Broncos sign another eight players for 2014

Denver announced the signing of eight more players to future contracts on Wednesday, bringing their total number to 13.

Joining the collection of Browncos will be LB Jamar Chaney, T Ramon Harewood, LB Jerrell Harris, TE Jameson Konz, S Charles Mitchell, TE Cameron Morrah, CB Jerome Murphy, and RB Jerodis Williams.

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NFL: Wes Welker hit on Aqib Talib wasn’t even a penalty

Per the NFL (and VP of NFL Officiating Dean Blandino), we learned tonight that Wes Welker is just another football player, which is sure to disgust Bill Belichick:

Blandino on Broncos WR Wes Welker's hit on Patriots CB Aqib Talib: "It was a legal hit."

— NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) January 23, 2014

No word yet from Belichick. In the meantime, the Seattle Seahawks can breathe a sigh of relief. The monstrosity that is Wes Welker will not be targeting their defensive backfield--at least according to league rules.

Reports: Gase pulling name from consideration for Browns gig

According to Adam Schefter and Mike Klis, Adam Gase called the Browns this morning to say he's not interested in their head coaching vacancy.

Obviously, he may eventually change his mind, but this is unequivocally great news for the prospects of the 2014 Broncos.

Injury Report: Knowshon, Carter, Harvin expected to play in SB

Knowshon Moreno (rib) and Tony Carter (arm) departed Sunday's title game victory with injuries and did not return, but they are expected to be ready for the Super Bowl.

X-rays on Moreno's injured ribs reportedly came back negative; it had been reported that Carter suffered a concussion, but according to John Fox, it was only a pinched nerve.

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Mort: Browns still want either Gase or McDaniels

Browns waiting on Broncos OC Adam Gase; Josh McDaniels if changes mind; Bills DC Mike Pettine 2nd interview; same w Seattle DC Dan Quinn

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 19, 2014

Coaching Carousel: Zimmer lands with Vikings, is bringing Norv with him

The Vikings announced their hiring of Bengals DC Mike Zimmer as their new head coach on Wednesday.

Zimmer is expected to name Norv Turner his OC, with Miami LB coach George Edwards his DC.

With Zimmer's departure, it's said that Cincy will promote LB coach Paul Guenther to take over their defense.

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Broncos place Wolfe, Harris on IR, sign recently cut Patriots corner Cole

The Broncos made a handful of roster moves on Tuesday, including ending the seasons of Derek Wolfe and Chris Harris by placing them on IR.

Harris suffered a torn ACL on Sunday, while Wolfe has missed Denver's past six games after having suffered seizure-like symptoms on the team bus.

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Broncos’ latest fears confirmed as Harris has torn ACL

Denver's divisional round win over San Diego came with a heavy price, as corner Chris Harris suffered a torn left ACL.

Harris left in the third quarter with knee and ankle injuries, and was replaced in incompetent fashion by Quentin Jammer, who allowed three receptions in five targets for 95 yards and a touchdown, according to PFF.

An MRI on Monday morning confirmed the injury to the stalwart third-year corner.

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Injury Report: Mathews, Royal, Clary held out

Derek Wolfe has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game, while the nine other Broncos listed on the injury report this week are probable.

The Chargers' injury situation is quite a bit murkier, although center Nick Hardwick did return to practice Friday after having been cleared from the concussion he suffered on Sunday.

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Lynch and two kickers are HOF finalists; TD, Meck, Atwater are not

For the first time since he became eligible, John Lynch is one of 17 finalists for the Hall of Fame. Among the other 16 finalists? A punter and a kicker.

The voters have deemed a punter and a kicker more worthy than Terrell Davis (a league MVP, SB MVP, 2,000-yard rusher, and best player on two SB-winning teams), Karl Mecklenburg, and Steve Atwater.

They're not as bad as the hacktastic baseball voters, but they're not that far behind.