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Klis: Broncos might draft another quarterback

Broncos Mailbag: Why Demaryius Thomas' contract holdout may not work in his favor
www.denverpost.com

I can see the Broncos taking a quarterback in the second or third round. I think they almost have to with Manning playing this season at 39 years old and Brock Osweiler in the final year of his contact. Brett Hundley, Sean Mannion, Bryce Petty and Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson would be possibilities.

I'm not buying this, unless John Elway & Co. are less enamored with Osweiler than they say (possible, but they would have traded him, right?). As long as they see him as their QB of the future, Osweiler's pending free agency shouldn't be an issue. In that case, a summer or midseason extension would make sense for both sides.

Who was the Broncos’ worst first-rounder since 1990?

Examining the worst first-round NFL draft pick for each team since 1990
www.cbssports.com

Sure are a lot of busts from the 2007 class and despot Mike Croel’s selection at 4th overall being floppish, we’re going with Jarvis Moss here.

Look, I know there's a lot of work behind crafting a list involving every NFL team over 25 years. But it's not that hard. And while everyone knows how I feel about Tim Tebow, there's no way he was a worse draft choice than Willie Fractured Ankle Middlebrooks, Marcus Four Career Catches Nash, or Tommy Successor to 31-year-old Elway Maddox (Carl Pickens!).

Rivers-to-Tennessee speculation continues to brew

Philip Rivers a Titan? Marcus Mariota a Charger? Not as wacky as it sounds
sports.yahoo.com

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who has great respect for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, might be very interested if he became available. Why would he? Well, his contract is up after this year, and Rivers has no interest in extending his deal before the end of the season. The Titans would love to add Rivers, who grew up about 100 miles south of Nashville and who might instantly be the Titans’ best QB since Steve McNair.

This would be delightful on multiple levels, not the least of which is Mike McCoy having to start over with a rookie quarterback.

The Browns have taken to trashing Johnny Manziel in the media

The NFL's Most Improbable Prospect
mmqb.si.com

Manziel has done too much damage to his reputation with owner Jimmy Haslam, GM Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine to be taken seriously in Cleveland when he returns to the team, which is likely to be in the next week or so.

Indeed, left tackle Joe Thomas says Manziel managed to lose the locker room last year in just two weeks as the team's starter.

OTC: Julius Thomas may only bring Broncos back fourth-round comp pick

2016 Compensatory Draft Picks Update (4/3/2015)
overthecap.com

Denver receives the biggest piece of bad news, as the compensatory pick for Julius Thomas now falls from the last 3rd to the first 4th. Thomas may still net Denver a 3rd in the end, but they may need him to play a high percentage of the offensive snaps and/or make the Pro Bowl in order to get it.

At $21M guaranteed and $9.2M/year, we're guessing Julius plays a high number of snaps...as long as that ankle doesn't act up again.

PFT: Wes Welker hearing crickets this offseason

No word on Wes Welker as March comes to a close
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

A recent Denver Post report saying it would be a surprise if the Broncos brought him back is just about the only thing anyone has said about him since free agency started.

There may be some appeal in signing Welker to a nonguaranteed, minimum deal (if he'd take it), but there might be more value for Denver in using that roster spot on developing a younger receiver for the future.

What took them so long?

The AP is examining its use of the Redskins name
awfulannouncing.com

However, the Associated Press and its heralded Stylebook would be the biggest blow to the Redskins nickname by far, perhaps more significant than every other individual boycott put together.  You wouldn’t see “Redskins” in any wire report, game recap, news story, or anywhere that runs stories from the Associated Press.  That’s a big deal.

71% of Americans condone racism? Sounds about right.

Why the one-and-a-half-yard line?

Extra Points: How the PAT Could Change by This Fall
mmqb.si.com

There was much debate about making it the 1, the 1-and-a-half or the 2. The feeling about putting it on the 1 was that it could turn into too much of a scrum/push-the-pile play, or a fluky puncture-the-goal-line-with-the-ball-and-bring-it-back play by the quarterback.

This is a strange concern. If the types of plays PK mentions here were such sure things, then they'd be used far more often when teams have a yard to gain. Just put it at the one, and give teams the option of kicking for one or going for two. There's something gimmicky about using multiple lines of scrimmage or putting it at the 1.5-yard line.

Julius Thomas: I didn’t quit on the Broncos last season

Julius Thomas: Memories of March Madness
mmqb.si.com

But I gave everything I had to help our team win last year and be successful, and I don’t have to prove that to him. The people that are in my life, that see me every day, they know it. They know the effort that I put into this game, they know the effort I put on the field, and they know how badly I want to win. I am going to take all those things with me to Jacksonville and continue to give it everything I have to be the best player or teammate I can.

Whatever your feelings on Julius, remember that he's still got one more big contribution to the Broncos, in the form of what should be a third-round pick in next year's draft.

Michael Sam still looking for NFL spot

Michael Sam: ‘I’m not the only gay person in the NFL’
www.star-telegram.com

“I am not the only gay person in the NFL,” Sam said Thursday. “I’m just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL.

“Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn’t going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there’s gay NFL players. There’s gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal.

Sam is carefully toeing the line about whether or not him being gay has anything to do with him not being in the NFL:

“Hopefully I’m not being discriminated [against] because I’m gay,” Sam said. “I don’t believe that I’m being discriminated [against] because I’m gay. I just want to know if I’m truly not in the NFL, it’s because of talent. Let it be because of my talents. But you’ve got to prove that I can’t play this game. If you look at the film, clearly I can. So, I’ll leave it at that.”

He clearly thinks he still has a shot at an NFL roster spot, somewhere. I'm sure most practice roster players do, too.