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  Broncos | Peyton Manning to have deal revised?    Wed Feb 25, 09:12 PM

The Denver Broncos and representatives for QB Peyton Manning are working on revising the veteran's contract, according to multiple league sources. He is scheduled to draw a $19 million salary in 2015 and 2016. Manning has informed the team he intends to keep playing, and the Broncos did not formally interview any quarterbacks at the NFL Combine last week.

Footballguys view: The two sides just need to come to an agreement about how his deal will be re-worked. Manning and the Broncos should be able to find common ground in the next few days. A simple restructure could save the Broncos $9 million in cap space this season. That's great for them with guys like Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Terrance Knighton set to hit free agency.

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  Broncos | Julius Thomas helped in red zone    Tue Feb 24, 06:21 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas could very well be on his way out of Denver this offseason, which would leave a big void for Denver, especially in the red zone. Before Thomas was injured last season, he led the NFL in red zone touchdowns with nine. He was second in the league with a 77 percent touchdown rate in the red zone. Following the injury, the Broncos ended the regular season with a 62 percent touchdown frequency in the red zone.

Footballguys view: It's not just Manning making his stats gaudier, Thomas is a fantastic tight end when healthy. He has the ability to create mismatches every time he's on the field, and his presence near pay dirt will be missed. At this time, it sounds like the Jacksonville Jaguars might be frontrunners for his services. The Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots might also have interest.

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  Broncos | Denver likely to lose Terrance Knighton?    Mon Feb 23, 10:08 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton is unlikely to be back with the team in 2015, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Klis believes the only chance Denver has of re-signing Knighton is if the market for his services is unexpectedly weak.

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  Broncos | Julius Thomas likely leaving Denver?    Mon Feb 23, 06:20 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is unlikely to be re-signed by the team, as his market value will likely exceed what the Broncos are willing to pay. The Broncos tried to sign Thomas to a five-year, $40 million extension last summer, but he wasn't comfortable with the guaranteed money and structuring.

Footballguys view: We're not surprised. Julius Thomas is going to be out of their price range, plus as a non-blocker he's an odd fit in the Gary Kubiak system. Teams who could have interest in Julius Thomas include the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots.

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  Broncos | Candidates to be re-signed    Mon Feb 23, 06:20 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent LB Nate Irving, C Will Montgomery and TEs Virgil Green and Jacob Tamme are priorities to be re-signed this offseason. However, Irving figures to test the free-agent market with LBs Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall set as inside linebackers.

Footballguys view: Green is an underrated receiver who could take on a much larger role if Julius Thomas moves on in free agency. Tamme could return because he's a good special teams player and very close to QB Peyton Manning. Irving is a decent player--primarily as a two-down thumper--but he could draw some interest on the open market.

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  Broncos | Several players not expected to return    Mon Feb 23, 06:15 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton, OG Orlando Franklin and FS Rahim Moore are not expected to return to the team next season.

Footballguys view: Knighton could move on to the Oakland Raiders where he'd be reunited with Jack Del Rio for a third time in his career. Franklin probably will get some looks at tackle again, and Moore might be a bit too pricey for the Broncos to keep around.

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  Broncos | Want Rahim Moore back at right price    Mon Feb 23, 02:37 AM

Free-agent FS Rahim Moore (Broncos) is wanted back by the Denver Broncos, but the team wants him to return at a more friendly price.

Footballguys view: There's not a great free safety class in free agency or the draft. The Broncos spent a lot of money on their secondary last year, so Moore is going to have to stay for a good price.

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  Broncos | Nate Irving receiving interest    Sun Feb 22, 01:29 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent LB Nate Irving (knee) is expected to be an option for some teams even though he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in November, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Irving is a two-down thumper as a run-defender, and he's better in coverage than some think. However, he's struggled with injuries during his pro career and that should keep his price down.

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  Broncos | Orlando Franklin not expected back    Sun Feb 22, 01:28 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent OG Orlando Franklin is not expected to re-sign with the Broncos, because he likely will receive more money from another team.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Franklin will likely move on in free agency, and he probably wants to go back to playing tackle. Last year, the Broncos moved him to guard and he wasn't initially happy about the switch.

