<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:37:50 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Rookies get 48-hour head start before champs report]]> http://gazette.com/rookies-get-48-hour-head-start-before-champs-report/article/feed/376773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rookies-get-48-hour-head-start-before-champs-report/article/feed/376773?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller and the rest of the Super Bowl champs report to training camp on Wednesday. The rookies got a 48-hour head start to begin making their mark.

Denver's draft class and college free agents reported to the UC Health Center on Monday and went through their first workouts.

"It's definitely nice to refresh," said Connor McGovern, a fifth-round guard from Missouri known already for his monster weight room workouts.

"You can watch as much film, do as many steps, work out as much as you can in the offseason. But there's nothing like being in the building kind of getting your feet wet, hearing the quarterback say the plays, hear the cadence. So, it'll definitely be nice to get a couple days bac

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:16:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Rookies get 48-hour head start before Super Bowl champs report]]> http://gazette.com/rookies-get-48-hour-head-start-before-super-bowl-champs-report/article/1581172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rookies-get-48-hour-head-start-before-super-bowl-champs-report/article/1581172?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Von Miller and the rest of the Super Bowl champs report to training camp on Wednesday. The rookies got a 48-hour head start to begin making their mark.

Denver's draft class and college free agents reported to the UC Health Center on Monday and went through their first workouts.

"It's definitely nice to refresh," said Connor McGovern, a fifth-round guard from Missouri known already for his monster weight room workouts.

"You can watch as much film, do as many steps, work out as much as you can in the offseason. But there's nothing like being in the building kind of getting your feet wet, hearing the quarterback say the plays, hear the cadence. So, it'll definitely be nice to get a couple days back in



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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:07:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Good news: Peyton Manning remains full football hero after being cleared by NFL]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-good-news-peyton-manning-remains-full-football-hero-after-being-cleared-by-nfl/article/1581142?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-good-news-peyton-manning-remains-full-football-hero-after-being-cleared-by-nfl/article/1581142?custom_click=rss

Good news: Peyton Manning remains a full hero. We don't have to suffer through the fall of yet another sports icon. You can still wear your No. 18 with pride.

The NFL cleared Manning of charges that he used human growth hormone to fuel his recovery from the severe neck injuries that forced his exit from the Indianapolis Colts. His spectacular (well, most of the time) four seasons with the Broncos had everything to do with diligent labor and nothing to do with polluting his body with HGH.

I am, like most Colorado residents, surrounded by family and friends who wear orange No. 18 jerseys. They believe in Peyton. They adore Peyton. They would be crushed if Peyton had been transformed into another Lance Armstrong.

I was



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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:18:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Fountain-Fort Carson coach Mitch Johnson sad to see Phil Loadholt retire from NFL, Vikings]]> http://gazette.com/former-fountain-fort-carson-coach-mitch-johnson-sad-to-see-phil-loadholt-retire-from-nfl-vikings/article/1581144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-fountain-fort-carson-coach-mitch-johnson-sad-to-see-phil-loadholt-retire-from-nfl-vikings/article/1581144?custom_click=rss

Mitch Johnson had the date set to finally go watch Phil Loadholt play professional football.

Johnson, the former longtime Fountain-Fort Carson football coach and ex-school board member Tom Downing were planning to head to Nashville, Tenn., to watch Loadholt's Vikings take on the Titans in both teams' season opener.

But with the news of Loadholt retiring from the NFL on Monday, Johnson won't get the opportunity.

"The only regret I have is because of my being consumed with what I was doing, trying to make the Trojans so competitive, I never had a chance to see him play live in the stadium at the NFL level," Johnson said Monday.

Loadholt graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson. He played at Garden City (Kan.) C.C.



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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:09:47 -0600
<![CDATA[NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-clears-peyton-manning-of-hgh-allegations/article/1581123?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-clears-peyton-manning-of-hgh-allegations/article/1581123?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last fall.

The league said the quarterback and his wife fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators. Manning vehemently denied the allegations when they were made late in the season.



