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Montee wants to be toting the rock ‘every time’

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Obviously, there's a lot to dig through in the Wells Report, and the folks over at Deadspin are doing the heavy lifting.

Here's one particularly telling passage:

Approximately one week after Martin left the team, on November 3, 2013, Incognito wrote nearly identical text messages to Pouncey and another lineman: "They're going to suspend me Please destroy the fine book first thing in the morning."

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Bully is as bully does

Good Morning, Broncos fans! At some point, we have to start feeling badly for Browns fans right?

Granted, they surely don't want any pity from Broncos Land, but this is just getting so ridiculous.

According to Mike Freeman, one of Jimmy Haslam's recent moves was to try and hire the 72-year-old Bill Parcells to take over his laughingstock franchise.

Meanwhile, the Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports that clashes between CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi are what prompted Haslam to fire them both.

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Cleveland, rocked again

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The story out of Cleveland - where owner Jimmy Haslam turned over his organization yet again - gets stranger by the hour.

According to Peter King, the Browns' embarrassing recent coaching search had a lot to do with why Haslam pulled the plug on CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi.

King reports that Lombardi made two strong pushes to hire Josh McDaniels, while Banner strongly disapproved of Haslam's interest in noted dickhead Greg Schiano.

Apparently, Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer offered glowing recommendations for Schiano to Haslam.

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Pot Roast reportedly seeking more gravy

Good Morning, Broncos fans! We were expecting a slow news week, but another bombshell has hit today, this one out of Cleveland.

In a stunning turn, owner Jimmy Haslam has announced that he's already dumping CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi, with assistant GM Ray Farmer being promoted to take over football operations.

Haslam had first hired Banner in October of 2012, with Lombardi joining on a few months later.

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The NFL has been ready for Michael Sam for decades

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Hmm, anything happening in the NFL today?

Oh, right - SEC DPOY and former Missouri DE Michael Sam publicly revealed in an interview with ESPN that he is gay.

The All-American came out to his college teammates and coaches last summer, but all that did was confirm something they had already known all along.

If and when Sam is drafted and/or signed, he will be the league's first openly gay player.

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Making something out of nothing

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A week after the Super Bowl, there's virtually no news in NFL Land. Which means, of course, that people have to start creating stories and theories out of noting.

The latest regarding Denver? The PFT echo chamber has decided that the Broncos might decide to cut Wes Welker, whose 2014 cap number is $8M.

Yes, that's a big jump from his 2013 figure of $4.15M, but not only did Denver know what they were doing when they first signed him, they also are well aware that cutting Welker would result in a $2M dead money hit.

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Tony Gonzalez, always talking about Tony Gonzalez

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Naturally, there's going to be a lot of speculation about Denver's roster decisions this offseason.

The latest comes from former player agent Joel Corry, who of course says a serious pay cut is surely in Champ Bailey's future, if he's to remain a Bronco.

Corry figures Joel Dreessen and Chris Kuper will be cap casualties, but he interestingly omits Jacob Tamme.

Although Tamme is a favorite of Peyton Manning's, it just doesn't seem feasible to keep him around at a $3.5M cap number.

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Hope you didn’t expect to keep that Decker jersey for too long

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Well, it's been five days. How are you feeling?

If you're like the people Joan Niesen flew home with on Tuesday, you're doing just fine.

Niesen does a fine job of explaining why that is - namely, John Elway and Peyton Manning.

It has to help that many of us got to mourning the 2013 season rather quickly - say, midway through the second quarter.

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Perhaps they’ll add even more Swooshes

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! We don't tend to pay much heed to unconfirmed rumors here, but since we're still licking our wounds, and news is slow, today's as good a day as any.

Over on Reddit, someone claims to have inside info that the Broncos have commissioned Nike to again overhaul their uniforms. (h/t Bryan Mills)

As the story goes, the team even gave Nike approval to (again) change the color scheme, with Phil Knight hoping to turn the Broncos into "the Oregon of the NFL."

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Peyton and Belichick, golf buddies? Wait, what?

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The team cleared out its lockers at Dove Valley on Tuesday, and Johns Elway and Fox held their annual season-ending presser.

Not sure why everyone made such a big deal out of Elway's closing comments, but they did.

The most important thing Elway said, albeit completely expected, is that the team is preparing for 2014 with the expectation that Peyton Manning will be their quarterback.

It's been reported that Manning's future will be determined by the result of a physical examination of his surgically repaired neck.

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