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Good Morning, Broncos fans! As we've discussed several times here, the Broncos have quite a few key players hitting free agency after the 2013 season.

Typically, it's not quite what Jeff Legwold portrays it as over at the DP.

Denver indeed will face big decisions regarding Wesley Woodyard and 2010 draftees Eric Decker, Zane Beadles, and J.D. Walton.

But Chris Harris, Tony Carter, and Trindon Holliday are not exactly set to hit the open market, as Legwold calls it.

Harris and Carter are scheduled to be restricted free agents, and we all know that the operative term there is restricted, given that it's been years since a player has ever changed teams via restricted free agency.

Restricted tenders for them would likely mean a ~$1.4M salary for the right-of-refusal level (possible for Carter), ~$2.1M figure at the second-round level, or ~$3M for the first-round tender. Harris's play would suggest a first-round tender, but don't rule out a second-round one, considering how rare offer sheets are. Teams likely just don't want to put their free agency decisions on hold for five days while waiting to see if the original team matches.

Meanwhile, Holliday will be an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA), like Carter and Mitch Unrein were this offseason. He will only be free to go elsewhere if the Broncos decide not to tender him a minimum salary contract.

And although we agree with Legwold's suggestion that the Broncos have to have a megadeal for Von Miller in mind, he omits a vital detail we've noted here several times and in great depth - that Denver holds a fifth-year option (for 2015) on Von, and at a below-market cost.

The Broncos will be able to trigger that ~$9M option between the end of the 2013 regular season and May 3, 2014. Denver cannot renegotiate Von's rookie contract until that point, either.

It's not that Legwold portrays Denver's 2014 situation as dire, because he doesn't; it's just not accurate.

As usual, if you want your Broncos information delivered with accuracy, you know where to come.

Broncos

Videos: Eric Decker, Zane Beadles, and Kevin Vickerson speak after practice.

According to Tom Krasovic, the Chargers were not interested in retaining Quentin Jammer. Sounds about right, given that Jammer was publicly begging the team to re-sign him, and that Denver got him for around the league minimum.

Decker is the latest player to proclaim that Peyton Manning's arm strength has increased since last season, while Demaryius Thomas again says that receiving passes "on time and stuff like that" was a new development for him. Of course, we're not surprised to hear that from Demaryius.

Beadles, he of the mechanical engineering degree, has been working with 3D imaging this offseason to improve his spatial awareness on the field.

Vickerson says Denver's defensive linemen are out to prove in 2013 that they can succeed without Elvis Dumervil, although the additions of Sly Williams and Terrance Knighton mean it wouldn't be fair to suggest the 2012 group would have been okay without Elvis.

Von Miller, who recently wore a onesie to a Vegas pool party, says he'd like a crack at participating in the offense, although it's not clear how serious he is about it.

The talk at Dove Valley continues to be about the offense picking up its pace in 2013, and of course, that leads to suggestions that facing it in practice will help Denver's defense.

News

Oakland and San Diego are among the ten teams that will gain some cap relief this weekend thanks to the post-June 1 release designation.

Raiders first-round CB D.J. Hayden was released from the hospital after his abominal surgery; Pats TE Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery in a few weeks and will miss the start of training camp as a result; Arian Foster's calf injury will keep him out of action until Houston starts training camp.

Former Giants/Eagles/Rams/Bucs WR Steve Smith is retiring after six seasons; injured TE Anthony McCoy cleared waivers and landed on Seattle's IR.

Saints WR Joe Morgan was arrested for DWI; two employees of the trucking company owned by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pleaded guilty to "jacking" rebates due the company's customers; the two jokesters who recorded a call between Bucs GM Mark Dominik and then-Bills GM Buddy Nix are facing federal wiretapping charges.

Analysis

Willis McGahee is in pretty good company on PFF's list of running backs with the biggest differential between their best-graded four games of 2012 and their worst, like Demaryius Thomas was for wideouts.

Meanwhile, four Denver coaches (Shanahan, Reeves, Ralston, Saban) are on Chase Stuart's dubious list of the coaches who have gone the longest stretches without making the playoffs or getting fired. However, like McGahee, they have some very good company on that list.

Tony Pauline and Chris Tripodi breaks down the Saints and Falcons drafts; Ben Muth studies tape of new NFL linemen Justin Pugh (Giants) and Kyle Long (Bears).

Gil Brandt thinks Carolina's Luke Kuechly is the league's new standard-bearer at middle linebacker following the slowdown and retirement of Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher.

Bud Grant and Tom Coughlin are up next on ESPN's list of the greatest coaches of all time, plus their look at the coaching tree of Bill Parcells, and the Bill Belichick branch of it (Josh McDaniels).

Mike Tanier imagines video game-style attack powers for NFL players including Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler, but not for Buttfumble.

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

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