Broncos haven’t opened contract talks with Demaryius

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Well, here we are again.

It's May 30, and Nate Irving is the starting middle linebacker for the Denver Broncos.

In past years, he hasn't been good enough to beat out Joe Mays, Keith Brooking, Stewart Bradley, Paris Lenon, or a relocated Wesley Woodyard.

Obviously, he hasn't been good enough to keep the Broncos from pursuing several veteran free agents this offseason and considering trading up to draft C.J. Mosley.

The big question, of course, is whether Irving will still be the starting middle linebacker on September 7, when the Colts are in town to open the season.

Or, will it be another thirtysomething has been, like ex-Panther Dan Connor, Nick Barnett, Ernie Sims, or even Lenon or Bradley?

Broncos

Videos: Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, Demaryius Thomas, and Terrance Knighton speak after Thursday's practice; BTV wraps the day and discusses DeMarcus Ware's transition to a new team.

According to Troy Renck, the Broncos have not yet begun to negotiate with Demaryius Thomas on a long-term deal.

Knighton says he's made a point of helping Irving and Sly Williams in the film room.

Emmanuel Sanders says he doesn't smoke marijuana, but thinks it should be legalized.

Here's your annual installment of the "Denver defense wants to give up fewer points this season" series.

With Knowshon Moreno gone, Greg Gabriel expects a big season out of Montee Ball.

John Elway stumbled to a second round 78 on Friday at the Colorado Senior Open and sits tied for 26th at time of this writing.

News

Prized New Orleans free agent signing Jairus Byrd underwent back surgery; Arizona hosted LB Ernie SimsNiners TE Vernon Davis is holding out of OTAs as he seeks a new contract.

NFLPA boss De Smith unloaded on the Commish for his handling of HGH testing and troubled Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Rex Ryan tried to talk up Eric Decker by taking a shot at Tim Tebow, but he couldn't even get his facts straight.

As Drew Magary can attest to, the process for getting certified as a coach under the NFL's Heads Up initiative is bullshit.

#RacistPride

In an effort to defend its blatantly racist name, the tone deaf Washington franchise launched a disastrous Twitter campaign on Thursday. Deadspin, KSKCBS, the Daily News detail the backfired effort.

Patrick Hruby doesn't expect NFL players to take the same unified stand that NBA players did with the Donald Sterling situation.

Analysis

Given their personnel changes, Nathan Jahnke expects Oakland's defense to be a hybrid with a front that looks more like a 3-4 than a 4-3.

Brent Sobleski names his most underrated player from each AFC and NFC team, with Chris Harris getting the nod for Denver.

Ashley Fox thinks Donald Trump as an NFL owner would be far more annoying than Jerry Jones, and she's probably right.

David Rappoccio photoshops the snot out of good ole Philip Rivers.

Maths

Jason Lisk thinks Kansas City may be better off franchising Alex Smith next offseason than giving him a long-term deal now.

Meanwhile, Bill Barnwell thinks the Chiefs will regress to the mean a bit this season.

Somehow, Chase Stuart was able to find some value in Jimmy Johnson's outdated and illogical draft value chart.

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

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