League may penalize on-field use of N-word

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yesterday's Harbaugh-to-Cleveland bombshell was met with predictable reactions from the involved parties.

Jim Harbaugh, who reportedly turned down a move from San Francisco to John Elway's vacation home, hilariously claimed to "know nothing" about the failed deal.

Niners owner Jed York first enlisted NFL employee Ian Rapoport to tamp down the rumors, and then took to Twitter himself to issue a denial.

However, the Browns did not try to distance themselves from the reports, which is nearly as good as an acknowledgment.

According to Mary Kay Cabot, former GM Mike Lombardi is "extremely close" with Harbaugh.

Peter King reported that trade terms were not discussed between the two teams, but Chris Mortensen backed up Mike Florio's report.

Broncos

Paul Klee thinks Denver should focus its free agent spending on upgrading the defense.

Jeff Legwold continues his rampage against Von Miller, without even mentioning the enormous decision facing Denver and their 2015 option on him, which they must make this offseason. Of course, we think that's an easy call, but are guessing that's not the reason for Leggy's omission.

Is there anyone out there who doesn't cringe at the concept of Matt Prater and Britton Colquitt holding two of the team's top 11 cap figures for 2014?

News

The NFL is expected to enact a 15-yard penalty for use of the N-word on the field. Can't wait for the "free speech" garbage that will surely prompt, and claims that the word is mostly used by black players. Not sure why so many white people have such a dire need to use the N-word, or how their lives are negatively impacted by the social unacceptability of its use.

Chargers ownership claims an expansion into Los Angeles or relocation of another franchise there would deliver a serious financial blow to the team.

The Giants gave head coach Tom Coughlin a one-year extension through 2015.

As expected, Seattle will release WR Sidney Rice in a cap-related move.

Cleveland is expected to pursue Bills safety Jairus Byrd in free agency.

A 23-year-old man has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of a man at Arrowhead during last year's Broncos/Chiefs game.

Combine/Draft

Johnny Football claims it will be easy for him to dial back his partying once he's getting a paycheck.

Friday combine observations from Doug Farrar, Matt BowenRobert Mays, and John Clayton.

Jason Lisk looks back at the prospects negatively labeled as workout warriors, including Denver flameout Mike Croel.

Analysis

PFF ranks the top free agent safeties and centers.

Offseason plans for Baltimore and Pittsburgh; greatest needs for the NFCS teams.

Greg Bedard wonders why the player development director didn't help prevent the toxic environment that developed in Miami's locker room.

Doug Farrar says copying Seattle's defensive blueprint is far easier said than done.

Chase Stuart wonders if we'll ever see a game where a team doesn't bother running the ball.

Miscellany

Which is less surprising: that the Ryan brothers hang out at Hooters, or that they walk around in tracksuits?

Chuck Culpepper, Bill Pennington, and Amanda Ruggeri on the remarkable 18-year-old American gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin.

Nah, gay people aren't discriminated against in this country. Such claims are just red herrings from those dumb libruls. Arizona, you are the worst.

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

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