RIP Dave Costa Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team has lost one of its early stars, as former defensive lineman Dave Costa passed away earlier in the week at the age of 71.

Costa spent 12 seasons in the AFL/NFL with the Raiders, Bills, Broncos, and Chargers, and never missed a game during his career.

He was the Broncos' defensive captain during all five of his seasons with the team (1967-1971).

A prolific sack man before the stat was officially tracked, Costa was a four-time AFL All-Star, including each of his first three seasons in Denver. He also received several second-team All-AFL honors during each of the seasons between 1966 and 1969.

Broncos

Ronnie Hillman accomplished his offseason weight gain while working out with Marshawn Lynch, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Reggie Bush in Los Angeles, and he of course says he gained a lot of important knowledge and experience during his rookie season.

In his latest mailbag, Gray Caldwell offers up WR Quincy McDuffie, QB Ryan Katz, LB Uona Kaveinga, and DE Jeremy Beal as guys who could potentially surprise and stick on the 53-man roster.

The hiring of Patrick Roy by the Avalanche means three of Denver's pro teams are run or coached by 1990s stars.

Here's the Mizel Institute's video tribute to Pat Bowlen, whom they honored earlier in the week for his philanthropic work within Colorado.

News

There's still a possibility of HGH testing for the 2013 season, if the NFL and players union can agree to a framework.

The Saints extended S Roman Harper; Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy underwent surgery for a torn Achilles; Indianapolis worked out tight ends Randy McMichael and former Broncos Dante Rosario and Cornelius Ingram; LOLJets RB Mike Goodson is expected to practice next week, in spite of his recent arrest.

Kansas City figures to throw to its tight ends a lot more with Andy Reid running the offense, but the health status of Tony Moeaki is rather murky.

Talks between Richard Seymour and the Falcons are being characterized as "not serious."

Carson Palmer sounds really happy in Arizona, with a QB-friendly coach in Bruce Arians, but will he finally win a playoff game? Probably not...

Undrafted rookie Terrell Brown recently weighed in at 403 pounds, and the Rams are moving him from the defensive to offensive line.

Analysis

Chase Stuart ranks wideouts by the percentage of their team's yardage they produced; Lionel Taylor, Brandon Marshall, Rod Smith are among the top 26 players.

Tony Pauline and Chris Tripodi like what the Vikings and Lions got done in the 2013 Draft.

Sam Monson explains why Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles didn't make PFF's top 101 players list.

Don Banks and Dave Kindred discuss the greatness of the newly retired Brian Urlacher.

Not sure how he managed this, but Pat Kirwan omitted Champ Bailey from his list of sure and likely HOFers currently playing, while somehow calling Eli Manning a lock.

ESPN explores the Chuck Noll (John Fox, Mike McCoy) and Don Coryell (Dennis Allen) branches of the Sid Gillman coaching tree.

Old friend Trevor Pryce is expected to be a part of Regis Philbin's Crowd Goes Wild show on Fox Sports 1; Mike Garafolo is leaving USA Today to join the same network. Perhaps an expanded role for our friend Lindsay Jones is to follow?

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

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