

Now heading into his ninth pro campaign out of Virginia, Phillips has appeared in 111 games with Dallas, San Diego, Denver and New Orleans. He has 39 career starts and also has played on special teams.

The contract was announced by Saints general ma

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:22:21 -0600 <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Devout Oakland Raiders fans betrayed by greedy owner and heartless NFL]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-devout-oakland-raiders-fans-betrayed-by-greedy-owner-and-heartless-nfl/article/1599866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-devout-oakland-raiders-fans-betrayed-by-greedy-owner-and-heartless-nfl/article/1599866?custom_click=rss

My summer of 1969 was dominated by the Seattle Pilots.

I lived 15 miles south of Sick’s Stadium, the antique dump that served as the Pilots baseball home. I listened to almost every game on my transistor radio. I talked constantly with friends about the team. I watched a half-dozen games in person. As the season ended, I wondered how my heroes could possibly have bumbled to a 64-98 last-place record.

I loved those Pilots.

If you’re a devoted student of baseball history, you know the vicious conclusion to my baseball romance.

The Pilots, buried in financial trouble, departed for Milwaukee in 1970 to become the Brewers. I’ll never fully recover from the anger and bewilderment when news arrived

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:10:47 -0600
<![CDATA[NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-owners-revamp-video-replay-for-officiating/article/1599863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-owners-revamp-video-replay-for-officiating/article/1599863?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — NFL owners got busy Tuesday passing several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety, and perhaps even allow for more personality in player celebrations.

One day after approving the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas, the owners sped up discussions on dozens of subjects.

That led to a change in handling officiating of video replays; eliminating "leapers" trying to block field goals or extra points; adding protections for defenseless receivers running their routes; and further discussions with the players about loosening restrictions for on-field celebrations.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:19:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos lose $4.5 million in 2017 salary cap after repayment]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-4.5-million-in-2017-salary-cap-after-repayment/article/1599882?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-4.5-million-in-2017-salary-cap-after-repayment/article/1599882?custom_click=rss

The Broncos don’t have quite as much salary cap space as was thought.

The NFLPA updated its salary cap report and it shows the Broncos have $16.148 million left in cap space, a $4.5 million drop from the $20.6 million that was listed after Denver’s most recent free agent signings.

Denver’s loss in salary cap space is due to a repayment of an NFL loan that teams were allowed to take in 2011 and 2012. The Broncos took the maximum loan, $3 million in 2011 and $1.5 million in 2012. It’s now time for that loan to be repaid in regards to the salary cap. Those loans came during the uncapped year following the 2011 NFL lockout and the adjustment to the new collective bargaining agreement in the year that

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:41:24 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: NFL owners get it all wrong. The Raiders belong in Oakland.]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-nfl-owners-get-it-all-wrong.-the-raiders-belong-in-oakland./article/1599794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-nfl-owners-get-it-all-wrong.-the-raiders-belong-in-oakland./article/1599794?custom_click=rss

In a better world, the Raiders would remain in Oakland, that other city by the bay. In the world we live in, the Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, the American update of the gloriously wicked Old Testament town of Gomorrah.

The NFL has a loyalty problem, and it's a big one. Citizens of San Diego supported their Chargers with devotion, and a steady flow of cash, since 1961. Those citizens were rewarded with the sight of moving trucks. The Chargers are departing for Los Angeles.

Now, the Raiders are abandoning Oakland to play near The Strip in a $1.9 billion stadium funded in part by $750 million lifted from taxes on hotel visitors. Those one-armed bandits won't be the only subtle robbers in Vegas.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:24:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos in free agency got bigger, but not yet better]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-in-free-agency-got-bigger-but-not-yet-better/article/1599700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-in-free-agency-got-bigger-but-not-yet-better/article/1599700?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Broncos gained a few pounds.

Did they gain any ground?

Not enough. The Broncos put on the freshman 15 - after their first year missing the playoffs since 2010, they added 1,294 pounds, split between big-boy linemen Ronald Leary, Zach Kerr, Domata Peko, Melenik Watson - and they got bigger. Much, much bigger.

But are they decidedly better, in relation to the AFC big boys? The Broncos were 9-7. You must wipe clean your orange-colored glasses to say they closed the gap with the Patriots, Raiders and Chiefs. The answer looks pretty clear from here: They haven't. Not yet, anyway.

