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Report: Broncos met with Miami QB Stephen Morris

Some prospects who might interest Denver
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They still project Osweiler as the first starter in the post-Manning era, but Elway simply will not let the cupboard go bare. Among the quarterbacks the Broncos have met with are Miami’s Stephen Morris and Wyoming’s Brett Smith.

The only other new name mentioned by Legwold is Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman, but he doesn't say whether Denver has met with the player.

Esiason: A woman should risk her life so her husband doesn’t miss a day of work

Boomer Esiason Said Daniel Murphy's Wife Should've Had C-Section Before Season To Avoid Paternity Leave
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Esiason said that he would have made his wife have a C-Section before the season started to make sure he was available.

As the World Health Organization notes, elective c-sections waste billions of dollars and risk the lives of mothers and babies unnecessarily.

Perhaps if Boomer had better judgment, he wouldn't have racked up that atrocious 80-93 career record of his...

Lawsuit: Raiderettes work conditions are illegal

Just Cheer, Baby
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Shortly after Lacy filed suit, the U.S. Department of Labor opened its own investigation into the Raiders’ treatment of cheerleaders. It closed the inquiry in March, determining that as a seasonal operation, cheerleading is exempt from federal minimum wage laws. But many state labor laws, including California’s, are stricter than federal ones, and the pot had been stirred. Within a month, a Bengals cheerleader filed a similar class-action suit on behalf of the members of her squad, who she says are paid $90 a game, or $2.85 an hour.

Across the NFL, cheerleaders are required to work long, hard hours, and are paid very poorly.  This lawsuit threatens to change the nature of professional cheerleading, and rightfully so.  While I don't think that cheerleaders are in any way essential to football, if a team is going to have them, they should be paid a reasonable wage, and they shouldn't be subjected to illegal work conditions.

Could spending spree put Broncos into ‘cap hell’?

Agent's Take: Did Broncos mortgage future with spending spree?
www.cbssports.com

Conservatively, the Broncos should head into next off-season with at least $30 million of cap room unless core players are given contract extensions or the projected growth in the cap isn’t accurate.

No.

Of course, you already knew this.

Condon: Peyton didn’t want to earn more than Brady

What’s Going On in Orlando
mmqb.si.com

“What does Tom Brady make?”

“$18 million a year.”

“Then I don’t want to make a penny more than that.”

FWIW, it had been said during the lockout and his brief venture into free agency that Manning felt that maxing out his salary was good for the longterm cause of NFL players. 

Dennis Allen has apparently lost his mind

Raiders coach Dennis Allen on Matt Schaub: “We have a quarterback now that’s on par with the quarterbacks in this division”
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-Q: How focused are you on matching up against the good QBs in your division?

-ALLEN: We have a quarterback now that’s on par with the quarterbacks in this division.

Granted, this tends to happen when in the employ of the Oakland Raiders...

Hey, someone over at the DP finally woke up

Von Miller likely to have fifth-year option picked up by Broncos
www.denverpost.com

The Broncos are likely to pick up the fifth-year team option on the contract of linebacker Von Miller.

Exercising the fifth-year option would keep the pass-rushing strongside linebacker with the club — and away from free agency — through the 2015 season.

Let's see, we've only been writing about this since 2011, when Von's fifth-year option was last written about at the DP by the always professional Lindsay Jones.

Mays: DeMarcus and Von will terrorize opponents

Hey, Jealousy: The NFL Teams That Deserve Our Free-Agent Envy
grantland.com

DeMarcus Ware is coming off his worst season as a pro, but he was battling injuries, and it was also his first in a new system. When he’s healthy and at his best, he’s in the conversation for best defensive player in the league. And if he can be 85 percent of that next year, it will be horrifying for opposing offenses. Can you imagine Ware coming from one side and Von Miller coming from the other? The freedom Jack Del Rio will have with Ware, Miller, Derek Wolfe, Terrance Knighton, and Kevin Vickerson should make offensive coordinators run to the hills.

FWIW, Mays is skeptical of the Aqib Talib deal and fond of the T.J. Ward one, but both opinions appear based upon those initial guarantee reports we're so fond of.

Cimini: Broncos execs weren’t DVRing Decker’s reality show

Sunday notes: The Jets' new reality-TV star
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His former team, the Denver Broncos, said last year it had no problem with Decker doing the show. “To each his own,” team exec John Elway said.

Privately, the organization wasn’t thrilled, especially when Decker’s impending free agency was mentioned in one of the early shows.

Does anyone really believe Eric and Jessie wanted to stay in Denver?

As if the past week hasn’t already proven, John Elway is EVERYWHERE

Timeless works of art ruined by John Elway
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Elway is taking free agency by storm, gobbling up all the players and ruining everyone else’s dreams. But football dreams isn’t all he ruins. He hates art too.

Over the centuries, there's been plenty of speculation as to the cause of Mona Lisa's closemouthed smile. Apparently, the answer is simple: she had huge teeth!