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Broncos sign Jeremy Beal

At 11:30pm ET John Elway announced the signing of seventh-round draft pick Jeremy Beal.  

Elway is really digging the announcements of signings and trades via Twitter.  Let's hope he announces some big ones soon.

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Broncos sign draftees Green, Thomas, Mohamed

Denver has signed three of its 2011 draft choices, agreeing to four-year deals with seventh-round pick TE Virgil Green, fourth-rounder TE Julius Thomas and sixth-round pick LB Mike Mohamed. According to Mike Klis, Green's contract includes a $17,282 $69K signing bonus. The rest of Denver's nine picks should sign in relatively short order, as the new CBA prevents holdouts and places specific guidelines on how much teams can spend on their draft choices. With Green's $2.16M deal, Thomas' $2.592M $2.42M deal ($384K bonus) and Mohamed's $2.2M deal (the latter two figures reported by Lindsay Jones), the Broncos should have $37.698M left to sign the balance of their picks.

Broncos place Thomas on non-football injury list

According to Aaron Wilson, the Broncos have placed WR Demaryius Thomas on the non-football injury list while the second-year receiver recovers from surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon. The NFI list differs from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list in that Thomas will remain an active member of the Broncos' roster and be eligible to return to practice at any point after being cleared via physical. Were he on the PUP list or the reserve/non-football injury list, Thomas would be unable to practice or play until after Week 6 of the regular season. Don't read too much into this though, as Thomas could of course be placed on the PUP list at a later juncture.

Gaffney traded to Washington for DL Jeremy Jarmon

According to Adam Schefter, the Broncos have dealt WR Jabar Gaffney to Washington in return for DE Jeremy Jarmon. Jarmon was a third-round pick out of Kentucky by the Redskins in the 2009 supplemental draft and has played in 16 games over the past two seasons (starting one).

The 30-year-old Gaffney spent two years with the Broncos, during which he caught 119 passes for 1,607 yards and four touchdowns. He was due to make $2.4M in salary this season, while his cap number for the year was $2.75M. Jarmon is scheduled to make $480K in 2011 and $565K in 2012, after which he will be a free agent.

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Orton likely headed to Miami

6:07am ET Thursday - Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald places the chances of the Orton deal happening at only 60/40, for what that's worth

11:50pm ET - Jason "TV Dude" LaCanfora is reporting that the Broncos are pursuing former Colts DT Danny Muir.  Muir is relatively unknown, but if you are a combine freak, you'll probably remember Muir posted better numbers than Brandon Mebane, who was in the same draft class, in almost all categories.  Particularly impressive was his bench press (37 reps).  In other news, the Rams are in the mix as well.  The Rams and Broncos are now pursuing every DT on the planet...at the same time. - TJ

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2011 Broncos undrafted free agents

Here are the undrafted players Denver has reportedly agreed to terms with thus far:

Position Player School Draft Profiles
CB Brandon Bing Rutgers CBS
DT Ronnell Brown James Madison NFLDS
WR Mark Dell Michigan State NFLCBS
LB Derek Domino South Dakota State NFLDS
RB Mario Fannin Auburn NFL, CBS
WR D'Andre Goodwin Washington CBS
OT Adam Grant Arizona NFL, CBS
WR Jamel Hamler Fresno State NFL, CBS
CB Chris Harris Kansas CBS
LB A.J. Jones Florida CBS
LB Deron Mayo Old Dominion NFLDS
OT Curt Porter Jacksonville State CBS
CB James Rogers Michigan CBS
FB Austin Sylvester Washington CBS
QB Adam Weber Minnesota CBS
DT Colby Whitlock Texas Tech CBS
WR Marshall Williams Wake Forest NFL, CBS

 

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Arizona & Miami reportedly interested in Orton

10:15pm ET - Klis says the Broncos are making a push to re-sign Marcus Thomas.

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Buckhalter to be released; Broncos agree to terms w/ Auburn RB Mario Fannin, others

10:42am ET Tuesday - According to @NFLDraftInsider, the Broncos have agreed to terms with undrafted rookies RB Mario Fannin from Auburn, FB Patrick Hill from Miami, WR Mark Dell from Michigan State, Bryant Browning from Ohio State Browning has instead agreed to join the Rams, LB Nick Bellore of Central Michigan Bellore is going to the Jets, and DE Deron Mayo from Old Dominion, younger brother of Pats LB Jerod. According to @NEPatriotsDraft Denver has also signed WR Marshall Williams from Wake Forest, TE Justin Jones from Toledo, CB James Rogers from Michigan, and DT Colby Whitlock of Texas Tech. Rutgers CB Brandon Bing says he's also agreed to join the Broncos; so does Kansas DB Chris Harris. According to @Ethanhamm, Denver has also added OT Curt Porter out of Jacksonville State. (note: click player names for NFL.com and NFLDraftScout.com profiles)

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CBA approved; teams can negotiate with undrafted rookies

9:14pm ET - According to John Clayton, teams have been granted the right to sign negotiate but not sign undrafted rookies tonight. (Thanks, underdog)

9:10pm ET - The Baltimore Ravens have told RB Willis McGahee they intend to cut him, and Mike Klis says the Broncos figure to be a possible destination for the 29-year-old back who played for Broncos RB coach and former interim coach Eric Studesville for three years in Buffalo. McGahee has compiled 7,214 yards from scrimmage and 59 touchdowns in seven seasons and was due to make $6 million this season with the Ravens.

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Possible NFLPA vote on Monday; free agency would begin July 30

Chris Mortensen is reporting on ESPNEWS that the NFLPA's executive committee is expected to vote on the new CBA on Monday, with players then showing up at training camps on Wednesday with the intention of recertifying the players' union. Once the union is recertified, the two sides will be able to collectively bargain the remaining issues such as personal conduct, benefits and player safety. According to Mortensen, such a timeline would likely mean that free agency would commence on Saturday July 30, one week from today.