Reggie Bush, A.J. Hawk, Jacoby Jones among cuts on busy Wednesday

A trio of well known veterans hit the street on Wednesday, as Detroit cut RB Reggie Bush, Green Bay released LB A.J. Hawk, and Baltimore dumped Denver villain Jacoby Jones.

These players are all able to sign with any team and get a jump on free agency, which begins at 4pm ET on Tuesday, March 10.

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Klis: Broncos, Peyton Manning working on contract restructure

The Broncos and Peyton Manning's agent are working on a restructure of the quarterback's contract, according to Mike Klis. The two sides reportedly hope to have an agreement on a revised deal by sometime next week.

Manning is due to draw a $19M salary and count for $21.5M against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. For reasons explained here by Joel Corry and Jason Fitzgerald, it's highly unlikely that Peyton would agree to a net pay cut, as he holds all of the leverage in this situation.

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James Casey expands free agency tour, doesn’t figure to be a bargain

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tight end/fullback James Casey, who will visit with the Broncos on Thursday, is booking up his free agency tour.

Already scheduled to meet with Arizona, Casey will reportedly also visit Cleveland, and will meet sometime with Tennessee. Because the 30-year old was released by Philadelphia, he is free to sign at anytime, and does not have to wait for the NFL calendar to flip in a couple of weeks.

Although he was likely overpaid at $4M, this widespread interest suggests he won't necessarily need to reduce himself to a bargain basement salary.

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Reports: Broncos might end up seeing a lot of Randall Cobb and Percy Harvin

According to a pair of reports, the Broncos may have to deal with multidimensional threats Randall Cobb and Percy Harvin on a regular basis. Bill Williamson says the Raiders are expected to pursue Cobb if Green Bay opts not to use its franchise tag on him. Cobb, who turns 25 in August, posted new career highs with 91 catches, 1,287 yards, and 12 touchdowns in 2014.

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Why Julius Thomas should get a big deal somewhere

According to the DP and Atlanta JC, the Jaguars and Falcons are expected to be among the suitors for pending free agent Julius Thomas.

Also at the DP, Troy Renck presents some excellent thoughts about how Broncos Country continues to bury their soon-to-be-former unique threat:

Julius Thomas makes an easy villain.

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Just how bad of a blocker is Julius Thomas?

Pop Quiz: How bad of a blocker is Julius Thomas?

  1. Julius Thomas is a terrible blocker
  2. Julius Thomas is the worst blocker in the NFL
  3. Julius Thomas is the worst blocker in NFL history

Ask a Broncos fan these days, and it seems those are the only three options. There's no room for nuance. It doesn't matter whether he improved from 2013 to 2014, and apparently, it doesn't actually matter how well other receiving tight ends fare in blocking. Everyone's suddenly an expert on tight end blocking skills, and JULIUS THOMAS IS THE WORSTEST.

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Report: Broncos to visit with James Casey on Thursday

Predictably, the Broncos will meet with free agent fullback/tight end James Casey (6-3, 240) on Thursday, according to Mike Klis. A native of Texas, spent his first four NFL seasons playing for Gary Kubiak in Houston, was released by the Eagles last week.

Casey could fill multiple needs for the Broncos, who currently have no fullback and only one tight end under contract, in Dominique Jones.

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Source: Brandon Marshall is an Exclusive Rights Free Agent, not Restricted FA

Brandon Marshall is scheduled to become an exclusive rights free agent, IAOFM has confirmed through a reliable source. This means that Denver will be able to tender Marshall a one-year deal at a salary of $585K, and the linebacker will not be free to negotiate with any other teams, unless the Broncos inexplicably choose not to tender him.

Obviously, there's no chance of Denver dumping its leading tackler, so for all intents and purposes, Marshall is not going to reach free agency this offseason, and will be a restricted free agent in 2016.

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College all-star game defensive standouts

Last week, I discussed a few offensive prospects who'd stood out to me during the college all star games, for better or worse. Today, let's do the same for the year's defensive prospects:

Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn - Marshall has a fun story. He showed up at the Senior Bowl, to which he had been invited as a quarterback, went to the first positional meeting, and then went to the powers that be. He told them that he wanted to switch to cornerback, and they agreed to it. He’s 6-1, 207, and he showed a lot of skill at the position.

He seems to prefer press man. That makes him even more attractive as a pro. A long player who isn’t uncomfortable mixing it up and going for the high point should attract plenty of attention. He’s also able to play safety.

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Legwold: Julius Thomas seeking big guaranteed money

Pending free agent Julius Thomas is seeking a contract with "near record guaranteed money" relative to tight ends, according to Jeff Legwold. What does that mean?

As we all know by now, it's all about whether money is fully guaranteed, guaranteed for injury only, or only conditionally guaranteed, as Thomas's agent characterized Denver's last offer to Julius. And as we can see here, no tight end has gotten more than the $16M in full guarantees that Baltimore's Dennis Pitta and Jared Cook of St. Louis did.

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