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Elway: Broncos willing to negotiate with Thomases into preseason

With training camp a week away, John Elway has already backed off his self-imposed deadline for extending the contracts of Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Following a Tahoe practice round with John Fox and Joe Sakic, Elway told Lindsay Jones that he's willing to negotiate with the pending 2015 free agents through the first couple weeks of the preseason, suggesting a new deadline of mid-August.

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Orton beats Cowboys in game of chicken

The Cowboys have surprisingly relented their game of chicken with Kyle Orton, opting to release the backup quarterback.

Throughout the offseason, Orton made clear that he had no intention of reporting to the team, skipping OTAs and offseason workouts.

He reportedly prefers to retire.

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Broncos continue public negotiation with Demaryius Thomas

According to Vic Lombardi and the Denver Post, the Broncos have made a five-year offer to Demaryius Thomas, who is entering the final season of his rookie deal.

However, Mike Florio reports that no formal offers have been extended, with his source bluntly characterizing the negotiation as "nothing going on."

It doesn't require much of a leap to conclude that the Broncos are the source for Lombardi and the DP, while Thomas's agent is Florio's.

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Broncos sign three, waive three

The Broncos made a sextet of roster transactions on Monday, following the weekend's rookie minicamp.

Denver added safety Charles Mitchell (who'd been waived last Monday), former CSU-Pueblo linebacker Chase Vaughn, and wideout Greg Hardin.

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Broncos waive Mitchell

Having agreed to terms with 15 undrafted free agents, the Broncos needed to release two other players to honor the 90-man roster limit.

They got halfway there on Monday, waiving safety Charles Mitchell, whom they'd signed in January.

Denver Broncos 2014 Undrafted Free Agent Tracker

Player Pos School Links Notes
Kenny Anunike DE Duke Source, CBS, DS 5 surgeries in college (4 knee, 1 ankle)
Shaquil Barrett LB CSU Source, NFL, CBS 20.5 TFL, 12 Sacks, MWC DPOY in '13
Kapri Bibbs RB CSU Source, NFL 31 touchdowns tied to lead nation
Isaiah Burse WR Fresno State Source, NFL, CBS, DS Second-team All-MWC punt returner
Steven Clark P Auburn Source, NFL, DS A punter!!!
Brennan Clay RB Oklahoma Source, NFL  
Mister Cobble DT Kentucky Source, DS  
Bennie Fowler WR MSU Source, NFL, DS  
Greg Hardin WR North Dakota Source, DS Mentioned by Gil Brandt
Greg Latta DE Purdue Source, DS  
Bryn Renner QB UNC Source, NFL, CBS November shoulder surgery
Aslam Sterling T Kansas Source, DS  
Jordan Sullen S Tulane Source, DS  
Juwan Thompson RB Duke Source, DS  
Louis Young CB Georgia Tech Source, CBSDS  

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You Got RAMD: The 2014 IAOFM Rational Actor Mock Draft

Happy Draft Day, friends! Today, I unveil my annual Rational Actor Mock Draft. I’ve been doing it in various forms since 2009, and it’s the only bit of Mockery that we do here at IAOFM.

This year, you get the day-late, buck-short version, because I’ve been moving homes this last week, and because I’m heading to Vegas today (for Mother’s Day, not specifically for the draft).

As in the past, the intent of this exercise is not to predict what WILL happen. It’s to give my opinion of what SHOULD happen.

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Klis: Broncos will try to move up on Thursday

If you subscribe to the Denver Post's Broncos-related email list, your inbox received this gem of a message on Monday evening:

Breaking News: John Elway says Broncos could trade up or down in NFL draft

Thanks, guys. In other news, the team might also use their pick at #31 (if someone takes an unexpected tumble, as Sly Williams did), or even let the clock run out so that Seattle can again show how much faster they are.

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Broncos exercise 2015 option on Von Miller

As has long been expected, the Broncos have exercised their 2015 option on Von Miller.

The unilateral option means Von is due to make $9.754M next season, although that figure is currently guaranteed for injury only.

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Broncos to try Franklin at LG, Clark at RT

The Broncos have informed Orlando Franklin that he'll be shifting over to left guard, at least temporarily.

According to Mike Klis, the move is as much as anything about keeping Chris Clark in the lineup.

Clark, who filled in admirably for Ryan Clady at left tackle last year, will presumably take over for Franklin at right tackle.

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