It looks like the Broncos are hiring Mitch Tanney as head of analytics

If a since deleted entry on the official site is any indication, it appears the Broncos are about to hire Mitch Tanney as their first ever director of analytics:

I don't have a tweet or anything, so there's a little screengrab from my RSS reader just so you (I) know this isn't some figment of my imagination. Also, screengrabs are fun.

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Report: Eagles trading LeSean McCoy to Bills for Kiko Alonso

In what may be the NFL's biggest player-for-player deal since Denver got Champ Bailey from Washington in exchange for Clinton Portis, Philly will trade superstar running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo next week in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, according to Adam Schefter.

Trades may not become official until the new league year begins, at 4pm ET on Tuesday, March 10.

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Scouting the 2015 Draft: Ali Marpet

Denver has set out to develop, rather than draft, All-Pros. Louis Vasquez did most of his developing in San Diego, but excelled as the Broncos' All-Pro right guard.

It’s a delicate balance. You need to have stars and players in development. You need enough of them ready to play today. That includes both starters and rotational players.

When you talk about a developmental offensive lineman, Ali Marpet might be the best 2015 draft OG you’ve never heard of. Or, by now, maybe you have.

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Want rid of Peyton Manning? Careful what you wish for…

Former coaches doubt Bears can win with Jay Cutler
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At least 10 former Chicago Bears staffers from the Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman regimes said recently they believe the team can’t consistently compete for championships as long as it fields a lineup with Jay Cutler under center…Two teammates, who also asked to remain anonymous for this story, characterized Cutler as a divisive figure with whom they’d rather not continue to play.

Chances are, Brock Osweiler isn't the petulant jerk that Jay Cutler seems to be. But he also might be half the quarterback that Cutler is. There's only one way to find out, but really, what's the rush?

Texans reportedly give Andre Johnson permission to seek trade

Good Evening, Broncos fans! Two more players were tendered at the franchise level on Monday ahead of the afternoon deadline - New England placekicker Stephen Gostkowski and Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

That brings the number of tendered players to six - five at the franchise level (Demaryius Thomas, Justin Houston, Dez Bryant), and one at the transition level (Charles Clay).

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Dolphins use transition tag on tight end Charles Clay

Miami pulled a rare move by applying a transition tag to pending unrestricted free agent tight end Charles Clay; the resulting tender is worth $7.071M for one season. The Dolphins would have five days to exercise a right of first refusal for any prospective offer sheet signed by Clay with another team.

But unlike with a franchise tender, there's no draft choice compensation associated with a signed and unmatched offer sheet.

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Broncos use $12.823M franchise tag on wideout Demaryius Thomas

As had long been expected, the Broncos applied their non-exclusive franchise tag to pending unrestricted free agent wideout Demaryius Thomas just ahead of Monday's deadline.

The accompanying tender is worth $12.823M and will count against Denver's cap space immediately, even before Thomas signs the one-year deal. Denver and Thomas now have until 4pm ET on Wednesday, July 15 to agree to a multiyear contract. Once past this deadline, the two sides cannot execute a long-term deal until after the conclusion of the 2015 regular season.

A non-exclusive tag allows Thomas the freedom to sign an offer sheet with another team, but the Broncos would have the opportunity to match, known as a right of first refusal.

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Cowboys tag Dez Bryant

As expected, the Cowboys applied their $12.823M franchise tag on wideout Dez Bryant, who is forever linked with Denver's Demaryius Thomas.

In 2010, the Broncos took Demaryius two picks prior to Dallas's selection of Bryant; there was much debate at the time over whether Denver had chosen the right wideout. Denver has just more than two hours to use their tag on Thomas.

Scouting the 2015 Draft: Jake Fisher

With the zone blocking scheme installation coming in OTAs, Denver continues on their drive to improve the offensive line. Today, let's discuss former Oregon Ducks left tackle Jake Fisher.

He’s not related to Eric Fisher, the left tackle taken #1 overall in 2013 by Kansas City. Like Eric, though, he was a tight end before converting to tackle. The questions for Denver are whether he can develop the power that he’ll need for right tackle and the balance that he’ll need for the left side.

Usually, you want a power player at right tackle. Fisher uses technique rather than raw power. He does it so well, that I think he could come in and play right tackle as a rookie. If he adds enough power, he could also take over at left tackle when Ryan Clady’s contract runs out.

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PFT: Justin Houston may threaten holdout until Week 10

Justin Houston situation is about to get very interesting
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Per a league source, Houston intends to aggressively pursue an offer sheet from another team, targeting teams that would be giving up a low first-round pick in 2015 and, most likely, a low first-round pick in 2016…Houston, we’re told, is seriously considering staying away from the Chiefs until the Week 10 deadline for signing the franchise tender.

Aggressively pursue an offer sheet? Does that mean Houston is willing to take a much lower salary in exchange for heftier gauarantees?

Obviously, this would seriously harm the Chiefs' chances this offseason, as Houston will occupy $13.169M in cap space, hindering their ability to acquire other players.

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