London calling Jaguars? Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been often been suggested in recent years that sometime in the distant future, there would be an NFL franchise in London.

According to Jason La Canfora, that time may come sooner than most of us might have figured - possibly even within five or seven years.

La Canfora says talk about a London franchise has shifted from the consideration of a possibility to discussions of an eventuality, and he most frequently hears that the Jaguars would be the likeliest team to relocate across the pond.

As for other potential relocations, a future sale to Rogers Communications could mean several Canadian home games for the Bills, and the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders (only if Mark Davis sells) are still seen as candidates to play their games in La La Land.

Jacksonville resident Pete Prisco hears that other teams - including the Bucs - would be in the mix to move to London, and he notes that the Jags actually outdrew the Dolphins and Bucs in 2012, for all the talk of Jacksonville as a terrible NFL market.

Like Prisco, Clark Judge thinks sending a perennial loser as an overseas ambassador for the NFL isn't the smartest business plan, but imagine the uproar of moving a more successful franchise? The xenophobia levels would be off the charts. Judge thinks moving a team to LA should precede one heading to Europe.

Finally, Mike Florio floats the idea of a team splitting its time between London and the US, and hosting any potential playoff games in America.

Broncos

Using random statistical landmarks isn't a very good way to measure players, but even still, Wesley Woodyard put himself in some very good company with his performance last year.

Julius Thomas says his injured ankle didn't fully heal until last December, more than a year after he'd first hurt it.

The talk about Quentin Jammer continues to focus on his versatility and veteran savvy, but we'll see if he can actually pull of the transition to safety.

John Elway and several current Broncos spoke with fans at a KOA event held Wednesday night at SAF@MH.

News

A study of youth football players suggests that concussions are far likelier to be suffered during games than in practices.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger underwent knee surgery that will keep him out until training camp; Texans S Ed Reed isn't sure he'll be ready for the start of the regular season; Jets WR Santonio Holmes may start camp on the PUP list; Baltimore signed ex-Jags LB Daryl Smith; Buffalo added ex-Pittsburgh C/G Doug Legursky.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is apparently pushing Alex Smith to become a more aggressive downfield passer; Gil Brandt goes as far as to suggest Reid and Smith could help KC contend for the AFCW title in 2013.

As expected, the practices run by Chip Kelly, the man who replaced Reid in Philly, are all about efficiency, urgency, tempo, shotgun QBs, and a no-huddle approach.

Could the Vikings have come with an odder choice to help mentor their young QB Christian Ponder than legendary underachiever and coach killer Jeff George?

Fellow HOFer Lem Barney wonders if head injuries contributed to the death of his friend Deacon Jones, but one doesn't need those to lose their faculties in their 70s.

Analysis

Jason Fitzgerald runs the numbers on each team's net gains/losses of free agency through June 1, which means Denver's crippling loss of Matt Willis doesn't factor.

Joe Fortenbaugh would like to see instant replay decisions made at a central, neutral location, like the way the NHL handles them. Sounds like a great idea.

Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell discuss the drafts of the NFCW teams in their latest podcast.

From the FF vantage, Bill Barnwell thinks many hours will be wasted trying to discern how much of the workload will be given Montee Ball, hearkening back to when Shanny used to drive fantasy owners crazy with his Broncos backs.

Bill Belichick is #7 on ESPN's greatest coaches list, but Ashley Fox says he could have been all the way up at #4 if his Pats had beaten the Giants in those two Super Bowls.

Happy writing anniversary to our friend Chase Stuart, who has had many people to thank along the way, and plenty of fine advice on how to write well.

LOLZZ

If you're the guy who just ordered a Tom Brady Fathead, could there be any worse fate than having a Tim Tebow version arrive in its stead? Granted, they're making up for it in a big way, but that is some fine trolling over at the Fathead shipping department.

KSK captionizes OTAs; quotes of the month from FO.

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

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