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La Canfora: New drug agreement may not save Wes Welker

According to Jason La Canfora, agreement on a new drug policy may not cut short the suspensions of Wes Welker and Josh Gordon.

An NFLPA source tells La Canfora that the league and union aren't nearly as close to a deal as has been reported.

La Canfora also confirmed an earlier report by Mike Klis that Welker's suspension was triggered by Adderall use, not Molly.

Jacob Tamme takes a pay cut

It took several months longer than we'd expected, but the Broncos have finally reworked the contract of Jacob Tamme.

The backup tight end was set to make an unwieldy $3M salary; according to Arnie Stapleton, he has agreed to cut that to $1.25M.

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Broncos promote Nathan Palmer to take Welker’s roster spot

With Wes Welker headed to the reserve/suspended list, the Broncos promoted wideout Nathan Palmer from the practice squad on Wednesday.

The former Colt and Dolphin caught one pass for seven yards during the preseason.

Colorado native Ryan Miller was added to the practice squad in Palmer's place.

Report: Oakland offers to forgive Raiders’ debt, help build new stadium

According to the SF Chronicle, the city of Oakland has proposed to give the Raiders free land on which to build a new stadium.

Per the report, taxpayers would not be burdened with paying construction costs for a new Black Hole.

However, Alameda County residents would be saddled with $120M of the Raiders' 1990s-era debt from a renovation of the O.Co Coliseum. (via PFT)

Broncos lose Vinston Painter to Browns, sign long snapper Kevin McDermott

Cleveland signed tackle Vinston Painter off Denver's practice squad on Tuesday, prompting the Broncos to sign long snapper Kevin McDermott.

According to the DP, McDermott will get a chance to compete with Aaron Brewer for the team's long snapping duties.

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Wes Welker suspended four games for amphetamine use

According to Adam Schefter, Wes Welker has been suspended four games for amphetamine use.

It's always something, huh?

Well, at least this will buy Welker time to recover more fully from his latest concussion...

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Texans extend J.J. Watt through 2021

Houston has extended defensive end J.J. Watt through the 2021 season.

Initial reports say it's worth $100M over six seasons, with $51.8M in guarantees.

That would make it a very similar contract to the one Buffalo gave Mario Williams, when they signed him away from Houston.

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Report: Raiders to start Derek Carr

Pardon us if we never bought into the concept of Matt Schaub getting his career back on track in Oakland, of all places.

Certainly, a 55.1 QB rating during the preseason didn't help his cause.

But a 108.2 rating from second-rounder Derek Carr made Dennis Allen's decision an easy one, and he's reportedly going with Carr.

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Broncos round out practice squad with DE Zach Thompson

According to multiple reports, the Broncos have completed their 10-man practice squad by signing defensive end Zach Thompson (6-5, 265).

The Wake Forest alum signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in May. Here are his NFL Draft Scout profile and Wikipedia page.

Report: Wes Welker may play in opener

According to Mike Klis, Wes Welker is expected to make a limited return to practice today, and could be fully cleared by Wednesday or Thursday.

In that case, Welker would be ready to play in the Broncos' season opener against Indy on Sunday night.

The 33-year-old slot man has suffered three concussions in the past 9.5 months.