The Daily Lard 6-26-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Mike Freeman writes that after having spoken with several players and league officials over the past couple days, he expects a new CBA will be reached sometime in early- or mid-July. Freeman thinks all of the recent progress was sparked by the owners' desire to salvage their preseason revenue, and he says parties from both sides have been much more optimistic about a new deal off the record than on.

Meanwhile, LB Ben Leber, who's a named plaintiff in the Brady suit and a free agent, says he expects a new CBA will be agreed upon in time for a full season to be played.

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Temporary tattoo - Brian Xanders

These days, tattoos are so common that not getting one almost makes you en vogue.

What once was the pride of pre-colonial Filipino warriors is now a few hours of work on the lower back of a half-buzzed sorority girl who happens to be feeling a little dangerous.

I guess it all depends on the color of that butterfly, girlfriend.

I've personally avoided the tribal armband.  Instead, I've considered getting a teardrop for every Raiders fan I've verbally smoked over the years.  But the human face can only handle so much crying; there are a lot of Raiders fans out there, unfortunately.

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The Daily Lard 6-25-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Leigh Steinberg considers the many ways the lockout will end up affecting teams this season, starting with the disadvantage teams like Denver will have as a new coaching staff races to familiarize itself with the players. Steinberg writes that veteran free agents will have plenty of catching up to do in learning new systems and getting acquainted with teammates, while both drafted and undrafted rookies will be at a serious competitive advantage. Due to the lack of offseason conditioning, Steinberg foresees an increase in serious injuries during training camp and a higher severity of injuries.

Along the same line of thinking, Jason Cole writes that teams expect to lean more on veteran players than ever before.

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Friday Trivia Trough: Players with 10 or more TDs as Broncos

Forget yards, catches, YPA, QB ratings, tackles and interceptions. Just like every other team sport, football comes down to scoring points, and there's no quicker way of doing so than by getting the ball into the end zone. Since the team's inception in 1960, there have been 48 players who scored at least 10 touchdowns while members of the Broncos. Why 10? Obviously, 10 touchdowns over the span of a career spent with a team isn't much, but frankly I like to give you challenging quizzes that help you kill more of your Friday workday actually take more than a few minutes. Anyway, as always last names are good enough and answers do not need to be submitted in order, and I've allowed for a few misspellings that I can think of. Feel free to discuss answers and your scores in the comments, and good luck!

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Can you name the Players with 10 or more touchdowns as Broncos?

The Daily Lard 6-24-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! ESPN's trio of Mortensen, Schefter and Clayton are reporting that as part of the labor talks, the two sides are considering measures to help teams retain their own players in what will be an abbreviated free agency period. One option is to give each team a right of first refusal on up to three free agents (only this year), allowing them to match contract offers from other franchises. Another idea under consideration is to open a brief window for teams to negotiate exclusively with their own players before free agency truly begins.

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Tweets of the Week: Stapled-on lips and leaky commercials

Time for our weekly peek into the real lives of the Denver Broncos via their their own words. As always, the tweets have not been edited in any manner and are only meant to show the lighter side of the NFL while helping everyone get to know our favorite players a little better. Enjoy!

Apparently Ryan Harris is not the guy to be lending DVDs to - just ask Ryan Clady about what happens...

Clady: Watching the Wire, wondering where all my seasons are ??? @ryanharris74

Harris: @RyanClady damn u didn't get Em in the mail? I sent it to richMan estates 78 Hollywood dr Beverly hills 90210 Shouldve been there

Clady: @ryanharris74 lol nah man, you got the wrong address. I'm in LA...@ryanharris74 just hold them at your mansion in Cherry Creek

Harris: “@RyanClady: @ryanharris74 just hold them at your mansion in Cherry Creek” maybe, but Youll have to refer me to your mansion finder. Haha

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The Daily Lard 6-23-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Woody writes that Tim Tebow was mostly coached last year by Mike McCoy and Adam Gase, and is very happy the two were retained for John Fox's staff. He also says that if Tebow is declared the starter this season and Kyle Orton is still around, that the veteran will demand a trade. interestingly, Woody writes that Fox sent Jake Delhomme packing from Carolina last year for the player's benefit and would like for Delhomme to back up and help mentor Tebow if Orton is indeed dealt away.

Plus, apparently Sam Farmer of the LA Times floated the idea of Pat Bowlen swapping franchises with Rams owner Stan Kroenke and moving the Rams to Los Angeles. But Woody says that's just not happening.

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Broncography: Quinton Carter

Over the past few years, Denver fans have had to look hard to find things to really cheer about on the Broncos. The media has long stood by the abiding principle that if it bleeds, it leads, and that’s led to seemingly endless negative stories about this player and that one, people who make the news by creating negative incidents. One such problem of Denver’s was shipped to Miami in exchange for a couple of second-round picks, and has been little mourned by Broncos fans. Tim Tebow has been both praised and trashed for his desire to share his religion with others. Then there’s Quinton Carter.

If you’re a Broncos fan, you’ve already heard the basics: While still in college, Carter decided to use the platform of his considerable ‘Q’ - his name recognition - and started a non-profit organization called SOUL - which stands for Serving Others through Unity and Leadership. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization he founded, based in both Carter’s hometown of Las Vegas and in Norman, where he attended the University of Oklahoma, works with inner city youths from the ages of 11 to 14 to provide them with football camp training that gives the youths a chance to see the value of teamwork and sportsmanship. That’s laudable, but Carter takes it a long step further than most programs by adding classroom work and lectures about decision-making, nutrition and the value of education.

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The Daily Lard 6-22-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Although they were prepared to spend as much as two days ironing out their differences, the NFL's owners spent only five hours yesterday discussing the general framework of the next CBA. Having reached what Jeff Pash characterized as a "consensus within the ownership," the negotiations between the players and the league will reconvene today in a Boston suburb. And while Albert Breer writes that yesterday's meeting was more about general concepts than specific details, and both parties are maintaining the "there's a long way to go" mantra, the brevity of the powwow points to real progress being made.

Meanwhile, Jason Cole reports that the new league year could begin as soon as July 15, with veteran free agency and rookie OTAs first on the docket. Beyond agreeing to a new deal, Cole writes that the two sides would then need to settle the class-action suits filed in concert by active and retired players, followed by recertification of the NFLPA, and finally ratification of the CBA by ownership.

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Details emerging on framework of new CBA

ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting that the basis of the next CBA as is presently being negotiated will be a 48% payout of all revenue for the players. This would omit the $1 billion-plus in expense credits that had come off the top before the players got their cut in the previous CBA, and also disinclude the extra $1 billion "haircut" NFL owners had sought earlier on. Apparently, owners will be able to claim expense credits to help pay for new stadiums, but the players' cut would never fall below 46.5 percent of revenue in those instances.

The new deal will reportedly include a new rookie pay scale, but the details of that are still being worked out. Plus, teams will be required to spend to at least 90-93% of the salary cap each year - a stipulation which surely will alarm the smaller market teams like the Bills and Bengals as mentioned in Ted's article earlier today. Among other details, players would reach unrestricted free agency after four seasons and would never be forced to play an 18-game schedule.

UPDATE 7:50PM ET - LJ has an update on the status of the Broncos' potential free agents, and it looks like I erred on Prater and Woodyard - according to LJ, those two players would remain restricted free agents, while Harris and Thomas would be unrestricted. After looking again at each player's profile, I believe Jones' information to be correct and my earlier update to be wrong. Sorry for the confusion, folks.

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