Scheffler latest ‘06 draftee to hang it up

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! It's been a busy offseason for Denver's 2006 draft class.

Jay Cutler had another kid and is being described as a maturing leader, and Brandon Marshall got a new contract.

Chris Kuper, the last of the seven draftees to wear orange, retired in March.

Domenik Hixon, who was the first to leave Dove Valley (and the only one with a SB ring - two of them, actually), suffered his third torn ACL and is likely to retire.

Sadly, Tony Scheffler is also calling it quits due to the game's physical toll.

The former second-rounder says three concussions suffered over the past four seasons are forcing him to retire.

According to Scheffler, he drew interest from Kansas City and Chicago this offseason.

Notoriously, Scheffler's last act as a Bronco was getting benched for the 2009 season finale against Kansas City.

Still, we wish Scheffler all the best in retirement, especially from a health standpoint.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox, Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, Manny Ramirez, and Malik Jackson speak after Wednesday's practice; BTV covers Del Rio's comments; Fox speaks with NFLN's Michelle Beisner; NFLN ranks Demaryius Thomas the league's 49th best player.

Denver will hold joint practices at Dove Valley with the Texans this August; their new practice facilities figure to be conducive to more similar arrangements in the future.

Lighning shortened Wednesday's practice; Andrew Mason praises the play of Orlando Franklin, Quant Smith, and Brock Osweiler; Troy Renck says Quinton Carter is a possible rejuvenation story for 2014.

Obviously, Ramirez doesn't want to waste too much time or emotion on the bungled snap that opened SB 48.

If Peyton Manning and Gase want to know how they can score more points inside the five-yard line, perhaps they should talk to Fox about not kicking 19-yard field goals.

Mike Klis continues to be surprised by Denver's not having signed a veteran running back.

Our thoughts are with former Olympian Amy Van Dyken Rouen (husband of Tom), who severed her spinal cord in an ATV accident.

This author cannot objectively take stock of Eric Edholm's claim that The Drive is among the NFL's most overrated games.

News

Pittsburgh extended center Maurkice Pouncey by five years, giving him a $13M signing bonus.

Giants LB Jon Beason, whom Denver had pursued in free agency, was carted off the practice field today.

Indy lost DE Fili Moala for the season to a torn ACL; Atlanta may sign Jonathan Vilma to replace the injured LB Sean Witherspoon; ex-Browns LB Quentin Groves visited New England and will meet with Washington.

As the Bills look to expand the gameday hours during which they can sell beer, Pabst owner C. Dean Metropoulos is interested in purchasing the team.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is holding out of minicamp as he tries to get a new contract.

Analysis

Tom Gower says that, of course, middle linebacker is Denver's biggest remaining roster hole.

Matt Waldman and Chase Stuart explore the problems with trying to evaluate players (wideouts, in this case) by their physical dimensions.

PFF's data confirms that while Peyton Manning is awesome without play action, he's downright lethal with it.

Jason Fitzgerald shares his data on 2014 draftee signings, prior to Roby's deal.

Father's Day

With Father's Day approaching, John Fox, Dennis Allen, and others discuss their dads' inluences upon them.

Mike Tanier lays out the pros and cons of each youth sport from the parent's perspective.

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

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