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Broncos make QB change ahead of game vs. Eagles

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Broncos make QB change ahead of game vs. Eagles

The Broncos' quarterback situation is so bad that in Week 9 against the Eagles, they're forced to start a player who was traded in a salary dump over the summer, then cut by the worst team in the league.

That's right, on Sunday at the Linc, the Eagles will face Brock Osweiler.

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced the QB switch Wednesday. Denver had been starting Trevor Siemian, who has been atrocious lately. Siemian has been battered around behind a poor Broncos offensive line, and on Monday night against the Chiefs, the impact of all those QB hits was quite clear. Siemian was skittish, made bad decisions and turned the ball over three times.

"With our team working so hard, the guys putting in max effort [Monday night] and not having a chance to win the football game, I think it's fair to evaluate the quarterback and all positions," Joseph said Tuesday.

"When you watch Trevor, even last night, he made three horrible interceptions. I mean, horrific decisions with those three he threw last night. He had 20 other plays that were really, really good. When you watch your starting quarterback make 20 or 25 amazing throws, amazing checks and three horrific interceptions, that's when it becomes an issue. In your heart you know he can play better because those three balls he threw, you just can't throw. The 20-plus plays he made in the third and fourth quarter, it keeps you excited about the guy. That's the issue. 

"Again, it's about results and we haven't had them. We've lost three games in a row, and again, yesterday with four turnovers. At the end of the day, it's about results. It's not about how he's played, it's the end result that we're not getting and it's not good."

Osweiler began his career with the Broncos before signing with the Texans. Houston lavished him with a four-year, $72 million contract that included $37 million guaranteed. But he was so, so bad that after one season, the Texans traded two draft picks (a 2018 second-rounder and 2017 sixth-rounder) to the Browns just for them to take Osweiler's remaining contract.

The Browns cut him six months later and he returned to the Broncos, who are paying him just $775,000.

In 15 games last season, Osweiler completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,957 yards with 15 TDs and 16 interceptions. He averaged just 5.8 yards per pass and had a QB rating of 72.2.

NFL Notes: Bills' Anquan Boldin announces retirement

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NFL Notes: Bills' Anquan Boldin announces retirement

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Anquan Boldin says a violent, racially charged protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, caused him to re-assess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver's decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons.

In interview Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Boldin said he's "uncomfortable" with how divided the nation is and wants to dedicate his entire focus to humanitarian and criminal justice work.

Boldin spoke a day after abruptly informing the Bills he was retiring a little under two weeks after signing a one-year contract. Saying it wasn't a "fly-by-night decision," Boldin says he gradually came to the realization that his off-the-field work outweighed football.

The NFL's 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Boldin oversees the South Florida-based Q81 Foundation, which offers educational support for underprivileged children. He has become an advocate for criminal justice reform since his cousin was killed by a plain-clothes police officer along the side of a Florida highway in October 2015 (see full story).

Broncos: Siemian wins starting QB job again
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Vance Joseph was admittedly enamored of the idea of a towering, chuck-it-or-tuck-it quarterback with first-round pedigree and a lightning bolt for a right arm leading the Denver Broncos in 2017.

Even more captivating for the rookie head coach was the notion of his egghead seventh-rounder with the sneaky fastball and penchant for making the right decisions calling the signals.

So, it's Trevor Siemian and not Paxton Lynch who will start for the Broncos.

Joseph made the announcement Monday following a five-month audition that represented the biggest position battle in the NFL this offseason (see full story).

Jets: Team to name starting quarterback next week
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets coach Todd Bowles says he will announce the team's starting quarterback next Monday.

Veteran Josh McCown is widely expected to be under center when the Jets open their season on Sept. 10 at Buffalo. Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are also in the mix. But McCown has been the front-runner for the job since signing a one-year, $6 million deal with New York in March.

Hackenberg, a second-round draft pick, never played in a regular-season game as a rookie. He been given an opportunity this summer to seize the job. But he took a step back with a rocky performance while making his first start at Detroit on Saturday night.

McCown didn't play against the Lions and has taken only nine preseason snaps. He led the Jets to a touchdown during his only possession in the opener against Tennessee (see full story).

NFL: League, Goodell working on 5-year extension
Commissioner Roger Goodell is on track to maintain his prominent place at the table for the next round of collective bargaining between NFL owners and players, a process that's sure to be contentious.

The league is working on a five-year contract extension for Goodell, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal is not complete. Sports Business Journal first reported the contract negotiations.

Goodell's contract is up after the 2019 season. The new deal would go through 2024. The current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season.

Goodell replaced Paul Tagliabue as commissioner in 2006. He earned just over $31 million for the 2015 season, down from about $34 million in 2014. Because the league office is no longer classified as a tax-exempt organization , the commissioner's salary is no longer required to be made public through tax filings. In 2013, he made $35 million. In 2012, he collected $44.2 million (see full story).

NFL Notes: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to reportedly have knee surgery, miss season

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NFL Notes: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to reportedly have knee surgery, miss season

MIAMI -- A person familiar with the decision says Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will have surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire season.

The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the Dolphins hadn't disclosed it publicly. Tannehill will be placed on injured reserve, the person said.

Tannehill, who missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his knee, reinjured it a week into training camp on Aug. 3. The Dolphins consulted with specialists before deciding surgery was the best option.

Jay Cutler, who parted with the Chicago Bears after eight seasons, agreed to delay his fledgling network TV career and signed a $10 million, one-year contract Monday to replace Tannehill (see full story).

Jaguars: Albert released after 2-week standoff
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have released left tackle Branden Albert, ending a strange saga that lasted nearly two weeks.

The 32-year-old Albert is now free to sign with any other NFL team.

The Jaguars and Albert had been locked in a stalemate over how the sides would part ways. Albert left the team Aug. 31, telling coach Doug Marrone he planned to retire.

The Jaguars responded by placing Albert on the exempt/left squad list, meaning he had five days to return or he would forfeit his current contract and be unable to play in the league in 2017.

The relationship seemingly became more strained when the Jaguars considered going after a prorated portion ($3.4 million) of Albert's $8.5 million signing bonus even though Miami paid it in 2014 (see full story).

Broncos: Team says its still a 2-man QB competition
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch don't need to worry about anyone but each other.

Heading into the zenith of their QB competition next week, they can rest assured the Broncos brass has their backs even as fans fret over the duo's oft-times ho-hum jockeying for the job.

Neither quarterback was particularly inspiring in the Broncos' 24-17 win at Chicago in their preseason opener Thursday night -- particularly in comparison to Bears rookie Mitch Trubisky, who threw for 166 yards and led three scoring drives.

Siemian did nothing to loosen his grip on the job, and Lynch did nothing to bridge the gap. Neither one had a turnover or a touchdown.

Before the game, however, general manager John Elway again refuted a report that he'd been scouring other rosters for a passer. And after the game, coach Vance Joseph put the kibosh on the notion that Kyle Sloter had moved into the mix with his magnificent mop-up performance.

Panthers: Newton takes step, throws individually
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is on the mend.

Newton threw passes to receivers during an individual period early in practice on Friday, according to the Charlotte Observer. However, Newton continued to be held out of team drills.

Newton had shoulder surgery in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and had not thrown in practice other than light warmup tosses since July 30. He did not play in the team's preseason opener Wednesday night against the Houston Texans.

It's unclear if Newton will play in the Aug. 19 preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.