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Broncos lose Vinston Painter to Browns, sign long snapper Kevin McDermott

Cleveland signed tackle Vinston Painter off Denver's practice squad on Tuesday, prompting the Broncos to sign long snapper Kevin McDermott.

According to the DP, McDermott will get a chance to compete with Aaron Brewer for the team's long snapping duties.

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Wes Welker suspended four games for amphetamine use

According to Adam Schefter, Wes Welker has been suspended four games for amphetamine use.

It's always something, huh?

Well, at least this will buy Welker time to recover more fully from his latest concussion...

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Texans extend J.J. Watt through 2021

Houston has extended defensive end J.J. Watt through the 2021 season.

Initial reports say it's worth $100M over six seasons, with $51.8M in guarantees.

That would make it a very similar contract to the one Buffalo gave Mario Williams, when they signed him away from Houston.

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Report: Raiders to start Derek Carr

Pardon us if we never bought into the concept of Matt Schaub getting his career back on track in Oakland, of all places.

Certainly, a 55.1 QB rating during the preseason didn't help his cause.

But a 108.2 rating from second-rounder Derek Carr made Dennis Allen's decision an easy one, and he's reportedly going with Carr.

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Broncos round out practice squad with DE Zach Thompson

According to multiple reports, the Broncos have completed their 10-man practice squad by signing defensive end Zach Thompson (6-5, 265).

The Wake Forest alum signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in May. Here are his NFL Draft Scout profile and Wikipedia page.

Report: Wes Welker may play in opener

According to Mike Klis, Wes Welker is expected to make a limited return to practice today, and could be fully cleared by Wednesday or Thursday.

In that case, Welker would be ready to play in the Broncos' season opener against Indy on Sunday night.

The 33-year-old slot man has suffered three concussions in the past 9.5 months.

Alex Smith gets $30M from Chiefs; Kyle Orton gets $5M from Bills

Wow, this has been quite a weekend for so-so quarterbacks.

Alex Smith got a four-year extension from Kansas City through the 2018 season, including a reported $30M (!) at signing.

According to PFT, an additional $15M injury guarantee would vest early in the next league year.

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Broncos add nine players to practice squad

You know how there's no way so-and-so is going to clear waivers?

Well, maybe the talent around the league is better than one might have thought.

Or, teams (and players) favor familiarity and continuity over most else.

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Broncos announce final 53-man roster

As expected, the Broncos got down to the 53-man limit by waiving tight end Gerell Robinson, wideout Bennie Fowler, and corner Louis Young.

RB Juwan Thompson and WR/returner Isaiah Burse made the final cut as undrafted rookies.

Sixth-round center Matt Paradis was the only 2014 draftee to be waived, while Kevin Vickerson and Duke Ihenacho went from Week 1 defensive starters in 2013 to cut in 2014.

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Broncos waive Matt Paradis; Juwan Thompson sticks

The Broncos have waived another of their recent draft choices, this time center Matt Paradis.

Paradis was selected in May out of Boise State, but sat behind veterans Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery on the depth chart.

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