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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Coming off a two-win season, and with a new front office running the show, the biggest offseason issues within the AFCW undoubtedly reside in Kansas City.

Of course, the Chiefs' most significant task is finding a starting quarterback.

It's widely presumed that the team, along with the rest of the league doesn't view WVU's Geno Smith as worthy of the first overall pick. To that end, GM John Dorsey suggested he may take A&M's Luke Joeckel there, while also re-signing Branden Albert, even though both are seen as franchise-type left tackles.

Back to who they'd be protecting, word trickled out last week that new head coach Andy Reid was interested in having Nick Foles follow him from Philly, but the Eagles are apparently serious about having Foles compete with Michael Vick for their starting job.

Meanwhile, Friday night brought speculation that Kansas City was the likeliest trade destination for San Francisco QB Alex Smith, whose $7.5M salary becomes fully guaranteed on April 1.

What does that mean for previous starter Matt Cassel? He's reportedly on his way out via release; Cassel is due a $7.5M salary, but with no guarantees, and his eventual release will leave the Chiefs with a cap hit of $3.95M but $5.875M of savings.

Broncos

Rich Cimini is hearing the Broncos and Falcons will pursue former LOLJets RB Shonn Greene, whom many were hoping the Broncos would draft over Knowshon Moreno in 2009.

Greene rated a -2.5 grade across 583 snaps last season according to PFF; he accumulated 1,214 yards from scrimmage on 295 carries, and will turn 28 in August. His salary in the final year of his rookie deal was the $615K minimum.

Listed at 5-11 and 226 lbs on the LOLJets official site, Greene is five years younger and nine pounds lighter than Denver's listed weight for Willis McGahee, and significantly heavier than Moreno (200) and Ronnie Hillman (190).

John Elway says his front office does pay some attention to analytics, but relies mostly upon game tape to evaluate players.

Although we've given Joe Ellis a ton of flak over the years, we must applaud him for apparently having been the first Broncos executive to have raised the possibility of going after Peyton Manning, while at last year's combine. 

News

Reports are that the Dolphins will not try particularly hard to retain RB Reggie Bush.

Buffalo extended the contract of assistant GM Doug Whaley, who will eventually take over whenever Buddy Nix retires.

Jerrah Jones says WR Miles Austin isn't going anywhere, and he claims it's Jason Garrett's call as to whether the head coach or OC Bill Callahan calls plays this season.

Tony Pauline is hearing that Georgia LB Jarvis Jones may be sliding due to his medical issues, while JaMarcus the Hutt aims to be down to 265 by six weeks from now.

Analysis

Doug FarrarMike Silver, Don Banks, and John Clayton discuss Manti Te'o's much awaited combine presser. But as Jason Cole notes, this is hardly the last he'll be hearing about the Lennay Kekua scandal in the NFL.

Farrar and Clayton think the Falcons will find plenty of great candidates in this draft to replace Tony Gonzalez, should the tight end retire.

Matt Waldman sees a potential for greatness in former Temple and BC running back Montel Harris.

Kevin Acee thinks the Chargers should either rebuild their offensive line immediately, or deal Philip Rivers away.

Chase Stuart's trivia for today involves teams with five players who had, or would go on to, have 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Count me as someone who completely forgot Flipper Anderson was a Bronco in 1997.

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

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