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Derek Wolfe Receives Four-Game PED Suspsension

Jul 24, 2015 3:41 PM

Derek Wolfe has received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

The fourth-year pass rusher will miss Denver's season-opener against the Ravens along with clashes against the Chiefs, Lions and Vikings.

"During the offseason I took a medication which is on the banned substance list," Wolfe said in the statement released by the team. "The medication is not a substance which would enhance my on-field performance in any way and I genuinely was unaware that it was prohibited, but players are responsible for what is in their bodies.

"I will certainly exercise far greater caution in the future and will seek advice relating to the permissibility of any and all medications."

Wolfe accounted for 1.5 sacks last season along with a respectable 23 quarterback hurries. His strength is stopping the run, with only Seattle's Michael Bennett grading out higher in that category among 4-3 ends in 2014, per Pro Football Focus.

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Demaryius Thomas, Broncos Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Deal

Jul 15, 2015 3:39 PM

The Denver Broncos and Demaryius Thomas have agreed upon a five-year, $70 million deal.

Thomas will receive $43.5 million in guaranteed money.

The deal mirrors that of Dez Bryant.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Demaryius Thomas, Broncos Have 'Significant Gap' In Contract Talks

Jul 14, 2015 11:45 AM

Demaryius Thomas and the Denver Broncos have a "significant gap" in talks on a long-term deal.

Thomas is scheduled to make $12.823 million on the franchise tag and reportedly wants a Calvin Johnson-type deal with an excess of $16 million per year and $48 million guaranteed.

The Broncos are willing to pay Thomas an annual deal above $13 million.

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NFLPA Investigating Possible Collusion On Bryant, Thomas

Jul 10, 2015 8:27 PM

The NFL Players Association is reviewing whether there was collusion between the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys on the unsettled contracts of Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant.

The players' association says it believes the Broncos and Cowboys had contact about each player's contract. The collective bargaining agreement prohibits such contact.

The deadline for both Thomas and Bryant to sign long-term deals is Wednesday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Legal

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Broncos Initially Asked Peyton Manning To Take $10M Pay Cut

Jun 24, 2015 2:41 PM

The Denver Broncos were never prepared to cut Peyton Manning, but they did ask him to take a $10 million pay cut. The Broncos eventually were able to get Manning to agree upon a $4 million cut in pay.

Manning struggled down the stretch last season and the Broncos have been able to improve their roster around him this offseason.

Mike Kils/Denver Post

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Report: Broncos Tried To Trade Peyton Manning To Texans

Jun 23, 2015 8:20 PM

According to Benjamin Allbright of 94.1 FM in Denver, the Denver Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to the Houston Texans during the offseason. He cites “two unrelated official sources” for the report, adding that “certain elements” of the Broncos organization wanted the Brock Osweiler era to start in 2015.

Manning's revised contract for 2015 includes a no-trade clause.

Manning struggled during the final part of the 2014 season.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Shane Ray Predicts He'll Win Defensive Rookie Of The Year

Jun 23, 2015 2:37 PM

Shane Ray is entering his rookie season in the NFL with confidence.

"I don't see anything less than Defensive Rookie of the Year. I mean that's my goal," Ray told Around The NFL from the Rookie Symposium on Monday.

Ray was the 23rd overall pick by the Denver Broncos.

"A lot of people might say that sounds cocky for you to say it right now, but I've always set high goals for myself, just like I did in college and that is something that I'm looking to prove, that I'm the best defensive rookie here," he said.

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C.J. Anderson Entering Broncos' Training Camp As Top RB

Jun 16, 2015 12:45 PM

C.J. Anderson will begin training camp as No. 1 on the Denver Broncos' running back depth chart ahead of Montee Ball.

"We're right where we're at. Obviously C.J., that's in a lot of ways his spot to hang on to," coach Gary Kubiak said Monday, via ESPN. "I think that Montee has had a great offseason. I think Ronnie (Hillman) has had a really good offseason. I think it's very competitive. You never know about the backs until you put the pads on. I think C.J. has worked extremely hard. Coming off of last year he deserves that opportunity and I think he's getting ready for that opportunity. But he knows he's being pushed very hard."

Anderson has impressed the new coaches and they love the film he put on tape late last season.

