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NFL loses game of chicken with Browner

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the new league year set to begin in just six days, things are starting to heat up in Denver.

Expectations remain that linebacker D'Qwell Jackson will choose his next home by the end of the week.

According to the Miami Herald, Jackson has narrowed his options to Denver, Tennessee, Miami, and Indy.

He was expected to meet with the Colts either last night or sometime today.

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Broncos hosting Tatupu

Good Morning, Broncos fans! After hosting D'Qwell Jackson at Dove Valley on Monday, Denver is doing more work on its middle linebacker problem today.

According to Adam Schefter, the team is working out Lofa Tatupu, the former All-Pro who last played in 2010 for Seattle.

The 2005 second-rounder out of USC began his career by starting 68 out of 70 games for the Seahawks, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons.

But a torn pectoral muscle ended his 2009 season, and he struggled through 2010 (-13.9 PFF grade over 1,250 snaps).

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Agent: D’Qwell to decide by end of week

Good Evening, Broncos fans! Ahead of Monday's deadline, Washington franchise tagged linebacker Brian Orakpo, making them just the fourth team to use such a tender this offseason.

Additionally, two teams tendered players at the rarely used transition level: Pittsburgh with LB Jason Worilds, and Cleveland with center Alex Mack.

Transition tenders allow teams to match offer sheets for their own players, but without the possibility of draft-choice compensation, should they opt not to match.

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Signing D’Qwell would mean a farewell to Woody

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We're just a few hours away from the annual deadline for teams to use their franchise tenders (4pm ET).

So far, New Orleans (TE Jimmy Graham), Carolina (DE Greg Hardy), and the Jets (K Nick Folk) are the only teams to have tagged anyone.

Washington is expected to tag LB Brian Orakpo, while Buffalo (S Jairus Byrd), Indy (CB Vontae Davis), and Seattle (DE Michael Bennett, K Steven Hauschka) are considered unlikely to do so.

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Kraft’s Welker comments spurred by Amendola regrets?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! At first blush, Jonathan Kraft's comments about New England's last contract talks with Wes Welker read like sour grapes.

Reiterating claims made earlier by his father, the Pats president told the Globe that Welker would have made more money had he stayed in New England.

As Kraft explained, the Patriots turned their attention to Danny Amendola due to Welker's high contract demands.

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Cap increase likely means big paydays for Decker, DRC

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The salary cap jump to $133M is, of course, a great development for teams and players alike.

This is especially so for players like Eric Decker and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who are set to hit free agency in ten days.

In a perfect world, all players would immediately reap the benefits of the increase.

From a team perspective, the change would mean the Broncos could sign two or three more significant players than they previously could have.

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More suitors for D’Qwell step forward

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Right from the get go, it was known that Denver had competition for the services of one D'Qwell Jackson.

We already knew that Jackson was visiting with Tennessee and may meet with Minnesota after his Monday stop at Dove Valley.

It now appears Arizona and Washington may be added to the linebacker's growing travel itinerary.

Jason La Canfora reported on Thursday that seven teams had contacted Jackson following his release by Cleveland.

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At least D’Qwell Jackson is younger than 36

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Derek Wolfe spoke Wednesday about the frightening health scare that eventually ended his 2013 season.

The details are even worse than we'd all previously known.

Wolfe, who just celebrated his 24th birthday on Monday, says he was unconscious for 26 hours after the seizure-like episode he endured on the team bus.

Months later, doctors apparently still don't know what caused Wolfe's spine problems, although they suspect his preseason injury at Seattle has something to do with it.

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Will Broncos reconsider a trip to Revis Island?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Given the drama of the Dumervil debacle, it's at times easy to forget how busy Denver's 2013 offseason was otherwise.

One of the most interesting rumors involved the Broncos potentially trading for and then signing then-Jets corner Darrelle Revis.

Early on, we thought it was a ridiculous notion, but come March, the story grew some real legs.

Eventually, Revis was dealt to Tampa Bay, where he got a very strange contract - $16M/year in cash and cap, with no guarantees.

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Bart Scott would rather not play football than play for the Browns

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Poor Mike Pettine.

As he's rightly pointed out, he is fortunate to be one of just 32 people currently employed as an NFL head coach.

But even upon his hiring, it was very public news that he wasn't the Browns' first choice.

And a month later, we're still learning about Cleveland's coaching search dalliances.

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