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    DeMarcus Ware finalist for new honor

    Jim Saccomano puts into perspective how important the NFL Sportsmanship Award -- for which DeMarcus Ware is a finalist -- is to the sport.

    "Denver Broncos Pro Bowl pass-rushing star DeMarcus Ware has won many accolades in his career, but he is a finalist for a new one this year.

    The NFL Sportsmanship Award will be given Saturday night, and Ware is one of eight finalists.

    Fittingly, the award, new this year, is named for Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney. ...

    I was honored to meet him on several occasions in my early Bronco years, and he was a gentleman and sportsman of the highest order.

    I am writing this piece because this is just another award to get lost in the craze of Super Bowl week, but it is not just another award.

    It is about sportsmanship, which ought to be at the center of everything that every sport stands for.

    It is named for one of the greatest gentlemen in the history of the game, an owner of dignity and honor beloved by all.

    It recognizes eight of the great citizens in the NFL, players who bring honor to their teams and the games off the field as well, doing numerous charity works in their communities.

    From Mr. Rooney through the generations that bring us to these nominees, a central point of sportsmanship is made that should be a focus for us all.

    Remember, you don't have to take part in a sport to be a good sport."

    http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-an...0-2ddef34f2f56

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    Love my adopted Bronco. So glad he is here to provide veteran leadership on our team. Especially for Von. He's helped to keep Von on the straight and narrow and has played well for us so far. Way to go DeMarcus.
    Adopted Bronco: DeMarcus Ware

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    • #3
      ESPN's Chris Mortensen: Peyton May Decide to Return Soon

      Chris Mortensen posted an article this morning citing "sources" and indicating that Peyton is close to announcing a decision, and it seems like that decision will be to return for 2015.

      Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning won't keep people guessing on his future for long.

      Peyton Manning could decide as soon as this week that he will return for the 2015 season, according to sources.

      Manning could decide as early as the coming week that he is indeed returning for an 18th season, according to sources.

      Manning has been fairly persuaded that all will work well between him and new head coach Gary Kubiak, who is ready and willing to fit his scheme to play to the quarterback's strengths but it still will be Kubiak's system.

      Even though Manning attended the 50th Gatorade party late Friday night with several athletic icons, including New York Yankees great Derek Jeter, Manning will not announce he will be having a farewell season in 2015. That's not his style and he does not want to lock himself into a final year, yet.

      Manning said this past Friday he met with Kubiak last Wednesday. While NFL rules limit the discussions between coaches and players at given points in the offseason, Manning said the two were essentially trying "to get to know each other."

      Manning, who suffered a right thigh injury in the Broncos' win over the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 14, 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.

      The checkup is to simply give the Broncos an idea of where Manning is physically after having spinal fusion surgery in 2011. In the first two years of Manning's five-year contract, there was some guaranteed money tied to the checkups, but not at this point.

      Manning's salary for 2015 -- $19 million -- is guaranteed if he is on the team's roster March 9.

      ESPN.com Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.
      http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12...de-return-soon

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      • #4
        -Are NFL rules preventing Peyton Manning from making up his mind?-

        "How will Peyton Manning fit into head coach Gary Kubiak's new offensive system? Will the Denver Broncos become a run-first, pass-second team, focused on zone blocking schemes and rollouts? Will Manning be asked to snap from behind center, as opposed to out of the shotgun? Or will the philosophies behind Peyton Manning's NFL offenses remain in tact, with The Sheriff running the show, playing no huddle, pre-snap Jedi mind tricks and airing it out?

        Peyton Manning would love to know. The thing is, he can't talk with his head coach about it. ...

        "No, I haven't made a decision," Manning said at his Bart Starr Award Breakfast Friday. "I'm still trying to take some time to evaluate some things, to talk to some people. Obviously the Broncos have been quite busy hiring a staff, but I have had some dialogue with Coach Kubiak and did have a chance to see him in person the other day.

