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He Steps Up Big by Taking a Seat

Mark Kiszla, Denver Post

After Peyton's Pay Cut, Denver Makes Mess

Ross Tucker, Sports on Earth

Open Letter From Julius Thomas

Julius Thomas, The Players' Tribune

Manning Back, But Broncos Moving On

Mark Kiszla, Denver Post

Around The NFL scribe Conor Orr went out on a limb this week to predict five new teams that will earn playoff berths in 2015. Orr's crystal ball has the Saints, Bills, Eagles, Texa...(full article)

At the craziest time of year for college basketball, Colorado senior Askia Booker, the Buffaloes' leading scorer, took his ball and went home rather than playing in a tournamen...(full article)

Peyton Manning can't be very happy right now. I know I wouldn't be. The future first ballot Hall of Famer willingly took a pay cut last month, even though there was nothing really ...(full article)

I suppose you might have heard the news by now. Today, I signed a long-term contract to become a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. One of my bigger priorities going into this off...(full article)

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is cheaper to please than quarterback Peyton Manning. Denver is now a championship contender on a budget. On the opening day of NFL free agency, front-o...(full article)

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