Tony Romo and Kyle Orton don’t sound like BFFs

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Today's first full-squad workouts mean the start of Phase 3 of the offseason program.

Contact and one-one-one drills are not permitted, so we're still a far cry from the intense practices of training camp.

But John Fox and Chris Harris say this a particularly important juncture for defensive players, who will finally be able to line up against other players and start making on-field adjustments, as opposed to just playbook study and mental reps.

Broncos

Jeff Legwold says the team will begin serious negotiations with its draftees today, in hopes of signing everyone by the end of the week.

There's something extra ridiculous about Mike Klis wondering if the Broncos can move past SB 48. Well, Mike, it's going to be hard for them to do so when you keep asking them about it, no?

But Julius Thomas says Peyton Manning's unmatched work ethic has helped restore the team's confidence.

Although it's great to see the Broncos featured heavily in that Cleveland sports coloring book, WTF are John Elway and Karl Mecklenburg doing on the field at the same time?

Johnny Sugar profiles SB 32 & 33 Champion Bubby Brister.

John Elway will speak at this year's NFL Career Development Symposium.

News

While Andy Reid is confident the Chiefs will soon extend Alex Smith, reports from Terez Paylor and Ed Werder suggest the two sides are far apart.

Tony Romo doesn't seem too thrilled by the continued absence of Kyle Orton from Cowboys HQ.

Two notable players have already suffered season-ending injuries, as Dallas LB Sean Lee and Chicago WR/KR Domenik Hixon each tore an ACL.

St. Louis is expected to sign former Bucs guard Davin JosephDetroit worked out DT Derek Landri, who played for John Fox in Carolina and was linked to Denver a few offseasons ago.

At least through one day, WR Andre Johnson has followed through on his promise to hold out from Houston's offseason activities.

77 organizations, including the National Congress of American Indians, Oneida Indian Nation, NAACP, and Anti-Defamation League, will send a letter urging every NFL player to call for the Washington franchise to change the blatantly racist name.

Legal Issues

Aaron Hernandez is set to be arraigned today on murder charges for the 2012 Boston drive-by double homicide he's been linked to.

The workers' comp bill being pushed by the Saints in Louisiana has been tabled for now.

Johnette Howard explains why it's intellectually lazy to suggest that players suing over painkillers should just chalk their issues up to a lack of personal responsibility.

Analysis

Pat Sims is PFF's Secret Superstar for the 2014 Raiders.

Greg Gabriel lists his breakout candidates among second-year NFCE players.

Albert Breer discusses San Francisco's penchant for redshirting injured draftees. Let's hope Quant Smith turns into that type of success story for Denver. 

Greg Bedard explores one of the NFL's greatest gifts that keeps giving - the coaching tapes and writings of Bill Walsh.

Maths

Andrew Healy considers whether quarterbacks surrounded by great talent in college tend to be overvalued in the draft.

Although it's interesting to consider whether it's better to sit or play rookie quarterbacks, the sample is just too small to use stats or precedent. John Elway and Peyton Manning might have been even better had they each sat a year, while Andrew Luck might have been worse off. There's just no way of knowing.

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

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