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Broncos, Peyton Manning find common ground -- the Super Bowl

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- After all of the back-and-forth, all of the work done between the Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning, to go with all of the hand-wringing across the Front Range about his return, the Broncos and Manning are all-in once again to chase a Super Bowl trip. It's touchy business, this negotiating with a future Hall of Famer about taking less salary than you agreed to give him a few years before. But this is what the Broncos did at a meeting last month.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 21:15:15 EDT

Cutting Pierre Thomas only makes sense if Saints plan to spend on RB

METAIRIE, La. – Pierre Thomas ended his stellar eight-year career with the New Orleans Saints the same way he began it as an undrafted rookie in 2007: Vastly underrated. I’m not shocked that the Saints decided to release Thomas. After all, he’s 30 years old and missed five games last year with rib and shoulder injuries, His role has been diminishing in recent years and he had to agree to a pay cut to stay in New Orleans last year.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:45:24 EDT

Trent Cole officially released by Eagles

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles officially released Trent Cole, who has more sacks as an Eagle than any player except Reggie White. Cole, 32, will become an unrestricted free agent immediately. He will draw attention from teams looking for an edge pass rusher. Cole has played outside linebacker for the past two seasons but could return to his more familiar role as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Cole's release will save the Eagles $8.4 million on their 2015 salary cap.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:30:12 EDT

Running backs move up Eagles' list of needs

PHILADELPHIA – It won’t be easy to replace LeSean McCoy with the Philadelphia Eagles, but we’re guessing someone will be lined up at running when the 2015 season begins. The Eagles don’t have a lot of options on their roster. Darren Sproles made quite an impact in 2014, but the former Saints star's workload actually diminished as the season went on. Sproles can be effective in the screen game, as an occasional runner and on special teams, but he’s not going to take over McCoy’s 20-plus carries per game.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:00:49 EDT

How the McCoy-Alonso trade might affect the Falcons

The big news this week, of course, was ESPN Insider Adam Schefter's scoop on the Philadelphia Eagles trading running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. The move could have a ripple effect for the Atlanta Falcons, with the free-agent negotiating period set to begin Saturday. Linebacker is a priority position for the Falcons going into free agency, along with edge rusher and safety. The Falcons were expected to at least look into New York Jets linebacker David Harris.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:15:19 EDT

LeSean McCoy's Eagles legacy doesn't include playoff victory

PHILADELPHIA – He was the leading rusher in Philadelphia Eagles history. He was abruptly traded away for a linebacker. He was Wilbert Montgomery. Thirty years before the Eagles sent LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, the team traded Montgomery to the Detroit Lions for linebacker Garry Cobb. Montgomery played in a total of seven games for the Lions. Cobb lasted three years with the Eagles. That 1985 trade marked the sad end in Philadelphia for the player most responsible for the Eagles getting to Super Bowl XV after the 1980 season.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:00:07 EDT

Busy Bills wheeling and dealing to fix faulty offense

Well, nobody will accuse the Buffalo Bills of being boring this offseason. Less than 24 hours after swinging a headline-grabbing trade to acquire Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, the Bills announced another deal Wednesday for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. Just think: We're still six days away from the start of free agency, when the NFL's hot stove will heat up for real. By signing offensive lineman Richie Incognito last month and trading for McCoy and Cassel this week, the Bills have gotten a head start on the frenzy and have positioned themselves to make additional moves this March.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:30:44 EDT

Arians: LeSean McCoy not 'good fit for us'

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Even though Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had “inklings” that LeSean McCoy was on the trading block, he wasn’t interested in acquiring the shifty running back from the Philadelphia Eagles. “It wasn’t a good fit for us,” Arians told NFL Network on Wednesday morning. Philadelphia traded McCoy to Buffalo on Tuesday for linebacker Kiko Alonso, who missed last season with an ACL injury. The Cardinals didn’t think about trading for McCoy, who’s 5-foot-11 and 208 pounds, Arians said.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:20:54 EDT

Safety Tyvon Branch to meet with the Colts

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch was scheduled to meet with the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, his agent said. Branch, a former fourth-round draft pick, spent his first seven seasons with the Raiders before being released earlier this week. Branch has three seasons with at least 104 tackles, but injuries have kept him on the sideline the past two seasons. He only played two games in 2013 and three games last season.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:00:59 EDT

Predicting where Ravens' top free agents will sign

Not only did Pro Football Focus rank the top 75 free agents in 2015, seven of their analysts offered predictions on where they all will sign. For our purposes, let's take a look at the predicted landing spots for the Baltimore Ravens' free agents: LB Pernell McPhee (Ranked No. 19 overall): Indianapolis Colts. Other teams mentioned: Tennessee and Detroit. The Colts are the popular choice here because of Chuck Pagano's history with the Ravens. My pick is the Oakland Raiders, who have $56 million in cap space and tied for the second-fewest sacks in the NFL last season.

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:00:40 EDT