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 Latest Broncos Player Notes
Apr 22 2018 - Shane Ray
  Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said last week that the team has not decided if it will exercise its 2019 option on linebacker Shane Ray's contract, but Ray said he is confident it will. "I'm not concerned," Ray told The Athletic. "I love being a Bronco. John's got a lot of things to deal with, and whether or not he picks up my option, it doesn't say anything about what I'm going to be for this team, my role for this team. I'm just excited. I wouldn't look into too much. I think that it's going to get picked up. I think that I'm going to be here, and I'm just looking forward to this opportunity." The team has until May 3 to exercise Ray's option, which guarantees him $9.2 million for injury only and can be rescinded. Ray had 16 tackles and a sack in eight games last year as he was limited by a wrist injury.


Apr 20 2018 - Matt Paradis
  C Matt Paradis signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Broncos on Friday, according to multiple reports. Paradis, 28, will make $2.914 million for the 2018 season. A sixth-round draft pick of the Broncos out of Boise State in 2014, Paradis played in all 16 games in each of the last three seasons, not missing a snap during that time. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Paradis saw time at right guard during the 2015 campaign but has been used exclusively at center for the past two seasons.


Apr 18 2018 - Chris Harris Jr.
  CB Chris Harris just had $3 million in incentives added to his contract, ESPN's Field Yates reported on Wednesday. Per ESPN, the incentives are linked to playing time, team wins, a possible All-Pro selection and interceptions. The available money, per the report, stems from the Broncos trading cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams last month.


Apr 13 2018 - Orion Stewart
  S Orion Stewart was released by the Redskins on Friday.


Apr 9 2018 - Marquette King
  P Marquette King is relishing the opportunity to routinely punt in a high altitude. King, who signed a three-year, $7 million contract with the Broncos last week, has flourished in five career games in Denver. He has averaged 50.03 gross yards and 45.51 net yards while kicking in the Rocky Mountains, and 46.48 and 40.68, respectively, when extending his leg everywhere else. "Denver's a punter's paradise," Marquette King told Peter King of SI.com. "The ball definitely travels a lot further. I've always enjoyed punting out here in the altitude just because the ball travels further."


Apr 7 2018 - Casey Kreiter
  Denver Broncos LS Casey Kreiter signed his exclusive rights tender on Friday. Kreiter played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season. He signed with the team in 2016 and was limited to 10 games that season due to a calf injury.


Apr 5 2018 - Marquette King
  P Marquette King agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Denver Broncos, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $7 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported. The Oakland Raiders released King last week, and multiple media outlets reported it was because new head coach Jon Gruden had personality issues with the punter. Gruden reportedly made the decision to release King, which shaved $2.9 million from the salary cap. The Raiders had signed King to a five-year, $16.5-million contract extension a year ago. A second-team All-Pro selection in 2016, King ranked sixth in the NFL in punting average last season at 47.4 yards per kick.


Apr 4 2018 - Von Miller
  OLB Von Miller could be in some hot water after posting pictures over social media following a recent fishing expedition off the coast of Miami. Miller is part of an investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after he posted pictures of landing a 9 1/2-foot hammerhead shark. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took issue with the Super Bowl 50 MVP, saying that it will "ensure that Miller is held accountable if killing this animal was, as we suspect, illegal." FWC Public Information Coordinator Rob Klepper told TMZ Sports that it is "looking into whether or not a violation occurred in this incident." Miller released the shark, which is classified as "group 3," according to commission's website. Harvest in state waters is a second-degree misdemeanor. In Florida, second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.


Apr 1 2018 - Von Miller
  Denver Broncos LB Von Miller and WR Emmanuel Sanders remembered to look at the calendar on Sunday. The pair of pranksters took to social media and tried to trick their fans with posts that they had been traded. Remember people, it's April Fools' Day. Miller posted a picture to Instagram with a bar that read "Broncos agree to trade All-Pro LB Von Miller to Browns." He also added the following comment: "It's been real Denver! The "Mile High City" and the @broncos will always have my heart! SB50 Champs! They can never take that away from us! @clevelandbrowns & @juice_landry (Jarvis Landry) what's good!!!"


Apr 1 2018 - Emmanuel Sanders
  Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders and LB Von Miller remembered to look at the calendar on Sunday. The pair of pranksters took to social media and tried to trick their fans with posts that they had been traded. Remember people, it's April Fools' Day. Sanders posted a photo of himself making a catch while photoshopped in a Washington Redskins uniform. "Thank you Broncos nation for giving me so much love and support," he posted on Instagram. "I have decided to take my talents to Washington to join @jno24 (Josh Norman) in a quest to win Super Bowl 53. Washington we lit! I'm on the way."


