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Former Bears, Broncos kicker Roger LeClerc dies at 84

Former Bears kicker Roger LeClerc died Thursday, the team announced. He was 84. LeClerc was a member of the Bears’ 1963 NFL championship team. The Bears selected LeClerc in the 15th round of the 1959 draft out of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He spent the first seven seasons of his eight-year NFL career with [more]

Former Broncos, Browns offensive lineman Tony Jones dies at 54

Two-time Super Bowl champion Tony Jones has died, the Broncos announced Friday. He was 54. The 13-year NFL veteran spent four seasons with the Broncos, playing offensive tackle from 1997-2000. He served as the team’s right tackle during its first championship season in 1997 and held future Hall of Famer Reggie White without a sack [more]

Gary Kubiak retires, again

Four years ago, Gary Kubiak retired as head coach of the Broncos. As expected, Kubiak has now retired as offensive coordinator of the Vikings. The Vikings announced the decision on Thursday. “It’s been the honor of my lifetime to work for 36 seasons as an NFL player and coach,” Kubiak, who served as head coach [more]

Report: Chargers interviewed Renaldo Hill for defensive coordinator

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is starting to fill out his first staff in in Los Angeles and has reportedly interviewed a former colleague to become a coordinator. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL media, Staley interviewed Broncos defensive backs coach Renaldo Hill for defensive coordinator. Staley and Hill spent the 2019 season together on Vic [more]

George Paton: “A lot of reasons to be optimistic” about the Broncos

In the five years since winning Super Bowl 50, the Broncos generated a 9-7 record followed by four straight losing seasons. New General Manager George Paton nevertheless sees hope lurking in the team’s roster and cap situation. “I just think they have drafted well the last couple years,” Paton told reporters on Tuesday when asked [more]

George Paton: I’ve watched enough to know Drew Lock is talented, can develop

The Broncos have a new General Manager, and George Paton will make a number of important personnel decisions in the coming months and years. None may loom larger than what the team will ultimately do at quarterback. Drew Lock just completed his second year, and feels he can be Denver’s franchise QB. In his introductory [more]

Rod Graves: Disparity in opportunities for Black coaches is “mind-boggling”

As the 2021 coach and G.M. hiring cycle continues, the man who runs the Fritz Pollard Alliance has expressed his disappointment regarding the opportunities given to Black coaches and executives. “Thus far, the NFL hiring cycle of 2021 has not changed the rate of hires for Blacks as Head Coaches and primary football executives,” Fritz [more]

Jaguars will pick 25th after Rams loss in divisional round

New Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer knew his team had the first overall pick in the draft when he took the job and now he knows where the team’s second first-round pick will fall. Jacksonville acquired the Rams’ 2021 first-rounder as part of the deal for cornerback Jalen Ramsey in October 2019 and it will [more]

Deshaun Watson “just wants out” of the Texans

Last month, SI.com took a close look at the uncanny rise of Jack Easterby in Houston. Now, SI.com has a new article that sifts through the aftermath of a failed season and the intense dysfunction the team’s various moves have created. The new article from Jenny Vrentas and Greg Bishop amounts to a treasure trove [more]

Former Broncos scout Hugh Davidson dies at 92

Former Broncos scout Hugh Davidson died recently, the team announced Friday. He was 92. Davidson’s 30-year career with the Broncos began in 1972 when late front office executive Carroll Hardy offered him a position with the team. During his tenure with the Broncos, Davidson scouted the northwest region of the country before becoming Denver’s head [more]

Report: Von Miller is under “criminal investigation”

New Broncos G.M. George Paton may be facing an immediate challenge. According to 9News.com, linebacker Von Miller is “under criminal investigation” by the Parker, Colorado police department. The department confirmed to 9News.com the existence of the investigation, but provided no details. “We’re not commenting on nature of the allegations,” a spokesperson told 9News.com. “We haven’t [more]

Wade Phillips: I’m ready to retire from retirement

Wade Phillips was out of football in 2020, but he’d like that to change in 2021. The Rams did not renew Phillips’ contract as their defensive coordinator after the 2019 season and he spoke to a couple of teams about possibly joining their staffs, but couldn’t find any takers. With teams making changes to their [more]

Melvin Gordon pleads not guilty to DUI

An initial hearing in Broncos running back Melvin Gordon‘s DUI case was originally scheduled for December, but it was continued until Thursday and Gordon entered a plea during the proceedings. KUSA reports Gordon pleaded not guilty and another hearing has been set for February. A jury trial would begin in April if the case is [more]

George Paton gets protection against ownership turmoil

The short- and long-term future of the Broncos franchise remains in a state of flux. New General Manager George Paton, however, won’t be fluxed out of significant compensation if he ends up out of a job. It’s a six-year contract for Paton, and it makes a ton of sense. No one knows whether the Broncos [more]

Broncos hire George Paton as new general manager

The Broncos have found their new GM. George Paton and the Broncos have agreed to terms on a deal that makes Paton Denver’s general manager, according to multiple reports. The Denver GM job opened up when John Elway stepped aside from day-to-day personnel work, although Elway will continue to oversee the Broncos’ front office. Paton [more]

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