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Broncos Agree To Sign Ja'Wuan James to Four-Year, $52M Deal

Mar 12, 2019 9:47 AM

Ja'Wuan James has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Denver Broncos. The deal includes $32 million in guaranteed money.

James will be the Broncos' starting right tackle.

James spent the previous five seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

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Washington Acquires Case Keenum From Broncos

Mar 7, 2019 6:33 PM

The Denver Broncos have agreed to trade Case Keenum to Washington for a sixth round pick in the 2020 draft. Washington will also acquire a 2020 seventh round pick from the Broncos.

Keenum was slated to count $21 million against the Broncos' salary cap for the 2019 season, but he's reworked his deal with Washington. Both Washington and Denver evenly split the $7 million in guaranteed money that was due to Keenum for 2019. 

The Broncos had looked to trade Keenum since their acquisition of Joe Flacco.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Raiders Considered One Team Consistently In On Antonio Brown

Mar 5, 2019 5:37 PM

The Oakland Raiders are now the favorites to trade for Antonio Brown, at least based on reporting centered on other teams who have been linked with him.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports the Arizona Cardinals have “no interest” in Brown. 

Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News reported Monday the Denver Broncos “are NOT — and have not been — involved in Antonio Brown. Not worth the price.”

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said Tuesday morning that the Raiders “are the one team continually staying in the mix.” 

The Pittsburgh Steelers are committed to trading away Brown this offseason.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Steelers Anticipate Antonio Brown Trade By March 17th

Mar 4, 2019 12:04 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have received enough interest in Antonio Brown that a trade is expected before March 17th.

The Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals are among the teams who are most intrigued in trading for Brown. Another report also has the Tennessee Titans and Washington as interested in Brown.

Brown and the Steelers have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Broncos Want To Have Case Keenum Return As Backup

Feb 28, 2019 8:58 AM

The Denver Broncos have a deal in place to acquire Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens when the new league year begins on March 13.

John Elway can't discuss Flacco, but did say Wednesday that his "preference'' was to get Case Keenum back as the team's backup.

Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million deal last March.

"Well, there has to be an adjustment of the contract, first of all, and that's going to be up to him,'' Elway said. "It will be up to what he wants to do there. As I told him on the phone, we're going to work with him and it's up to him what he wants to do."

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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition

Feb 24, 2019 9:55 AM

By Jeff Risdon, RealGM

This edition has quite a few changes in player and draft slot from the first edition. Spending two weeks with NFL personnel evaluators at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl gave me a better idea of how some prospects are viewed from the NFL ranks, and the changes here reflect that. Note that at this stage of the draft season, coaches are still getting their feet wet with most of the prospects. The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. Instant impact pass rusher who can play in a variety of roles and schemes. At this point, the only real question is his durability. Will that be enough to convince the Cardinals to look elsewhere? Right now, I don’t think it trumps Bosa’s game-changing potential.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It’s hard to watch the 49ers devote yet another premium draft pick to the defensive line, but it’s also hard to ignore just how much Williams can help San Francisco where they really need it. Someone could trade up here to land Williams too.

3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. I expect Oliver to show out in Indy and revive the interest in him as the potential No. 1 overall pick. His ability to create pressure up the gut and make plays behind the line is exactly what the Jets need in a division with a diverse range of opposing QBs.

4. Oakland RaidersKyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Does it make sense for the Raiders to scrap Derek Carr? Probably not. But it’s so easy to see Jon Gruden being infatuated with all Murray can do and how it would allow the Raiders to change the dynamics of defending them. They’re in a good position to take such a risk, too.

5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersCody Ford, OT, Oklahoma. Ford is an instant starter at one of the tackle spots, which is both a credit to his rapid rise and an indictment of how badly the Buccaneers need the powerful help he can provide. 
 
6. New York Giants: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. What, no QB?! Not in this instance. Instead, GM Dave Gettleman opts to fortify the pass rush with the versatile Allen and buys another year with Eli Manning. His pass rushing prowess is a difference-maker. 
             
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. This pick seems like a lock if Haskins remains on the board. The Jaguars sorely need to hit on a high-end QB, and Haskins has the pocket passing precision to pay off quickly. 
             
8. Detroit Lions: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Ferrell checks the boxes the Lions want in upgrading the pass rush: he can line up in multiple spots and schemes and plays the run exceptionally well on his way to the QB. Lower ceiling than the pass rushers above him here but his ability to generate pressure on his own is underrated. 
             
