AFC West title for Denver? Not necessarily

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AFC West title for Denver? Not necessarily

Peyton Mannings arrival in Denver has created some obvious major buzz around the Broncos. Not all of it is good, however.

The Broncos went to the playoffs last season with Tim Tebow. Logically then, with a better quarter, they should be even better, right? Right?

I think immediately they are the favorite to win that division, said former NFL lineman Ross Tucker on NBC Sports Talk on Monday.

Lets feather the breaks here. Please.

There is some question in at least one camp about whether the whole thing will really work in Denver.

Its easy to go from complicated to simple, said former Tampa Bay quarterback Shaun King. Its hard to go from simple to complicated.

Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com checked in with the assurance that Tebow will be traded. Manning was the one guy who would bring such a Rocky Mountain high that John Elway and the Broncos could usher Tebow out of town without an uprising.

One scenario could have Tebow looming on the Bears 2012 schedule, not necessarily a welcome thought after Tebow brought the Broncos back for an overtime win over the Bears last season (with two assists from brain malfunctions by running back Marion Barber.

Id say the Jaguars and the Dolphins should be at the head of the line, Florio said.

The Jags are a Bears road trip this season.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Missouri OLB Charles Harris

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Missouri OLB Charles Harris

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri

6'3" | 253 lbs.

2016 stats:

61 tackles, 12 TFL, 9 sacks

Projection:

First round

Scouting Report:

"High-cut pass rusher with good athleticism but concerns regarding his ability to drop anchor against the run. Ironically, Harris might be best suited as a penetrator which is something he fought against this season. His hands can be improved as pass rush weapons, but he has agility and footwork that can't be taught. Harris can play on the edge in a 4-3 or 3-4 front and should be the next in a line of early contributing defensive ends coming out of Missouri." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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Ex-Bear Brandon Marshall an early favorite at NFL owners meetings

Ex-Bear Brandon Marshall an early favorite at NFL owners meetings

PHOENIX – Brandon Marshall never needed a whole lot of encouragement to step before a microphone but the NFL, which sometimes wished he'd put a sock in it, has now invited the former Bears wide receiver to speak up.
 
The NFL extended an invitation for Marshall, whose time in Chicago ended in some measure because of his insistence on pursuing the media portion of his career, to address the league higher-up's ostensibly as part of a communications bridge-building. Marshall jumped at the chance.
 
"They thought it was important for a player to come up and give a player's perspective and talk about the relationship between owners and players," Marshall said on Monday at the outset of the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's evident that our relationship could be so much better."
 
Marshall has been part of Showtime's "Inside the NFL" in recent years, flying to New York to participate in taping the show, and ultimately accepting a trade from the Bears to the Jets in 2015, which obviously cut down on his commute. The Jets released Marshall earlier this month, after which Marshall signed on with the Giants.
 
He told owners this week, "If we want our game to continue to be on that [positive] track, that it's on being super successful and being a pillar in our community and being a thread in our community, we have to make sure our relationship as players and owners is good."

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The immediate response was more than a little positive: Per San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York:

https://twitter.com/JedYork/status/846400103472480256
 
Marshall predictably welcomed the forum and wants to see it expanded.

"I'd like to see more players be more involved in our owners meetings," Marshall said. "And not only at the owners meetings, but any time we're talking football, we should have players at the table. Commissioner Goodell is always open-minded. He always has that open-door policy. So I think he'll continue to listen and continue to evolve this part of our business."