Peyton Manning works so hard, it may be illegal

Manning, Gase “visit” to Saban may have violated offseason rules
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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tells PFT that the league is looking into the situation.

Obviously, the spirit of the CBA rule isn't aimed at preventing stuff like this. And really, can anyone see the NFL penalizing the Broncos because PMFM works too hard?

Fox: Elway knew nothing about running an NFL team in 2011

How John Elway made a successful front-office transition
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When Fox received the call that the newly hired Elway wanted to interview him to be Broncos head coach in 2011, he didn’t know what to think. He was advised by some to steer clear. “Did they hire him for his name, or was this some P.R. move?” Fox said. “That’s what some people thought.”

For all of John Elway's laudable traits, none may be more impressive than the humility he's always radiated, especially given the golden boy treatment directed at him his entire life.

Broncos hosted OSU LB Shazier

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos hosted Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier at Dove Valley on Tuesday.

Contrary to Klis's report, Shazier did not run the forty at the combine, but his 4.38-second time at OSU's pro day was faster than any linebacker ran in Indy.

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Teams starting to exercise 2015 options on first-rounders

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Teams have two weeks remaining to exercise their 2015 options on their 2011 first-rounders, and many have decided to wait no longer.

Overnight, it was reported that Houston (J.J. Watt), San Diego (Corey Liuget), Baltimore (Jimmy Smith), the Jets (Muhammad Wilkerson), and Dallas (Tyron Smith) had already done so.

It's been reported over at the DP that Denver is expected to extend Von Miller's deal, which is an absolute no-brainer.

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Manning, Gase dropped in on Saban

Peyton Manning and Adam Gase recently spent two days visiting with Nick Saban and his staff, said Saban on Thursday.

According to the Alabama coach, he was just one of several to have hosted the brains behind Denver's recordbreaking offense.

Said Saban of the reason behind Manning's visit:

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Report: Broncos hosted Oregon State DE Crichton

According to Ian Rapoport, the Broncos were scheduled to host Oregon State DE Scott Crichton on Wednesday (via PFT).

The 6-3, 273-pounder racked up 22.5 sacks in three years for the Beavers, and ran the fourth fastest 20-yard shuttle among defensive linemen at the combine.

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Peyton says Montee’s ready for bigger role

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Another notable free agent domino has fallen, as the Jets have signed former Titans running back Chris Johnson.

The seventh-year back will reportedly get $8M over two seasons, but it's essentially a one-year deal (as most NFL contracts are).

Of course, the Johnson of today is nothing like the guy who topped 2,000 yards in 2009, as he averaged fewer than four yards per attempt in 2013.

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Welcome back, Mr. BLloyd

Good Morning, Broncos fans! After having spent the 2013 season out of the league, old friend Brandon Lloyd is back.

Lloyd signed a one-year deal to return to the Niners, who first acquired him with a fourth-round draft pick in 2003.

The acrobatic receiver has played for six teams in 10 seasons, with his first San Francisco stint (45 games) by far his longest.

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Von says he’s the best, and who are we to argue?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver's deadline to trigger their 2015 option on Von Miller is now 2.5 weeks away.

According to new DP beat man Troy Renck, the team is still expected to do so (because, why wouldn't they?).

For his part, Von says he's dropped 20 pounds and is down to 250.

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On journalism and IAOFM

With Lindsay Jones having left the Denver Post, I’ve enjoyed Benjamin Hochman's work on the Broncos. He also writes on basketball, for those who partake.

His story on one of his mentors carries some strong concepts on modern sports journalism. Some teachers seem to stay with us. Here’s what Hochman had to say with one of his better articles:

But I do remember Fred Vultee. He taught copy editing at the Missouri School of Journalism, and to this day I recall his lesson about cautiously quoting athletes about issues out of their realm. "Our job is to ask - how do they know what they know," he'd say.

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2014 Offseason

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