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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:29:07 -0600
<![CDATA[NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-clears-peyton-manning-of-hgh-allegations/article/feed/376538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-clears-peyton-manning-of-hgh-allegations/article/feed/376538?custom_click=rss

The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with human growth hormone or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last year.

The league said the quarterback and his wife, Ashley, fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators.

The NFL is continuing its investigation into allegations made against other NFL players in the documentary, which the league said involves "different lines of inquiry and witnesses." Those other players — all of them linebackers — provided the league with sworn affidavits, but the NFL wants to interview them in person.

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:59:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Former NFL coach Dennis Green, who died Friday, worked with John Elway at Stanford]]> http://gazette.com/former-nfl-coach-dennis-green-who-died-friday-worked-with-john-elway-at-stanford/article/1580965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-nfl-coach-dennis-green-who-died-friday-worked-with-john-elway-at-stanford/article/1580965?custom_click=rss

Former NFL coach Dennis Green, who coached the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, died Friday morning from complications of cardiac arrest. He was 67. 

Green coached the Vikings and Cardinals for 13 total NFL seasons and ranks second in Vikings franchise history in wins and winning percentage. He led the Vikings to two NFC Championship Game appearances and was the second African-American coach (after Art Shell) in the modern NFL era.

But one coaching stop in Green’s career has been largely overlooked: engineering the 1980 Stanford Cardinal offense, with sophomore quarterback John Elway.

 With Green calling the shots, Elway finished the 1980 season with a 147.2 passer rating and threw for 2,889



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:06:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Houston Texans capsule]]> http://gazette.com/houston-texans-capsule/article/feed/375174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/houston-texans-capsule/article/feed/375174?custom_click=rss HOUSTON TEXANS (9-8)

OPEN CAMP: July 31, Houston

LAST YEAR: Inconsistency and injuries forced Texans to use four quarterbacks and they lost running back Arian Foster to season-ending Achilles tendon injury in October. Despite those setbacks defense, led by Defensive Player of Year J.J. Watt, helped them win seven of last nine games to shake off 2-5 start, win AFC South and reach playoffs for first time since 2012. But Brian Hoyer had career-high four interceptions and fumble in embarrassing 30-0 wild-card loss to Kansas City to end season.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: QB Brock Osweiler, RB Lamar Miller, rookie WRs Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, rookie OG Nick Martin, and OG Jeff Adams.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:00:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Houston Texans hope Osweiler can help them take next step]]> http://gazette.com/houston-texans-hope-osweiler-can-help-them-take-next-step/article/feed/375306?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/houston-texans-hope-osweiler-can-help-them-take-next-step/article/feed/375306?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans proved they were serious about upgrading their offense this offseason by luring Brock Osweiler from Denver with a four-year, $72 million contract. Now it's time to see if the quarterback was worth it.

All eyes will be on Osweiler when the Texans begin training camp on July 31 — especially with star defensive end J.J. Watt sidelined by a back injury.

"I'm impressed with Brock, probably most of all in his ability to learn our system, our operation," coach Bill O'Brien said. "It's not easy to come in here and learn how we operate as an offense, how we meet, how we call plays at the line of scrimmage, how we teach defense ... we're really happy with his progress.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:58:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Former Broncos running back cites brain injury, avoids prison time]]> http://gazette.com/former-broncos-running-back-cites-brain-injury-avoids-prison-time/article/1580940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-broncos-running-back-cites-brain-injury-avoids-prison-time/article/1580940?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Arkansas and NFL running back Cedric Cobbs has been sentenced to three years of probation on a drug-related charge, avoiding prison time after telling a federal judge that he's undergoing treatment for a brain disease.

Cobbs faced up to four years in prison after pleading guilty to using a phone to facilitate a drug offense.

In court papers, Cobbs says he's receiving inpatient treatment for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which has been tied to repeated brain trauma and is associated with memory loss, depression and progressive dementia.

U.S. District Judge Price Marshall sentenced Cobbs to probation and 150 hours of community service Thursday.



