Player News - Broncos

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Coach Vance Joseph challenged Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday, saying he wants him "to be a dominant player all the time" and "become a leader."

"I don’t want him to ease into games," Joseph continued. "I want him to be a guy. I want him to step out and be a guy. It's time. He can take over a game, but I want his mindset every game to be every game we play to walk on the field and take over the game." By no means did Thomas have a bad 2016, but his catches (90), yards (1,083), and touchdowns (5) were all five-year lows. Playing with Trevor Siemian instead of Peyton Manning obviously was the main reason, but Thomas does seem to play a bit passive at times. He had just two 100-yard games but was top-10 in targets.
Mar 29 - 9:39 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said C Matt Paradis (hip surgery) "will be fine for camp."

Paradis underwent surgery on both hips following the season and was thought to be questionable for Week 1. He is already off crutches, however, and seems to be progressing quickly. He still could be limited early in camp, but his Week 1 status no longer appears to be in doubt.
Mar 28 - 11:38 AM

Broncos GM John Elway said the team has no "intent" to pursue Tony Romo even if he is released by the Cowboys.

The Broncos have been leaking lukewarm interest in Romo for quite some time, but those leaks were thought to be an effort to convince Dallas they would not trade for the quarterback. Perhaps this is another such attempt -- "intent" is not the same as "no chance" -- but 9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos' interest has "cooled" in the last month. With Romo now looking like a long shot, Denver will turn to either Trevor Siemian or 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch. Siemian is the favorite to win that battle.
Source: 9 News
Mar 27 - 6:40 PM

Speaking at the NFL Owners Meetings on Monday, Broncos GM John Elway continued to express confidence in Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian when asked about Denver's interest in Tony Romo.

Officially, Elway can't comment on Romo because he is on another team's roster. "We feel really good about the two young ones we have," Elway insisted. "Trevor did a good job for us last year and Paxton was young. The plan is to stay the course there. ... It'll be a great competition between them in the spring." If the Broncos do truly "stay the course," Siemian will be the favorite to open the season as their starting quarterback.
Mar 27 - 4:59 PM

Broncos signed DE Kasim Edebali, formerly of the Saints, to a one-year contract.

Edebali recorded five sacks in a limited role in 2015, but he took a step back last year. He will likely serve as a situational rusher.
Mar 13 - 6:52 PM

The Broncos have agreed to a restructured contract with RT Donald Stephenson.

The restructure gives Stephenson $2 million guaranteed and sets him up for another $2 million if he makes the 53-man roster. There was some thought the Broncos could move on from Stephenson after adding Menelik Watson, but instead they're keeping him on a restructured deal. The Broncos still have a hole to fill at left tackle. Stephenson and Watson are better fits on the right side. Left tackle could be a position Denver addresses in the draft.
Mar 12 - 11:09 AM

Broncos signed DT Zach Kerr to a two-year contract.

Kerr wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent with the Colts. He'll compete for a sub-package role after playing 317 snaps last year. The Broncos also added DT Domata Peko to their defensive line mix.
Mar 11 - 4:35 PM

Broncos signed NT Domata Peko, formerly of the Bengals, to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The Broncos also inked ex-Colts DT Zach Kerr to a two-year contract. A Bengal his entire 11-year career, Peko's snaps have gradually declined, along with his effectiveness. Peko is a gigantic body in the middle, but he's a replacement-level talent at this point. He will be a rotational run stuffer in Denver.
Mar 11 - 4:25 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said he's "not sure" if Menelik Watson will play left tackle.

Watson played mostly right tackle in Oakland, but is currently Denver's top candidate to replace Russell Okung. That could change if the Broncos upgrade in the draft. Watson's signing could ultimately force RT Donald Stephenson into a backup role.
Mar 10 - 5:39 PM

Broncos signed OT Menelik Watson, formerly of the Raiders, to a two-year, $12.25 million contract.

He also has a $6.125M option for 2019. The Broncos needed a tackle after letting Russell Okung escape to Los Angeles. Watson logged 255 snaps for Oakland last year, mostly playing at right tackle. The Broncos have now made two big moves to beef up their line by adding Watson and former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary. Watson has had a hard time staying healthy, appearing in just 37 games since entering the league in 2013. A weak tackle market dictated that Watson would get overpaid.
Mar 10 - 4:01 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Jets hope to trade for Broncos QB Trevor Siemian.

It will likely depend on whether the Broncos can land Tony Romo. Per Mort, free agent Jay Cutler is the Jets' backup plan if they can't get Siemian.
Mar 9 - 2:12 PM

Broncos agreed to terms with LG Ronald Leary, formerly of the Cowboys, on a four-year, $36 million contract.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the deal includes $20 million in guaranteed money and makes Leary the fourth-highest paid guard in the league, although Kevin Zeitler and perhaps T.J. Lang and Larry Warford will jump him in the coming hours. Leary is coming off a quality season in Dallas, but the Cowboys were never going to pay him at the top of the guard market with La'el Collins set to return from injury. Leary should be an immediate upgrade on 2016 LG Max Garcia, who the Broncos will likely try to move to the right side. Despite adding Leary, Denver has more work to do along the offensive line, specifically at tackle.
Mar 9 - 12:32 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero "wouldn't be surprised" if the Jets called the Broncos about Trevor Siemian, should Tony Romo land in Denver.

Romo would make Siemian expendable, and likely available for a third- through fifth-round pick. There were rumors the 49ers and Bills might have Siemian interest, but San Francisco signed Brian Hoyer, and Buffalo restructured Tyrod Taylor's deal. The Jets whiffed on Hoyer and appear to have lost out on free agent Mike Glennon to Chicago. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg round out the current quarterback depth chart in New York.
Mar 8 - 8:54 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos have expressed interested in free agent OT Menelik Watson.

According to Klis, the Raiders are trying to keep Watson from hitting the open market before Thursday. Watson was the No. 42 overall pick in 2013, but he's missed 37-of-64 games due to injury. He tore his Achilles' and missed all of 2015 before missing time with calf and groin issues last season. Whoever signs Watson won't be able to count on him for all 16 games.
Mar 8 - 1:14 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson reports the Vikings have reached out to free agent DT Domata Peko.

According to Tomasson, the Bengals, Eagles, and 49ers are also in the mix. Peko played for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati and is a logical fit as a depth piece in Minnesota, though his game has fallen off in recent years. Peko turns 33 this year and won't cost much on a short-term deal.
Mar 8 - 12:28 PM


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