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Broncos NT Shelby Harris Hoping for a Pay Raise from the Team

Nose tackle Shelby Harris followed his 5 1/2 sacks in 2017 with a career-best 39 tackles a season ago, and the Broncos rewarded him with a second-round restricted free agent contract tender, which raised his salary from $705,000 to $3.095 million (a 227-percent raise). Harris is looking for a long-term contract, Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post reports.

“That’s every man’s dream,” Harris said after an organized team activity workout this week. “I would love a multi-year deal here, but the way that works, you have to focus on this year, go out and play.”

What works in Harris’ favor is that he figures to play more this year. He played 390 of 1,077 snaps in 2018, but starting nose tackle Domata Peko (522 snaps) was not re-signed. Harris worked with the first-team defense during Monday’s OTA.

In a reserve role, Harris posted numbers that should invite optimism. Per The Denver Post’s game charting, he had 1 1/2 sacks and 10 1/2 disruptions (pressures/knockdowns/sacks), fourth-most on the Broncos. Against the run, he had 12 1/2 “stuffs” (gain of three or fewer yards), fifth-most. And his end zone interception sealed the Week 12 win over Pittsburgh.

Harris said coach Vic Fangio’s defense calls for one- and two-gap responsibilities for the nose tackle, which will require equal parts patience, power and aggressiveness depending on the call.

“He’ll use the nose all over,” Harris said of Fangio. “You have to be able to move, hold down the middle and also pass rush a little bit.”

Broncos QB Drew Lock Says Joe Flacco Has Treated Him Great Thus Far

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock told TMZ on Wednesday that Joe Flacco has “been great to me” when asked about Flacco’s comment earlier in the week that it wasn’t his job to mentor the rookie, ESPN reports.

Lock, who talked to TMZ after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, didn’t want to specifically address Flacco’s remark but said he’s learning from his teammate.

“He’s taught me a lot so far,” Lock told TMZ. “He’s dealing with winning football games, I’m dealing with trying to learn. … We’re in the same quarterback room. He’s been great to me.”

Lock later expounded on those comments in an interview with The Associated Press.

“Me and Joe talk out on the field, talk over things in the QB room. I mean, it’s hard even to think about how couldn’t I learn from the guy when we’re in the same QB room every day and on the same field every day and I get to watch his reps, I get to hear the playcalls he’s running in my head through the helmet,” he told the AP. “I think it was just mainly him stating that, yeah, I do have a young quarterback underneath me right now but don’t forget that I’m here to win football games.

“And he thinks that he can do that and so do I.”

Fangio: Flacco to Get the First-String Reps at QB for the Broncos

The Broncos brought in Flacco via trade with the Ravens this offseason, but then drafted Missouri signal-caller Drew Luck in the second round of April’s 2019 NFL Draft.

On Sunday, first-year Broncos coach Vic Fangio addressed the media and said there will be a quarterback competition, but it’s for the back-up spot, Grant Gordon of reports.

“Joe [Flacco] will take all of the reps with the first team,” Fangio said, via team transcripts, when asked how quarterback reps would be handled during organized team activities. “Then we have an open competition after that and we’ll randomly play those with the twos and the threes when we do our reps.”

Broncos OTAs are set to begin Monday.

In addition to Flacco and Lock, Kevin Hogan and undrafted rookie Brett Rypien out of Boise State are in the QB room.

Flacco, a former Super Bowl MVP entering his 12th season, found himself in a similar situation in his final year with the Ravens when they drafted Lamar Jackson in the first round and now Baltimore is Jackson’s team.

Check Out the Complete 2019 Denver Broncos Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Broncos fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Broncos slate!

Sept. 9 at Oakland Raiders (Mon) 10:20
Sept. 15 Chicago Bears 4:25
Sept. 22 at Green Bay Packers 1:00
Sept. 29 Jacksonville Jaguars 4:25
Oct. 6 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05
Oct. 13 Tennessee Titans 4:25
Oct. 17 Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 8:20
Oct. 27 at Indianapolis Colts 4:25
Nov. 3 Cleveland Browns 4:25
Nov. 17 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00
Nov. 24 at Buffalo Bills 1:00
Dec. 1 Los Angeles Chargers 4:25
Dec. 8 at Houston Texans 1:00
Dec. 15 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00
Dec. 21 or 22 Detroit Lions TBD
Dec. 29 Oakland Raiders 4:25

Broncos to Trade QB Case Keenum to the Redskins

The Broncos have agreed to trade quarterback Case Keenum to the Washington Redskins, sources confirmed to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Thursday.

In exchange, the Broncos will get a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft from the Redskins. Washington will also get a 2020 seventh-rounder from Denver.

The 31-year-old Keenum, who was currently slated to count $21 million against the Broncos’ salary cap for the 2019 season, has reworked his contract and will be on a one-year deal with the Redskins, sources told Schefter.

