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Good Morning, Broncos fans! The league's owners pushed through two safety-inspired rule changes, while delaying the vote on another one until today, or perhaps even until May.

The passed measures ban peel-back blocks anywhere on the field, and serve to make FG and XP tries safer by preventing teams from stacking one side of the line or having linebackers push the line from behind.

As for the change that was tabled, it's the most contested one, at least by Bears RB Matt Forte and retired legends Marshall Faulk and Emmitt Smith - a ban on ballcarriers delivering hits with the crowns of their helmets outside the tackle box.

From a safety standpoint, it's a no-brainer (no pun intended), and fellow HOF running back Jim Brown supports the change.

Defensive players appreciate that the competition committee is finally looking to offer them more protection, after years of changes that favored offensive players.

Broncos

Videos: Part 1 and Part 2 of John Fox speaking at the AFC Coaches Breakfast, plus his comments from outside the owners meetings.

Here's a summary of what Fox had to say; he says Von Miller has limitless potential, and that the team is "expecting big things" from Nate Irving.

Fox claims that TE Julius Thomas has made great strides behind the scenes, says Ronnie Hillman had dropped to 189 lbs. by the end of the season, and that every player currently rehabbing from surgery is currently on schedule.

The deal offered by the Pats to Wes Welker was, naturally, not as lucrative as owner Robert Kraft suggested, as it was laden with several difficult-to-reach incentives.

Tom Nalen thinks it's good that John Elway's decisions offer no hint of sentimentality, but he wonders if the swap of Brandon Stokley for Wes Welker will have a negative effect on team chemistry. We'll say that's a no.

As much as we love the Slot Machine, it would appear that the experts in Jeff Legwold's Rolodex don't know who Victor Cruz, Percy Harvin, and Randall Cobb are.

Over at KSK, a recap of Denver's first week of free agency.

News

The NFL is cooking up ways to make the Pro Bowl even less worth watching than it currently is.

Ravens owner Steve Biscotti says he'll compensate the Orioles for any lost revenue from rescheduling their own game to allow the Ravens to host the NFL's season opener; Dallas and Miami will face off in the preseason-opening HOF Game.

Browns president Joe Banner is shielding GM Mike Lombardi from the Cleveland media that's long had it out for him.

Browns DT Desmond Bryant is being sued by a family he allegedly terrorized the night he generated his all time great mug shot; Titans WR Kenny Britt was found not guilty of DUI at trial.

Transactions

Oakland has given LB Rolando McClain permission to seek out a trade before they cut his underachieving ass; San Diego remains likely to cut T Jared Gaither, and may add Eric Winston.

Ravens S Ed Reed apparently hasn't been following the free agent market too closely, because he's said to be seeking a $7M/year contract.

A knee injury he's currently rehabbing caused Browns WR/KR Josh Cribbs to fail a physical with the Cardinals.

Jerry Jones says he's closing in on an extension with QB Tony Romo.

San Francisco added Browns K Phil Dawson and Dolphins WR Marlon Moore; Miami retained OL Nate Garner, while DT Randy Starks signed his franchise tender; the Giants re-upped with QB David Carr, while S Stevie Brown signed his second-round tender; Jacksonville re-signed C Brad Meester & WR Jordan Shipley; Indy added Chargers DT Aubrayo Franklin; Tennesee added Rams OL Rob Turner; Minnesota added ex-Broncos pick G Seth Olsen; Houston retained CB Brice McCain.

Gotta wonder how Packers fans will take to the news that Brett Favre helped convince WR Greg Jennings to defect to the Vikings, as Favre himself had (via New Jersey). Mike Silver thinks the Packers need to take the high road and bury the hatchet with Favre.

Draft

Chiefs coach Andy Reid claims he's received multiple inquiries regarding the #1 overall pick, and that the team will consider 8-10 different players if it keeps the pick.

Doug Farrar discusses the draft prospects of NC State QB Mike Glennon and Houston corner D.J. Hayden, who underwent emergency heart surgery in November.

Cleveland will work out WVU QB Geno Smith, whose list of potential drafters continues to grow.

Analysis

Jason from OTC discusses the remarkably underwhelming contracts given free agents this offseason, and remember when it was the veterans who would benefit at the expense of rookies under the CBA? Yeah, not so much, says Jarrett Bell. There's going to be another flood of talent on the market next year, so look for more of the same...

Bill Barnwell surveys who's still available in free agency.

Chase Stuart wonders if WR Arrelious Benn is ready to break out, now that he's moved from Tampa Bay to Philly.

Barry Petchesky thinks the only people who don't want Super Bowls in cold-weather cities are the reporters who have gotten used to to the idea of all-expenses-paid warm-weather vacations in early February.

According to FO's run-stop data, Von Miller ranked second only to San Francisco's Ahmad Brooks among linebackers, while only five defensive linemen fared worse than did Elvis Dumervil.

While it's not news that Peyton Manning ranks well in terms of production versus sub package defenses, usage rates should explain why it's no insult that Denver sees Chris Harris as a nickel corner.

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