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  Broncos | Taking a long look at top TEs    Fri Feb 20, 11:59 AM

The Denver Broncos are taking a longer look at both TE Maxx Williams (Minnesota) and TE Clive Walford (Miami) at the 2015 NFL draft. Either one could be an option for Denver in the first round with the 28th overall pick.

Footballguys view: There's a strong chance that Julius Thomas will leave via free agency, which means the Broncos need to find a replacement. Williams is a good 'move' tight end who needs to improve his route-running, though he had some exceptionally long receptions at Minnesota. Walford is a bit more well-rounded, but not as athletic as Williams and with a lower ceiling. He's more versatile in that he can block exceptionally well though and would be a help with protecting Peyton Manning.

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  Broncos | Tag coming for Demaryius Thomas    Thu Feb 19, 08:04 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas will have the franchise tag placed on him if the team can't work out a long-term deal in the next few days, according to general manager John Elway. Both sides have had the framework of a five-year deal on the table over the last year. The franchise tag for receivers this year is expected to be in the $12.7 to $12.9 million range.

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  Broncos | C.J. Anderson must earn starting role    Thu Feb 19, 02:12 PM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson finished the year as the team's No. 1 running back and made the Pro Bowl, but new head coach Gary Kubiak said Anderson must still earn the starting role for the 2015 season. 'He's got to go earn that,' Kubiak said. 'When he walked off the field last year he was playing that way. He's a young player. I told him that when I talked to him. I said, 'C.J. when you come back for the offseason you need to handle yourself like you're the starter.' I think he's ready to do that.'

Footballguys view: It will be interesting to see the competition between Anderson and Montee Ball, but our bet is Anderson gets the bulk of the work if he doesn't spend the offseason reading his own press clippings instead of training. Anderson could be a solid RB1 if he wins the job outright, but there could be a bit of a split in carries and that could reduce his upside and overall output.

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  Broncos | Terrance Knighton wants to stay in Denver    Thu Feb 19, 12:00 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton has made it clear that he wants to stay in Denver even though he's scheduled to hit the open market in March. He said he'd even be willing to take 'somewhat of a hometown discount,' but Knighton doesn't feel that the interest in mutual on the Broncos' part at this point. Head coach Gary Kubiak said the Broncos hope to retain as many of their free agents as possible, including Knighton.

Footballguys view: It's hard to imagine the Broncos without "Pot Roast" in a Broncos jersey, but they have some potentially expensive free agents - the most noteworthy of which are Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas -- which might suck in a lot of the available cash if the Broncos wish to hold onto them. Losing Knighton would leave Denver with just Marvin Austin at nose tackle and that could be a significant downgrade.

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  Broncos | C.J. Anderson not guaranteed to start    Wed Feb 18, 10:04 PM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is not guaranteed to be the team's starting tailback in 2015. 'He's got to go earn that,' Kubiak said Wednesday, Feb. 18. 'When he walked off the field last year he was playing that way. He's a young player. I told him that when I talked to him. I said, 'C.J. when you come back for the offseason you need to handle yourself like you're the starter. I think he's ready to do that.'

Footballguys view: No worries here. Anderson will enter camp as the starter, and the team wants to see how he responds to being "the man" in Denver. Anderson is a perfect fit for the zone-blocking system that will be implemented by new head coach Gary Kubiak. He has the upside to finish 2015 as a top-10 fantasy running back.

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  Broncos | Terrance Knighton frustrated by Denver    Wed Feb 18, 10:04 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton said Wednesday, Feb. 18, that he is frustration with the lack of communication from the Broncos.

Footballguys view: Knighton is frustrated for good reason. He's stated multiple times that he wants to stay in Denver, but the Broncos have had zero communication with him. Knighton is likely to get a big deal in free agency, and we think the Raiders are most likely to pick him up.

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  Broncos | Denver has no meetings with Julius Thomas    Wed Feb 18, 07:19 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas and his agent, Frank Bauer, don't have any meetings scheduled with the team heading into the NFL Scouting Combine. Apparently Thomas wants to test the free-agent markets when he's eligible March 10.

