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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Aldon Smith pulls a Greg Focker

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Niners linebacker Aldon Smith was involved in another troubling incident this weekend.

The young pass rusher was arrested at LAX after he was allegedly belligerent and claimed to be in possession of a bomb.

Smith is already facing drunk driving charges and felony weapons charges for a 2012 incident at his home.

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Report: Broncos hosted BSU lineman Matt Paradis

According to Aaron Wilson, the Broncos recently visited with Boise State lineman Matt Paradis.

The 6-3, 306-pound center was a Second-Team All-MWC choice last year, and has worked out for the Patriots.

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Former Bronco charged in shooting

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's some dark news today involving a pair of ex-LSU football players - one a draft hopeful, and the other a onetime Bronco.

Tahj Jones, a senior linebacker who participated in LSU's pro day on Wednesday, is hospitalized in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The man charged with having shot him is Brandon Winey, a fellow ex-Tiger who was a member of the Broncos in 2001.

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