Mar 31 2018 - Su'a Cravens
  S Su'a Cravens is looking for a fresh start with the Denver Broncos. Cravens, who was acquired from the Washington Redskins on Thursday, told the Denver Post that he wanted to be a part of a team that could benefit from his play. "I wanted to play football where somebody wanted me," Cravens said. "I can tell that Denver actually wanted me on this team. It wasn't just, 'This is smart for our team.' It just seemed like they really felt like they could use me and felt like they could put me in the best position to be successful."


Mar 30 2018 - Marquette King
  P Marquette King was released by the Raiders on Friday. A second-team All-Pro selection in 2016, King finished first in Pro Bowl fan voting last year. King ranked sixth in the NFL in punting average last season at 47.4 yards per kick. The Raiders signed King to a five-year, $16.5-million contract extension a year ago. His release saves the Raiders $2.9 million in cap room. King, signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2012, spent six years with the Raiders. He played 80 games, punting 426 times for a 46.8-yard average. He put 156 punts inside the 20-yard line.


Mar 29 2018 - Su'a Cravens
  S Su'a Cravens officially became a member of the Denver Broncos on Thursday. In the trade, the Broncos received Cravens and a fourth- and fifth-round draft pick this year (Nos. 113 and 149). In return, the Redskins received four draft picks -- a fourth-round pick (No. 109) and two fifth-round picks (Nos. 142 and 163) this year, and a conditional selection in the 2020 draft. Cravens was cleared to resume football activities in late December after suffering from post-concussion syndrome. He was reinstated by the NFL on Feb. 14.


Mar 28 2018 - Su'a Cravens
  S Su'a Cravens was acquired by the Denver Broncos from the Washington Redskins, multiple media outlets reported. Per reports, the teams swapped fourth- and fifth-round picks while the Redskins also secured another fifth-round selection from the Broncos. The transaction comes nearly four weeks after Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters that the team was not trading Cravens.


Mar 24 2018 - Jared Veldheer
  OT Jared Veldheer was acquired by the Broncos from the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Friday. Denver sent a sixth-round selection in the 2018 draft to the Cardinals in exchange for Veldheer, who became expendable when the Cardinals signed offensive linemen Andre Smith and Justin Pugh in free agency. Veldheer, 30 has played eight seasons in the NFL since the Oakland Raiders picked him in the third round of the 2010 draft. The 6-foot-8, 321-pound Veldheer spent four seasons with Oakland and four with Arizona, starting 101 of 106 regular-season games. He missed 11 games over the past two seasons after starting all 32 in his first two seasons with the Cardinals. Veldheer played both tackle spots for Arizona in 2017, although he has seen most of his time at left tackle throughout his career. He is expected to start at right tackle for the Broncos.


Mar 23 2018 - Brock Osweiler
  QB Brock Osweiler signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, the team reported on Friday. ESPN reported that it is a one-year contract. The 27-year-old Osweiler was one of three quarterbacks to start games for the Denver Broncos last season, along with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. Osweiler played in six games for Denver in 2017, starting four, and completed 96 of 172 passes for 1,088 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. The Bronos went 0-4 in his starts this past season. He was the Broncos' second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but with Denver signing Peyton Manning in free agency, Osweiler played in only 13 games in his first three seasons before starting seven games in 2015 after Manning sustained a foot injury. Osweiler joins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who started 13 games for the Dolphins in 2016, but missed the entire 2017 season with a torn left ACL.


Mar 22 2018 - Brock Osweiler
  QB Brock Osweiler paid a visit to the Dolphins, per reports. Osweiler has a history with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase as the two were together for three seasons in Denver.


Mar 21 2018 - Taylor Bertolet
  K Taylor Bertolet signed with the Broncos. Bertolet spent the 2016 offseason with the Los Angeles Rams after he went undrafted out of Texas A&M. He has yet to attempt a kick in an NFL game.


Mar 21 2018 - Christian Kuntz
  LS Christian Kuntz signed with the Broncos.


Mar 21 2018 - Clinton McDonald
  DT Clinton McDonald signed a two-year free agent contract with the Broncos, the team announced on Wednesday. McDonald, 31, played the last four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he had 5.0 sacks and 29 tackles while playing in 14 games, including three starts, for the Buccaneers in 2017. He was named the Buccaneers' Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee in 2017 for his work in the community.


Mar 14 2018 - Todd Davis
  LB Todd Davis was signed to a new three-year contract by the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. Davis has appeared in 55 regular-season (33 starts) and four playoff games during his first four years with Denver (2014-17) and New Orleans (2014). He entered the NFL with the Saints as a college free agent from Sacramento State University in 2014.


Mar 14 2018 - Tramaine Brock
  CB Tramaine Brock was signed to a one-year contract by the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. Mike Klis of Denver television station KUSA reported Brock's deal was for $4 million. Brock, 29, played 11 games in 2017 during his only season with the Minnesota Vikings but did not start any of them. He played seven seasons previously with the San Francisco 49ers and was a starter in 2015 and 2016. The 49ers released him last April after he was arrested on an allegation of domestic violence, but the charges were dismissed four months later.