Footballguys view: We're unlikely to see Thomas return to the Broncos in 2015. He's reportedly seeking a deal that will put him among the highest paid tight ends in the league. Denver has their hands full trying to re-sign WR Demaryius Thomas and find a few upgrades to the offensive line. They just don't have the money to give Julius Thomas a deal that may be in the range of $8 million annually.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning still undecided    Wed Feb 18, 07:17 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning remains undecided on whether he'll return for the 2015 season, according to general manager John Elway. Elway met with Manning a week ago, and Manning expressed that he feels fine physically. Everyone is expecting Manning to return, but there hasn't been a definitive announcement from Manning himself.

Footballguys view: The holdup is Manning. The Broncos want him back, but they are giving him time to make a decision. Only eight games away from having more regular-season wins than any QB in NFL history, we think Manning returns for a fourth season in Denver.

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  Broncos | OL to be made over    Wed Feb 18, 01:15 PM

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said the team will undergo a makeover on the offensive line this offseason, and they could have as many as three new starters depending on what happens with impending free-agent OG Orlando Franklin and C Will Montgomery. Kubiak thinks the line will adapt to the zone-blocking scheme. 'They'll definitely fit. That's not an issue. There's a lot of movement. The biggest thing I can see, there was a lot of movement because of some injuries to guys having to move outside, those types of things. And there are some good young players in the building that I know that John and his staff think very highly of,' Kubiak said.

Footballguys view: The Broncos need to find a right tackle and a left guard (at least) via free agency and the draft. It is a bit unusual for a team in a Super Bowl window to have to overhaul an offensive line like this, but that's the way it is for Denver.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning fits well into system    Tue Feb 17, 10:01 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has not decided if he will return in 2015 or not. However, he fits well into the offensive system of new head coach Gary Kubiak. He likes the stretch rushing system that features zone blocking and one-cut running. And he likes play-action passes off that running system, and Manning excels as a play-action ball handler.

Footballguys view: Matt Schaub wasn't the most fleet afoot, and he worked well under Kubiak in Houston. There won't be any problem adapting a system to what Manning does best...and avoiding where he does not fit.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning expected back by HC    Tue Feb 17, 07:23 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is expected to return this season by head coach Gary Kubiak. While Manning hasn't officially made a decision, he has told the team that he feels good enough to play in 2015. Kubiak said he doesn't think there's any hold up with Manning's decision and that Manning and general manager John Elway are working through the process.

Footballguys view: Everyone under the sun is expecting Manning to return for one more season. If healthy, he is still the best available option for the Broncos. We'll see how Kubiak crafts an offense around the future Hall of Fame quarterback.

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  Broncos | Terrance Knighton won't come cheap    Mon Feb 16, 11:16 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton will likely receive offers that Denver will be 'hard-pressed' to match if Knighton reaches the open market next month, according to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.

Footballguys view: We believe Knighton could follow former Broncos defensive coordinator (and current Raiders head coach) Jack Del Rio to Oakland. Knighton is in line to get a contract that pays him around $6-8 million annually.

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  Broncos | Long-term deal for Julius Thomas?    Mon Feb 16, 06:31 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is more likely to receive a long-term deal before the start of free agency March 10 than impending free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas, who is a candidate for the franchise tag. Julius Thomas wants to be compensated as one of the best at his position after becoming the first tight end in history with at least 12 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

Footballguys view: We have a feeling the Broncos will work out a long-term deal with Demaryius Thomas, but first he'll be franchise tagged. Julius Thomas may want a deal around $8 million annually, but his injury history is cause for concern. In four years, Thomas has never played a full season due to ankle problems and a minor knee injury.

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  Broncos | Wes Welker intends to play in 2015    Mon Feb 16, 05:41 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is not planning on retiring. Welker said he's preparing for next season and added that he never said he was considering retirement, contrary to a previous report.

Footballguys view: Welker may be planning to play, but any team interested in him will proceed with caution. He's no longer an impact player, plus Welker has been concussed three times in the last two years.

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  Broncos | Cody Latimer to play more in 2015?    Mon Feb 16, 02:15 PM

Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer could see more playing time next season, according to Denver Broncos columnist/analyst Andrew Mason, especially if he can maintain his effective blocking and if impending free-agent WR Wes Welker doesn't return.