"I think in this league as coaches you look for guys that can be three-down players," Kubiak said. "When you have two-down players, that's fine, but it's just very difficult in the game standpoint and getting them the ball and calling the game when you're not out there all the time. He has a knack for protection, he's very bright in protection. So he's a guy that's not going to leave the field -- as much as he can stand. And that's what the great ones do, so that gives him an excellent chance."

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Demaryius Thomas Unlikely To Report Without New Deal

Jun 12, 2015 1:28 PM

Demaryius Thomas is not expected to report to training camp without a new contract.

Considering the challenges of adjusting to Gary Kubiak's new offense, it's even more imperative that Peyton Manning hones his connection with his No. 1 receiver.

League executives have suggested to Ian Rapoport that Thomas deserves to be paid on par with Calvin Johnson, who signed an eight-year, $130 million contract in 2012.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ryan Clady Likely Out For Season With Torn ACL

May 28, 2015 5:44 PM

Ryan Clady tore his left ACL during practice on Wednesday and will likely miss the entire 2015 season.

Clady was injured while blocking on a pass play during an 11-on-11 drill. He was treated by trainers after he went down and did not participate for the rest of the practice, but he remained on the field, limping slightly.


"He pulled himself out (of drills), said his knee was sore," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. "We really weren't that worried last night, everybody felt good, but we felt like we'd take a look at it this morning, and unfortunately we got some horrible news."

Clady previously blew out his left knee in a pickup basketball game in April 2010, but returned to start every game for Denver that season.

This will be his fourth major surgery in the last five years, with the others coming on his left knee, shoulder and foot.


A first-round pick in 2008, Clady is the last remaining player from Mike Shanahan's 14-year tenure as Broncos coach.


A four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro, Clady has started 16 games in six of his seven NFL seasons. 


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Peyton Manning Growing More Comfortable In Kubiak's Offense
Peyton Manning has been more comfortable operating from the shotgun late in his career, but he's coming up to the line of scrimmage on almost all of his snaps right now.

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Ex-Teammate: Rivers Far More Approachable Than Peyton
Peyton Manning has been affable pitchman in commercials, but his qualities as a teammate have been uneven.

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Jeff Heuerman Suffers Torn ACL, Out For 2015
Jeff Heuerman was expected to help the Broncos replace Julius Thomas at tight end.

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Broncos Had Shane Ray Rated As 10th Best Prospect
The Broncos traded up to No. 23 to select Shane Ray.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Elway: Demaryius Thomas' Absence 'Makes No Sense'
Demaryius Thomas was given the franchise tag this offseason and will make $12.8 million if he and the Broncos are unable to agree upon a long-term deal.

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Chris Harris: Broncos' Defense To Be Even More Reliant On CBs In 2015
Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib formed one of the NFL's best cornerback tandems last season with the Broncos.

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Dallas Police Suspend Investigation On Aqib Talib
Team sources told ESPN that Aqib Talib and his brother were both questioned by police at a different nightclub than the one where the incident occurred.


Von Miller Loses Weight In Hopes Of Having Strong 2015
Von Miller is eating less junk food and drinking fewer drinks with sugar, while working out more.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Antonio Smith Signs With Broncos
Antonio Smith was recently released by the Raiders.

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Demaryius Thomas To Skip Broncos' Offseason Program
Demaryius Thomas was assigned the $12.823 million franchise tag early in March.

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Julius Thomas Agrees To Sign With Jaguars
The Raiders, Seahawks and Broncos also strongly pursued Julius Thomas.

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Peyton Manning To Cut Pay For 2015 By $4M
Peyton Manning's salary for 2015 will drop from $19 million to $15 million.

Chris Mortensen, Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Demaryius Thomas Receives Franchise Tag From Broncos
Demaryius Thomas' tag will be worth approximately $12.8 million.

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Agent: Julius Thomas Being Pushed Away From Broncos
Julius Thomas' agent, Frank Bauer, says talks with the Broncos have gone quiet since last summer.

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Julius Thomas' Father Criticizes Manning, Elway
Greg Thomas said his son could return to Denver next season as a member of the Raiders.

Brandon Spano/BSNSports

Wes Welker Plans To Play In 2015
The 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
The quad injury that plagued Peyton Manning at the end of the 2014 season is fully healed.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

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

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Broncos Prepared To Use Franchise Demaryius Thomas If Necessary
Applying the franchise tag to Demaryius Thomas would cost roughly $13 million.

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

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