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Chris Harris, Broncos Agree Upon $42.5M Extension

Dec 13, 2014 4:42 PM

The Denver Broncos and Chris Harris have agreed upon a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension.

Harris will collect a $10 million signing bonus and $24 million in guarantees, per Rapoport. Among all NFL cornerbacks, his contract ranks 12th in annual average.

Harris has held opposing quarterbacks to a 46.9 passer rating on throws in his direction, per Pro Football Focus, ranking with Richard Sherman and Vontae Davis among the league leaders. He hasn't surrendered more than 50 yards receiving or a single touchdown in the last calendar year.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Montee Ball Placed On Injured Reserve

Dec 13, 2014 4:40 PM

The Denver Broncos have placed Montee Ball on season-ending injured reserve.

After starting the first three regular-season games Ball suffered a groin injury in Week 5. Upon returning in Week 11, Ball re-aggravated the injury on just his fourth snap of the game.

Ball will finish the season with 172 yards and a touchdown on 55 carries.

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Broncos Re-Sign Brandon McManus

Dec 6, 2014 8:41 PM

The Denver Broncos have signed Brandon McManus two weeks after waiving him.

The team announced Saturday that McManus has been signed from the practice squad while punt returner Isaiah Burse has been waived.

McManus will be relegated to the kickoff specialist role after Connor Barth failed to send six of his eight kickoffs past the Chiefs' 5-yard line in his Broncos debut. Barth will continue to handle field goals.

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Demaryius Thomas Willing To Take Hometown Discount With Broncos

Dec 5, 2014 11:10 AM

Demaryius Thomas is willing to give the Denver Broncos a hometown discount to remain the favorite target of Peyton Manning.

Thomas is on the verge of becoming only the third receiver in NFL history to have three straight seasons of 1,450 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"Of course, why not?" Thomas asked. "Peyton is one of the best in the game, and I've been blessed to have him as my quarterback. I learned so much from him. Denver, of course I gotta take my hats off to them, because they took a chance of drafting me in the first round."

Thomas' agent might feel differently and has plenty of leverage. 

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Revis, Tate, Peppers, Ware Ranked As Best Offseason Acquisitions

Dec 4, 2014 2:18 PM

Darrelle Revis, Golden Tate, Julius Peppers, DeMarcus Ware and Justin Forsett are ranked as the top offseason acquisitions of 2014 by Mike Sando.

Revis has re-established himself as one of the best corners in the league and currently ranks second in Pro Football Focus grading at the position. The Patriots acquired him for a $7 million cap charge this season.

Emmanuel Sanders, Darren Sproles, Steve Smith, Brandon Flowers and Jared Veldheer are ranked 6-10.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, IQ

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Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas Likely To Receive Franchise Tag

Nov 16, 2014 6:22 PM

Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas will likely receive franchise tags this offseason in free agency.

The Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos have been unable to make progress on extensions with their star wide receivers.

Bryant's negotiations have grown somewhat contentious, sources said. The Cowboys thought a deal with Bryant was close before the season started. Bryant has since changed agents, which displeased Jerry Jones.

Top receiver deals can average over $15 million per season, and with the franchise tag set at just under $13 million. Players could be franchised twice in a row if need be, at roughly $30 million total.

The Cowboys have to contend with DeMarco Murray's free agency, while the Broncos need to keep Julius Thomas.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Fisher: Peyton's System With Broncos Better Than Colts

Nov 13, 2014 11:11 AM

As an NFL head coach, Jeff Fisher has faced Peyton Manning 19 times, including one playoff game. Fisher believes Manning has never been better.

"With all due respect to the Colts and that system, the system is completely different now," Fisher said on a conference call. "Everybody is moving around, as compared to Marvin [Harrison] playing on one side, Reggie [Wayne] on the other.

"This offense is completely different. They've done an outstanding job of putting outstanding players around him. I think this is the best cast of playmakers he's ever had, and obviously the results are showing that."

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Broncos Working Out Richie Incognito, Considering Signing Him

Nov 11, 2014 12:29 PM

The Denver Broncos have brought in Richie Incognito for a workout and are considering signing him.

Incognito hasn't played since he was suspended last November for bullying Jonathan Martin.

The Broncos rank 26th in the NFL in rushing.