Footballguys view: Welker is unlikely to return, and he could end up retiring after suffering three concussions during his two seasons with the Broncos. Prepare to see more of Latimer in 2015. He barely did anything as a rookie, and Latimer was inactive for nine games of his rookie season. Latimer can make circus catches, and his size/wingspan make him a fine option in the red zone.

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  Broncos | No talks with Terrance Knighton     Sun Feb 15, 02:06 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton has not had any contract talks with the Broncos at this point.

Footballguys view: The Broncos have a need at the nose tackle position as they've switched to a 3-4 defense for this season under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Knighton has said he would take less money in order to remain with the Broncos.

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  Broncos | Cody Latimer could have bigger role    Sat Feb 14, 07:50 PM

Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer could take on a bigger role in his second season in 2015 if the team doesn't go heavy with two-tight-end sets and a fullback. Latimer was considered by some to be the best blocker among last year's receiver draft class. The team could utilize him in the slot as a pseudo-second tight end in three-receiver sets.

Footballguys view: Dynasty owners heads up here. We loved Latimer's upside coming out of the University of Indiana last year. That potential still remains despite a disappointing rookie season where Latimer caught two passes. We'll see if the Broncos can find a way to use him more in 2015.

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  Broncos | Questions still surround Peyton Manning    Sat Feb 14, 02:00 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning still has questions lingering in light of the fact that he wants to return in 2015. Among those questions include if he'll run head coach Gary Kubiak's offense and if he'll take a pay cut, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: In other news, water is wet. These questions have been known for quite some time..especially since the Broncos overhauled the coaching staff. We're certain middle ground will be found, and Manning will start one last time for the Broncos in 2015.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning assures coaches he'll return    Fri Feb 13, 06:07 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has assured team officials, including general manager John Elway, that he's physically and mentally ready to return for another season, according to league and team sources. Manning had a comprehensive evaluation from performance manager and trainer Mackie Shilstone the past couple of weeks in New Orleans. Shilstone gave Manning a strong assessment based on workouts and tests.

Footballguys view: Everyone under the sun has been expecting this...now we just need it to be official. The quadriceps injury that Manning dealt with late last year is fully healed. If healthy, Manning should be able to look better than he did at the end of last season.

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  Broncos | Two coaches hired    Fri Feb 13, 04:02 PM

The Denver Broncos have hired Vanderbilt wide receivers Marc Lubick as their assistant wide receivers coach and former Buffalo Bills assistant defensive backs coach Samson Brown as their new assistant defensive backs coach.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning could free up $9 million    Fri Feb 13, 10:16 AM

Updating an earlier report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning could free up $9.015 million in salary cap space with a simple restructure that doesn't include a pay cut.

Footballguys view: This could certainly be a plan for the Broncos. They'll have approximately $25 million to spend on free agents this year, but a large chunk of that ($15 million?) could go just to keep Demaryius Thomas. Denver needs the extra breathing room Manning could give them.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning could restructure    Fri Feb 13, 08:50 AM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning may be in talks to restructure his contract and help the team keep its key free agents, according to a league source.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning meets with John Elway    Thu Feb 12, 09:23 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning met with general manager John Elway Thursday, Feb. 12, but was not ready to make an announcement on whether he will play in 2015.

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  Broncos | Julius Thomas looking to get paid    Thu Feb 12, 09:42 AM

Free-agent TE Julius Thomas' (Broncos) agent has made it clear to the Denver Broncos that Thomas is looking to be among the highest-paid tight ends in the league.

Footballguys view: Let's be honest here....Thomas is unlikely to get that kind of money. Yes, he's scored 24 touchdowns over the last two years but he has also failed to stay healthy. In four years, Thomas has never played a full 16-game season. The highest paid tight end is Jimmy Graham (Saints) who makes $10 million annually. We believe Thomas will get offers around the $7 million annually range.

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  Broncos | Denver not talking with Demaryius Thomas    Wed Feb 11, 12:55 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas and the team haven't had contract extension talks for some time, according to a source. The Broncos aren't ruling out using the franchise tag on Thomas, which would cost them roughly $13 million and would limit their options in retaining impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas.

Footballguys view: We're expecting the Broncos to use the franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas. This locks him up with a one-year fully guaranteed salary, but (most importantly) it also gives them until July 15th to work out a new long-term deal with the superstar wideout.

