Hope you didn’t expect to keep that Decker jersey for too long

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Well, it's been five days. How are you feeling?

If you're like the people Joan Niesen flew home with on Tuesday, you're doing just fine.

Niesen does a fine job of explaining why that is - namely, John Elway and Peyton Manning.

It has to help that many of us got to mourning the 2013 season rather quickly - say, midway through the second quarter.

That's a nice head start.

Plus, there are no "What ifs" to ponder, unless we go as far as to retroactively bring Ryan Clady, Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, and Rahim Moore back from injury.

Free agency starts in 4.5 weeks, and as Niesen points out, training camp is but five months away.

Broncos

If you can bear to watch, here's the NFL Films Sound FX segment from SB 48.

Peyton Manning apparently didn't appreciate a post-SB pep talk from the governor of Washington.

Jeb Lund says fans gain a new admiration for players like Manning and Champ Bailey as they themselves enter middle age.

Over at the DP's op-ed page, an appreciation for who Manning is, from a Broncos fan and mother of two.

News

Chargers UFA WR Danario Alexander suffered a setback and required a second ACL surgery last month.

Analysis

Greg Howard presents a history of black quarterbacks in the NFL; it speaks to how far we've come, that Russell Wilson's race wasn't a topic leading up the SB.

Mark F#$%ing Brunell has some comically narrowsighted thoughts on marijuana use in the NFL.

Obviously, the presence of Wes Welker eliminates the Broncos from contention for the league's tallest WR corps.

Rosterbation

Doug Farrar calls Eric Decker his most intriguing free agent of the 2014 offseason.

The Jets figure to be priced out with Decker, and are said to instead be interested in wideouts Jeremy Maclin and Emmanuel Sanders.

At Over the Cap, Jason Fitzgerald examines free agent pass rushers (including Robert Ayers and Shaun Phillips), while Andrew Cohen discusses franchise tag candidates.

Russ Lande lays out his offseason plans for Houston, Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Washington.

Mockery

Heisman winning FSU QB Jameis Winston says he plans to keep playing for free for another two years.

Bucky Brooks considers how teams might try to emulate the Seahawks with their 2014 picks.

Gil Brandt discusses the eight prospects he's most anxious to see at the combine.

Miscellany

The latest creative take on NFL team logos includes a heavy metal influence.

RIP Ralph Kiner, prolific HOF slugger and forever Mets broadcaster; Howard Megdal offers a remembrance.

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