Mar 14 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum officially agreed on a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos. Mike Klis of 9NEWS reported that the contract is for at least $36 million, and the Denver Post reported Keenum will have an annual salary approaching $20 million. "Case is a great fit for us," Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement issued by the team. "He's coming off a tremendous season last year and has obviously been through a lot of situations throughout his entire career. Along with that experience, his leadership and competitiveness are what you look for in a quarterback. Case has fought and battled for everything that he's earned in the NFL, and it's exciting to add someone with that type of mentality to our team."


Mar 14 2018 - Demaryius Thomas
  WR Demaryius Thomas has his contract option exercised by the Broncos. The move triggers the final two years on Thomas' deal and guarantees him $12.5 million for 2018 -- his $8.5 million base salary and a $4 million bonus, the Denver Post reported, citing a source.


Mar 12 2018 - Adam Gotsis
  DE Adam Gotsis was arrested last week in Atlanta on a rape charge stemming from a 2013 incident while he was attending Georgia Tech. According to an incident report by Atlanta police, Gotsis surrendered last Wednesday at the Fulton County Jail and was charged with strong-arm rape. The Denver Post reported Monday, he was released after paying a $50,000 bond. He is accused of overcoming the will of a 25-year-old woman, and the victim reported the incident on Feb. 1.


Mar 10 2018 - Shelby Harris
  DE Shelby Harris, who is an exclusive rights free agent, received a tender from the Denver Broncos, Mike Klis of Denver's 9News reported. Per the report, the defensive end will receive $705,000. The team informed its other exclusive rights free agents that they would receive tenders early next week, according to Klis. Harris recorded 34 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 16 games last season. He started just six of the 16 contests, however.


Mar 8 2018 - Chris Harris Jr.
  CB Chris Harris had his contract option exercised by Denver, Mike Klis of KUSA reported on Thursday. Per Klis, the decision involved a $1.1 million payout ahead of Harris' $7.4 million salary for the upcoming season. The 28-year-old Harris reportedly also has a $100,000 workout bonus. Harris is signed through 2019 and has a salary of $7.8 million for the final year of the deal.


Mar 7 2018 - Emmanuel Sanders
  WR Emmanuel Sanders was the latest member of the Denver Broncos to get on board the recruitment train of quarterback Kirk Cousins. Linebacker Von Miller and running back C.J. Anderson started that train on the track over one month ago by making pitches to Cousins, who is heading to free agency. "The (Cousins) to (Demaryius Thomas) and myself combination would be dangerous!!" Sanders said Tuesday on Twitter.


Mar 1 2018 - Su'a Cravens
  S Su'a Cravens apparently is not going anywhere. "We're not trading him," said Redskins coach Jay Gruden, per the Washington Post. "He's still a member of this football team and we have every intention of seeing where he's at. I'll have to talk to him and see where he's at mentally." Cravens was rumored to be the subject of trade talks between the Redskins and Denver Broncos on Wednesday, according to a report by the NFL Network.


Feb 26 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum is not expected to have a franchise tag placed on him, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Keenum was one of the surprising stars of last season, starting 14 regular-season games and both postseason games last season while leading Minnesota to within one win of the Super Bowl. The former journeyman made $2 million on a one-year deal in 2017. He has been a candidate for a $23 million franchise tag for 2018.


Feb 23 2018 - Emmanuel Sanders
  WR Emmanuel Sanders reportedly will not be traded despite earlier reports the Broncos might deal him to save money under the salary cap. The NFL Network reported that Sanders probably is staying put. "From my understanding, the Broncos do not want to deal him," Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Total Access. "He's got a $10 million cap number ... but, remember, they want to lure a big-time free-agent quarterback to the team. This quarterback -- maybe Kirk Cousins, maybe someone else -- needs someone to throw to."


Feb 14 2018 - Su'a Cravens
  S Su'a Cravens of the Washington Redskins was reinstated by the NFL on Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported. He applied for reinstatement on Monday. Cravens was placed on the reserve/left squad list by the Redskins in September after leaving the team, which left him ineligible to play for the entire season. He told the Redskins he was considering retirement but never announced that his career was over. Cravens' agent said his client suffered from Post Concussion Syndrome.


Feb 12 2018 - Su'a Cravens
  S Su'a Cravens officially applied for reinstatement from the reserve/left squad list according to the NFL network on Monday. Cravens was placed on the exempt/left squad list Sept. 3 after the 22-year-old said he wanted to retire. On Sept. 18, Washington placed him on the reserve/left squad list, meaning Cravens was ineligible to return during the regular season or for any postseason games.