        "These NFL rules are a little different," Manning continued. "You're not allowed to talk football so it was a chance for he and I to really kind of get to know each other and I really enjoyed my visit with him." ...

        But these rules still have to be frustrating Manning. He talked about one of the other big factors in his decision-making: building relationships.

        "Really the relationships-when you talk to ex-players-is what they remember the most," Manning said. ...

        Knowing that his mind and his colleague's mind are on the same wavelength on Sundays is going to be paramount for Peyton. And Manning can't determine whether he and Kubiak mesh in this regard.

        These offseason rules, argued for by the NFL Players Association for their presumed benefit, are now a hindrance to one of the NFL's highest profile players.

        Just let Peyton and Kubes talk football so Manning can decide whether he'll play it in 2015."

        http://www.milehighreport.com/2015/1...es-gary-kubiak

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        • #5
          Peyton Manning to return to Saturday Night Live

          - Peyton Manning to return to Saturday Night Live -

          "Peyton Manning will officially be back… on Saturday Night Live.

          Peyton is set to appear on the 40th Anniversary Special of SNL which will air on Sunday February 15 at 8pm on NBC. Peyton will be joined by New York Yankees great Derek Jeter.

          Manning last was on the show in 2007 for his 31st birthday. He was hilarious. Check out some of the clips from Peyton on the show." ...

          http://fansided.com/2015/02/02/peyto...ay-night-live/

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          • #6
            A look at some of the important dates on the #Broncos calendar in the coming weeks

            http://espn.go.com/blog/denver-bronc...e-coming-weeks


            ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With a new coaching staff, a quarterback facing a rather large decision and an exceedingly high-profile prospective free agent, it’s a good time to look at some important dates coming up on the Denver Broncos' calendar.

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            Tuesday: This is the first day for teams to designate franchise or transition players. Though teams don’t often do it on the first day that it’s allowed because it usually involves a player they are trying to negotiate a long-term deal with, it will bear watching for the Broncos. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is expected to get the franchise tag, and the one-year, guaranteed deal that comes with it. That tag carried a price of $12.312 million last season for wide receivers, and will be higher this year. Again, it’s guaranteed the moment a player signs it.

            Feb. 17-13: NFL Scouting combine in Indianapolis. Most of the draft’s top prospects are on hand. It will be attended by the Broncos' entire personnel, coaching and scouting staffs -- the first team event since all of the changes were made.

            March 1: Quarterback Peyton Manning, who has not yet announced his intentions for the 2015 season, must have an examination on his surgically repaired neck at least 10 days before the start of the new league year. The exam is simply to provide Manning and the Broncos with the information to make a decision about the upcoming season -- a favorable result doesn’t kick in guaranteed money as it did in the first two years of Manning’s contract. Manning said in Phoenix last week "I feel pretty confident I would pass that physical, that my neck is in good shape."

            March 2: The deadline (2 p.m. Mountain time) for teams to designate franchise players. If the Broncos use the tag on Demaryius Thomas, as expected, because no long-term deal is reached, they must do it by this date.

            March 7-10: Teams can contact the representatives of players who will be unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins. So, The agents for the Broncos’ scheduled-to-be-unrestricted free agents like tight end Julius Thomas, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, wide receiver Wes Welker, and safety Rahim Moore can entertain discussions/offers from other teams. Contracts cannot be completed and signed, but talks can get underway.

            March 9: Manning’s $19 million base salary is guaranteed if he is on the roster. Other players with all, or part, of their base salaries guaranteed within a week of this date -- on or before March 10 -- include defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib, safety T.J. Ward, and tackle Ryan Clady. The total for Manning and the other four players is $40.5 million in guaranteed base salaries.

            March 10: Start of new league year, which includes the opening of free agency.

            April 6: The Broncos, because they have a new coaching staff, including head coach Gary Kubiak, can open their offseason conditioning program on this date, or 14 days earlier than teams that do not have a new coaching staff.

