Raiders apparently going for three yards and a cloud of dust

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Oakland has reportedly agreed with former Jags running back Maurice Jones-Drew on a three-year deal.

A couple of weeks ago, they had brought back Darren McFadden on a one-year deal.

What do the two have in common?

They've each missed at least 10 games over the past two seasons, and they each averaged about 3.4 yards per attempt in 2013 (McFadden actually averaged 3.3, but over only 114 carries).

Well, as long as they're able to maintain that 3.4-yard average, we suppose they could just run the ball on every down. By higher math, that would be good for 10.2 yards and a fresh set of downs.

OAKLAND MIGHT BE ONTO SOMETHING.

Broncos

As he does each year, John Elway (video) says free agency has the team set up to go BPA in the draft.

John Fox says last year's heart surgery has him feeling far better than he had been, and he admits that Denver didn't really replace Elvis Dumervil until they signed DeMarcus Ware.

Julius Thomas took a step toward developing his branding by signing on with a marketing agency.

News

Philly added QB Mark SanchezNew England reworked the contract of DT Vince Wilfork after all; Cincy extended DT Domata Peko.

Baltimore RB Ray Rice was indicted on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault for his violent casino episode with his fiancee.

The Ravens intend to erect a statue of Ray Lewis outside their stadium before the season. No word on whether his effigy will be holding a knife or wearing a blood-covered suit, though.

Falcons WR Roddy White is actually paying up on a bet with a Twitter follower who had absolutely nothing on the line.

Quotes

Oh, Emmitt.

Former Niners owner Eddie DeBartolo says he still has interest in returning to run an NFL franchise.

Nevada senator Harry Reid expects Washington to change the blatantly racist name of its franchise within three years' time.

Analysis

Greg Bedard proposes expanding to 16 playoff teams and eliminating the bye week, and he thinks the addition of Hakeem Nicks will make a big difference for Indy this season.

Bill Barnwell discusses the rule change decisions made at the owners meetings this week.

No Broncos made the cut for the AFCW edition of KSK's ugliness contest.

Matt Bowen offers a primer on 3-4 defensive fronts.

David Rappoccio has a few suggestions to make extra points worth watching again.

Draft

Wait, didn't we just read about how meaningless quarterback pro days are? Well, apparently Bucky Brooks, Rob Rang, and Gil Brandt didn't get the message, because they seem to think Johnny Manziel proved himself the next Aaron Rodgers yesterday. Even Doug Farrar, Russ Lande, and Joe Fortenbaugh were impressed, if measuredly.

Maths

Jason Lisk sees reason to believe older free agents might not actually be riskier ones.

Obviously, Peyton Manning doesn't make very many wasteful throws.

Julius Thomas compiled very few of his receiving stats while lined up wide

The Broncos were again really unlucky when it came to fumble recoveries in 2013, and of course, they lost a lot of games to injury.

Over at FP, Warren Sharp matches up the win predictions from Vegas and Football Outsiders.

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