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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Jeff Legwold says John Abraham - whom the Broncos had hosted following the Dumervil debacle - has priced himself out of a job so far with his expectations regarding both playing time and compensation.

 That's nothing new, though. What is most interesting here is Legwold's version of journalism, in which he can write the following about Shaun Phillips on Monday1:

He can earn $400,000 bonuses for 10, 12 and 14 sacks.

...and then write this on Tuesday morning...

Phillips agreed to a one-year deal with a $1 million base salary — no signing bonus — to go with incentives of $400,000 at eight, 10, 12 and 14 sacks.

...without correcting Sunday's article.

Now, it's one thing to make mistakes, and it's another to just leave them be once discovered. I certainly make plenty of my own errors here, but I always fix them when I become aware of them, even months after the fact. I'm not a journalist, and I've never, ever claimed to be one. But this just seems the right thing to do. Sure would be nice to see Legwold, and his many decades of experience (as he'll quickly remind us of) would do the same, when he's misrepresenting contract figures, or how many draft picks the Broncos have.

Back to Phillips - he was originally reported to have $2M of incentives in his contract, and, by higher math, this latest from Legwold would put that figure at $1.6M (this matches what Spotrac has listed for Phillips).

Perhaps tomorrow we'll find out where that other $400K went?

Broncos

Sam Farmer checks in on Peyton Manning, who backed up a recent hole-in-one at Castle Pines with a 77 at Augusta National, and learned during his USO tour that he can still run six miles while talking.

Mike Klis steps all the way out onto a giant limb and predicts the Broncos to win at least 11 games, while proclaiming that the big question is how well they fare in the playoffs. Well, thanks for that, Mike.

Here are more transcribed comments from last week's Mizel Institute dinner - this time from John Elway, Tom Nalen, Gary Zimmerman, and Shannon Sharpe, regarding the Broncos' chances for 2013.

Former Grand Valley State QB Cullen Finnerty, who had spent some time with the Broncos in 2008, went missing during a fishing trip in Michigan over the weekend.

News

2009 first-rounder Tyson Jackson may finally be ready to make a serious impact; at least, that's the word out of Kansas City.

In response to the Seahawks' slew of drug suspensions, safety Kam Chancellor says the team's vets held a meeting in which they told their younger teammates to not make "the same mistakes over and over." So, did they tell them not to take whatever it is they're taking, or just not to get caught?

The Bengals are expected to lock up DT Geno Atkins with a long-term deal before the regular season starts.

LaVarr Arrington and several other former players are working for an excellent program sponsored by the NFL which intends to help ease players' transitions into retirement from the league.

Analysis

Mike Tanier is apparently irritated by PFT's Mount Rushmore series, so of course, he came up with far more creative versions of these four-person lists.

PFF's grades from 2012 show that Demaryius Thomas's best four games were better than those of any other wide receiver in the league, and that the discrepancy between those four games and Thomas's worst four games is the league's biggest.

According to Chase Stuart's data, the schools from which the Broncos have drafted the most players are Florida, Georgia, Miami, Colorado, and Nebraska.

Tony Pauline likes what the Panthers did with their five draft picks, while Chris Tripodi is less impressed with the Bucs' picks.

Dane Brugler lists one late pick or undrafted rookie who could surprise for each team in the AFC and NFC; he likes the effort and ability of Denver safety Ross Rasner, but says he's limited in coverage.

Although Alfred Morris was far more productive in 2012, Bucky Brooks still thinks Trent Richardson's superior skills will make him the better player in the long run.

Miscellany

Richard Deitsch goes into great depth on the hiring of Robert Lipsyte as ESPN's new ombudsman, with first a Q&A with Lipsyte, and then thoughts from around the sportswriting world on the selection.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson says he "loves" his gay relatives, "isn't biased towards them," and "treat(s) them the same," but also says he's "not with" gay marriage. In other words, he's biased and thinks gay people should be treated differently, but just doesn't want to admit it. Basically, it's gay marriage version of the I'm not racist; I had a black friend fifty years ago angle that works so well for racists.

1 Update 11:42am ET - Only fitting that we have to correct this post to reflect that Legwold's two articles are from Monday and Tuesday, rather than Sunday and Monday.

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

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