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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Not to be too cynical, but interesting that Von Miller's SB guarantee came just hours in advance of him making the rounds and visiting with Mark KiszlaMatt UffordPFT Live, and NFLN, all the while promoting AXE™, wouldn't you say?

Granted, it's really cool that Von tied it into the story of his cousin Jeremiah (our thoughts are with you, little buddy), and we appreciate that he answered our question at the 21-minute mark of his livecast with Ufford, but there's no way it was, shall we say, an organic guarantee (not that it really matters).

Of course, there's no telling that to the morons who comment on this stuff.

Broncos

From James Merilatt comes a lengthy, excellent profile of Denver strength coach Luke Richesson and the advanced evaluative and training methods he's brought to the team.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis suggests the Broncos are best served to add a running back and corner via free agency, and to go for linemen in the draft. He says Knowshon Moreno has one year left on his contract, but Denver does hold an option on him for 2014; it's not clear how much that costs, though. Rotoworld lists it as requiring a $5.08M payment and $1.31M salary, while Spotrac and Over the Cap list only the salary.

Jeff Legwold maintains that of Denver's twelve unrestricted free agents, they're interested in retaining S David Bruton (Kevin Vickerson?), but will likely let several of them walk.

Andrew Mason lays out the Broncos' veteran free agent options in terms of defensive linemen.

Jake Plummer visited with Vic Lombardi on CBS4.

On NFLN, Willie McGinest and Shaun O'Hara discuss the 2013 expectations for the Broncos, and McGinest looks over Denver's offseason needs with Daniel Jeremiah and suggests they sign either Danny Amendola or Wes Welker.

News

A friend of the Ginger Hammer claims the Commish's greatest fear is that an NFL player will die on the field under his watch. Great, now what about retired players? (via USAT)

Now that Joe Flacco has set the QB market with his contract, there's talk that Aaron Rodgers is about to get one of his own.

Cleveland has already changed Mike Lombardi's title to GM, perhaps after having given the Plain Dealer's writers time to calm down about his hiring.

Oakland will host defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins today; he's already met with the Giants, Niners, and Seahawks; Atlanta is said to be in on Darrelle Revis, the Dolphins are reportedly nearing a new deal with WR Brian Hartline, and the Bears are expected to be among the teams interested in Titans TE Jared Cook.

Jacksonville will let CB Rashean Mathis walk; FWIW, the first nine seasons of his career were played under Jack Del Rio. Anyone smell a non-guaranteed veteran minimum flyer?

Seattle signed the younger brother of old friend Daniel Fells, who's been playing hoops overseas; Detroit added a punter who had paid his own way to try out with them; the Falcons re-signed RB Antone Smith.

In the department of has-beens, former Chargers star LB Shawne Merriman is retiring at 28, Vince Young will work out at UT's pro day, and Huebris Jackson claims Al Davis offered him Oakland's GM gig a few years ago.

Tragically, the introspective Arian Foster has decided to sign off of Twitter for good.

Draft

Doug Farrar analyzes FSU QB E.J. Manuel and Arkansas Pine-Bluff tackle Terron Armstead, the gigantic combine speedster.

Gil Brandt checks on pro days from Auburn and Missouri Southern State, the alma mater of one Rod Smith.

Analysis

Dr. James Andrews thinks we as Americans, in order to prevent injuries, need to ensure that our children aren't playing sports year-round.

PFF examines the most overpaid wide receivers, centers, and safeties of 2012 relative to their grading, including free agents Charles Woodson and Ed Reed. Meanwhile, the Broncos rank as the fourth best team from 2012 in terms of that value, which should surprise nobody.

Will Brinson ranks the top free agent wide receivers and tight ends.

Jason from Over the Cap breaks down Dwayne Bowe's new contract and its implications for the rest of the WR market.

Chase Stuart's era-adjusted receiving stats put Rod Smith at 35th all time, Shannon Sharpe 58th, Riley Odoms 136th, Ed McCaffrey 143rd, and Brandon Marshall 149th, relative to yardage (the list goes longer).

Really, Zubaz is back.

RIP Paul Bearer, best known as the manager for the Undertaker.


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