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:32:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Boldin, Bush, Welker among big-name unemployed NFL vets]]> http://gazette.com/boldin-bush-welker-among-big-name-unemployed-nfl-vets/article/feed/375540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boldin-bush-welker-among-big-name-unemployed-nfl-vets/article/feed/375540?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — They were once big names with huge contracts. Now, several former NFL stars are unsigned and unemployed, anxiously awaiting another — and, maybe, final — opportunity to get back on the football field.

Just a few years ago, a list that included Anquan Boldin, Reggie Bush, Wes Welker, Andre Johnson and Roddy White would have highlighted the league's best playmakers. But age, injuries, contract squabbles and off-field issues have the NFL's unemployment line filled with familiar faces as teams prepare to head to training camp.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:27:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Camp a balancing act as Patriots prepare to be without Brady]]> http://gazette.com/camp-a-balancing-act-as-patriots-prepare-to-be-without-brady/article/feed/375307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/camp-a-balancing-act-as-patriots-prepare-to-be-without-brady/article/feed/375307?custom_click=rss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — In many ways, the New England Patriots enter their 2016 training camp as close as they've been in 19 months to ridding themselves of the cloud that has trailed them since the "Deflategate" saga began.

They got a respite last season after Tom Brady was allowed to play when his appeal of a four-game suspension handed down by the league for his involvement in a scheme to underinflate footballs during the 2015 AFC championship game was overturned.

The NFL challenged that ruling, and the league's punishment was reinstated by an appeals court in April. That same court denied Brady's petition for a rehearing of its decision July 13, and Brady — who will turn 39 on Aug.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:59:55 -0600 <![CDATA[49ers have quarterback competition with Kaepernick, Gabbert]]> http://gazette.com/49ers-have-quarterback-competition-with-kaepernick-gabbert/article/feed/375283?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/49ers-have-quarterback-competition-with-kaepernick-gabbert/article/feed/375283?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick is back following three surgeries and last season's benching, determined and ready to prove himself as a starting quarterback again. Blaine Gabbert insists he is prepared to keep the San Francisco job going into this season.

Chip Kelly's first training camp as new 49ers coach will likely be defined by an intense quarterback competition — not to mention fierce fights for spots at several other key positions, such as wide receiver, cornerback and on the defensive line.

After months of speculation that Kaepernick would be traded, and a high-profile meeting with Broncos general manager John Elway, the mobile, strong-armed QB is staying put after all.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:41:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Panthers look to buck trend, return to Super Bowl after loss]]> http://gazette.com/panthers-look-to-buck-trend-return-to-super-bowl-after-loss/article/feed/375284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panthers-look-to-buck-trend-return-to-super-bowl-after-loss/article/feed/375284?custom_click=rss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ron Rivera isn't giving his team a free pass this offseason when it comes to hard work.

In fact, the Carolina Panthers coach is pushing his players to work even harder after a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Just look at the team's recent minicamp, where Rivera brought his players together at midfield on multiple occasions to let them know their concentration level just wasn't there and they were making too many mistakes.

"The truth is you can never be satisfied," said Rivera, a two-time NFL Coach of the Year. "If you're satisfied, it's time to move on because you're done. And again, we didn't win the Super Bowl. So that right there is enough for us to stay motivated and keep

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:32:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Fitz or Geno? Jets head to camp with uncertainty at QB]]> http://gazette.com/fitz-or-geno-jets-head-to-camp-with-uncertainty-at-qb/article/feed/375263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitz-or-geno-jets-head-to-camp-with-uncertainty-at-qb/article/feed/375263?custom_click=rss

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets are heading to training camp with their expected starting quarterback still unsigned.

Locked in a contract stalemate that many assumed would have been resolved months ago, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still waiting for a new deal. That also leaves the Jets wondering just who'll be under center when the regular season kicks off.

"Until I get to training camp and see what happens," a mildly annoyed coach Todd Bowles said during minicamp last month, "I'm pretty much done talking about it."

Well, get ready, coach.