9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. I was surprised at the buzz around Taylor from scouts at the Senior Bowl. His athletic profile and potential is highly regarded and could easliy land him in Buffalo, where building around running QB Josh Allen and replacing free agents at both RT and RG are imperative. 
             
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. Joe Flacco handles the reins until the live-armed Lock can take over. It’s a risky pick--Lock has real warts that must be smoothed--but could result in John Elway finally getting the QB position right. 
             
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU. This is a very common projection and that’s for good reason; the Bengals are typically one of the easiest organizations to read in terms of draft intentions. To quote The Cranberries, “Everybody else is doing it so why can’t we?”
             
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. A do-it-all weapon who can quickly ingratiate himself to Aaron Rodgers for both his blocking and his receiving, this one should get the QB’s seal of approval. 
             
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. A divisive prospect but one with a very high ceiling, Gary could help catapult the Dolphins defense with his athleticism and ability to get after the passer. 
             
14. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Atlanta appears to be a prime candidate to trade back, but “settling” for the freaky Fant should tickle Falcons fans’ fancy. Another versatile receiving weapon in an offense that is already hard to defend.

 
15. Washington: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Currently built more like a defensive end than a wideout, the 6-4, 230-pound Metcalf proved he can play before his neck injury. The durability question keeps him out of the top 10, methinks. Washington doesn’t mind...
 
16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Williams proved himself in big games, and his ability to adapt within a play and recover if initially beaten stand out. With the questions Carolina has at both tackle spots, adding a ready-made starter is a positive.


17. Cleveland BrownsBrian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. Pairing the lanky, speedy Burns with Myles Garrett would provide the Browns defense with even more ways to attack in new DC Steve Wilks’ scheme. I had OT Andre Dillard here for a long time before changing.


18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. Little has loads of athletic potential but uneven results in pass protection. Vikings GM Rick Spielman bites the apple and hopes it tastes sweet in a year or two at a position where the team keeps hitting sour notes.

19. Tennessee Titans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Murphy offers naturally instinctive stickiness in coverage and the ability to play outside or in the slot. He’s a player who could rocket way up from this range with a good week in Indy. 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Steelers search for a playmaking CB leads them to Williams, who offers length and speed to help bolster an uneven secondary. 
             
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida. If Frank Clark leaves in free agency, the Seahawks almost have to use this pick to address the pass rush. If Clark returns, that opens this pick up to other options, but Seattle would still need EDGE help. Polite brings sizzle off the edge.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State. The Ravens could do a lot worse to build around Lamar Jackson than selecting the physical, reliable Harmon. Aside from having great hands and running smooth routes, he’s an incredible blocker. 
             
23. Houston Texans: Garrett Bradbury, OC/OG, North Carolina State. The quest to upgrade the long-struggling offensive line in Houston turns to one of the most physical finishers in the draft and an instant starter at any of the three IOL positions for the Texans. 
             
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. Oakland uses the bounty from Amari Cooper to replace him with the supersized Harry, who moves quite well for a 6-6 receiver and can really help on 3rd downs and in the red zone. 
  
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. His stiff-arm bull rush wowed in Mobile, and his game tape features more of his high football IQ and ability to bend the edge. He and Derek Barnett as the Eagles young edges would be fun to watch

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. A powerful interior rusher with the ability to dominate (see the Michigan game), Tillery instantly reinforces the weakest point on the promising young Colts defense.
             
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. Bush can fly all over the field and do anything asked of an NFL LB, but his size (he’s expected to be 5-10/225) is a detraction. Give Gruden football players like this and the size doesn’t matter (much).             

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. The Chargers depth up front is shallower than a Kardashian’s intellect. Dillard can play either tackle spot and appears undervalued at this point in the draft process. 
             
29. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia. Building up the pass defense is an imperative for a team that figures to see a lot of comeback attempts against them. Baker brings a physical presence with a high football IQ; his speed in Indy is one of the biggest things I’m watching. 
             
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College. Lindstrom can play any interior line position. The Packers need his technically savvy surliness right away. 
  
31. Los Angeles Rams: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware. The first FCS-level prospect comes off the board at the back end of the first round, and Adderly instantly upgrades the back end of the Rams defense with his all-around game.

32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama. It’s convenient to call Smith a Gronk replacement, but the lithe Smith has a different style of game. The Patriots will find ways to use his elusiveness in space and his blocking chops.

Teams that lack a first-round pick...

