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Demaryius Thomas Receives Franchise Tag From Broncos

Mar 2, 2015 10:29 AM

The Denver Broncos have used the franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas.

Thomas has been a Pro Bowler each of the past three seasons.

Thomas' production with Peyton Manning have been outstanding -- 469 targets, 297 receptions, 4,483 yards, 15.1 yards per reception and 35 touchdowns. He has also not missed a game since 2011.

Thomas' tag will be worth approximately $12.8 million.

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Agent: Julius Thomas Being Pushed Away From Broncos

Feb 21, 2015 9:19 PM

The agent for Julius Thomas believes his client is being pushed from the Denver Broncos.

Thomas will be a free agent this offseason.

His agent, Frank Bauer, says talks with the Broncos have gone quiet since last summer.

"The Broncos came to me, we tried to get it done, it didn't work," Bauer told The Denver Post on Friday. "Does Julius love Denver? Yes. Does Julius love the fans there? No question. Does he love the organization and the community? Look at what he does for kids in that town.

"But for some reason people are trying to tear him down. In my opinion what they're doing by tearing him down is pushing him away."

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Julius Thomas' Father Criticizes Manning, Elway

Feb 18, 2015 1:32 PM

The father of Julius Thomas has criticized Peyton Manning and his treatment by the Denver Broncos' organization.

"Don't blame (John) Fox for (John) Elway giving Peyton the reigns and making him uncoachable, unapproachable and bigger than the TEAM," wrote Greg Thomas on Jan. 12.

"Too bad Fox didn't have the power to bench Manning. Using (Brock) Osweiler would have been a great transition for Franchise's future."

Greg Thomas also wrote in an email: "It’ll be totally classic to see him come back to Denver in Silver & Black and rip the Broncos and their loser fans a new one."

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Wes Welker Plans To Play In 2015

Feb 16, 2015 9:18 PM

Wes Welker claims to be planning for the 2015 season and not retirement.

Welker told the Denver Post on Monday that he's "just getting ready for 2015" following a report last week that he was seriously considering retirement.

Asked about the report that he has assuaged concerned friends and family members with thoughts of retirement, Welker responded, "Never ever came out of my mouth."

The Denver Broncos are not expected to re-sign Welker, who has had a tough time staying on the field due to concussions.

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Peyton Manning Physically, Mentally Ready To Commit To 2015

Feb 13, 2015 6:27 PM

Peyton Manning has informed the Denver Broncos that he is physically and mentally prepared to play in 2015.

Manning took it upon himself to get a comprehensive evaluation from a renown performance manager and trainer, Mackie Shilstone, during the past 2½ weeks in New Orleans.


The quad injury that plagued Manning at the end of the 2014 season is fully healed.

John Elway has publicly stated he wants Manning to return, but it is uncertain under what conditions and whether it includes a dramatic restructuring of the veteran's contract.

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Peyton Manning Meets With Broncos

Feb 13, 2015 10:33 AM

Peyton Manning met with John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis on Thursday as he works on deciding whether or not he'll play in 2015.

Ellis picked up Manning in New Orleans on the private jet of owner Pat Bowlen and then flew back to Denver to eet with Elway.

No decision was announced after Thursday's discussions, given that Manning would have to undergo a check-up.

Manning had said in Phoenix two days before Super Bowl XLIX that he wanted to meet with both Elway and Ellis and "look them in the eye" to discuss a possible return for the 2015 season.

Elway and new Denver coach Gary Kubiak have said they want Manning back for his fourth season with the Broncos.

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Broncos Prepared To Use Franchise Demaryius Thomas If Necessary

Feb 11, 2015 11:29 AM

The Denver Broncos have no plans on letting Demaryius Thomas leave in free agency and plan on using their franchise tag on him if necessary.

Thomas and the Broncos have yet to open talks on a new contract.

Applying the franchise tag to Thomas would cost roughly $13 million.