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  Broncos | Wes Welker considering retirement    Tue Feb 10, 10:43 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is considering retirement after several years of head injuries and declining production, sources said Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Footballguys view: Welker's time with the Broncos started off hot before concussion problems began to slow him down in 2013. Last season, Welker was suspended for the first four games (was reduced to two) for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. When he returned, his production was not the same. He's simply not the same player he used to be. When Welker hangs up his cleats, there's a chance we could see him in the Hall of Fame one day.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning's decision can wait    Tue Feb 10, 04:54 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is being given all the time he needs to make a decision on whether he'll play in 2015, according to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.

Footballguys view: It can't wait that much longer. The team has some big decisions (read; pricey) coming up in free agency. The sooner Manning makes his decision, the sooner they can attack the contract offers for guys like Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas. Manning has already begun training in New Orleans and plans to meet with general manager John Elway and others before making his decision.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning to speak with John Elway    Tue Feb 10, 02:41 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning wants to speak with general manager John Elway before making an announcement on his intentions for 2015, according to a source. Manning reportedly would like to talk with Elway in the next couple of days.

Footballguys view: Manning probably wants to know what direction the team will go under new head coach Gary Kubiak. The Broncos should lean on C.J. Anderson and the ground game even more this season, and Manning will have to be okay with that. We have a feeling the two sides will have little problems working out a future that is mutually beneficial for both sides.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning planning to return    Tue Feb 10, 02:37 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is training in New Orleans with the intent to play next season, according to a source. Manning has already been evaluated and is expected to begin training this week as he prepares for the offseason.

Footballguys view: Manning just needed some time away after a poor performance against the Colts in the playoffs. The Broncos are still in a Super Bowl window with Manning at quarterback. However, they need to seriously upgrade their offensive line this offseason in order to protect Manning better.

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  Broncos | Denver not expected to re-sign Wes Welker     Sun Feb 8, 11:16 AM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is not expected to re-sign with the Broncos this offseason.

Footballguys view: Welker was always a two-year mercenary for the Broncos. His game has fallen off since he started out the 2013 season on a hot streak in Denver. New head coach Gary Kubiak implements a two tight end offense, and that means the slot receiver is relegated to little playing time.

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  Broncos | Hope to re-sign Will Montgomery, Virgil Green    Sun Feb 8, 11:13 AM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent C Will Montgomery and TE Virgil Green are two players the team likely will try to re-sign this offseason.

Footballguys view: Green is one of the most underrated players on the Broncos roster. Coming out of Nevada he was mostly known as a favorite target of Colin Kaepernick. Green has only 24 career receptions in four years with the Broncos, but he's transformed to become one of the best blockers in the league. In the new Gary Kubiak system, Green could catch 30-40 catches as the second tight end in 2015.

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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas could be tagged    Sun Feb 8, 11:06 AM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas could receive the franchise tag if the two sides are not able to agree to a new deal before the deadline for teams to use the tag.

Footballguys view: This makes the most sense for the Broncos. The one-year tag comes with a $12.8 million price tag that is fully guaranteed. Tagging Thomas would keep opposing teams away from him, and it would also give the Broncos time to sign him to a long-term contract. The deadline to sign franchise players is July 15th.

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  Broncos | Von Miller thinks Manning will return    Fri Feb 6, 12:50 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will return to play in 2015, according to LB Von Miller. 'We can win a championship with Peyton. I think that's the only thing that matters,' Miller said. 'What else can I say? I think he's coming back. He said a long time ago that he would stop playing football when he felt like he was hurting a team more than helping a team. There's still so much he can do, so many wonderful things he can do for the Denver Broncos.'

Footballguys view: We believe Manning will return, but we also thought that decision would come this week. The Broncos have a ton of huge decisions to make in free agency, and they hinge on whether or not Manning is returning. For example, re-signing Demaryius Thomas to a huge-money deal is a lot more attractive if you know that Manning is playing this season.

