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Friday
Apr032015

Antonio Smith Joins Broncos

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Denver Broncos have agreed to a one-year contract with defensive lineman Antonio Smith.

Smith's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Smith will make $2 million in 2015.

The 33-year-old Smith comes to the Broncos after playing one season with the Oakland Raiders. He started all 16 games in 2014 recording 20 tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble. The Raiders cut Smith on Tuesday.

Smith is reunited with Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who served as Smith's defensive line coach for five seasons in Houston.

Smith has played 11 NFL seasons since being drafted by Arizona with the 135th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. Since then he's played in 156 games, recording 302 tackles, 44.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown.


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Thursday
Mar052015

Peyton Manning Officially Back with Denver Broncos

Football Texture/iStockphoto(DENVER) -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passed his physical and will return to wear orange and blue this season, the team announced on Thursday.

The 14-time Pro Bowler agreed on Wednesday to take a $4 million pay cut for the 2015 season. He will earn a base salary of $15 million, which is down from the $19 million he was set to earn.

The deal will allow the Broncos more flexibility when the free agency market opens on Tuesday.

In 16 games last season under center for Denver, Manning passed for 4,792 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He holds the NFL record for most career passing touchdowns with 530.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Report: QB Peyton Manning Nearing a Pay Cut with Broncos

Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are closing in on an agreement which will see the 14-time Pro Bowler take a $4 million pay cut for the 2015 season, according to ESPN.  The deal will allow the Broncos more flexibility when the free agency market opens on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Manning will earn a base salary of $15 million in 2015, which is down from the $19 million he was set to earn.

In 16 games last season under center for Denver, he passed for 4,792 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He holds the NFL record for most career passing touchdowns, with 530.


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Monday
Mar022015

Report: Broncos Will Franchise Tag Demaryius Thomas

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- The Denver Broncos will not allow their leading receiver of the past three seasons to see the light of free agency.

The Broncos are expected to use the franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas, according to the Denver Post. Furthermore, the team will use the "nonexclusive" tag, which means Thomas is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Broncos can match any offer or the signing team must compensate Denver with two first-round picks.

Under the franchise tag, Thomas is expected to be paid $12.797 million. Thomas had been receiving an average of $2.8 million per year under his rookie contract.

Thomas, 27, has caught at least 92 passes each of the last three seasons while totaling at least 1,400 yards through the air. He has also posted double-digit touchdowns in all three years. Last season, he set the Bronco's single-season record with 1,619 yards receiving.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Report: Broncos and Manning Restructuring Contract

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos and Peyton Manning are working on restructuring his contract.

Manning is scheduled to make $19 million this upcoming season, however the contact reconstruction will open up some cap room for the team. Manning also has to pass the team's physical by next week, but he said before the Super Bowl that wouldn't be an issue.

The Broncos need to create cap space so they have the opportunity to sign players like DeMaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas -- who were key components in the Broncos' offense a year ago.

After a successful regular season finishing 12-4, the Broncos were an early exit losing to Manning's former team, the Indianapolis Colts, in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.



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Saturday
Feb142015

Report: Peyton Manning Tells Broncos He's Prepared To Play In 2015

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Peyton Manning reportedly has told the Broncos he is ready to return to the team next season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen, Manning is close to being ready to announce his return.

“I would be surprised if we don’t have some type of word next week some time,” Mortensen said. “That’s when I would expect that we would have word, officially, that Peyton is going to play football.”

Mortensen also said, “Manning has got his heart, his mind, his spirit and his body ready to play in 2015.”

If Manning passes a physical, it seems like he's likely to be the Broncos' quarterback next season.

 


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Wednesday
Feb112015

Report: Wes Welker Considering Retirement

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(DENVER, Co.) -- After twelve years of professional football, Wes Welker is considering walking away from the game.

The Denver Broncos wide receiver is undecided about his future after a season in which he suffered his latest concussion and saw a significant decline in his on-field production, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.

Welker was suspended two games after a positive drug test revealed amphetamines in his system. 

In the preseason, Welker suffered his third known concussion and his role was reduced after free agent signee Emmanuel Sanders flourished with the Broncos. 

Last season Welker caught 49 passes for 465 yards and two touchdowns across 14 games. Through his career with the Dolphins, Patriots and Broncos, Welker has totaled 890 catches for 9,922 yards and 50 touchdowns.


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Sunday
Feb012015

Rodgers Wins Second MVP

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the NFL's Most Valuable Player award for the second time in his career Saturday night.

Rodgers received 31 of the 50 votes, blowing away second place finisher J.J. Watt, who received 13 votes.

The 31-year-old Rodgers finished the regular season with 38 touchdowns compared to five interceptions. He also led the Packers to a 12-4 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game where they narrowly lost to the Seattle Seahawks.

Rodgers becomes just the ninth player to win multiple MVP awards.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray each received two votes. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner received one vote a piece.


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Saturday
Jan312015

Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning still Evaluating His Future

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Even at age 38, Peyton Manning is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Denver Broncos don't know if he'll be lining up behind center next season. Manning says he's still deciding if he wants to come back and play in 2015 or not.

Even though Manning was rated among one of the best at his position in 2014, he is not the same player he once was, and even dealt with injuries throughout the season.

"I haven't made a decision yet," Manning said. "I still want to take some time to evaluate some things, to talk to some people. Obviously the Broncos have been quite busy hiring a staff, I have had some dialogue with Coach (Gary) Kubiak and did have a chance (to) see him in person.

"I'm not interested in making this a lingering thing, I'd like to make a decision soon. But at the same time, you know, both Coach (Kubiak), (Broncos CEO) Joe (Ellis) and John (Elway) have instructed me to take some time, so I'm kind of following their orders."

This past season, Manning threw for 4,727 yards and threw 39 touchdowns.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Phillips Hired as Broncos DC

NFL via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Wade Phillips is the Denver Broncos new defensive coordinator after the two parties reached an agreement Wednesday night.

The 67-year-old Phillips will reunite with head coach Gary Kubiak. Phillips served as Kubiak's defensive coordinator for most of three seasons with the Houston Texans.

Kubiak was fired from Houston in the middle of the 2013 season and Phillips took over as the interim head coach. Houston decided not to bring Phillips back the next season, leading him to take the year off.

This isn't Phillips' first time in Denver: he served as the Broncos defensive coordinator from 1989-92 and was the team's head coach from 1993-94.

Next season will be Phillips' 39th as an NFL coach.


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