Alex Smith, $18M per year quarterback?

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Wednesday marked the start of Denver's first full-squad OTAs.

Peyton Manning & Co. toted around a football covered in green Lycra, apparently to help reduce their alarming fumbling woes of 2013.

While Manning preferred to remain tightlipped about the strategy, we'll assume the material makes the ball more slippery.

If the players can improve ball security with a slippery ball, it should follow that gripping the real thing should be easier, right?

Broncos

Videos: John Fox, Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, and T.J. Ward speak after Wednesday's practice; BTV wraps up the day and highlights Rahim Moore's return to action.

Ware says he's still adjusting to the altitude; Moore says he got a bit verklempt while taking the field for the first time since his health scare.

Ward admits that news of his recent strip club episode was "embarrassing," but claims "it's all being resolved."

Wes Welker says age is catching up with his body a bit, but that Churchill Downs isn't.

Peyton says he just can't sit still, and calls Aqib Talib the best corner Denver faced last season; his foundation will dole out a whopping $1M this year, including $630K to Colorado charities.

Andrew Mason was particularly impressed by how Ware and the two safeties looked on Wednesday.

After one impressive round at the Colorado Senior Open, John Elway stands in a fourth-place tie, just one stroke off the lead.

News

In a speech on Thursday, President Obama called for deeper research into youth concussions.

Alex Smith is said to be seeking around $18M/year (LOL) from the Chiefs, who reportedly would consider using the franchise tag (LOLZ) to keep him next offseason. Doug Farrar agrees it's an outlandish figure, but Jason Fitzgerald thinks Smith deserves to be paid like Jay Cutler. Of course, Cutler is grossly overpaid.

Seattle agreed to a new two-year deal with WR Doug Baldwin.

RIP Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer, who died at 85. Judy Battista offers a remembrance.

Titans QB Charlie Whitehurst lost his jersey number in an arm-wrestling contest to old friend Brett Kern. Mike Tanier considers what this might say about the punters of today's NFL.

Legal Issues

Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including two counts of first-degree murder, in that 2012 Boston drive-by double homicide. According to prosecutors, Hernandez's reason for firing into a car and killing two men was that one of them had spilled a drink on him earlier in the night.

A former Dolphins scout is suing the always classy team, alleging they fired him over arrangements that helped him care for his cystic fibrosis-stricken wife. Nate Sullivan also accuses the team of having singled out his wife's expensive medications to be excluded from the organization's health insurance plan.

Quotes

Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams, who recently lost his mother to breast cancer, details her battle with the disease and asks us all to help spread awareness.

Eric Decker hopes to pass along lessoned learned from Peyton Manning to his new Jets teammates.

Brady Quinn thinks Johnny Manziel's Vegas excursion isn't befitting of someone who plays in "blue collar" Cleveland (You know, because Brady really knows what it takes to succeed there). Eric Edholm wonders why Manziel has been criticized for his trip, while the Gronk was not.

Analysis

Andrew Brandt wonders if the NFL would be willing to relax its rules on marijuana in exchange for HGH testing.

Brent Sobleski lists his most overrated players on each AFC and NFC team, dinging Julius Thomas for his run blocking issues.

Robert Mays thinks the Dallas defense is once again screwed by the absence of Sean Lee.

Tight end Ladarius Green is PFF's Secret Superstar for the 2014 Chargers.

Greg Gabriel lists second-year NFCS players he could see breaking out this season; Gil Brandt checks in on last year's 8-8 teams; Scott Kacsmar takes a post-draft look at NFCE teams.

Maths

Jason Fitzgerald explains the caponomic implications of June 1.

With the Vikings set to host games at a temporary home, Chase Stuart looks back at how teams have fared in unfamiliar home stadiums.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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