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Eddie Mac: Given choice, keep Demaryius over Julius

If Elway Has To Choose A Thomas, Ed McCaffrey Says Keep Demaryius Over Julius

Obviously, the two biggest names on offense are Demaryius and Julius Thomas. Former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey was quick to say he’d keep Demaryius over Julius if Elway ends up having to pick between the two.

Of course, it's not a simple either/or matter, as re-signing Demaryius Thomas will command significantly more cash and cap (think 50% more) than will keeping Julius Thomas. The choice is probably closer to Demaryius, or Julius and a starter-quality player or two. That said, I agree with McCaffrey.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

Broncos desire to cause more turnovers in 2015 season

“We have to be more disruptive and create more turnovers. I think we can get to that. Actually I know we can get to that,” defensive end DeMarcus Ware said in the Pro Bowl locker room. “We want to get to where you talk about us as the Orange Crush, where we are at that next level. That’s how we wanted to be viewed.”

I've been a Broncos fan for 28 years now, and I swear, I've read some iteration of this article in approximately 26 of those years.

So far, Julius Thomas hasn’t heard from Broncos

Thomas: Ankle Is Better As He Heads Into Important Offseason

General manager John Elway said back on Jan. 12 that re-signing both the big tight end and star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were his top priorities after finding a new coach. “I didn’t hear about that until now from you,” Thomas told The Associated Press. “But I think it’s good that’s something they want to do. Obviously, those conversations and negotiations will take place in the next coming weeks. Hopefully it all works out.”

We probably shouldn't read much into this, as Elway & Co. have had plenty on their plate in cobbling together a new coaching staff.

Broncos won’t be trading a pick for Vance Joseph, because they can’t

Broncos still hoping to hire Vance Joseph as D coordinator

And forget the Broncos trying to trade a draft pick to the Bengals in return for Joseph, who has one year left on his contract in Cincinnati. NFL rules allow trades for head coaches, but not for assistant coaches. If the Bengals continue to refuse, the Broncos are expected to interview Wade Phillips and Mike Smith for the job this week.

Vance Joseph must be some coach, huh?

Clady: I’ll finally be 100% next season

In blocking, Ryan Clady ready to zone out

“I was struggling with it early in the season,” Clady said. “I just tried to stay on top of it with treatment and stuff. It’s the hardest injury I’ve ever had. I’m a year and a half from the first surgery now, and I still feel a little soreness here and there…It’s definitely better, and this next year I’m just excited to get a full offseason, I don’t have to rehab, and just come back 100 percent.”

It's not quite time to bury the 28-year-old anchor of the Broncos' offensive line, just because he had a rough season.

Rosterbation: Derek Newton an option for Broncos at RT?

An Agent's Take: Connecting dots to 2015 NFL free agency

New coach Gary Kubiak may lobby general manager and executive VP of football operations John Elway to pursue Texans right tackle Derek Newton. Shoring up the offensive line is particularly important if Peyton Manning returns for his 18th NFL season. Signing Newton, a connection from Kubiak’s days as the Texans’ coach, would allow Louis Vasquez to move back to right guard, his natural position.

Newton broke out somewhat in 2014, posting a plus-8.9 in 1,130 snaps after grading out at an atrocious minus-28.3 over 848 snaps the year before. The 6-6, 313-pounder is coming off the last year of his rookie contract, and turned 27 in November.

Renck: Expect many changes along Denver’s offensive line

Pro Bowl observations: Beckham’s one-handed catches, Broncos’ roster talk

It’s unlikely that Orlando Franklin returns at guard. The scheme requires mobile linemen who can reach the second level on blocks. That means the Broncos must sign a right tackle — Paul Cornick and Chris Clark didn’t work out last season — and draft a right guard given how poorly Manny Ramirez performed.

The Broncos will keep Demaryius Thomas and I fully expect them to make a strong effort to re-sign tight end Julius Thomas. They will try to keep defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. It would not surprise me if Rahim Moore receives more money on the open market, leaving the Broncos to find a safety for the second consecutive year in free agency.

What of Michael Schofield, 2014 third-round pick?

No, Denver’s QB of the future isn’t on the practice squad

Mason's Mailbag: Thoughts on free agency, organizational structure and more

...there’s a reason why Dysert was on the practice squad and Osweiler was the No. 2 quarterback the last two years. Osweiler has a year’s more experience under his belt, and it shows; he’s more consistent and can do more things well on a day-to-day basis at this point than Dysert. And when they play in the preseason, Osweiler has faced a much higher caliber of competition than Dysert, so that must be factored into the evaluation.

The extent of Dysert's play has come against fellow practice squadders and guys whose NFL careers are already over, so let's not enshrine him just yet.

Woody: I Love The 90s

Paige: Wade Phillips is Broncos' best choice as defensive coordinator

The Son-of-a-Bum was a lousy head coach, a victim of the Peter Principle. He belongs right back here as a brilliant coordinator. In his last job with Houston’s defense, ranked worst in the league, Phillips lifted it to No. 2. As a coordinator, he has elevated eight different franchises’ defenses, including Denver’s.

Woody thinks Denver should also hire Rod Woodson, which we think is a terrific idea.

Doom: Broncos’ last contract offer was a slap in the face

Elvis Dumervil, Mike Adams doing just fine after departing Broncos

“The last time I had 17 sacks (in 2009), I was an outside linebacker. Then I got injured and when I came back, I played defensive end.

“I didn’t complain. I did my job. I played hurt. I just wanted to win for those guys. The fans, the city. But then with the contract, they threw the fact I didn’t have 15 sacks in my face.”

Doom's Baltimore contract: five years, $26M. DeMarcus Ware's Denver deal: three years, $30M. Just sayin'.