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A comprehensive daily examination of NFL happenings and analysis

Do skyrocketing TV revenues have players patient for new deals?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, Demaryius Thomas isn't in any particular rush to sign a new contract.

Is it his $3.275M salary for 2014 that has him at ease? Could be.

According to John Elway, the agent for Julius Thomas hasn't even bothered to submit a counter to the team's recent contract offer.

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Broncos reportedly no closer to deals with Thomases

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! A week ago, John Elway relaxed his deadline for extending Demaryius and Julius Thomas.

Having originally set the beginning of camp as his target date, Elway told Lindsay Jones that he was willing to negotiate into the preseason.

But according to Mike Klis, there's been little or no progress toward a contract extension with either player.

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Foursome may be headed to PUP list

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The dead season is just about over, as players will report to Dove Valley for physicals on Wednesday.

According to Mike Klis, several players are expected to be on the preseason PUP list when camp begins on Thursday.

Von Miller, Chris Harris, Kevin Vickerson, and Joel Dreessen are all coming back from offseason surgeries.

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NFL could build, own stadium in Los Angeles

Good Morning, Broncos fans! That Los Angeles might host the 2015 Draft seemed silly, given that no NFL team calls the city home.

At points this offseason, it's been suggested that the league was abandoning the idea of putting a team back in LA.

But according to Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times, there's now talk of the NFL building and owning a stadium there.

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Vikings release biased summary of report; Kluwe to sue

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The battle between the Minnesota Vikings and Chris Kluwe, their former punter, escalated on Friday night, and quickly.

Minnesota announced that special teams coach Mike Priefer would be suspended three games over a homophobic remark, and the team is donating $100K to LGBT groups.

At the deadest point of the weekly news cycle, the Vikings released a 29-page summary of their investigation into Kluwe's explosive allegations.

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The NFL says blackouts are for our own good

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! With teams set to start training camp in the coming days, Roger Goodell addressed several big topics on Thursday:

  • NYC is out for next year's draft, which will take place in either Chicago or Los Angeles
  • The Raiders could someday play their home games at the Niners' Levi's Stadium
  • Of course, the Commish doesn't think there's anything hazardous about making teams play on three days' rest

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Big city dwellers can finally get Sunday NFL Ticket

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! There's some great news for those of you who live in NYC, Chicago, or San Francisco.

Sunday NFL Ticket will finally be available online to residents of those cities, to others who live in apartment buildings with no DirecTV, and to students at a few big universities.

It's beyond me why this didn't happen years ago, back when I considered putting a dish inside my NYC apartment and pointing it out the window.

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They looked scared, and it was embarrassing

Good Morning, Broncos fans! 2014 training camp may be just a week away, but until then, 2013 is still fair game.

On Tuesday, ESPN loudmouth Stephen A. Smith asked Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner if the Broncos appeared intimidated during SB 48.

Predictably, Wagner responded in the affirmative:

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Graham sets bar for Julius

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! As tends to happen with wealthy people, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will be spared prison time for the massive fraud perpetrated by his truck stop company.

To avoid federal prosecution, Pilot Flying J will pay a $92M penalty, on top of the reported $85M it's dishing out to settle a class-action suit.

The company, owned by Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, had cheated its customers out of rebates.

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Perhaps London won’t be calling for an NFL team

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's been frequent talk over the years about an NFL team calling London home.

But according to Mike Florio, that's never going to happen.

As Florio explains, the league would be better off hosting more games in London, with different teams.

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