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Good Morning, Broncos fans! While discussing the possible recalibration of the NFL offseason yesterday, we did overlook one potential beef, one which John Clayton says could prevent the plan from happening at all.

From Clayton's perspective, the NFLPA would never go for such a change, as pushing back free agency into April would mean delaying veterans the pay days most of them have have spent their careers waiting for.

The league's idea would not only compress free agency, but it would shorten the time period between the start of free agency and the draft, which Clayton suggests could make teams more willing to wait on signing veterans until after they've added their rookie class.

Functionally, this could potentially serve as a way to keep salaries down, and if that's how the union sees it, then Clayton's right - free agency wouldn't be moved - certainly not a whole month.

Meanwhile, Mike Florio says the NFL wants to create some sort of free agency signing day TV spectacle, but as he points out, there wouldn't be any surprises, as news of most signings leak in advance anyway.

Broncos

Here's video of John Elway's turn at the podium, plus a recap of Friday's activities from the BTV crew.

Elway (deservedly) patted himself on the back plenty yesterday, comparing 2012 to 1996, saying Peyton Manning exceeded expectations, explaining the Osweiler pick, and echoing John Fox's suggestion that Nate Irving and Steven Johnson would be competing for the starting Mike job. The omission of Joe Mays speaks volumes, to no great surprise here.

Mike Klis says to expect that Ryan Clady will skip the Broncos offseason conditioning program as a protest of the coming franchise tender, and for the two sides to aim for a long-term deal to be completed by the time training camp starts.

Paul Klee thinks running back is the Broncos' most obvious need, and he thinks they should address it at #28 with Alabama's Eddie Lacy.

Starting next week, Wesley Woodyard will be joining Mark Kiszla and Peter Burns every Friday on MHS Radio.

News

Atlanta is expected to release RB Michael Turner, while the Eagles will apparently ask CB Nnamdi Asomugha to take a pay cut or be released, although they'll have to pay him $4M on the way out the door.

Jason Cole hears that Kansas City is the likeliest trade destination for Alex Smith at this juncture.

Calling to mind Shanny's switch of Deltha O'Neal from CB to WR, the Raiders will attempt to shift running back Taiwan Jones to corner.

Tennessee agreed to terms on a multiyear deal with former Bills safety George Wilson.

Combine

Arkansas Pine-Bluff lineman Terron Armstead ran a 4.65-second 40-yard dash today at 6-5 and 306 pounds; makes me wonder what's the longest reception by a tackle-eligible.

Although the NFL has apparently learned from the Tim Tebow Experiment and wants Collin Klein to work out as a tight end this weekend, Klein hasn't learned from the Tim Tebow Experiment, and remains determined to prove he's a QB. Mike Tanier isn't so sure Jake Plummer was the best choice as a tutor for Klein, given that he was never known for his technical proficiency as a player.

Greg Cosell discusses QB prospects; he sees major flaws in Geno Smith's technique and views Matt Barkley as a fourth-rounder and NFL backup.

Doug Farrar agrees that Barkley's arm strength is a real concern, and he expects several offensive linemen to crack the first round of the draft.

Robert Mays explains which types of players tend to need great combine performances to bolster their draft position.

Miscellany

The PFF guys rank the top free agent corners and safeties, with three players grading out far better than Ed Reed.

While discussing the decision of the Ultimate Teammate™ to postpone visiting his hate church, Robert Jeffress reminds everyone why it's called a hate church.

Is it appropriate to label a photo of Jay Cutler with a pack of cigarettes as life imitating art?

Chase Stuart's trivia question for today concerns the last rookie guard to make the Pro Bowl, which should bring a gaping smile to everyone's faces.

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

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