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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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CJ2K on his way out of Tennessee

Good Morning, Broncos fans! 2.5 weeks into the new league year, let's check in on where Denver stands financially.

Not including the Winston Justice contract (figure somewhere around $1M for one year), OTC estimates Denver's cap space at around $7.6M.

Although the Broncos sport the highest cap spending in the league so far ($129.2M), they still have decent room thanks to their carryover from 2013 and relative lack of dead money.

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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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