Broncos may have chance at revenge on TNF Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! When civil rights champion Brendon Ayanbadejo recently discussed the possibility of multiple gay players coming out together, the thinking was it would help to diffuse the glare of a potentially harsh spotlight.

Unfortunately, it appears that sensible strategy won't be tested, as Russell Simpson, the former assistant for free agent Kerry Rhodes, now claims he was also Kerry's boyfriend.

According to Simpson, the two men's status as a couple was well known with Rhodes's Arizona teammates and the players' wives, and he says Rhodes recently asked him to remain mum about their relationship so that the safety would be unencumbered in his search for a new team.

It remains to be seen whether Simpson's claims are acknowledged/confirmed/denied by Rhodes, who expressed support for gay athletes while saying he was not one himself. If Rhodes is indeed gay, then we hope the attention doesn't harm his chances at future employment, and that he can be one of the leaders to a more tolerant sports environment, if he so chooses such a role.

Broncos

The NFL will announce 2013 schedules tonight, and according to Mike Klis, the Broncos are likely to host the Ravens as the 2013 season's featured Thursday night opener. This is an ideal situation - a chance for a measure of retribution, on national TV, in front of what we hope would be a frothing home crowd, and with an extra few days to prepare for Week 2. This would likely not preclude Denver from facing a short week later on, as they're expected to travel to Dallas for a Thanksgiving matchup.

Marvin Demoff, John Elway's old agent, says Al Davis and the Raiders were among the many teams trying to trade for Elway in 1983, and would have included Howie Long in a three-way deal with the Bears.

Videos: Eric Decker, Wesley Woodyard, and Derek Wolfe met with the press on Monday at Dove Valley, and Decker later visited with NFLN.

Decker, who enters the last year of his rookie contract, says he's more interested in winning than in posting big stats, and he admits he's plotting his revenge for the Duke practice invoice prank Peyton Manning pulled on him. As for telegraphing his intentions, is that wise? Foolish? Daring? We'll find out...

Jeff Legwold thinks Denver will try to sign Demaryius Thomas to a new contract after this season, and we agree.

Andrew Mason analyzes the Broncos' tight end corps and discusses tight end prospects for the draft.

Legwold suggests the Broncos could possibly maybe perhaps be willing to use a Day 2 pick (second or third round) on a #3 quarterback. If this were to occur, expect a mountain of criticism in this space.

Will Brinson is hoping for primetime Broncos games against the Giants, Colts, Pats, and Ravens, and he's likely to get his wish, unless CBS has a conniption over ceding all four of those moneymakers (possible).

Broncos legend and HOF snub Randy Gradishar will announce the team's second- and third-round picks next week.

News

Talks are said to be heating up between Kansas City and Miami for a trade of tackle Branden Albert, potentially for one of the Dolphins' second-round picks.

With the LOLJets and GM John Idzik dangerously stretching out the Darrelle Revis saga in a presumable effort to extract more value out of the Bucs, Tampa Bay is now putting out word that New Jersey's asking price is too high.

Green Bay reportedly gave LB Clay Matthews $31M in guarantees as part of a five-year extension through 2018. Many are suggesting this deal is a framework for an eventual Von Miller deal, but we'll be shocked if Denver gets away without dwarfing these figures for Von, assuming his health and level of play don't drop precipitously. Instead, think something along the lines of what DeMarcus Ware got from Dallas, and then some.

San Francisco is said to still have interest in Packers S Charles Woodson, and they're reportedly going to sign Seahawks TE Cameron Morrah; the Packers hosted Steelers RFA DT Steve McLendon.

Eagles TE Brent Celek says new coach Chip Kelly is going to revolutionize the NFL with the way he communicates plays.

Draft

Peter King is hearing that Atlanta would like to move up from the #30 pick.

Teams are rechecking the right ankle of Cal WR Keenan Allen and requested copies of the passport for BYU DE Ziggy Ansah to verify his age.

The always excellent Greg Cosell discusses safeties, wide receivers, and corners, each in great depth.

Pat Kirwan breaks the top corner prospects out into their best scheme fits; Mike Tanier evaluates North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper; Gil Brandt mentions some of the lesser-known prospects he's fond of in this draft.

PFF's Rick Drummond lists FSU DE Tank Carradine and Illinois DE Michael Buchanan as early and late options with whom Denver to attempt to replace Elvis Dumervil.

Don Banks has Denver taking UCLA DE Datone Jones at #28 in his latest mock; Mel Kiper has Denver taking FSU corner Xavier Rhodes, A&M DE Damontre Moore, and Alabama C Barrett Jones in his three-round mock (Insider).

Chase Stuart has created a Draft Trade Calculator based upon Approximate Values, which everyone should bookmark ASAP.

Analysis

Matt Waldman proposes front office changes to help scouts both do their jobs and have their voices heard better.

Von Miller makes PFF's All-First Round Team from the past five drafts, but Ryan Clady does not; Alphonso Smith gets deserved mention on the Second-Round Failures list, but Darcel McBath and Richard Quinn couldn't have missed that dubious honor by much.

Andy Benoit breaks down the Tampa Bay roster.

The Worldwide Leader in co-opting the journalism work of others finally has a policy on citing competing media sources.

Richard Sandomir offers an appreciation for the late Pat Summerall; we've also added this link to our collection of Summerall pieces.

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

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