Appeals Judge Goodell upholds Josh Gordon’s one-year ban (by Commissioner Goodell)

Roger Goodell is the worst, people.

Each day is another chance for Greg Bedard to bow at Bill Belichick’s feet

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With final cuts only a few days away, transactions continue to flood the wire, and they're getting more interesting by the day.

New England traded guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-rounder.

Best known around these parts for his 2005 nutshot on Ebenezer Ekuban, the 32-year-old six-time Pro Bowler reportedly refused a pay cut.

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Broncos acquire kicker Brandon McManus from Giants

The Broncos acquired kicker Brandon McManus (6-3, 201) from the Giants in exchange for a conditional 2015 seventh-rounder.

According to Mike Klis, Denver will only owe New Jersey the pick if McManus remains the Broncos' starting placekicker beyond Matt Prater's four-game suspension.

The Giants were set to waive McManus after naming Josh Brown their starting kicker, but apparently got wind that their NFCE rival Eagles were interested in the youngster.

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Cris Collinsworth buys PFF stake; Mike Zimmer doesn’t approve

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Kicker watch continues here in Broncos Land.

The Giants chose Josh Brown over Brandon McManus, who spent last summer in Colts camp.

A Temple alum, McManus reportedly boots kickoffs out of the end zone with ease and has made a 75-yard field goal in practice.

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Broncos place Jordan Norwood on IR

The Broncos got down to Tuesday's 75-man roster limit when they placed wideout Jordan Norwood on IR and waived defensive tackle Cody Larsen.

Norwood had been Denver's likely punt returner before tearing his ACL; Larsen spent the 2013 season on Baltimore's practice squad and signed with Denver late last month.

Rosters must be pared to the 53-man limit by 4pm ET on Saturday.

Kickers Jay Feely, Giorgio Tavecchio among latest cuts

Jeff Legwold and Mike Klis have each reported that Denver will be watching the waiver wire for kickers to step in during Matt Prater's four-game suspension.

A pair of candidates came available on Monday, as Arizona cut Jay Feely, and Detroit waived Giorgio Tavecchio.

Far be it from us to provide scouting reports on these guys, but here's what we know:

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Obviously, Andy Dalton is not the next Peyton Manning

We could spend all day on this one, really. But we won't, because quite frankly, anyone dumb enough to buy that Andy Dalton is Peyton Manning 2.0 won't be swayed by our logic.

So, just a few key points, and no, this doesn't stand as proof that stats are useless.

As usual, it's instead a reminder that stats in the hands of the intellectually lazy (in this case, probably some NBC intern) can distort anything.

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Can Denver sneak Zac Dysert through to the practice squad?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Jeff Legwold had first suggested, Mike Klis reports that Denver is likely to find its next starting kicker via the waiver wire.

According to Klis, the Broncos will be paying close attention to kicking competitions in Kansas City, New Orleans, and Tennessee.

Many of the league's best kickers are retreads and/or went undrafted out of college, and of course, a kicker on a Peyton Manning-led team is particularly unimportant.

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Report: NFL, DirecTV nearing new megadeal

According to SportsBusiness Journal, the NFL and DirecTV are nearing a renewal of their exclusive deal for Sunday NFL Ticket.

By the end of the deal - reported to be either 2021 or 2022 - DirecTV will be paying $1.3B-1.4B per year for the broadcasting rights.

Their current agreement is worth a total of $4B over the 2011 through 2014 seasons, or an average of $1B per year.

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Sam Bradford done for the year

For the second consecutive year, the Rams have lost quarterback Sam Bradford to a torn left ACL.

The former first overall pick got off to a fast start in 2013, but tore up his knee during a Week 7 loss at Carolina.

St. Louis had faced a big decision on Bradford last offseason, with his base salary skyrocketing to over $14M.

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