The Lard

A comprehensive daily examination of NFL happenings and analysis

Funny you mention it, Joel

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Are tight ends underpaid?

It's a valid question, put in the spotlight by Jimmy Graham's recent franchise tag dispute with the Saints.

Graham led the league in receiving touchdowns, trailed only Jamaal Charles in total scores, and ranked 13th and 15th in receptions and yards, respectively.

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Good on you, Brandon Marshall

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With a dozen days until training camp begins, we're in the ultimate football news dead zone.

However, I did come across a terrific article about an old friend, in the current ESPN magazine.

The subject? Brandon Marshall, his maturation, and his role in spreading mental health awareness.

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Johnson wants out of Houston

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Houston star wideout Andre Johnson has reportedly requested a trade.

According to Ian Rapoport, four teams have expressed interest in acquiring Johnson, who turns 33 today.

However, Rapoport adds - and the Chronicle's John McClain reinforces - that the Texans have no plans to shop or deal the franchise's best player.

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Supplemental draft to be held today

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The 2014 supplemental draft will be held today at 1pm ET.

Four players have been declared eligible:

Lynchburg DT Lakendrick Ross, UNC LB Darius Lipford, UNM WR/RB Chase Clayton, and SMU RB Traylon Snead.

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Talib says Foxy a little louder, more hands on than the Hoodie

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Back in Ohio during the OTA-training camp lull, Bradley Roby spoke about his first taste of the NFL.

Roby says he's received plenty of great advice from the team's veterans.

Mostly, the first-rounder is excited about having picked off Peyton Manning in practice.

Roby, whose early role may be determined by the pace of Chris Harris's recovery from ACL surgery, says he expects to be targeted by opponents.

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Judge approves revised concussion settlement

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Judge Anita Brody has given preliminary approval to the NFL's reworked concussion settlement.

The move was no surprise, given that Judge Brody helped mediate the new agreement, which removes what had been a $765M cap on total payouts.

Ex-players will now be able to vote on the deal, and their approval is expected.

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Johnny Manziel is definitely not toning it down

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We hope you were able to enjoy the holiday weekend.

As to whether you had as much fun as Johnny Manziel did, well, that's your business.

Is it our business what Johnny Football was doing, apparently tightly rolling money while in a Vegas bathroom?

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Hamilton suffering concussion effects at 36

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon has gotten himself into still more trouble this weekend.

The 23-year old was arrested in North Carolina early Saturday morning, on charges of driving while impaired.

Gordon, who led the NFL in receiving yards in 2013, is already facing a yearlong ban over a positive drug test.

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Floyd Little!

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans, and Happy Fourth!

The NFL handed down a trio of drug-related suspensions on Thursday.

Backup Chiefs lineman Rokevious Watkins was hit with a four-game penalty for violation of the substance-abuse policy.

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Graham’s a tight end, and so is Julius; what’s next?

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! An arbitrator has ruled that, for the purpose of his franchise tender amount, Jimmy Graham is indeed a tight end.

In explaining his decision, Stephen Burbank says that, at the snap of the ball, Graham was within four yards of an offensive tackle 54% of the time.

Why four yards?

As Jason Lisk notes, the line had to be drawn somewhere, and the point can and will be argued.

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