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Harris signs restricted tender

Chris Harris signed his $2.187M restricted tender on Tuesday; teams would have had until May 2 to sign Harris (or any other RFA) to an offer sheet.

But given that Harris is recovering from ACL surgery, it was a foregone conclusion that nobody was going to bother signing him away and handing Denver a second-round draft pick as compensation.

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Eagles release Jackson, reportedly due to gang ties

In recent days and weeks, it had become apparent that the Eagles would be ridding themselves of wideout DeSean Jackson, whether by trade or release.

It was a puzzling development, given that Jackson is coming off the most prolific of his six pro seasons, and had thrived in Chip Kelly's offense.

But on Friday, NJ.com reported that the team had concerns about Jackson's apparent gang ties, specifically his association with men implicated in gang-related murders.

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Broncos re-sign Winston Justice

Denver has brought back tackle Winston Justice on a one-year deal. According to Mike Klis, Justice would compete with Chris Clark at right tackle if Orlando Franklin is shifted over to replace Zane Beadles at left guard.

The former Eagle and Colt played 19 snaps late in the regular season, allowing one QB hit and grading out at -0.5 according to PFF.

Moreno, Phillips head elsewhere

After finding a soft free agent market, two key players from Denver's SB run landed with new teams on Thursday.

Running back Knowshon Moreno agreed terms with Miami, while defensive end Shaun Phillips is headed to Tennessee.

Moreno's one-year deal is worth a reported $3M, while Phillips reportedly got $6M over two years, including $2.5M in guarantees.

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Owners vote to extend goalposts, tweak replay

At their annual meeting in Florida, NFL owners have passed a few rule changes, tabled a few others until later in the spring, and nixed a few others.

Most significantly, the replay review process has been expanded to allow referees to consult with officials in New York.

The goal here, of course, is to prevent disasters like the latest from Jeff Triplette, which came last season at the Colts' expense.

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Bears replace Peppers with Allen

Jared Allen has finally found a new home. Surprisingly - and thankfully for the rest of the league - it won't be Seattle.

Rather, the former Vikings and Chiefs pass rusher is headed to Chicago on a reported four-year, $32M deal that includes $15.5M in full guarantees.

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Performance based pay announced

On Tuesday, the NFL announced its annual performance-based bonuses, which provide all players with extra pay based upon how many snaps they played in the prior season.

Each team was allotted $3.46M to allocate amongst its players.

Rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, Denver's biggest bonuses went to Danny Trevathan ($245K), Chris Harris ($223K), Duke Ihenacho ($201K), Julius Thomas ($159K), Malik Jackson ($158K), and Kayvon Webster ($153K).

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NFL awards comp picks; none for Broncos

The NFL announced 32 compensatory picks on Tuesday, with the Jets and Ravens each awarded four choices.

No AFCW squads received any extra picks, which go to teams calculated to have had net free agency losses from the prior offseason.

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Giants sign DRC and Holliday

Not that either player was still a priority for the Broncos, but the Giants have raided the roster of the 2013 AFC Champions for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and kick returner Trindon Holliday.

DRC got caught trying to haggle too hard on the first day of free agency, and the Broncos signed Aqib Talib instead.

The reported five-year, $35 million contract that DRC got appears to be less lucrative (on the surface, anyway) than the reported six-year, $54 million deal that he turned down from the Broncos.

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Broncos agree with, introduce Emmanuel Sanders

As expected, the Broncos have reached agreement with former Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders on what is being called a three-year deal worth $15M.

According to Aaron Wilson, $6M is guaranteed (it's unclear whether that's fully guaranteed, but we're guessing it is), and escalators could reportedly push the total value to $18M.

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