Fitzpatrick set a franchise record with 31 touchdown passes and led the Jets to a 10-6 mark and within a win of the playoffs.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:24:46 -0600 <![CDATA[New coach, 45 new players on roster as Dolphins again reboot]]> http://gazette.com/new-coach-45-new-players-on-roster-as-dolphins-again-reboot/article/feed/375264?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-coach-45-new-players-on-roster-as-dolphins-again-reboot/article/feed/375264?custom_click=rss

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — With another new coach and another new playbook, it's the same old Miami Dolphins.

They begin training camp July 29 hitting the reset button yet again and hoping this season will somehow be different. Adam Gase, the NFL's youngest head coach at 38, has installed a new offense with the help of new coordinator Clyde Christensen, and the defense has also been revamped under new coordinator Vance Joseph.

There are also 45 newcomers on the roster for a franchise where turnover and transition are the norm. Gase is Miami's ninth coach since 2004, and he'll have plenty to sort out in camp as the Dolphins try to lay the foundation for a turnaround.

They'll play in an upgraded stadium thanks to a $500 million

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:16:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Steelers enter training camp with usual lofty expectations]]> http://gazette.com/steelers-enter-training-camp-with-usual-lofty-expectations/article/feed/375265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/steelers-enter-training-camp-with-usual-lofty-expectations/article/feed/375265?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown spent a significant portion of his offseason sashaying his way into living rooms across the country during a lengthy run on "Dancing With The Stars."

It was a welcome distraction for the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver, but make no mistake. The way Brown's 2015 season ended — out of the lineup while dealing with a concussion as the Steelers let a fourth-quarter lead slip away in the division round against Denver — still stings.

"Any time you finish the year and leave something incomplete, it stays on your mind," Brown said.

Brown and his teammates have tried to avoid the "what-if" game, though it hasn't been easy.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:13:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Which quarterback will guide Denver's title defense?]]> http://gazette.com/which-quarterback-will-guide-denvers-title-defense/article/feed/375259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/which-quarterback-will-guide-denvers-title-defense/article/feed/375259?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Von Miller is back to lead Denver's devastating defense. Still undetermined is who will direct the Broncos' revamped offense.

Journeyman Mark Sanchez, rookie Paxton Lynch and the unheralded Trevor Siemian are in the mix at quarterback for the Broncos, who lost Brock Osweiler to free agency 48 hours after Peyton Manning's misty-eyed retirement.

No team has successfully defended its Super Bowl title since the 2004 New England Patriots. The Broncos are the first team since the 2001 Baltimore Ravens to try to go back to back after losing its top two QBs.

After losing the bidding duel with Houston for Osweiler, GM John Elway acquired Sanchez from the Eagles and outmaneuvered Jerry Jones to select Lynch out of

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:02:30 -0600 <![CDATA[PREVIEW: Which quarterback will guide Denver's title defense?]]> http://gazette.com/preview-which-quarterback-will-guide-denvers-title-defense/article/1580881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/preview-which-quarterback-will-guide-denvers-title-defense/article/1580881?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Von Miller is back to lead Denver's devastating defense. Still undetermined is who will direct the Broncos' revamped offense.

Journeyman Mark Sanchez, rookie Paxton Lynch and the unheralded Trevor Siemian are in the mix at quarterback for the Broncos, who lost Brock Osweiler to free agency 48 hours after Peyton Manning's misty-eyed retirement.

No team has successfully defended its Super Bowl title since the 2004 New England Patriots. The Broncos are the first team since the 2001 Baltimore Ravens to try to go back to back after losing its top two QBs.



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:42:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Seattle has answers to most of its questions as camp begins]]> http://gazette.com/seattle-has-answers-to-most-of-its-questions-as-camp-begins/article/feed/375244?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seattle-has-answers-to-most-of-its-questions-as-camp-begins/article/feed/375244?custom_click=rss

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl after the 2013 season, they created a roster with depth no one else in the NFL could match.

Ask around, and the Seahawks believe they've constructed a roster entering this camp with the talent and depth to rival that championship squad.

"I think it's going to be one of our most competitive camps," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "This is a chance for us to have a roster that reminds us of a couple years back and hopefully it'll play out that way."

