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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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Schefter: Broncos expected to sign Emmanuel Sanders

The Broncos have reportedly emerged as a surprise suitor for ex-Steelers wideout Emmanuel Sanders, and Adam Schefter says they're expected to sign him.

Alex Marvez and Cecil Lammey confirm that the two sides have agreed to terms, but Aaron Wilson says the Chiefs may be making a late push to steal Sanders from under Denver's nose.

But Wilson's report may also just mean that Sanders canceled his visit to San Francisco and will head from KC to Denver tomorrow.

In addition to Kansas City, Sanders has visited with Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, and was said to have been seeking a deal commensurate with what Golden Tate got from Detroit (no chance).

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Klis: Broncos may replace Decker with LaFell, Jones, or Austin

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos tried to sign former Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who instead opted to sign with Tampa Bay.

Klis adds that Denver may pursue wideouts Brandon LaFell (Carolina), James Jones (Green Bay), or Miles Austin (Dallas) to replace Eric Decker. If so, we'd guess the Broncos have in mind a $3M-4M/year deal, or about half of what Decker got from the Jets.

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Baltimore re-signs Daryl Smith

Daryl Smith, who had reportedly been a target for Denver at middle linebacker, has agreed to a four-year deal worth a reported $16.1M to stay with Baltimore.

Smith spent his first eight seasons playing under Jack Del Rio, making him an obvious fit with the Broncos.

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Reports: Woodyard to Titans

Well, at least he didn't end up with the Patriots, who were his first free agency hosts.

Wesley Woodyard has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with Tennessee worth $16M.

In six years, Woodyard went from undrafted rookie longshot, to special teams stalwart, to key defensive starter.

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Decker lands with Jets

Eric Decker has agreed to a five-year deal with the Jets worth a reported $36.25M, including what's being called $15M in guarantees. Decker told the DP:

I'm very thankful for my four years in Denver. I think it's one of the greatest cities to play in. Unfortunately, I never got an offer from the Broncos. Denver will always be a part of me. I'm excited about New York being my new community and starting a new chapter in my life. On top of all that, my wife's expecting our baby any second.

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Pats sign Revis for one year, $12M

New England has added corner Darrelle Revis to the tune of a one-year deal worth $12M. Of course, this is a good 26% more than the AAV given Aqib Talib by Denver, and Revis wasn't cut loose until today.

This is a fitting move in every aspect; Revis gets to stay the league's highest paid corner and again be the center of attention next offseason, and the Pats don't have to commit beyond 2013.