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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Charles Woodson will meet with the Broncos today at Dove Valley; there's nothing new being reported on that story that we haven't already posted.

Mike Klis says Woodson would compete with Mike Adams and Quinton Carter at strong safety, were the Broncos to sign him.

Meanwhile, another aging defensive star linked to Denver - Dwight Freeney - will visit with the Chargers today. Freeney has gotten little action due to a crazily high asking price, but San Diego finds themselves in a desperate situation, after 2012 first-rounder Melvin Ingram tore his ACL on Tuesday, likely costing him his season.

San Diego had high hopes for Ingram, and their desire to provide him more playing time contributed to their having let Shaun Phillips come to Denver.

The question now for the Chargers is whether they're willing to meet Freeney's lofty asking price, or consider other options, like John Abraham. It seems like no team has considered one of them without talking with the other, whether for due diligence, or for leverage's sake.

As for Brian Urlacher, the other grizzled one-time superstar whom Denver was supposedly talking to (well, according to a gossip columnist), the Vikings have put out word that they're not interested in him, as have the Broncos.

Broncos

Videos: Britton Colquitt, Matt Prater, and Trindon Holliday speak after practice; Chris Hall discusses the return of Jack Del Rio and details a player trip to visit underprivileged kids at the Denver Rescue Mission's Crossing.

Holliday says he's ready to see more snaps on offense if the coaches want to utilize him that way, and he recognizes that he has to do a far better job this season with ball security.

Undrafted rookie Lucas Reed has gone from a triple-option offense at New Mexico to a Denver team that doesn't have much room on the depth chart at tight end.

Former SDSU QB Ryan Katz also has a very slim chance of making the team; his connection to QB coach Greg Knapp through Jeff Garcia had a lot to with Denver's signing of him.

News

Kansas City waived 2012 fifth-rounder DB DeQuan Menzie, released OL Luke Patterson, and claimed Eagles T Matt Reynolds and Giants DB Buddy Jackson off waivers.

The Giants and WR Victor Cruz are reportedly making progress toward a new long-term deal; Houston added ex-Colts RB Deji Karim; Jacksonville claimed DL Brandon Deaderick off waivers from New England; Buffalo claimed TE Mickey Shuler off waivers from Oakland; Philly dumped 2012 sixth-round WR Marvin McNutt; Carolina restructured the contract of RB DeAngelo Williams to save $3.2M against the 2013 cap.

The Jets will not renew the contract of assistant GM Scott Cohen, who was once Philly's director of pro personnel under Tom Heckert. Could he land in Denver, reunited with Heckert and Matt Russell?

Browns GM Mike Lombardi says he's not interested in acquiring the Ultimate Teammate™.

RIP bespectacled former Saints and Chargers running back Chuck Muncie, who passed away at 60. Muncie spent much of his retirement working with troubled youth.

Analysis

Peyton Manning was one of twenty QBs to have started all 16 games for their teams in 2012, an unprecedented figure.

PFF's 2012 run-blocking data says Louis Vasquez was at the bottom of the league among guards in making positive blocks, but he also was among those who made the fewest mistakes.

Jason Lisk thinks the Chiefs' hiring of Chris Ault means we'll see them run the Pistol in 2013.

Jason Fitzgerald discusses the financial advantages for craptastic teams like the Jets of starting a rookie QB, like Geno Smith.

Tony Pauline evaluates the Jaguars' draft.

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