Broncos' priority at the NFL combine? Looking for free agents (Ryan O'Halloran, The Denver Post)
The Broncos' objectives this week: Keep the lines of communication open (if they choose) with their free agents to see if a new deal is possible before March 11 (when agents can negotiate with other teams); unofficially take the temperature with the agents of other teams' free agents to see if the Broncos are a fit; have their medical staff create a report on each Combine participant; meet the underclassmen for the first time; and come up with creative ways to say they can't talk about new quarterback Joe Flacco. At this stage, general manager John Elway, coach Vic Fangio and Co., should focus more on who they can add, not who they can re-sign.
Broncos take plenty of needs with them to NFL scouting combine (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)
The Broncos have just finished back-to-back seasons with double-digit losses for the first time since the 1960s, when the team was still in the AFL. And with a long list of impending free agents, including starters at cornerback (Bradley Roby), tackle (Jared Veldheer), center (Matt Paradis) and linebacker (Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett and almost certainly Brandon Marshall), the Broncos have more than their share of needs as they head to the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Broncos combine primer: How will John Elway and Co. approach their week in Indy? (Nicki Jhabvala, The Athletic)
They have holes to fill in all three phases, none greater than cornerback or offensive line. And while they have more flexibility with how they use their first-round pick, thanks to the Flacco acquisition, they must still fill out the quarterbacks room and decide how they want to plug the holes in free agency vs. the draft.
Ring of Famer Rich 'Tombstone' Jackson's journey from Southern University to Black College Football Hall of Fame (Aric DiLalla, DenverBroncos.com)
Jackson's time at Southern University — located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — coincided with the peak of the civil rights movement. And as he excelled on the football field, he also received a look at the world that he says is incomparable to what one would expect at a non-HBCU.
Source: NFL won't alter officiating rules in reaction to Saint-Rams debacle (Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports)
A source from the league's competition committee – which is meeting this week during the league's annual scouting combine – told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday there is "very little" support to make changes that would have impacted the infamous no-call late in the NFC championship game, which saw Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman blatantly interfere with Saints wideout Tommylee Lewis on a pass that could have positioned New Orleans for a commanding fourth quarter lead. The Saints kicked a late field goal for a 23-20 lead after the interference, but eventually lost 26-23 in overtime.
The All-Time All-Combine Team: Football's greatest workout warriors ever (Jason Kirk, SB Nation)
The NFL Combine, America's most-watched indoor exercise convention, annually produces workout legends. Let's stack those legends against each other.
These picks are based entirely on what happened at the combine, not on college careers, pro careers, NFL draft results, or anything else. Workout warriors only, with special consideration given throughout for those who moved fast while also being big.