The Seahawks begin training camp on July 30 with relatively few questions. There is no Super Bowl hangover like last season lingering over the franchise. There aren't contract disputes or huge injury concerns

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:41:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Seattle Seahawks capsule]]> http://gazette.com/seattle-seahawks-capsule/article/feed/375206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seattle-seahawks-capsule/article/feed/375206?custom_click=rss SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-7)

OPEN CAMP: July 30, Renton, Washington

LAST YEAR: Thanks to again having top defense and continued maturation of quarterback Russell Wilson, Seahawks endured rocky first half of regular season before late charge ensured fourth straight playoff appearance. Seattle somehow won in frigid temperatures of Minnesota in wild-card round before falling to eventual NFC champion Carolina.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: G Germain Ifedi, T J'Marcus Webb, DT Jarran Reed, DE Chris Clemons, rookie RBs Alex Collins and C.J. Prosise, CB Brandon Browner.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: RB Marshawn Lynch, T Russell Okung, LB Bruce Irvin, G J.R. Sweezy, DT Brandon Mebane.

CAMP NEEDS: Develop some stability in the offensive line

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:52:14 -0600 <![CDATA[New York Jets Capsule]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-jets-capsule/article/feed/375172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-jets-capsule/article/feed/375172?custom_click=rss NEW YORK JETS (10-6)

OPEN CAMP: July 27, Florham Park, New Jersey.

LAST YEAR: Came within win of making playoffs in coach Todd Bowles' first season, but fell to former coach Rex Ryan and Buffalo Bills in season finale. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick took over as starter for Geno Smith, who had jaw broken in training camp by then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali, and set franchise record with career-best 31 TD passes. WR Brandon Marshall had team-record 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 TDs, while Eric Decker had 80 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 TDs to form one of NFL's top receiving duos. DE Muhammad Wilkerson set career high with 12 sacks while anchoring stout D-line.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:33:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos announce date for single-game ticket sales]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-announce-date-for-single-game-ticket-sales/article/1580828?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-announce-date-for-single-game-ticket-sales/article/1580828?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday announced that tickets for individual games during the 2016 season at Sports Authority Field at Mile High will go on sale beginning Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. MDT. Ticket availability will vary, as the Broncos have sold out 359 consecutive regular-season games dating back to 1970, but a limited number of tickets (mostly single seats) will be available for all games.

The Broncos offer a variety of price levels, as well as points of purchase for their fans. Included in the inventory available for the public are full-price tickets, half-price tickets, ADA tickets and club seat tickets. All inventory will be available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) beginning at 2 p.m. MDT



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:55:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: After Von Miller's big deal, will Broncos grow fat and happy?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-after-von-millers-big-deal-will-broncos-grow-fat-and-happy/article/1580551?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-after-von-millers-big-deal-will-broncos-grow-fat-and-happy/article/1580551?custom_click=rss DENVER - The Broncos were only up six when Von Miller arrived, again, and Cam Newton gave up.

Threw in the towel. Waved the white flag. Told the world enough is enough.

Watch it again. Google "Cam Newton Dive Fumble" and 10 videos pop up, voila. The evidence is as clear as the 212 diamonds in Denver's Super Bowl rings:

Carolina's quarterback took two steps forward (toward the bouncing ball) and two hops back (away from the swirling mass of bodies pursuing a fumble caused by Miller).

That's how the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, the same way they won 14 other games, by beating you up and wearing you down, like an older brother and a younger brother in the backseat during a long road trip that Mom and Dad promised would



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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:19:15 -0600
<![CDATA[T.J. Ward's hilarious reaction to Miller's contract a hit on Instagram]]> http://gazette.com/t.j.-wards-hilarious-reaction-to-millers-contract-a-hit-on-instagram/article/1580476?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/t.j.-wards-hilarious-reaction-to-millers-contract-a-hit-on-instagram/article/1580476?custom_click=rss The Broncos' T.J. Ward took to Instagram Friday with his reaction to Von Miller's record-breaking contract.



