Rosterbation

Norwood tears ACL; Broncos waive Latta

Just when the Broncos thought they had found a punt returner, Jordan Norwood suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday, and is done for the year.

Norwood had been listed behind Wes Welker at both slot receiver and punt returner, but was likely to field punts if he made the 53-man roster.

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Is DeMarcus Ware overrated and overpaid?

He surely didn't know it (nor would he care), but Monday was a rough day for DeMarcus Ware in the football analysis corner of the internet.

The tenth-year player made two dubious lists - Doug Farrar's most overrated defenders, and Jason Fitzgerald's worst contracts per team.

Farrar cites Ware's position change under Monte Kiffin as having hampered his season.

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Broncos add defensive end Sanford

Denver signed former Browns and Raiders defensive end Brian Sanford (6-2, 280) on Tuesday. He joins a long list of players who were first signed by Tom Heckert in Cleveland, and again with the Broncos.

Undrafted out of Temple in 2010, Sanford saw 108 snaps last season for Oakland and Cleveland, grading out at -2.5 according to PFF. He was officially credited with four tackles and four assists in seven games, including one start.

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Gut Reaction: First depth chart of 2014

With Denver set to open the preseason on Thursday against some squad from Seattle, the team released its first depth chart on Sunday evening.

Andrew Mason and Mike Klis have it pretty well covered, so rather than go line-by-line, we'll just share a few impressions:

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The Broncos signed a kicker!!!

Competition, baby!

Okay, maybe not. Mitch Ewald is obviously here as camp fodder to give Matt Prater some rest.

Broncos release Dreessen

In a long expected move, the Broncos have released tight end Joel Dreessen with one year remaining on his three-year contract.

Dreessen failed a physical after having had three knee surgeries over the past two offseasons.

The Coloradan and CSU alum might have been a cap casualty anyway, but his knee issues are apparently severe enough for him to have missed the season.

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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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