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Justin Simmons: It seems like Denver wants me back and I want to stay

Safety Justin Simmons got a franchise tag from the Broncos last year when John Elway was the team’s General Manager, but he isn’t sure what new G.M. George Paton is planning to do. Simmons had another good year for the Broncos while playing under the tag, but said he “hasn’t spoken to anyone in depth” [more]

Teams shouldn’t retire jerseys if they don’t intend to keep them retired

Sports teams have a habit of honoring great players by retiring their numbers. Apparently, for some teams, retirement means the same that it did for Brett Favre. The Cardinals have become the latest team to unretire a number, putting Marshall Goldberg’s number back in circulation for use by J.J. Watt. Setting aside the question of [more]

Texans remain the favorites to employ Deshaun Watson in 2021

The oddsmakers see the Seahawks as the strong favorites to keep quarterback Russell Wilson. The oddsmakers have the Texans as the favorites to keep quarterback Deshaun Watson, but the numbers aren’t nearly as strong. The Texans, via PointsBet, are +250 to be the team with which Watson takes his next snap. That means a $100 [more]

Top 100 free agents 2021: Dak Prescott again tops the list

The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the start of the 2021 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings, tags and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported. 1. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott 2. Bears receiver Allen [more]

John McClain calls for the Texans to trade Deshaun Watson

The Houston Texans seem to think they’ll win a standoff with quarterback Deshaun Watson. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle knows that the team won’t. McClain, who has covered the Texans since their debut in 2002 and the Houston Oilers before that, makes the case that the time has come for the Texans to trade [more]

Deshaun Watson would lose up to $20.2 million if he sits out the 2021 season

If, as it appears, quarterback Deshaun Watson will never play for the Texans again and if, as it appears, the Texans won’t trade Watson, the stage will be set for a holdout. Different numbers have emerged regarding the monetary losses that Watson would incur. Below, we’ll try to identify the full scope of the financial [more]

Ryan Fitzpatrick wants a chance to compete for a starting job

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has played for 25 percent of the NFL’s teams. He’ll likely be joining a ninth team in 2021. Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Fitzpatrick “believes he’s played well enough the past couple of years to get a chance to at least compete for a starting job with some team.” That [more]

Cowboys headline list of five candidates for 2021 Hard Knocks

The Cowboys twice have appeared on Hard Knocks, NFL Films’ reality TV series that appears on HBO. Both were hits. In 2002, the Cowboys acquired Chad Hutchinson to compete with Quincy Carter, and Emmitt Smith was closing in on the NFL’s all-time rushing title. In 2008, the Cowboys were coming off a 13-3 season that [more]

Report: Teams have called to make trade offers for Deshaun Watson, Texans won’t talk

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wants to be traded. The Texans do not want to trade him. Or even hear what teams would be willing to give up for him. That’s the word from Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, who reports that the Texans have been unwilling to discuss Watson with any of the teams that [more]

Kendall Hinton ready for what’s next after “unreal” NFL debut

The NFL was able to play every game on their 2020 schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were some challenges along the way for teams missing players due to positive tests or close contacts with those who tested positive. Denver had as big a challenge as any team in Week 12. All of their [more]

Broncos release Jurrell Casey

Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey‘s run with the Broncos is over after one season. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports and PFT has confirmed, via a league source, that the Broncos have released Casey. Casey was set to count for more than $11.8 million against the cap and the team clears all of that space as a [more]

Clyde Christensen: Tom Brady wanted to do what Peyton Manning did in Denver

Tom Brady left the Patriots a year ago, after 20 seasons in New England. Much has been said and written about why he left. So why not write and say some more now? Via, Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen peeled back the curtain a but during a visit to CBS Sports Radio. “[T]here was [more]

Hearing in Melvin Gordon DUI case pushed to March 10

Broncos running back Melvin Gordon pleaded not guilty to a DUI charge in Denver last month and was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in the case on Wednesday, but it has been pushed to next month. The hearing will now be held on March 10. The Denver District Court granted a continuance requested by Gordon’s [more]

Criminal investigation into Von Miller given to D.A., no decision on charges

There was word last month that police in Parker, Colorado had opened a criminal investigation into undisclosed allegations made against Broncos linebacker Von Miller and Tuesday brought an update in the status of that case. The police department has turned over the results of the investigation to the 18th Judicial District District Attorney in Colorado [more]

Cam Newton is definitely better than plenty of starting quarterbacks

Soon-to-be-free-agent quarterback Cam Newton recently declared that there aren’t 32 quarterbacks better than him. He’s right. On Tuesday’s PFT Live, Simms and I went through all 32 teams and identified several starting (for now) quarterbacks who aren’t as good, in our view, as Newton. Check out the attached video for the full discussion. Or keep [more]

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