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Raiders apparently going for three yards and a cloud of dust

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Oakland has reportedly agreed with former Jags running back Maurice Jones-Drew on a three-year deal.

A couple of weeks ago, they had brought back Darren McFadden on a one-year deal.

What do the two have in common?

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Jeff Fisher is a hypocritical stick in the mud

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Everyday, there's some funny news out of Oakland.

The latest? Jared Allen took less money from the Bears than the Raiders would have given him.

Granted, this report comes with nothing better than an AAV ($9M per year), and no talk of guaranteed money, which is, of course, everything.

But hey, we'll never let the absence of facts get in the way of an opportunity to laugh at the Raiders' expense.

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Fox: Emmanuel Sanders is Denver’s new return man

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! It's a particularly rough time for Bills fans, and our thoughts are sincerely with them.

The health of their HOF quarterback is failing, they've lost their founder, and the team may be next.

Earlier in the week, it was learned that Jim Kelly had suffered a recurrence of his oral cancer, and is reportedly not faring well.

On Tuesday, owner and AFL pioneer Ralph Wilson passed away at 95.

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Eric Fisher, meet DeMarcus Ware

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As with every season and offseason, this one has been filled with Raiders-inspired yuks, as Doc will discuss later on.

And of course, there's more to come.

Even prior to the team's recent acquisition of Matt Schaub from Houston, Terrelle Pryor reportedly wanted out of town.

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Cuban: NFL owners are getting piggy

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The NFL's owners will kick off their annual meeting in Orlando today.

Several rule changes will reportedly be considered, but it's unlikely that point after tries will be altered at this point.

But more thought provoking than anything from those owners today comes from an NBA owner - Mark Cuban.

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Eagles may end up cutting Jackson

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With most of the big free agent names off the board, Jared Allen excepted, the fate of Philly wideout DeSean Jackson is the big story.

During the week, reports had vacillated between the Eagles keeping their playmaker and shipping him out of town.

Now there's even talk that they might release Jackson if unable to find a trade parter.

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The Sanchise loses QB musical chairs

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Friday was a big day for quarterbacks who fell or have fallen from grace.

First, Oakland acquired Matt Schaub and his $10M salary (which actually isn't that much for a veteran quarterback) from Houston, in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

Dennis Allen immediately named Schaub their new starter ahead of Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin.

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Schaub, Mays to be reunited in AFCW

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Poor, poor Matt Schaub.

A year ago, some dummies were either predicting he'd lead his Texans to SB 48, or calling him an elite quarterback.

Four pick-sixes (in consecutive weeks) later, and he'd been benched for the undrafted Case Keenum.

Houston lost its last 14 games of the season after a 2-0 start, and now holds the #1 pick in the draft.

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Woodson back to Raiders

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! We're a bit squeezed for time today, so we'll open with an excerpt of Andy Benoit's thoughts on the T.J. Ward signing:

Ward is on track to be an upper-echelon man-to-man safety...Ward will also shore up the run defense, especially in nickel; the Broncos have spent the past two years toying with different personnel groupings in hopes of finding one that can actually corral a ballcarrier. And he can moonlight at free safety, which creates an insurance policy behind the talented but unreliable Rahim Moore.

As always, be sure to check out the rest of Benoit's analysis.

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Pats reportedly interested in DeSean Jackson

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jeff Legwold, the team did not make an offer to Trindon Holliday prior to his having signed with the Giants.

This is no surprise, given their decision to non-tender him as a restricted free agent - doing so would have only provided a guarantee for injury, and Holliday could have been cut at the end of camp with no cap consequences.

Emmanuel Sanders returned a few punts and kicks during his time in Pittsburgh, and racked up some decent averages, but it remains to be seen whether the team would be willing to put his health at such risk.

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