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  NFL | TE Maxx Williams a first-round pick?    Wed Feb 4, 08:17 PM

Greg Gabriel, from NationalFootballPost.com, believes that Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams could be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Footballguys view: We certainly agree with Gabriel here. Williams has a skill set reminiscent of Jason Witten (Cowboys) and is arguably the best tight end in the 2015 NFL draft. It's not a great class, but Williams outshines all the others. He's physical at the point of the catch and smooth in the open field with the ball in his hands. A team like Denver could show interest in Williams near the end of the first round.

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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas wants to stay in Denver    Mon Feb 2, 08:53 PM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he would love to remain a Bronco when he becomes a free agent this offseason, but he added that he is letting his agent handle things.

Footballguys view: The Broncos are likely to place the franchise tag on Thomas. This gives him a one-year guaranteed salary around $12.7 million for 2015. Most importantly, it gives the Broncos until July 15th to work out a new long-term deal with Thomas.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning's decision to come this week?    Mon Feb 2, 12:22 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning could decide on whether he'll return for another season this week, according to sources. Manning is confident that he'll work well with new head coach Gary Kubiak, who is ready to fit his offensive scheme to Manning's strengths. Manning is set to have his annual checkup on his surgically repaired neck within 10 days of the start of the new league year, which starts March 10.

Footballguys view: The annual physical doesn't matter much. Manning has confidence that he'll be able to pass. It's all about the desire to come back for at least one more year. He's only eight games short of the mark for all-time victories by a starting quarterback in the NFL. We have a feeling he'll be back to make yet another run at the Super Bowl.

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  Broncos | Fred Pagac hired    Mon Feb 2, 11:45 AM

Former Buffalo Bills assistant coach Fred Pagac was hired by the Denver Broncos to be their outside linebackers coach Monday, Feb. 2.

Footballguys view: The Vikings defensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012, Pagac was most recently on Jim Schwartz's staff in Buffalo. It's a bit of an odd move since Pagac has primarily worked in a 4-3 defense during his career. Broncos new DC Wade Phillips is implementing a 3-4 defense to get the most out of pass-rushers like Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

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  Broncos | Julius Thomas talks future    Fri Jan 30, 08:50 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas discussed the chances of him returning to the Broncos. 'I really don't know. To be perfectly honest, it hasn't even been discussed for me yet,' Thomas said. He did go on to say he'd love to come back, but he mentioned there are several important factors when determining where he'll sign.

Footballguys view: We just don't see the Broncos being able to afford Thomas this offseason--not with WR Demaryius Thomas set to hit free agency as well. Word is the Broncos will offer Julius Thomas a new deal, but it will likely be less than the offer he turned down last July.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning not worried about physical    Fri Jan 30, 01:55 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (quadriceps) said he's not worried at all about no passing the physical he's due to take March 1. His $19 million salary for the 2015 season would become guaranteed March 9 if he decides to come back, and he'll have to pass a physical to make sure he's good to go. 'I don't see that physical being that significant to tell you the truth as far as that revelation,' Manning said. 'I feel pretty confident that I would pass that physical and my neck is in good shape.'

Footballguys view: The physical he takes in early March will just be a confirmation for the team...and it will fully guarantee his 2015 salary of $21.5 million. We have a feeling that Manning will come back, and he will make a decision around the Scouting Combine.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning not worried about offense    Fri Jan 30, 01:01 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he feels comfortable in almost any offense 'aside from the Delaware Blue Hen Wing T.' He said that a change to a new offensive philosophy by head coach Gary Kubiak shouldn't be a problem.

Footballguys view: Manning, a historian of the game, broke off a Tubby Raymond blast this morning in a press conference. That's pretty solid. Kubiak made Matt Schaub work, and we have no doubts Manning would be a very productive in Denver's new system.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning's decision may come soon    Fri Jan 30, 12:43 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning may make a decision on whether he plans to return for another season in the near future, according to his dad, Archie Manning. Archie thinks his son will make his decision 'maybe in the next week or two.' 'He's given a lot of thought to it,' Archie Manning said. 'My advice for him is to go through the process, get away a little bit, let your leg heal, give it a lot of thought and decide what you're going to do ... (I) think he's taken a good evaluation of where he is physically.'

Footballguys view: Manning isn't going to keep everyone waiting around. He knows the team needs to know which way they're moving forward. We think his decision will be to return in 2015, and we'd imagine that sometime around the Scouting Combine we'll find out.

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