Even John McCain…

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Friday night brought the deadline for teams to exercise their fifth-year options on 2011 first-rounders.

San Francisco (Aldon Smith) and Cleveland (Phil Taylor) waited until the very end, but they did trigger their options.

Seattle (James Carpenter) and Green Bay (Derek Sherrod) chose not to do so.

Ultimately, 21 of the 32 players had their contracts unilaterally extended through 2015.


Videos: John Elway says Denver's draft board is set, and he was honored by the Denver Metro Boys and Girls Club on Friday.

Jeff Legwold says Denver is fond of Va Tech corner Kyle Fuller, but doesn't expect him to drop to them at #31.

Andrew Mason has Denver taking Fuller at #31 in his latest mock.

Peyton Manning spoke at John Lynch's annual student-athlete luncheon (video).


Cincy waived QB Zac Robinson; Tennessee added WR Brian Robiskie; Seattle added CB A.J. JeffersonCarolina DE Frank Alexander was suspended four games for violation of the substance abuse policy.

Jacksonville GM David Caldwell says he's not counting on getting WR Justin Blackmon back from his indefinite suspension anytime soon.

Even Senator John McCain says the Washington franchise should "probably change" its blatantly racist name, acknowledging that Native Americans "do consider it a slur."

Turns out the taxpayers of New Jersey lost $5.6M ferrying fans to and from SB 48.


Russ Lande scouts SEC quarterbacks A.J. McCarron, Zach Mettenberger, and Aaron Murray; Nate Davis discusses tight end prospects, focusing on Texas Tech's Jace Amaro; Bucky Brooks considers best fits for Fresno State QB Derek Carr.

The Shutdown Corner guys list their 41st-50th best prospects and scout Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas.

Don Banks presents his annual list of players he expects to go undrafted but have an impact in the NFL.

In his latest mock draft, Will Brinson has Denver taking BSU DE DeMarcus Lawrence.


Although Denver has received very few comp picks over the past decade, those picks have had relatively high value. Of course, they've hardly translated those picks into any on-field value (Bradlee Van Pelt, Brandon Miree, Maurice Clarett, Domonique Foxworth, Domenik Hixon, Jeremy Beal).

Chris Burke shares trivial tidbits on the 2014 draft class.

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

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