Thank You, Edgar Kaiser Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! If you weren't fortunate enough to catch last night's 30 for 30: Elway to Marino on ESPN, you can find the times it will re-air here.

For a Broncos or Dolphins fan, it's an exceptional documentary, based almost entirely upon the notes of Marvin Demoff, the longtime agent for both John Elway and Dan Marino. Considering the preponderance of factors that led Elway to Denver, we should all consider ourselves particularly fortunate for that gift which continues to give, to this day.

To any Raiders, Cowboys, Colts, Bears, Patriots, Steelers, Jets, or Chiefs fan, we imagine it's an infuriating reminder (or lesson) of the circumstances and forces that kept those teams from landing either legendary quarterback.

Now's as good a time as any to tip our caps to the late Edgar Kaiser, the former Broncos owner who pulled off the greatest trade in Denver sports history.

Broncos

According to PFT, the Broncos officially have $8.4M in cap space, with just over $3.9M of that to be allocated for signing draft choices.

In discussing Denver's draft needs, Derek Harper notes that most of the top DE prospects would be a size upgrade over Elvis Dumervil.

It appears the Broncos' jerseys will feature an updated neckline from what they sported last year. (h/t James)

News

Presumably as a response to the Dumervil debacle, the NFLPA announced a deal with an electronic signature company to help make it far easier for its members to sign contracts - without fax machines.

Prompted by combine questions about players' sexuality and the New York Attorney General, the NFL has strengthened its anti-discrimination policies.

Jacksonville's new uniforms were unveiled yesterday, and their draft room is rather pathetic; the Dolphins and Vikings also showed off new threads on Tuesday.

San Diego and Mike McCoy signed recent Broncos fullback Chris Gronkowski.

Giants RB Andre Brown (formerly of Denver) signed his RFA tender; DT Pat Williams will retire as a Viking.

Retired QB Brad Johnson details the physical price he pays daily for having played in the NFL for so long, and he hopes future players will receive better healthcare benefits.

Packers legend Forrest Gregg tells Mike Klis that he believes playing football led to his current battle with Parkinson's.

Draft

Former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau, who has been openly gay since high school, went undrafted in 2012 and is hoping to catch on with an NFL team this summer.

Inspired by Elway to Marino, Bill Barnwell discusses what he thinks are the most significant reasons for the poor success rates of the NFL draft.

From Jeff Legwold comes a glossary of some popular terms from the scouting lexicon.

Leave it to Peter King to suggest it's weird/interesting/compelling that so many of the top picks are held by teams with new coaches and/or GMs. Well, Pete, how do you think they got there?

Analysis

Jason Cole thinks the LOLJets blew it by trading Darrelle Revis, but clearly, the far bigger mistake was the structure of their last contract with him, which set this whole drama up.

Neil Hornsby pulls out PFF's data on nickel corners, with Chris Harris rating second best in the league behind Green Bay's Casey Hayward.

Andy Benoit studies the Lions roster; PFF lists their top ten seventh-rounders of the past five drafts.

Jason Fitzgerald examines the new contract signed by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor through the prism of his statistics.

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

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