Dallas Cowboys: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

New Orleans Saints: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Chicago Bears: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

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Case Keenum 'Shocked, Disappointed' By Broncos Trading For Joe Flacco

Feb 21, 2019 4:17 PM

The Denver Broncos' decision to trade for Joe Flacco came as a surprise to Case Keenum.

Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the Broncos last offseason.

"[Broncos general manager John] Elway called me that morning and we had a great conversation, which he didn't have to do, and I appreciated that," said Keenum, who, along with his wife, Kimberly, was a guest on Jason Romano's Sports Spectrum podcast.

"I was definitely shocked. It was a surprise for us; you know, I think probably for the first day or so that's kind of what it was. You know, for us, we're definitely disappointed. It's not something we wanted to happen. I know that everybody's doing their job and John feels like that was a chance for him to help the Broncos out.''

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Emmanuel Sanders Unlikely To Restructure Contract

Feb 20, 2019 10:28 AM

Emmanuel Sanders is unwilling to restructure his contract with the Denver Broncos.

"It ain't happening... no way Jose..." Sanders told a local Denver radio station.

The wide receiver has one year left on his three-year, $33 million contract extension, Sanders is set to count $12.937 million against the Broncos' salary cap.

He will miss the start of the season after tearing his Achilles in December.

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Washington Was Interested In Trade For Joe Flacco

Feb 18, 2019 9:46 AM

The Baltimore Ravens will trade Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos once the league year turns over on March 13.

The Broncos became motivated to agree to a deal to acquire Flacco because Washington was seriously interested in the quarterback as well.

Alex Smith will likely be out for the entire 2019 season.

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Broncos Agree To Acquire Joe Flacco From Ravens

Feb 13, 2019 11:11 AM

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to trade Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos. The trade cannot be consummated until the NFL league year begins on March 13th.

Lamar Jackson took the starting quarterback job of the Ravens from Flacco last season.

Flacco has $79 million remaining on his contract over the next three seasons.

Case Keenum was the starting quarterback of the Broncos last season.

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Seahawks Sign Paxton Lynch
Paxton Lynch didn't play in 2018 after he was released by the Broncos at the end of the preseason.

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Broncos Hire Rich Scangarello As Offensive Coordinator
Rich Scangarello has been an assistant to Kyle Shanahan with both the Falcons and 49ers.

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Broncos Hire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator
Ed Donatell was most recently secondary coach of the Bears from 2015 through 2018.

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Vikings Hire Gary Kubiak For Offensive Advisory Role
Gary Kubiak's son, Klint, is expected to become Vikings quarterbacks coach and Kevin Stefanski will remain as Vikings offensive coordinator.

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Gary Kubiak Won't Become Offensive Coordinator Of Broncos
The two sides were widely expected to reach a deal for Gary Kubiak to run the offense under Vic Fangio.

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Broncos Hire Vic Fangio As Head Coach
Vic Fangio was most recently defensive coordinator of the Bears.

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Broncos To Decide Between Vic Fangio, Mike Munchak
The Broncos expect to make a decision within the next 24 hours.

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Broncos Deny Requests From Falcons, Bengals To Interview Gary Kubiak
Gary Kubiak would like to stay in Denver anyway.

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Chargers and Colts rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Broncos Fire Vance Joseph
Vance Joseph led the Broncos to a 6-10 record in 2018.

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NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters
Patrick Mahomes is a Pro Bowl starter in his first season as a starting quarterback.

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Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10
Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection.

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Vance Joseph Wants Case Keenum To Take More Chances
Vance Joseph wants to see Case Keenum be more aggressive as the Broncos close out the season.

Nicki Jhabvala/The Athletic

Emmanuel Sanders Out For Season With Torn Achilles Tendon
Emmanuel Sanders leads the Broncos in catches (71), receiving yards (868) and receiving touchdowns (four).

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Broncos Waive Adam Jones
The 35-year-old appeared in seven games this season.

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Gary Kubiak Expected To Receive Offensive Coordinator Offers
Gary Kubiak has worked in the personnel department of the Broncos since stepping down after the 2016 season due to health issues.

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Demaryius Thomas Claims Broncos Misled Him About Trade
Demaryius Thomas ripped the Broncos, who traded him to the Texans last week.

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Deshaun Watson Hopes For Seamless Transition With Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas has 36 catches for 402 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Broncos Trade Demaryius Thomas To Texans
The Broncos have traded Demaryius Thomas to the Texans in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

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Demaryius Thomas: It's '50-50' Chance I'll Be Traded
Demaryius Thomas believes there's a pretty good chance the Broncos will trade him before Tuesday's deadline.

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