It's still early.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:03:18 -0600
<![CDATA[NFL free agents end up opting for 1-year 'prove it' deals]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-free-agents-end-up-opting-for-1-year-prove-it-deals/article/feed/451633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-free-agents-end-up-opting-for-1-year-prove-it-deals/article/feed/451633?custom_click=rss

Terrelle Pryor's 1,007 receiving yards ranked 22nd in the NFL last season, and his 77 catches were 27th, stats accumulated despite playing with five quarterbacks on a team that went 1-15.

Still just 27, and coming off his first year as a full-time wideout, Pryor appears to be a player on the rise.

So it made sense to think Pryor would cash in as a free agent. Instead, Pryor settled for a one-year contract from the Washington Redskins worth at least $6 million. Not bad in real life; not really all that much in the NFL.

"Maybe ... our market wasn't where it was supposed to be," Pryor said, "or we thought it would be."

He's not alone.

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:24:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Bears sign quarterback Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal]]> http://gazette.com/bears-sign-quarterback-mark-sanchez-to-1-year-deal/article/feed/451564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bears-sign-quarterback-mark-sanchez-to-1-year-deal/article/feed/451564?custom_click=rss LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears continued their quarterback makeover Friday by signing veteran Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.

Chicago is coming off a season in which it went 3-13 and finished last in the NFC North. The Bears cut quarterback Jay Cutler this month after eight seasons and the next day signed Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a three-year deal.

Sanchez, signed to a one-year contract, gives them an experienced backup. With three quarterbacks, including developmental prospect Connor Shaw, the Bears now have some flexibility to address other positions in the draft next month.

Chicago owns the No. 3 pick and needs to find a long term solution behind center.

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:27:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Brady's Super Bowl jerseys returned to New England Patriots]]> http://gazette.com/bradys-super-bowl-jerseys-returned-to-new-england-patriots/article/feed/451496?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bradys-super-bowl-jerseys-returned-to-new-england-patriots/article/feed/451496?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys are back with the New England Patriots.

The jerseys worn by Brady during this year's Super Bowl and the 2015 Super Bowl were returned to Gillette Stadium Thursday, the FBI announced.

Brady's 2017 jersey went missing from the Patriots' locker room after the team's win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5, touching off an investigation stretching from Boston to the Mexican border.

Mexican authorities searched the property of Mexican media executive Martin Mauricio Ortega, where they found the jersey, along with a Brady jersey that disappeared after the 2015 Super Bowl. A Denver Broncos helmet also was found.

Ortega has not been charged in the case and has not comme

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:33:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Column: Brady's stolen jersey saga proves grime doesn't pay]]> http://gazette.com/column-bradys-stolen-jersey-saga-proves-grime-doesnt-pay/article/feed/451460?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-bradys-stolen-jersey-saga-proves-grime-doesnt-pay/article/feed/451460?custom_click=rss

A friend once explained the sports writing business this way: "We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us."

Martin Mauricio Ortega was OK with the first part, but apparently not the second.

The one-time Mexican media executive and part-time memorabilia seller is the only suspect named so far in the overheated investigation into who stole Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey. When news broke, I figured it was the same guys accused of deflating his footballs, trying to make a buck after all the trouble that stunt caused them.

But no.

There's already plenty of damning video out there, much of it helpfully provided by NFL broadcast partner Fox .

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:40:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Serial numbers, game photos may help verify Brady jerseys]]> http://gazette.com/serial-numbers-game-photos-may-help-verify-brady-jerseys/article/feed/451354?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/serial-numbers-game-photos-may-help-verify-brady-jerseys/article/feed/451354?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Now that authorities believe they have recovered the jersey stolen from Tom Brady's locker following the Patriots' Super Bowl win last month, the next step will be determining whether it is in fact the MVP quarterback's missing grass-stained garment.

So how exactly does that happen?

Old-fashioned detective work.

Experts in the sports memorabilia industry, including one that has worked directly with NFL teams, say it is a tedious process that involves comparing photos and videos that captured degradation to the jersey during the game. They also compare the jersey to team-issued serial numbers and other player-specific customizations that authentic jerseys typically have.

"Every jersey is like a fing

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:28:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Woody Paige: Denver Broncos are saving salary cap space for a certain QB, er, Tony Romo]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-are-saving-salary-cap-space-for-a-certain-qb-er-tony-romo/article/1599412?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-denver-broncos-are-saving-salary-cap-space-for-a-certain-qb-er-tony-romo/article/1599412?custom_click=rss

The 2017 Broncos Salute To Fans Tour will be appearing at Woodland Park on May 6, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Only 11 Colorado locales - including the "City Above The Clouds,'' a short, pleasant drive on Highway 24 from Colorado Springs - were chosen for the esteemed honor.

