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Latest from Klis: Elvis wants to stay in Denver

Broncos release Elvis Dumervil because new contract too late
www.denverpost.com

In the meantime, Dumervil is a free agent, and Magid said his cell phone “has been blowing up” by calls from interested teams. However, two sources close to the situation said Dumervil wants to get his paperwork fiasco fixed and return to the Broncos.

This situation can be rectified, with no harm, and no foul. But you know what they say - money talks, bullshit walks.

Quinton Carter may have crapped out

Broncos safety Quinton Carter facing Vegas cheating case
www.denverpost.com

Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter is facing felony charges following his arrest last weekend on allegations that he cheated at a Las Vegas casino craps game. Carter was arrested late Saturday at the Palace Station after officials reported he added money to his bets after the dice had already rolled.

Carter was charged with three counts of fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. Each charge carries a possible six-year prison sentence.

Not sure where cheating at craps ranks in terms of cosmic badness, but the law apparently doesn't think very highly of it.

The tears from New England have started flowing

Welker's Gone. Now What?
www.patspulpit.com

Back when we were all projecting various landing spots for Wes Welker should he ultimately decide to leave the New England Patriots, there were a number of differing opinions. Some saw him in Tampa Bay. Others saw him with the Chiefs. A few even figured he would end up back in Miami with the Dolphins. And while we didn’t all agree on where Welker might eventually end up, we did all agree on one thing:

Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos is the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen.
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This blows. This just blows.

My man is having a WAAHmburger with some french cries.  I'd be pissed too, if I were him.  WELKAH!!!!  It's not FAY-UH!!!!

I cannot wait to see what Tommy from Quinzee has to say about this.

H/T Charles Burnett

Eagles, Vick pare contract to one year

Michael Vick signs with Eagles for '13
espn.go.com

The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed Michael Vick on Monday to a one-year deal for the 2013 season, league sources said.

This contract replaces the one Vick had signed and he now is scheduled to be a free agent after next season.

Vick was reportedly paid a $3M roster bonus last week, and had been due to draw a $15.5M salary for 2013, in a deal that ran through 2015.

Instead, the former number-one overall pick has taken a hefty pay cut, with a one-year deal that has the potential of topping out at around $10M.

Broncos likely to play SNF opener at Giants, visit Cowboys on Thanksgiving

Broncos most likely to open on SNF, play on Turkey Day
milehighsports.com

Broncos @ Giants – Peyton Manning versus Eli Manning. The huge New York television market. According to sources, it will be a “major upset” if this is not the SNF opener.

If Denver opens at home on Monday Night Football, the logical match-ups would be the Chargers, with former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy now at the helm in San Diego, and the Chiefs, with Andy Reid making his regular-season debut as the head coach in Kansas City.

While the plan for opening weekend is still being finalized, one game on the Broncos schedule is all but set in stone. Denver will be playing on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) in Dallas. “It’s a lock,” said a league source.

As you might recall, the Broncos' last trip to Dallas was also on Thanksgiving, and ended on a Jason Elam chip shot that followed a 55-yard OT run (video) by Ron Dayne in 2005.

Independent neurologists to staff NFL games in 2013

NFL will have independent neurological consultants on sidelines next season
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

According to Andrea Kremer of the NFL Network and sideline reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the NFL will have unaffiliated neurological consultants on the sidelines during games beginning next season.

This move stands in stark contrast to the inane comments made last November by Richard Ellenbogen, the co-chair of the NFL's concussion committee. We heartily applaud the league for taking an important step toward better handling of head injuries.

Civil claims against Thomas dismissed

Civil suit against Demaryius Thomas dismissed
blogs.denverpost.com

A lawsuit filed against Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas case has been dismissed.
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Although Thomas was never charged of any wrongdoing, he was considered a witness in the alleged incident involving Cox and the accuser. Cox’s accuser had filed eight complaints in a lawsuit against Thomas. However, Denver District Court Judge Martin Egelhoff signed an order on Jan. 10 dismissing all claims with prejudice against Thomas. (With prejudice means claims cannot be asserted again.)

This is great news for Demaryius and the Broncos. While 2012 was a breakout season for the wideout, and the first in which he did not miss time due to injury, one has to figure the removal of this burden can only help his 2013 performance.

Ginger Hammer unbans Sean Payton

NFL reinstates Saints' Sean Payton
espn.go.com

The NFL reinstated New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton on Tuesday from his season-long suspension as a result of the league’s investigation into the team’s bounty program.

The league said the decision to reinstate Payton was made after a meeting between the coach and commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in New Orleans.

Can't help but wonder when this would have happened if the Super Bowl weren't taking place in New Orleans...

Meanwhile, Gregg Williams is free to search out a new job, and the Rog will apparently review his possible reinstatement if and when Williams finds one.

Tom Moore wants an OC job.  Know anywhere he might fit?

Moore looking for OC job, and one makes too much sense
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Moore didn’t mention any specific possibilities, but there just so happens to be a team that just lost an offensive coordinator, which just so happens to employ a quarterback Moore is familiar with. Moore has only the thinnest background working with Denver coach John Fox, as they were with the Steelers together in 1989. But since the Broncos catered the offense to Peyton Manning this year anyway under now-Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, and Moore called that offense with the Colts, it’s simply a logical step to make.

This is a very logical step to make; I agree with Darin Gantt completely.  It's maybe just as logical to promote QB coach Adam Gase to OC, but I think he and Moore represent continuity, and that that's the most important thing for the Broncos offense.  I'm less of a fan of the ideas of hiring Ken Whisenhunt or Pat Shurmur.  Whisenhunt will probably be gone for another HC job within a year or two, and Shurmur is a scheme guy from a West Coast background.

Reid makes coordinator hirings with Chiefs

Doug Pederson, Bob Sutton reportedly new Chiefs coordinators
www.kansascity.com

The Chiefs reportedly have hired Bob Sutton as their new defensive coordinator and Doug Pederson as their new offensive coordinator.

The 61-year-old Sutton has spent the last 13 seasons with the New York Jets, 10 as linebackers coach.

Pederson, 44, was an NFL quarterback for 12 seasons and has been an offensive assistant with Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles for the past four years.

Reid interviewed Brad Childress about a non-coordinator position earlier in the week, while Ray Farmer and John Dorsey auditioned for the GM vacancy.