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Pair of Denver castaways find new homes

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Now that the DeSean Jackson storm has mostly blown over, Chris Johnson is the next hot topic.

The Jets and Atlanta are said to be leading the way for the running back's services, with Dallas and Buffalo also reportedly interested.

Earlier in the week, Tennessee put out word that Johnson's work ethic contributed to his release, but the Jets say they're not swayed by such concerns.

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Johnny Football visiting Oaktown

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With Peter King mourning the loss of his brother, Greg Bedard sat in for today's MMQB column.

Within it, Bedard touches upon an issue we've been discussing here of late - compensatory picks.

Writes Bedard:

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$10M for a center LOLZ

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's very rare that teams use transition tags anymore, to the point where they're hardly even discussed as options.

As with franchise tags, they offer a chance for teams to match outside offer sheets.

However, they provide no compensation if a team elects not to match, which takes away quite a bit of leverage.

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Eagles score decisive victory in PR battle with Jackson

Good Morning, Broncos fans! DeSean Jackson's controversial divorce from the Eagles took a few more twists on Friday.

NFLPA head De Smith says the union plans to investigate whether the team smeared Jackson by leaking the info contained in a notorious NJ.com report that preceded his release.

In an interview with ESPN, Jackson said that he's never been in a gang.

But if he was looking to emphatically defend his public image, calling the NJ.com report disrespectful rather than, say, untrue, or an exaggeration, probably won't suffice.

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Cut and big pay cut coming for CJ2K

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! It's been a long time coming, but the Titans are expected to finally release running back Chris Johnson today.

CJ2K has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his six seasons, and topped the 2,000-yard mark in 2009.

The East Carolina alum was set to make $8M in each of the next two seasons; the move will free up $6M in cap space and leave $4M in dead money on Tennessee's 2014 cap.

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Montgomery reportedly seen as starting center

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The addition of Will Montgomery adds plenty of intrigue to Denver's offensive line and who might start, and where.

According to Jeff Legwold, Denver foresees Montgomery as their starting center.

Pending the draft, this would mean Manny Ramirez or Orlando Franklin starts at left guard, with Franklin or Chris Clark manning right tackle.

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Would NFL approve a name change from Bills to Trumps?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As expected, Washington has reportedly reached agreement on a contract with DeSean Jackson.

The former Eagles wideout is believed to have gotten $16M in full guarantees as part of a three-year deal worth $24M.

San Francisco apparently made a late push for the playmaker, but Jackson will remain in the NFCE.

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Every year is a contract year

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It looks like DeSean Jackson isn't taking long to find a new home.

Best of all, he may get a chance to avenge twice yearly the Eagles' possibly having dragged his name through the mud.

The playmaking wideout/punt returner is reportedly close to a deal with Washington after having visited with them and taken a physical on Monday.

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Davis: Every NFL team has more than one gay player

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Three weeks into the new league year, and still 5.5 weeks from the draft, and NFL news is a bit sparse.

As such, we'll open with a summary of Peter King's latest MMQB column, which he posted with the heaviest of hearts (our thoughts to the King family, as PK suddenly lost his brother, Ken):

  • Bill Belichick is pushing for instant replay to include all decisions, including judgment calls. Sounds great to us.
  • Bengals owner Mike Brown suggests putting the ball at the one-yard line for PATs, which would figure to encourage more two-point attempts. This is also a terrific idea.

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How could DeSean Jackson end up anywhere other than Oakland?

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Interested teams are apparently lining up for the services of DeSean Jackson, who was released by Philly on Friday.

Early rumors suggested Kansas City and former Eagles coach Andy Reid were in on Jackson.

And while the weaponless Chiefs would appear a natural fit, Ian Rapoport says the team has opted not to pursue the wideout/punt returner.

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