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Denver Broncos 2012 schedule

Here is the 2012 schedule; all times are expressed in Eastern Time.

Week Day Date Opponent Time Network
1 Sunday Sep 9, 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20 pm NBC
2 Monday Sep 17, 2012 at Atlanta Falcons 8:30 pm ESPN
3 Sunday Sep 23, 2012 Houston Texans 4:25 pm CBS
4 Sunday Sep 30, 2012 Oakland Raiders 4:05 pm CBS
5 Sunday Oct 7, 2012 at New England Patriots 4:25 pm CBS
6 Monday Oct 15, 2012 at San Diego Chargers 8:30 pm ESPN
7 BYE        
8 Sunday Oct 28, 2012 New Orleans Saints 8:20 pm NBC
9 Sunday Nov 4, 2012 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm CBS
10 Sunday Nov 11, 2012 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 pm CBS
11 Sunday Nov 18, 2012 San Diego Chargers 4:25 pm CBS
12 Sunday Nov 25, 2012 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 pm CBS
13 Sunday Dec 2, 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 pm FOX
14 Thursday Dec 6, 2012 at Oakland Raiders 8:20 pm NFLN
15 Sunday Dec 16, 2012 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 pm CBS
16 Sunday Dec 23, 2012 Cleveland Browns 4:05 pm CBS
17 Sunday Dec 30, 2012 Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 pm CBS

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Why didn’t the Broncos make a run at Dallas Clark? Here’s your answer.

We've known this for several weeks now, but did not pass it along to our readers because we thought there was still a small chance the Broncos might sign Dallas Clark.  As it turns out, Albert Breer was probably right.  Jason Cole confirmed that Clark is likely done playing (at least for the year) at age 33:

The word on the street is that Clark, who was such a dynamic force in his prime with Indianapolis, is done. Maybe a good offseason of rest will help. Getting a tight end who knows how to work the middle is a valuable commodity.

There was speculation that Clark would be joining Manning in Denver. Now we know why the Broncos didn't make it happen: Clark is simply too battered and bruised from years of taking punishing hits.  

If you doubt it, check out the clip below the jump and fast forward to 0:43 where John Lynch gives Clark a love tap.

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Stokley to re-team with Manning, Broncos

The long, slow dance to reunite Brandon Stokley and Peyton Manning in Denver ended today with the Slot Machine agreeing to a one-year deal with the Broncos.

Stokley, who hosted Peyton when he visited the Broncos at Dove Valley to kick off his free agency tour, played with Manning for the Colts from 2003 to 2006 before spending three seasons in Denver and making a home in Colorado.

During an afternoon presser following the start of Denver's offseason workout program, Manning was asked about the possibility of Stokley joining him with the Broncos, to which he responded, "Anytime management wants to add good football players to this team, I'm in favor of it."

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Broncos will release suspended McBean

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos will release defensive tackle Ryan McBean today. Denver had given McBean an original-round tender (fourth-round) worth $1.26M last month, but the fifth-year player is facing a six-game suspension, which he is fighting, for having allegedly violated the league's PED policy.

PFF had graded McBean at minus-21.6 overall last season (-3.5 run, -14.9 pass rush, +1.0 pass coverage, -4.2 penalty). The most notable moment of his three seasons with the Broncos came during the 2010 season opener, when McBean's two facemask penalties helped the Jaguars along to their game-winning touchdown.

Denver brought back veteran tackle Justin Bannan last week, and speculation continues again this year that the team will draft a DT or two.

Broncos release Andre’ Goodman

The Broncos announced today that they have released cornerback Andre' Goodman after three seasons with the team.

Goodie had been one of the first free-agent acquisitions made by Josh McDaniels and Brian Xanders in 2009, when he signed a five-year deal with $9.8M in guarantees. The 11th-year player was due to make $3.42M in 2012 and $3.96M in 2013, the final year of his contract; his original $6M signing bonus should mean he will count for $2.4M against the team's 2012 cap, which would translate to a cap savings of about $2.2M this season and $5.16M in 2013.

We had suggested two days ago that Goodman was a prime candidate for a contract restructuring, and the timing of his release (deep into free agency) tells us he likely turned down a request from the team to rework his contract. That's our pure speculation educated guess, at least.

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Broncos bring back Bannan

Thirteen months after cutting him to avoid a $500K roster bonus and $3.5M salary for 2011, the Broncos again signed defensive tackle Justin Bannan, this time to a one-year deal.

Financial terms have not been released yet, but our wildly irresponsible guess is that his salary is fully guaranteed. And as we alluded to this morning, the addition of a solid player like Bannan to the middle of the defense reduces the urgency of overdrafting one in two weeks' time, allowing the team's front office to potentially select for talent over need.

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Broncos’ 2012 preseason schedule released

The 2012 preseason schedule has been announced, and will feature the following games for Denver:

  • Week 1: at Chicago (Aug. 9-13)
  • Week 2: vs Seattle (Aug. 16-20)
  • Week 3: vs San Francisco (Sun Aug. 26, 4pm ET, nationally televised on FOX)
  • Week 4: at Arizona (Aug. 29-30)

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Broncos re-sign Colquitt

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos re-signed punter Britton Colquitt, who is entering his third season with the team. Colquitt was an exclusive-rights free agent tendered last month at $540K, so this was a simple formality of Britton signing his tender.

Barring an unlikely extension, the 27-year-old member of the Colquitt family of punters will be a restricted free agent after the 2012 season.

Britton's 101 punts ranked second in the league in 2011, and his average of 47.4 yards per kick was seventh-best.

New Broncos jersey unveiled

Nike unveiled the new NFL jerseys for the 2012 season at an event in Brooklyn today. As expected, the Broncos will be switching back to orange as their primary uniform color, and the necklines of their jerseys also received a minor tweak (as did several other teams, it appears). Seattle was the only team whose uniforms underwent a significant overhaul.

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2012 Draft order finalized

Having awarded 32 compensatory picks yesterday, the NFL announced the finalized order for the 2012 Draft, which begins with the first round on Thursday, April 26 at 8 pm ET. The second and third rounds will be held the next night starting at 7 pm, while rounds four through seven will begin at noon that Saturday.

Denver currently has seven picks as follows:

Round Pick (Overall) Note Round Pick (Overall) Note
1 25 (25)   4 25 (120)  
2 25 (57)   5 2 (137) via STL (Brandon Lloyd)
3 25 (87)   6 18 (188) via NYJ (Tebow)
4 13 (108) via NYJ (Tim Tebow)      

Denver's own 5th-rounder went to Cleveland in the Peyton Hillis/Brady Quinn deal, their 6th-rounder to Philly in the J.J. Arrington/Joe Mays trade, and their 7th-rounder went to the Jets in the Tebow swap.