Incognito visited the Chiefs and the Bucs this season and in both cases, each team got skittish after numerous calls from people inside the NFL were made and no deals were ever consummated.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Champ Bailey Retires From NFL

Oct 28, 2014 3:46 PM

Champ Bailey has decided to retire from the NFL.

Bailey had been with the New Orleans Saints in training camp, but failed to make the roster.

Bailey was a 12-time Pro Bowler and was released in the offseason by the Denver Broncos to create cap space.

"At this time, Champ has decided not to accept on-field opportunities and pursue another career path," agent Jack Reale said. "He could be playing right now if he wanted to be."

Bailey was acquired by the Broncos in 2004 in a blockbuster deal for Clinton Portis.

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Peyton Manning Criticizes Video Game Operator

Oct 24, 2014 6:00 PM

Peyton Manning was critical of the Denver Broncos' in-game entertainment in their 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Paul Cornick was called for a false start just after the two-minute warning, which Manning blamed on the video board operator.

"I got a problem with our scoreboard operator; I've got to have a little talk with him,'' Manning said after the game. "I'm not sure what he's doing. He's playing music and showing players dancing, getting the crowd fired up and we have the ball. I don't think we should be doing that.''

Manning also referenced a sequence from earlier in the second half, when Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was shown on the giant video board as the crowd booed and then Manning would be shown to cheers as the images went back and forth several times to alternating boos and cheers.

"And I don't think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline,'' Manning said. "I thought that was kind of disrespectful . . . our scoreboard operator, it wasn't his best night.''

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Broncos Table Extension Talks With Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas are scheduled to become free agents in the offseason.

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Manning, Receivers Rehearsed Fake Keep-Away With Record Ball
Peyton Manning and the Broncos' wide receivers practiced playing a game of keep-away with the record-breaking ball on the sidelines.

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Seahawks Tried To Trade Harvin For Julius Thomas
The Broncos never hesitated in turning down the offer, even with Julius Thomas scheduled playing on an expiring contract.

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Montee Ball Could Miss Time With Injured Groin
Montee Ball could be "out for a while" with an injured groin.

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Arians: Broncos' Block On Campbell 'Dirtiest Play I've Ever Seen'
Bruce Arians said Calais Campbell has a sprained MCL and will miss two to four weeks.

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Broncos Release Matt Prater
Brandon McManus will remain as the Broncos' kicker.

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Demaryius Thomas Acknowledges Slow Start To 2014
Demaryius Thomas has already dropped four passes this season.

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Emmanuel Sanders Fully Ingrained In Broncos' Offense
Emmanuel Sanders has now caught 25 of his 33 targets this season.

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Harris: Wilson Better Than Luck
Chris Harris and the Broncos have played both Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck this season.


Broncos, Seahawks, Patriots Given Best Super Bowl Odds
Playing in the weaker AFC, the Broncos have a 28.7 percent change of reaching the Super Bowl and a 16.7 percent chance of winning that game.

Football Outsiders

Union Seeking Reversals On Current Suspensions
The NFLPA and NFL are negotiating a new policy for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Jadeveon Clowney Cleared Of Concussion Suffered In Preseason
Jadeveon Clowney suffered the concussion during a practice against the Broncos in Denver.

Houston Chronicle

Peyton Manning To Play Until He Sucks
Peyton Manning has remained one of the NFL's best quarterbacks after coming back from multiple neck surgeries.

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Von Miller: J.J. Watt 'Underpaid' Despite $100M Contract
Von Miller was ranked first among all 4-3 outside linebackers last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Wes Welker Suspended Four Games For Amphetamines
Wes Welker tested positive from a sample taken shortly after he attended the Kentucky Derby, according to sources.

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Wes Welker Returns To Practice, Status In Doubt For Week 1
Wes Welker suffered a concussion on Aug. 23, which is his third since Nov. 17.

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Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

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Wes Welker Sustains Concussion
Wes Welker missed three games last season after sustaining two concussions.

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Danny Trevathan Out 6-8 Weeks With Knee Injury
Danny Trevathan led the Broncos with 124 tackles last season.

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Osweiler Sets High Expectations In Preseason Opportunities
Brock Osweiler is ready to make the most of his preseason snaps with Peyton Manning unlikely to play much.

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