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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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Like Russell, Heckert facing DUI charges

During the football-free period between minicamp and training camp, NFL teams cross their fingers, hoping their players will avoid run-ins with the law. But for the 2013 Broncos, such worries are apparently better placed with front office personnel.

For the second time in as many days, news emerges that a Denver executive has been arrested for drunk driving, this time director of pro personnel Tom Heckert.

Heckert, who joined the team in May following stints with the Eagles and Browns, was arrested on June 11 in Parker, although thankfully in less dramatic fashion than Russell, who crashed into a parked police cruiser in Breckenridge over the weekend.

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Broncos reportedly up offer to Clady

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have increased their offer to left tackle Ryan Clady beyond the five-year, $50M figure they were said to have presented him last July, when talks between the two sides broke down.

Denver used its franchise tag on Clady, and the two sides have until 4pm ET on Monday, July 15, to reach agreement on a long-term deal. If they again reach a stalemate, Clady would play out the one-year, $9.828M tender, which he has not yet signed.

If that should happen, the three-time Pro Bowler would become an unrestricted free agent, unless the Broncos were to again tag him, but at a 20% premium (to $11.7936M).

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Matt Russell rear-ends police cruiser, faces DUI charges

Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested Saturday night in Breckenridge, and faces charges of driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container of alcohol in his car, and failure to display proof of insurance.

Russell first struck a car in Frisco, and police in the area were on the lookout for his vehicle, when he crashed into a Breckenridge police cruiser. The officer in the vehicle was hospitalized with what were thankfully minor injuries, and has since been released.

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