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NFL to dump blackout rule for 2015

According to multiple reports, the NFL is finally moving towards elimination of its antiquated and fan-screwing television blackout rule. The league will suspend the policy for 2015, and will apparently reevaluate next offseason.

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Colts agree with Nate Irving

The Colts announced that they've agreed to terms with former Broncos linebacker Nate Irving. According to Josina Anderson, it's a three-year deal worth "up to $9.25M." Of course, all that matters there are the guarantees and the base value, but either way, Irving is gone, and probably for far more than Denver would have paid him.

Denver agreed with a presumable replacement for Irving on Thursday, to the tune of a minimum-salary one-year deal with Reggie Walker.

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Broncos agree with linebacker Reggie Walker

The Broncos have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent linebacker Reggie Walker, it was announced on Thursday. In four seasons with Arizona and two more with San Diego, Walker (6-0, 244) has 98 career tackles, along with 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed, and a fumble forced.

According to Mike Klis, Walker got a $50K signing bonus, $745K (veteran minimum) salary, and can earn another $200K in playing time incentives.

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Jacob Tamme leaves Broncos, signs with Falcons

Jacob Tamme has indeed opted to join the Atlanta Falcons over re-signing with Denver, where he spent his last three seasons:

Chargers sign Mitch Unrein

The Chargers signed former Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein to a two-year deal, it was announced on Wednesday evening. Unrein played a significant role for the Broncos in 2012 and 2013, but saw only 46 defensive snaps in 2014.

A native of Eaton, CO, Unrein is the fifth Bronco to depart via free agency, and the second to join the Chargers, following Orlando Franklin. Julius Thomas, Rahim Moore, and Terrance Knighton were Denver's prior losses.

AFCW update: Everyone else has been pretty busy

Let's get caught up on what's been going on with the rest of the AFCW teams, which is to say, quite a bit.

Much of this is stale news, but my OCD nature won't allow me to entirely skip mention of all of it. Apologies for the recent sporadic nature of posts.

Here's what's new (and old):

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Another guy in Tim Tebow’s employ says he’s fixed; Eagles workout leads to dumb rumor

Tim Tebow is fixed, you guys.

Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, from this guy who was in Tebow's employ.

This time, it's Tom House and his partner (also being paid by the former Bronco/Jet/Patriot) who are making that claim. Says House's partner, Adam Dedeaux:

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Fearing neurological disease, Chris Borland retires after one season

Linebacker Chris Borland, the Niners' third-round pick in 2014, and a rising star who notched 107 tackles as a rookie, announced his retirement on Monday. The reason? Fear of concussions, brain injuries, neurodegenerative disease, and early death. As Borland tells Outside the Lines:

I just honestly want to do what's best for my health. From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk.

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Broncos agree with guard Shelley Smith

The Broncos agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $5.65M with free agent guard Shelley Smith (6-4, 310) on Friday. Smith turns 28 in May and figures to replace left guard Orlando Franklin, who signed with San Diego earlier in the week.

A native of Phoenix, Smith was drafted out of CSU in the sixth round of the 2010 Draft by Gary Kubiak's Texans. He spent two years in Houston, but never dressed.

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Broncos agree with safety Darian Stewart

The Broncos have agreed to a two-year deal with Darian Stewart, who is expected to replace Rahim Moore as their starting free safety. Financial terms have not yet been reported.

Stewart (5-11, 214) made $1.3M on a one-year contract with Baltimore last season. He started 14 regular season games (782 snaps, plus-3.0) for them and two more in the postseason (117 snaps, plus-4.0), and will turn 27 in August.

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