            April 30-May 2: NFL Draft.

            May 8-11: The earliest teams can have a post-draft minicamp with the rookies. A rookie minicamp isn’t mandatory, but teams can have one, either Friday through Sunday on this weekend, or Saturday through Monday.

            Jeff Legwold
            ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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            • #7
              A look at the Broncos' upcoming offseason calendar

              -A look at the Broncos' upcoming offseason calendar-

              "With a new coaching staff, a quarterback facing a rather large decision and an exceedingly high-profile prospective free agent, it’s a good time to look at some important dates coming up on the Denver Broncos' calendar.

              Tuesday: This is the first day for teams to designate franchise or transition players. ...

              Feb. 17-23: NFL Scouting combine in Indianapolis. ...

              March 1: Quarterback Peyton Manning, who has not yet announced his intentions for the 2015 season, must have an examination on his surgically repaired neck at least 10 days before the start of the new league year. ...

              March 2: The deadline (2 p.m. Mountain time) for teams to designate franchise players. ...

              March 7-10: Teams can contact the representatives of players who will be unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins. ...

              March 9: Manning’s $19 million base salary is guaranteed if he is on the roster. ...

              March 10: Start of new league year, which includes the opening of free agency.

              April 6: The Broncos, because they have a new coaching staff, including head coach Gary Kubiak, can open their offseason conditioning program on this date, or 14 days earlier than teams that do not have a new coaching staff.

              April 30-May 2: NFL Draft.

              May 8-11: The earliest teams can have a post-draft minicamp with the rookies. ...

              http://espn.go.com/blog/denver-bronc...e-coming-weeks

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              • #8
                Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - Those boots were made for walkin'

                Should Broncos hold on to Wes Welker, Rahim Moore, Jacob Tamme and other Unrestricted Free Agents? See who makes MHR's cut.

                The staff ranked each of the 12 UFA set to hit the market from 1-12 in order of importance. If a player has a hig her number such as 12, they are LESS IMPORTANT to the roster--at least in our eyes. This first list will include players that the Broncos could afford to lose to the market, or players that the Broncos should let go without contention.
                12. WR Wes Welker (11.48 staff average)

                When the Broncos first signed Welker, it seemed like his addition would be a coup, hurting not only New England, but giving Denver the best WR trio in the NFL. The first season more or less went as planned. Though Welker failed to receive the amount of targets he did in NE, he still put up some gaudy TD numbers in the redzone.

                Year 2 however began with a suspension on top of lingering concussion issues. By midseason, Welker was no more than a third down player. There is far less use for a slot-receiver in Gary Kubiak's offense. With a lot of two back and two TE sets, this is one free agent that the Broncos should let walk.
                11. TE Jacob Tamme (11.18 staff average)

                For many years Tamme has provided Manning with a security blanket when a 1st down needed to be picked up. This last season, the problem was Manning locked on him too often to the detriment of other more capable and open receivers. Add to that the fact that Tamme is more of a "tweener" or "finesse player" who also demands a larger vet salary and the Broncos are almost certain to let him walk.
                10. S Quinton Carter (9.36 staff average)

                Nothing much to say about a player who is perpetually injured.
                9. DT Mitch Unrein (9.00 staff average)

                Mitch is already at the bottom of the DT Rotation and switching to a 3-4 will make it harder for him to play the base package as a 5-tech.
                8. Rahim Moore (7.55 Staff Average)

                Rahim is a bit of a tweener in that some fans want him back and others don't. I'd have him back so long as he's cheap. Other than that, I have no qualms about trying to upgrade the safety position. Problem with that is the free agent class is thin as is the draft class.

                From here, we have 7 left on the list and beginning tomorrow will preview each one individually as players the Broncos should make an effort to keep.


                http://www.milehighreport.com/2015/2/8/8001227/denver-broncos-news-horse-tracks-those-boots-were-made-for-walkin[Full Article]

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