Jan 31 2018 - Von Miller
  LB Von Miller is turning his attention to his team's needs on the other side of the ball. Miller backed Kirk Cousins as potentially a significant addition to the Broncos should the quarterback hit the open market on the heels of the Washington Redskins agreeing to trade for Alex Smith on Tuesday. "He knows exactly how I feel about Kirk Cousins and what he'd mean to our team," Miller said on Wednesday. "And what he would mean to a lot of other teams. He's the hot quarterback on the market right now. ... Yeah, we need Kirk. We need Kirk. I'd like to have Kirk. We have great quarterbacks now. Kirk could take us over the edge."


Jan 28 2018 - Von Miller
  LB Von Miller recovered the ball when Jared Goff fumbled while being sacked to secure the win. Miller was selected the Pro Bowl's Defensive Most Valuable Player.


Jan 25 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum and wide receiver Adam Thielen didn't have too many complimentary things to say about their experience in the City of Brotherly Love -- and that's aside from the final score of Sunday's NFC Championship Game. "It was tough. I'm not gonna tell you any stories," Keenum told KFAN in Minneapolis. "There were some situations that were not good." Keenum told the radio station that he was thankful he had a few friends in attendance at the game as a means of protection for his family. "I'm glad I had some of my friends there to intercede," Keenum said. "It was tough on everyone, not just us on the field."


Jan 22 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum completed 28-of-48 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Vikings, who dropped their sixth consecutive NFC Championship Game. "It was an incredible season," Keenum said. "It just stinks it has to end like this."


Jan 16 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum's 318 yards passing rank third in franchise history for a playoff game. The record is 423 by Jeff George against the Rams in January of 2000. Next is Randall Cunningham's 331 against the 49ers in January of 1998.


Jan 15 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum finished 25 of 40 for 318 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Keenum orchestrated the most improbable of NFL comebacks. He connected with Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard touchdown as time expired to send Minnesota past the New Orleans Saints 29-24 and into the NFC Championship Game next week in Philadelphia. Trying to get into field-goal range in the final seconds, Keenum lofted a pass high to Diggs, who went up for the ball with New Orleans safety Marcus Williams looking like he might have been trying to avoid getting a pass-interference penalty. Diggs made the catch, turned, stayed in bounds and raced the rest of the way down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown.


Jan 8 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum is being told to beware of the Saints' ability to knock passes down at the line of scrimmage. Short by quarterback standards, Keenum will need to know where DE Cameron Jordan is. Jordan had 12 of the Saints' 99 pass deflections during the regular season.


Jan 3 2018 - Marquette King
  P Marquette King opened some eyes with a cryptic tweet on Twitter Tuesday night. "No one should quit during a regular season game...," King posted. While King did not point the finger at any one player, it's possible that the person(s) in question wore a silver and black jersey. Coach Jack Del Rio was fired on Sunday after the Raiders limped to a 6-10 mark.


Jan 1 2018 - Jared Veldheer
  T Jared Veldheer has one year remaining on his contract and although he briefly contemplated retirement in training camp, he said he is fully committed to playing for the Cardinals next season.


Jan 1 2018 - Darian Stewart
  S Darian Stewart intercepted a Patrick Mahomes pass Sunday and finished the season with three interceptions, giving him the team lead for the second consecutive year. He shared that honor with Aqib Talib last season, but held it for himself in 2017.


Jan 1 2018 - Emmanuel Sanders
  WR Emmanuel Sanders sat out the season finale because of a high-ankle sprain that had been bothering him since he suffered it in Week 6. Sanders finished the season with his lowest catch, yardage and touchdown totals since 2012.


Jan 1 2018 - De'Angelo Henderson
  RB De'Angelo Henderson posted the first regular-season touchdown of his career, scoring on a 29-yard pass from Paxton Lynch in the second quarter.


Jan 1 2018 - Jordan Taylor
  WR Jordan Taylor finished the season with 142 yards on 13 catches after posting career highs in receptions (six) and yards (65) in extensive playing time in the season finale.


Jan 1 2018 - Demaryius Thomas
  WR Demaryius Thomas' quest for his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season ended 51 yards shy of the milestone. Thomas' last catch of the year -- and also the Broncos' last offensive play of the season -- was a 6-yard touchdown grab from Paxton Lynch in the fourth quarter Sunday.


Jan 1 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum had 10 games without an interception this season. That ties the team record for most games without an interception. His 98.3 passer rating is fifth-best in team history. With an 11-2 record, he also set the team record for most victories by a quarterback who wasn't drafted. Gary Cuozzo was 10-2 in 1970.


Jan 1 2018 - Jamaal Charles
  RB Jamaal Charles, a former Chief who complained last week about his limited role, was among Denver's inactive players.


Jan 1 2018 - Paxton Lynch
  QB Paxton Lynch, who came back from an ankle injury to make his second start of the season, completed 21 of 31 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble. The Chiefs scored 10 points off the turnovers.



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