The event includes the first race in the Broncos 7K Series, a local celebration, predominantly orange balloons for the kids and the opportunity to visit with Miles The Mascot, Broncos cheerleaders and, yes, players.

I don't want to build up hopes, but you even might get to meet You Know Who - a famous quarterback.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:27:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Man named in Brady jersey case sought autographs, selfies]]> http://gazette.com/man-named-in-brady-jersey-case-sought-autographs-selfies/article/feed/451200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-named-in-brady-jersey-case-sought-autographs-selfies/article/feed/451200?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican media executive suspected of stealing Tom Brady's jersey went to the Super Bowl as a working journalist but spent the week collecting selfies and autographs from football greats and boasting to colleagues that he was there as a fan.

Mexican journalists who were in Houston for the game and interacted with Martin Mauricio Ortega, former director of the tabloid La Prensa, told The Associated Press that he brought multiple NFL memorabilia items, including a Kurt Warner jersey he hoped to sell to the former quarterback for thousands of dollars.

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]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:49:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Panthers QB Newton to have shoulder surgery, will miss OTAs]]> http://gazette.com/panthers-qb-newton-to-have-shoulder-surgery-will-miss-otas/article/feed/451196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panthers-qb-newton-to-have-shoulder-surgery-will-miss-otas/article/feed/451196?custom_click=rss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's offseason "sabbatical" is going to be a little longer than expected.

Newton will undergo surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder, according to team spokesman Steve Drummond. Drummond said Tuesday that Newton will miss minicamp and OTAs, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.

The 27-year-old Newton injured his shoulder in Week 14 of last season against the San Diego Chargers. He finished the game — and the season— for Carolina without missing a snap. The Panthers hoped rest and rehabilitation would solve the problem, but ultimately it was determined the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Playe

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]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:55:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Woody Paige: A Mystery Mammoth must emerge for the Denver Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-a-mystery-mammoth-must-emerge-for-the-denver-broncos/article/1599230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-a-mystery-mammoth-must-emerge-for-the-denver-broncos/article/1599230?custom_click=rss

During a span of a quarter of a century, the Broncos had Four Horsemen at left tackle. Now, they don't even have a steed to start there.

Thus far, 19 miscellaneous nominees have been mentioned as the Broncos' potential left tackle next season.

Living Legend John Elway reacted agitatedly, but truthfully, a few days ago: "We feel like we have some different options. We're not done yet. Last time I heard we don't go to camp until July, so we don't have to have that (position) fixed just yet. But we'll figure out how to get that done."

Therefore it's possible that, in another 115 days, a dozen more players could be added to the list.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:36:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Police: Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/police-bradys-missing-super-bowl-jerseys-tracked-to-mexico/article/feed/450987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-bradys-missing-super-bowl-jerseys-tracked-to-mexico/article/feed/450987?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room — but the mystery isn't over.

The NFL said the jersey was found in "possession of a credentialed member of the international media," and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.

It wasn't the only piece of memorabilia recovered: Authorities found a Brady jersey that had gone missing after the Patriots' 2015 Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks. A helmet belonging to a Denver Broncos player was also discovered, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

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]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:46:26 -0600 <![CDATA[NFL tells Denver Broncos of 'potential' stolen Von Miller helmet after locating stolen Tom Brady jerseys]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-tells-denver-broncos-of-potential-stolen-von-miller-helmet-after-locating-stolen-tom-brady-jerseys/article/1599319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-tells-denver-broncos-of-potential-stolen-von-miller-helmet-after-locating-stolen-tom-brady-jerseys/article/1599319?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The search for missing Super Bowl 51 memorabilia is over, but the case may have widened as reports suggest much more memorabilia has been located. 

Some of that memorabilia may include a Von Miller helmet from Super Bowl 50. The Denver Broncos confirmed in a statement Monday the NFL reached out regarding a located helmet. 

“We have been in contact with NFL security regarding a Denver Broncos helmet that could potentially belong to Von Miller. As it is an ongoing investigation, we will refer all additional questions and inquiries to the NFL," the team said in a statement. 

Read more at thedenverchannel.com.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:39:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Behind the scenes: How NFL teams fit roster under salary cap]]> http://gazette.com/behind-the-scenes-how-nfl-teams-fit-roster-under-salary-cap/article/feed/450777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/behind-the-scenes-how-nfl-teams-fit-roster-under-salary-cap/article/feed/450777?custom_click=rss

When the Packers gave Brett Favre the NFL's first $100 million contract in 2001 — well, first "$100 million contract," because, like so many deals in the league, it wasn't ultimately worth the advertised amount — the team structured it to create extra space under the salary cap for other signings.