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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:35:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Broncos Von Miller will prove himself worthy of $70 million guaranteed]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-von-miller-will-prove-himself-worthy-of-70-million-guaranteed/article/1580474?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-von-miller-will-prove-himself-worthy-of-70-million-guaranteed/article/1580474?custom_click=rss

He's worth it.

Von Miller dominated the Super Bowl, leading the Broncos and their sputtering offense to NFL supremacy, but he's only offered hints of his staggering potential. He can grow into an even more dominating, intimidating defender.

John Elway was right to guarantee $70 million of Miller's six-year, $114.5 million contract. In the final hours of needlessly dramatic negotiations, Elway knew he had to take a risk on Miller's tomorrows.

The future of a franchise was shaking until Emperor Elway surrendered and handed over a mountain of cash to an astoundingly talented 27-year-old linebacker.

Miller must prove he was worth all the money, which places a severe squeeze on the Broncos salary cap. I'm betting,



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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:54:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Von Miller, Broncos agree to 6-year contract with $70 million guaranteed]]> http://gazette.com/von-miller-broncos-agree-to-6-year-contract-with-70-million-guaranteed/article/1580467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/von-miller-broncos-agree-to-6-year-contract-with-70-million-guaranteed/article/1580467?custom_click=rss

The offseason soap opera revolving around Von Miller, his contract and the Broncos has finally come to an end. The 27-year-old signed a $114.5 million deal over six years with $70 million in guarantees.

The agreement was made not a moment too soon, as the 2 p.m. Friday deadline was swiftly approaching. Miller, the Super bowl 50 MVP, has remained adamant that he wants to stay a Bronco for the remainder of his career, meaning the one-year 14.1 million dollar franchise tag the Broncos put on him wasn’t good enough. Miller wanted more years and more money, ensuring he would remain in Denver for the long-term, and he made that clear.



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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:37:18 -0600
<![CDATA[AP Source: Broncos now offering $70M guaranteed to Miller]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-broncos-now-offering-70m-guaranteed-to-miller/article/1580406?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-broncos-now-offering-70m-guaranteed-to-miller/article/1580406?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos have upped their offer to Von Miller by offering to guarantee the Super Bowl MVP a record $70 million of the six-year deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to share candid details of the blockbuster offer that also was reported by ESPN and the NFL Network.

The sides have until 4 p.m. EDT Friday to get a signed deal into NFL headquarters.

Miller's agent, Joby Branion, and the Broncos agreed to the parameters of a six-year, $114.5 million deal last month but Miller's camp held out for more guaranteed money.

The June offer included $38.5 million in guarantees over the first two years,



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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:07:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Man accused of defrauding Denver Bronco, three other NFL players in horse-racing scheme]]> http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-defrauding-denver-bronco-three-other-nfl-players-in-horse-racing-scheme/article/1580321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-defrauding-denver-bronco-three-other-nfl-players-in-horse-racing-scheme/article/1580321?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND — An Ohio man accused of running a horse racing scheme that bilked four NFL players out of more than $300,000 has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/29RJb8U ) 29-year-old Jonathan Pippin was charged Wednesday in federal court in Cleveland. Prosecutors say he persuaded the players to give him money to invest in racing horses.

Investigators say the Logan man used the cash for personal expenses and some operating expenses.

Court filings identify the players by first names and initials.



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Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:47:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos QB Mark Sanchez gives back to kids during football camp at Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-qb-mark-sanchez-gives-back-to-kids-during-football-camp-at-fort-carson/article/1579953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-qb-mark-sanchez-gives-back-to-kids-during-football-camp-at-fort-carson/article/1579953?custom_click=rss

Military children from the Fort Carson community were treated to a football camp with Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez on Friday morning.

The camp, led by ProCamps Worldwide, was awarded to Fort Carson following a contest involving military bases around the world. Kids aged six to 14 ran routes, caught passes and took handoffs from Sanchez, who looked like a kid himself at times.

"This reminds me of being a youngster - running around and having fun when things weren't as serious," Sanchez said. "You could come out and throw the ball and it didn't mean anything. You cherish those days and enjoy seeing these kids laugh and run around.

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