The Broncos are set to get their final 2018 draft pick contract out of the way on Thursday.
Mike Klis of KUSA reports that the team will sign third-round running back Royce Freeman to his four-year rookie deal. Freeman is the last of 10 Denver picks to agree to terms on a deal and there are now 14 unsigned draft picks around the league.
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The Broncos released C.J. Anderson this offseason, which leaves Devontae Booker, DeAngelo Henderson, seventh-round pick David Williams and undrafted free agent Phillip Lindsay as Freeman’s competition in camp. Broncos coach Vance Joseph said last month that Freeman “absolutely” has a chance to wind up on the top of that group.
The XFL is trying to make up for lost time. And throwing shade in the process.
In a Friday email sent to NFL agents, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck makes the pitch for players who don’t make the cut from 90 to 53 on NFL rosters to consider the XFL [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-william-perry-jersey]William Perry Jersey[/url] , even though the XFL won’t get started until 2020, one year after the Alliance of American Football.
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Luck also touts the XFL’s marketing and intellectual property arrangements, explaining that the XFL will establish a Group Licensing Agreement for players, and warning that “[o]ther spring leagues may feature restrictive licensing agreements that limit your clients鈥?likeness rights and distribution; impose restrictions that may inhibit your clients鈥?licensing rights; and restrict their ability to participate in other licensing agreements, including the XFL GLA.”
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As the land rush for players not wanted by the NFL begins, the AAF will try to get them to commit beyond 2019, making them unavailable to the XFL. The challenge for the XFL will be to get agents to insist on one-year deals with the AAF or, ideally from the XFL’s perspective, no deals at all.
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