So other players' signings were put on hold by the Packers until Favre's could be finalized.

Easier said than done.

"He was tough to reach. When he's off in the woods, hunting or fishing, it's hard to find him," recalled Andrew Brandt, who managed Green Bay's cap then as a team VP. "And we had all these other guys lined up, and I couldn't do their deals until we found him. So that was a very stressful time.

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]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:26:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos lose linebacker Dekoda Watson to 49ers]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-linebacker-dekoda-watson-to-49ers/article/1599189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-linebacker-dekoda-watson-to-49ers/article/1599189?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have signed free agent linebacker Dekoda Watson to a three-year contract.

The team announced the move on Friday night.

Watson, a seven-year NFL veteran who spent the last two seasons with Denver, is a special teams standout. He led the Broncos with 11 tackles on special teams last year in just nine games.

In 89 career games, Watson has 88 tackles on defense, four sacks, four passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles to go along with 50 special teams tackles.

He was a seventh-round pick out of Florida State by Tampa Bay in 2010, and played his first four seasons with the Buccaneers. He has also spent time with Jacksonville, Dallas and

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Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:52:05 -0600
<![CDATA[49ers sign linebacker Dekoda Watson to 3-year deal]]> http://gazette.com/49ers-sign-linebacker-dekoda-watson-to-3-year-deal/article/feed/450805?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-sign-linebacker-dekoda-watson-to-3-year-deal/article/feed/450805?custom_click=rss SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed free agent linebacker Dekoda Watson to a three-year contract.

The team announced the move on Friday night.

Watson, a seven-year NFL veteran who spent the last two seasons with Denver, is a special teams standout. He led the Broncos with 11 tackles on special teams last year in just nine games.

In 89 career games, Watson has 88 tackles on defense, four sacks, four passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles to go along with 50 special teams tackles.

He was a seventh-round pick out of Florida State by Tampa Bay in 2010, and played his first four seasons with the Buccaneers. He has also spent time with Jacksonville, Dallas and New E

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]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:38:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Kayvon Webster leaves Broncos; joins Rams]]> http://gazette.com/kayvon-webster-leaves-broncos-joins-rams/article/1599067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kayvon-webster-leaves-broncos-joins-rams/article/1599067?custom_click=rss

The Denver Broncos defense and special teams took a hit on Thursday.

Cornerback Kayvon Webster re-joined former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips when Webster signed to play for the Los Angeles Rams. The contract is reported to be for 2 years and $8 million.

Webster has been a key special-teams contributor for the Broncos since being drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Associated Press reports that hopes to play more as a defensive back under Phillips, who ran Denver's defense for the past two years.

In four seasons with Denver, Webster amassed 70 total tackles, 15 passes defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery according to pro-football-reference.com.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:22:42 -0600
<![CDATA[LA Rams sign RB Dunbar, DB Webster, retain K Greg Zuerlein]]> http://gazette.com/la-rams-sign-rb-dunbar-db-webster-retain-k-greg-zuerlein/article/feed/450624?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/la-rams-sign-rb-dunbar-db-webster-retain-k-greg-zuerlein/article/feed/450624?custom_click=rss THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have signed defensive back Kayvon Webster and re-signed kicker Greg Zuerlein.

The Rams also signed free-agent running back Lance Dunbar on Thursday.

Webster has been a key special-teams contributor for the Denver Broncos for the past four years. He hopes to play more as a defensive back under Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who ran Denver's defense for the past two years.

Dunbar spent his first five NFL seasons as a backup with the Dallas Cowboys, carrying the ball just 94 times.

Zuerlein got a three-year deal to stay with the Rams. He has been their kicker since 2012.

Zuerlein was solid last season, hitting 19 of his 22 field goal attempts. He wa

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]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:21:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Bears reach one-year deal with kicker Connor Barth]]> http://gazette.com/bears-reach-one-year-deal-with-kicker-connor-barth/article/feed/450279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bears-reach-one-year-deal-with-kicker-connor-barth/article/feed/450279?custom_click=rss LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with placekicker Connor Barth on a one-year contract.

Barth made 18 of 23 field-goal attempts last season and missed only one of 32 extra-point tries in 16 games.