The Broncos also must deal with the free agency of Julius Thomas.

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Wes Welker Considering Retirement

Feb 11, 2015 11:22 AM

Wes Welker is considering retirement after 11 seasons.

Welker is 33 years old and has suffered a series of concussions.

Garafolo reported that Welker has yet to make a final decision, but has told concerned friends and family members he is giving serious thought to ending his career.


Welker is scheduled to become a free agent next month and is not expected back with the Denver Broncos.

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Peyton Manning Begins Working Out For 2015 Season

Feb 10, 2015 1:05 PM

Peyton Manning has already begun working out to prepare for the 2015 season.

Manning wants to see where he is physically in the next stage of the evaluation process.

Manning is expected to work with renowned strength and conditioning coach Mackie Shilstone this week, Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune reported.

Shilstone is a specialist in career longevity, most famous for his work with boxers Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins.

John Elway's confidence in Manning suggests the quarterback's slump was attributable to a lingering thigh injury rather than a sudden loss of arm strength that will remain a problem going forward.

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1


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Peyton Manning Could Decide In Coming Week
Peyton Manning will have his annual checkup on his surgically repaired neck within 10 days of the start of the new league year, which begins March 10.

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Peyton Manning Decision Coming Soon
Peyton Manning has until March 9 to inform the Broncos of his decision.

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Wade Phillips Interviewing For Broncos' Defensive Coordinator Job
Wade Phillips was most recently defensive coordinator of the Texans under Gary Kubiak.

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Broncos Hire Rick Dennison As Offensive Coordinator
Rick Dennison was a Broncos assistant coach beginning with Mike Shanahan’s first season with the Broncos in 1995 through the end of Josh McDaniels' first season in 2009.

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Peyton Manning Intends To Return In 2015
The Broncos have asked Peyton Manning to inform them of his plans by March 9.

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Broncos Hire Gary Kubiak As Head Coach
Gary Kubiak has ties to the Broncos as well as the team's general manager John Elway.

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Doug Marrone To Interview With Broncos
Doug Marrone’s preferred style of offense doesn’t necessarily seem like a great fit with Peyton Manning.

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Broncos Identify Gary Kubiak As 'Far And Away' Frontrunner
Gary Kubiak is a former quarterback and offensive coordinator for the Broncos.

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Broncos Submit Request To Ravens To Interview Gary Kubiak
The Ravens released a statement from Gary Kubiak late Sunday night saying he was staying with the team.

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Adam Gase Meets With Elway As He Gets Closer To 49ers' Job
Adam Gase spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Broncos.

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Raiders To Hire Jack Del Rio As Head Coach
Jack Del Rio replaces interim head coach Tony Sparano, who took over for Dennis Allen.

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Elway: Peyton Manning 'Needs To Get Away' Before Deciding
Peyton Manning struggled over his final games of the 2014 season following a thigh injury.

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Broncos To Request Interview With Gary Kubiak
Gary Kubiak has a long history with the Broncos, backing up John Elway at quarterback before returning as an assistant coach in 1995.

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John Fox Declines Offer To Interview With Jets
The Jets are looking for a replacement for Rex Ryan, but John Fox is not interested in the job.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Broncos To Consider Adam Gase As Head Coaching Candidate
Adam Gase is a strong candidate for the 49ers and other teams.

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John Fox, Broncos Part Ways
John Fox and the Broncos have agreed to part ways.

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Jack Del Rio To Interview Again With Raiders
Jack Del Rio grew up just south of Oakland and his family are long-time Raiders' season ticket holders.


Peyton Manning Played With Torn Quad Since Dec. 14
Peyton Manning did what he could to intentionally conceal the injury from as many people as he could.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Peyton Manning 'Processing' Future After Loss
Peyton Manning enters the offseason uncertain of his future after another one-and-done exit.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

John Fox Could Be Fired By Broncos With Loss
John Fox has been head coach of the Broncos since 2011 and is 59 years old.

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