Keenum has a base salary of $18 million this season, but only $7 million was guaranteed in the way of offsets, which the Redskins and Broncos decided to split evenly, sources told Schefter.

The Broncos, who would’ve carried $10 million in “dead money” had they cut Keenum, will instead save $3 million by paying only $3.5 million as well as a $500,000 restructuring bonus.

The Broncos signed Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal last March to be their starting quarterback. Denver then went 6-10 in 2018, which led to the dismissal of head coach Vance Joseph and the hiring of Vic Fangio to replace him.

Since the end of the season, the Broncos have put in place the framework of a trade to acquire veteran Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens, which “definitely shocked” and “disappointed” Keenum when he heard the news.

LB Brandon Marshall Says He’d Love to Be Back with the Broncos in 2019

The Broncos are not picking up the option on linebacker Brandon Marshall, but that’s not stopping the veteran from wanting to be back in Denver in 2019.

TMZ caught up with the 29-year-old Marshall, who says that he’d like to be back in the Mile High City playing with the Broncos this upcoming season.

“I wouldn’t rule out a return yet,” Marshall says … “Still a chance I could return to the team. It could definitely happen.”

Marshall not only lives in the Denver area, but he’s also heavily involved in the local community and considers Denver home.

But, for a return to Denver to make sense, it has to make dollars.

“If things work its way out, I’m definitely open to a return … they have to be open as well, we’ll see.”

Marshall was limited to 11 games in 2018 due to a knee injury — but still logged 42 tackles.

He has the most solo tackles of any Broncos player since 2013. Over the course of his career, Marshall has 419 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.

He also has a Super Bowl ring from the Broncos victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

Not bad for a guy selected in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Broncos Have Deal in Place for Former Super Bowl MVP Ravens QB Joe Flacco

Unhappy with the way Case Keenum played in 2018, the Broncos are again shifting gears at the quarterback position, as the team has a deal in place with the Baltimore Ravens for former first-round pick and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.

While the deal is ‘in place’ according to Adam Schefter of ESPN cannot be completed until the new league year begins on March 13th.

As of now no comment can be made about the deal or the terms, but according to Schefter the deal will likely will be for a mid-round draft pick.

The Ravens are going to save considerable money on the deal, as they will be able to save $10.5 million in cap space. However, they will carry $16 million in dead money on their 2019 cap.

The 34-year-old is a short term answer for the Broncos, who have the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and likely will be looking at quarterback.

In his career, all with Baltimore, Flacco has thrown for 38,245 with 212 touchdowns and 136 interceptions, and a QB rating of 84.1

Last season with rookie Lamar Jackson waiting in the wings to take the QB job, Flacco was 4-5 as a starter, and threw for 2465 yards with 12 touchdowns and six picks.

Once he got hurt, it opened the door for Jackson and the team to change their offense in a big way, and they did so, running the ball more and they wound up winning the division going 10-6 before losing to the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Wild Card game in Baltimore.

Schefter in his report claims that the Broncos have been talking about Flacco and making a deal the week of the Super Bowl.

The trade does indeed mean the end for Keenum, who was pretty bad for the most part last season with the Broncos missing the postseason.

The team inked Keenum, who was with the Vikings before coming to Denver, to a two-year, $36 million dollar contract in last year’s free agency.

He is due $18 million in 2019, with just $7 million guaranteed. The Broncos will carry $10 million in dead money if they cut him.

Keenum tied for the second-most interceptions in the league this past season with 15, and his 6.6 yards per attempt was 29th.

Look for Flacco to start the season for the Broncos, and also for him to mentor whatever QB the team drafts in April.

Broncos GM John Elway Appears to Be All In on Missouri QB Drew Lock

The worst-kept secret at the Senior Bowl is that Broncos general manager John Elway is smitten with Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, Ryan O’Halloran and Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post report.

Elway was at the Arkansas-Missouri game in November and was at the Senior Bowl practices for three days and barely left the quarterback group.

The Broncos pick at No. 10 in April’s draft, and Lock is projected to be one of the top quarterbacks taken, along with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Duke’s Daniel Jones. The Giants pick at No. 6 and the Jaguars at No. 7 with both — depending on how free agency unfolds — potentially interested in quarterbacks. Would Elway have to move up in the draft to get Lock?

“A connecting of the dots would suggest Elway and Co. are trying to fall in love with Lock,” Denver Post colleague Ryan O’Halloran said in the back-and-forth conversation with Kiszla.

“Elway was at the Arkansas-Missouri game in November. Elway was at the Senior Bowl practices for three days and barely left the quarterback group. I believe the Broncos are targeting multiple quarterbacks (as they should) and Lock is probably one of them (as he should be).”

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