Barth has appeared in 99 games over nine NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2008), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-13, 2015), Denver Broncos (2014) and Chicago Bears (2016). He has made 157 of 187 field goal attempts (84 percent) and 205 of 207 extra points (99 percent).

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]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:36:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee blog: Farewell, DeMarcus Ware, a Broncos star to appreciate]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-farewell-demarcus-ware-a-broncos-star-to-appreciate/article/1598820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-farewell-demarcus-ware-a-broncos-star-to-appreciate/article/1598820?custom_click=rss

Half of the time I didn't know if DeMarcus Ware was just trying to pull a fast one.

Some of Ware's explanations — from his belief that red wine had kept him young to the minute details with which he studied football — sounded more like he knew the media game and wanted to give us something good.

So D-Ware checked both journalism boxes — a superb athlete who also happened to be very interesting — and, yes, I appreciate him for that.

All the time the Broncos knew Ware was committed to winning. The ex-Cowboys pass-rushing star announced his retirement Monday via Twitter. His next stop will be at the wine shop for a 1982 Bordeaux and, later, Canton, for a spot in

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:12:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Titans agree to deal with D-lineman Sylvester Williams]]> http://gazette.com/titans-agree-to-deal-with-d-lineman-sylvester-williams/article/feed/450237?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/titans-agree-to-deal-with-d-lineman-sylvester-williams/article/feed/450237?custom_click=rss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a deal with defensive lineman Sylvester Williams pending a physical.

The Titans announced the deal Tuesday, though terms of the deal were not released.

General manager Jon Robinson says he worked out Williams before the 2013 NFL draft when Williams was selected by Denver at No. 28 overall that year.

The 6-foot-2, 313-pound Williams started 48 of his 60 games in Denver with 93 tackles, 5 ½ sacks and 17 tackles for loss. During his tenure, the Broncos ranked in the top four in the NFL in overall yards allowed in each of the last three seasons. He also has played in seven playoff games, including going 1-1 in the Super Bowl.

Williams started every game of

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]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:41:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos add venom, vigor to the trenches]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-add-venom-vigor-to-the-trenches/article/1598855?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-add-venom-vigor-to-the-trenches/article/1598855?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Domata Peko was drawn to Denver by family and familiarity.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph was on Marvin Lewis' staff in Cincinnati, where Peko spent his first 11 seasons "and he and I had a really good relationship," Peko said Monday after signing his two-year, $7.5 million contract.

Peko also is reuniting with his cousin, Kyle Peko, a second-year nose tackle, in Denver.

"That also had a little bit to do with me coming here," Peko said, chuckling. "Kyle's my little cousin. His dad and me are first cousins. So, it's good to have another Peko in the house."

That's exactly how general manager John Elway was feeling Monday when he signed both Peko and Zach Kerr, a fourth-year D-tackle from the

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:13:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Raiders sign All-Pro kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson]]> http://gazette.com/raiders-sign-all-pro-kick-returner-cordarrelle-patterson/article/feed/450144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raiders-sign-all-pro-kick-returner-cordarrelle-patterson/article/feed/450144?custom_click=rss ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed All-Pro kickoff returner and speedy receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to a free-agent contract Monday.

Patterson is a former first-round pick by Minnesota in 2013, who has excelled as a returner but struggled for consistency as a receiver during his career.

He caught only 132 passes in four seasons with the Vikings, but has been a first-team All-Pro twice and a second-team pick once as a returner in his four-year career.

Patterson has averaged 30.4 yards per kickoff return in his career, second only to Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (30.6 yards) since 1941. He has five kick returns for touchdowns, including one at Oakland in 2015.

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]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:54:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos players react to news about DeMarcus Ware's retirement]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-players-react-to-news-about-demarcus-wares-retirement/article/1598850?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-players-react-to-news-about-demarcus-wares-retirement/article/1598850?custom_click=rss

DeMarcus Ware announced Monday that he is retiring from the NFL.

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Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:07:25 -0600
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ENGLEWOOD — DeMarcus Ware won't be returning to either the Dallas Cowboys or the Denver Broncos as expected.

The 12-year NFL veteran is instead retiring from the NFL.

Ware announced his decision Monday on Twitter.

Next to a split image of the Cowboys and Broncos, Ware wrote, "After a lot of thought and prayer, I've decided to accept the unknown and retire from my NFL career. Tempting opportunities still present themselves for me to play and I feel better than I have in years. However, long-term health of quality of life outweigh the spark and passion to play that I once had."

Ware's decision is a shocker.

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