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Look for Dumervil to stick around at current pay Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! One of our readers emailed us a fine question yesterday about Denver's offseason strategy as it pertains to Elvis Dumervil. Writes Isaac:

Should the Broncos actively look to move Elvis Dumervil this offseason? Don't get me wrong - I love Elvis. I love having him on this team. However, I do not feel that he is currently worth the amount he is getting paid. I am open to this line of thought based on two factors:

1) His production has not improved to where we hoped it would after his string of injuries and his play does not merit the salary he is due to make.

2) The Broncos need all the help they can get money wise if we are going to keep this team contending for a championship for the next 2-3 seasons.

I do believe we have a servicable replacement already waiting in Robert Ayers, and more help can be brought in via draft/free agency. If we can move his salary AND get draft picks or a good player in return, it is a win/win for the Broncos. Is it time for the Broncos to pursue this move? Should they ask him to re-structure?

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What might have been, and flipping the page

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's kind of hard to know what to feel today. On one hand, there will always be a sense that the 2012 Broncos were good enough to win the Super Bowl, and we won't ever know what might have been had Rahim Moore gotten to his proper depth.

We've wondered for many years what would have happened had Michael Dean Perry just gotten himself off the field a little faster sixteen years ago, or if Champ Bailey had been able to pull in that early would-be pick-six against Ben Roethlisberger nine years later.

1996, 2005, and 2012 are years that could have been, and nothing that happens going forward will erase the sting of those losses.

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Why the HOF’s enshrinement limit should be eliminated

Good Morning, Broncos fans! For many of us, this is a bitter weekend. The Broncos are not playing in the Super Bowl, while the team that is, beat them in large part thanks to a 70-yard Hail Mary pass.

The cherry on top is that no Broncos will be entering the Hall of Fame this year - not Terrell Davis, not Randy Gradishar, neither Karl Mecklenburg nor Steve Atwater. Of course, that's old news, since none of them even made it beyond the semifinal round of voting. Gradishar didn't even get that far this time around.

As HOF voter Jim Trotter stresses, there are plenty of major flaws with the Hall's selection process, not the least of which is TD's exclusion. Trotter makes a fine case on Davis's behalf, and we'll again ask - how many eligible men were the best player on two Super Bowl-winning teams but are not in the HOF?

That should probably be enough on its own, but when you throw in a 2,000-yard season, a league MVP, a SB MVP, and by far the best postseason resume of any running back in history, and TD is a no-brainer.

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Broncos raise season ticket prices

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Super Bowl week mercifully comes to a close, the conversation runs the gamut from the Harbaugh brothers, to Ray Lewis's past, to PEDs, to homosexual athletes.

One topic, however, has remained at the forefront throughout the week: player safety.

To that end, Roger Goodell suggested yesterday that the league would look to levy suspensions on players found to be repeat offenders on delivering helmet-to-helmet hits.

But even as President Obama questions whether he'd allow his child to play the sport, and Ravens safety Bernard Pollard suggests the NFL won't exist in thirty years, Jeffri Chadiha expects the game will only continue to gain strength and popularity within the American landscape, mostly because there's too much at $take.

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Escalator bumps Woodyard’s 2013 salary from $2M to $3M

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Interesting post over at the DP regarding Denver's 2012 player salaries from Nick Groke, who writes occasionally for their First-and-Orange blog.

Groke isn't a beat writer or anything, but he's apparently replaced our friend Lindsay Jones as the DP's "football writer who actually cites intelligent sources from around the internet," as evidenced by his prior post which examined Foxball from the vantage of Brian Burke and Keith Goldner of Advanced NFL Stats.

Unfortunately, there appears some incorrect info in today's entry, as Elvis Dumervil is listed as being the team's highest paid player in 2012, at $18.95M. Our guess is Groke got this figure from Spotrac1, but as explained by the commenters on the salary site, Spotrac appeared to have treated Elvis's salary advances as extra bonuses on top of his base figure.

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Is Denver’s 2013 cap space already eroding?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! For the past three weeks, we've been citing a report from John Clayton that Denver will enter the 2013 league year with $18.5M of cap room.

However, it's unclear whether that figure accounts for performance escalators that were triggered during the 2012 season. Our guess is that it doesn't, but we should all hope it does.

If not, then Denver's cap room is quite a bit smaller, as known incentives would already lop off $2.011M, and there are likely more we don't yet know about.

Thanks to incentives reported by Shutdown Corner, Champ Bailey (+$500K to $9.5M)1, Jacob Tamme (+$125K to $2.625M), Eric Decker and J.D. Walton (+$693K to $1.323M), have all earned raises for 2013.

It's a pretty good bet that Demaryius Thomas also earned a significant pay raise, as he had for 2012, and there's also the possibility that Zane Beadles and Chris Harris did as well.

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Media Day features all sorts of crazy talk

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As per usual, Media Day at the Super Bowl was a circus of absurdity, attended by either reporters dressed as clowns, or clowns dressed as reporters. Hard to tell.

But there remains serious talk about the long-term health implications of the sport, led by Ed Reed's admission that he's already experiencing memory loss at the age of 34.

Reed's teammate Matt Birk continues to discuss the impact of concussions, and says he hopes the game will be safer by the time his children are old enough to play it.

The NFLPA is putting its money where its mouth is, teaming with Harvard on a ten-year, $100M research project to help improve the long-term health of current and retired players.

Meanwhile, arguments will be heard in April regarding the league's request to dismiss lawsuits against it filed by former players alleging negligence.

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JaMarcus would be fine addition to LOLJets circus Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As mentioned two days ago, President Obama expressed some of the same concerns many of us have about the long-term health issues of playing football, in a recent interview with the New Republic.

Naturally, the President's comments prompted plenty of reaction in New Orleans and elsewhere.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh took the comedic route, while his brother John was more interested in focusing on football's positives.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard fears an on-field death is in the game's not-too-distant future; secondary mate Ed Reed shares his concerns and would prefer his own son not play the game.

Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari stand on different sides of the debate, as Jay says he has much bigger concerns for their son, while Kristin plans to push five-month-old Camden to a less dangerous sport.

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PK could see Broncos pursuing Revis Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! While speaking at the Senior Bowl earlier in the week, John Elway said he wants to continue to build through the draft and augment with free agency, because what else is he going to say?

Jeff Legwold squeezed three columns out of that comment, analyzing it relative to agemoney, and the lazy-but-convenient "This is how the SB teams constructed their teams, so of course every other team now needs to copy them" thread. (Let's not forget that the Broncos allowed 55 fewer points last season than did the Ravens, and had a better defense than them by any measure, while the Niners only allowed 16 fewer points than did Denver.)

Meanwhile, Mark Kiszla is ready to thank Josh McDaniels for having provided Denver with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Zane Beadles, and J.D. Walton in the 2010 Draft.

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Revis to Broncos would make less sense than none at all Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! LOLJets all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis is set to earn $6M in 2013 and has player options beyond that which he surely won't be triggering - so he's essentially entering the last year of his current deal.

There was talk earlier in the week that the team would consider dealing him, since they don't have a franchise tag at their disposal to use on Revis - his current contract stipulates they cannot do so. Complicating matters is that Revis is coming off ACL surgery, but the reality is that if he were on the open market, he'd command a massive contract with guarantees that would dwarf the $15M that Champ Bailey got from Denver two years ago.

Revis reacted to the trade talk with indignation, but new GM John Idzik claimed to have smoothed things over with the 27-year old over the phone.

Now comes news that the LOLJets were looking into dealing their best player prior to his Week 3 injury, but of course, that was back when Mike Tannenbaum was heading the front office.

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