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Broncos sign first-rounder Sly Williams

The Broncos have inked 2013 first-rounder Sylvester Williams, who had been their only unsigned player. Denver selected the North Carolina defensive tackle 28th overall, and he figures to play a significant role within the team's line rotation.

According to Mike Klis, the contract is worth $7.6M over four seasons, including $3.9M up front and $6.1M in guarantees.

Von Miller says marijuana “absolutely not” a part of his life

Speaking at Dove Valley on Wednesday, Von Miller mostly avoided questions about his four-game drug-related suspension. But when asked about whether smoking marijuana is a part of his life, he emphatically responded, "Absolutely not."

Said the All-Pro linebacker, "I don't think I let my teammates down. Everybody has tough moments in their lives. I have great teammates, teammates have been great for me."

But in a possible nod to prior issues, the third-year star added, "The guy who I was yesterday is not the guy I am today; the guy who I was two or three or four years ago is not who I am today."

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Broncos to host Travelle Wharton

According to Bill Williamson, the Broncos will visit with offensive lineman Travelle Wharton (6-4, 312), who was recently released by the Bengals after a year on IR.

Wharton spent his first eight seasons in Carolina, which of course means he's well-acquainted with John Fox and line coach Dave Magazu. He visited with the Panthers on Tuesday, but left without a deal.

Originally drafted by Carolina in 2004, the former Gamecock has started all 99 regular season games in which he's played, all of them with the Panthers.

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Broncos release Joe Mays

As we've been expecting for several months now, the Broncos released linebacker Joe Mays on Tuesday.

In one of the bigger mistakes of John Elway's tenure running their football operations, Denver signed Mays to a three-year, $12M deal in March of 2012.

The contract included $4.5M in guarantees, including $500K of his 2013 salary.

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Von Miller: I did nothing wrong

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Von Miller faces four-game suspension which may stem from 2011 positive test

Denver's nightmarish July continues, as Adam Schefter reports that all-universe linebacker Von Miller is facing a four-game drug suspension from the NFL.

Miller, who received the only vote for 2012 DPOY not marked for J.J. Watt, is said to be appealing the ban.

Obviously, there's no player more integral to the Broncos' prospects in 2013 and beyond than Peyton Manning, but Von may be a close second.

Updated 2:26pm ET

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Lombardi: Four-game drug suspension coming for defensive starter

CBS4's Vic Lombardi is reporting that a "prominent" Broncos defensive starter is facing a four-game suspension from the league for substance abuse.

If Lombardi's definition of a "prominent defensive starter" matches ours, that would mean one of Von Miller, Champ Bailey, Wesley Woodyard, Derek Wolfe, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, or Rahim Moore.

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Broncos suspend Russell, Heckert

Effective today, the Broncos have suspended personnel director Matt Russell indefinitely without pay and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert for one month without pay in response to their recent DUI arrests.

The organization will provide them counseling and/or treatment as necessary, and according to the team, the NFL has decided not to impose further sanctions on the two executives.

Statements were released by the team on behalf of team president Joe Ellis and VP of football ops John Elway.

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Broncos’ DUI epidemic extends to players; Saulsberry arrested in May

Following the arrest of Matt Russell, and the delayed news of Tom Heckert's arrest, the Broncos and team president Joe Ellis put out some strongly worded statements expressing just how upset they were.

However, the organization is apparently content to wait for the local newspaper to dig up police records, rather than get out in front of what is apparently an epidemic.

For the third time in less than a week, news has emerged of a Broncos DUI arrest, this time involving backup center Quentin Saulsberry.

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Lombardi: Broncos have (wisely) offered Clady $33M in guarantees

According to CBS4's Vic Lombardi, the Broncos have gotten serious in their negotiation with Ryan Clady toward a long-term deal. Lombardi reports that the team's latest offer includes $33M in guarantees, which would cover the first three years of a multiyear contract.

If that's $33M in full guarantees - meaning there are no outs for the team, like the one that resulted in Elvis Dumervil's release - then a deal must indeed be getting pretty close, as CBS4 suggests.

Reports from the DP's Mike Klis have varied wildly, pegging the guaranteed portion of Denver's final 2012 offer at $28M last July, and at just $16M more recently.

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