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The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department has decided not to file charges against Broncos DE Antonio Smith.

Smith was under investigation for some creepy alleged "sexual in nature" child abuse in May. The police department has apparently concluded its investigation, and Smith will report to Broncos camp this week. The versatile 33-year-old will likely play a big role while DE Derek Wolfe is suspended the first four weeks.
Jul 28 - 8:10 PM

Ben Garland and Shelley Smith are the top competitors for the Broncos' left guard opening.

Garland has only played 47 snaps in his career while Smith is coming off a nightmare season with the Dolphins. Denver's left guard, center and right tackle positions are all up for grabs. It's not an ideal situation for Peyton Manning but if anyone can overcome a lackluster offensive line, it's The Sheriff.
Jul 26 - 11:13 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold expects Ronnie Hillman to open training camp on the roster bubble.

Legwold goes so far as to predict Hillman will indeed be cut, leaving C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball, and Juwan Thompson as Denver's top-three backs. Still only 23 years old -- he turns 24 in September -- Hillman reportedly struggled to pick up Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking system at spring practices. He has a near-minimum salary and would generate a lot of interest on waivers.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 1:54 PM

NFL suspended LE Derek Wolfe four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Wolfe took a substance and was "genuinely unaware" that the league prohibited it. In June, it was reported Wolfe had bulked up to 290 pounds after dipping below 260 last season while recovering from a series of scary seizures. Wolfe will be eligible for return in Week 5. His loss is a slight blow to what should still be a strong Denver run defense.
Jul 24 - 1:45 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak said he's "really excited" about second-year WR Cody Latimer.

"I’m really excited about what he can bring and I know he’s a lot better now than when he started," Kubiak said. "I’m excited moving forward." While Demaryius Thomas held out of all offseason team activities as he searched for a new contract, Latimer was the one working opposite Emmanuel Sanders with Peyton Manning and the first-team offense. That's something he rarely got to do as a rookie. "I think that this is going to be the year that he jumps on to the map -- on to the scene," Sanders said. "I think he’s going to have a big year." Latimer should be a fixture on offense in three-wide sets with Sanders kicking inside.
Jul 20 - 6:28 PM

Broncos UDFA WR Jordan Taylor reportedly made a "massive impression" during Organized Team Activities.

6-foot-4 and 209 pounds with 4.52 wheels, Taylor reportedly caught "multiple deep passes" from Zac Dysert and Brock Osweiler at spring practices. Taylor even caught Peyton Manning's eye. "He catches everything around him and he’s gone up and made a couple plays on some deep balls, which have stood out," said Manning. Taylor is buried on the depth chart, but is a name to keep in mind.
Jul 20 - 2:40 PM

Emmanuel Sanders confirmed he will move into the slot in three-receiver formations this year.

This could adversely affect Sanders' aDOT, and in turn his yards-per-catch average, which last season was 13.9, the second highest of Sanders' five-year career. A bigger question is how much Denver will utilize three-receiver sets this season. They signed Owen Daniels and Virgil Green to sizable offseason deals and may become more of a two-tight end team under Gary Kubiak.
Jul 20 - 2:37 PM

Demaryius Thomas cut weight this offseason and is down to 222 pounds.

Thomas' 2010 Combine weigh-in was 224, and he says he usually plays in the 228-229 range. "I'm fit," said Demaryius, who "held out" for all of OTAs and minicamp. "I think I'm a little faster. I think I'll play at a smaller weight this year, see how it goes." Not yet 28 years old, Thomas enters 2015 having finished as a top-five fantasy wideout in three consecutive seasons.
Jul 17 - 2:03 PM

NBC Denver reports Demaryius Thomas turned down a seven-year, $100 million deal before signing his five-year, $70 million pact.

Per reporter Mike Klis, Thomas' agent "wasn't comfortable with the final two years of the deal," which included non-guaranteed $15 million salaries for 2020 and 2021. It appears the structure would have been the exact same as the contract "DT" signed, save for the final two years, where the Broncos would hold all the cards. Heading into his age-28 season, Thomas will be 32 at the end of his new pact. Between salary and bonuses, he'll net a guaranteed $22 million in 2015.
Source: NBC Denver
Jul 16 - 11:26 AM

Demaryius Thomas will receive $35 million guaranteed over the first two seasons.

The Broncos gave Thomas all but $8.5 million of his guaranteed money up front. Thomas would have made $28.2M if he played under the franchise tag the next two years. Extending Thomas allows Denver to franchise Von Miller in 2016.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 15 - 4:24 PM

Broncos signed WR Demaryius Thomas to a five-year, $70 million contract, including $43.5 million guaranteed.

Oh, what deadlines will do for negotiations. Dez Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million pact with the Cowboys roughly 15 minutes before Thomas inked his with the Broncos. Both were said to be seeking upwards of $16 million per year, but ultimately settled on $14 million annually. Bryant edges Thomas in guaranteed money $45 million to $43.5 million, but both players have to be happy to have this mess behind them, allowing them to focus on football and not potential holdouts. At the end of the day, three unsigned franchise players -- Dez, Demaryius, and Justin Houston -- got long-term deals.
Jul 15 - 3:42 PM

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, "barring a significant turn" the Broncos will not reach a long-term deal with franchise player Demaryius Thomas before Wednesday's deadline.

Thomas is expected to miss at least some of training camp. Meanwhile, the NFL Players Association has accused the Broncos of colluding with the Cowboys, who are trying to sign Dez Bryant to a long-term deal. Skipping training camp would cost Thomas around $30,000 a day while missing regular season action would be even pricier. Walter Jones was the last player to sit out regular season games due to a holdout. Though a deal seems extremely unlikely, the Broncos still have until 4 p.m. ET to negotiate with Thomas.
Jul 15 - 9:30 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Broncos unsigned franchise player Demaryius Thomas "won’t be at camp on time" if the sides fail to reach a long-term deal by Wednesday's deadline.

Rapsheet reports the Broncos are offering Thomas "well over" $12 million per year, but aren't willing to give him "Megatron" money. Calvin Johnson's eight-year deal has an average-annual value of $18.8 million. As is the case with Dez Bryant, Thomas doesn't have a whole lot to gain by missing training camp, let alone games, as Wednesday is the hard-and-fast deadline for working out a long-term accord. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier Tuesday that the sides hadn't talked in "over a month."
Jul 14 - 7:31 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Broncos haven't had contract discussions with unsigned franchise player Demaryius Thomas in "over a month."

It contradicts a report that the sides had "recently exchanged" proposals. Thomas' odds of getting a long-term deal appear better than Dez Bryant's, but still aren't good. Thomas is reportedly seeking "Calvin Johnson money," something a team that's all in on 2015 is probably unlikely to give. The sides have until Wednesday to reach an agreement.
Jul 14 - 5:48 PM

The NFLPA plans to move forward with collusion charges against the Cowboys and Broncos if Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas don't get long-term deals by Wednesday's deadline.

All the threats and leverage ploys are going public now that the deadline is upon us. The union says it has information that the two teams had conversations about the negotiations of Dez and Demaryius -- which would be a violation of the CBA's anti-collusion rules. Of course, they won't pursue these charges if the players get their money by Wednesday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 12:17 PM


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