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Will the Broncos make Demaryius Thomas the NFL's highest paid receiver?

There's movement on the long-term contract front for a couple of the five players who got the franchise tag. Plus some other important NFL news, like the league and DirecTV getting sued over Sunday Ticket.

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BIG OFFER FOR THOMAS: Negotiations continue between the Broncos and Demaryius Thomas. The latest report says they've offered him a deal with more than $40 million guaranteed. That may not be enough if he wants Calvin Johnson money ($48 million guaranteed). If he doesn't get a deal, don't be surprised if he doesn't show up for camp and the preseason ... at least.

DEZLINE: Dez Bryant has all the leverage in talks with the Cowboys. One problem for the team: they might not have enough money to sign him to the kind of deal he wants.

KICKERS: A long-term deal between the Patriots and kicker Steven Gostkowski seems like a no-go. Are they waiting for a free agent market with at least a dozen viable options in 2016?

WILL HOUSTON HAVE A DEAL?: There's no deal yet between the Chiefs and Justin Houston, but there's plenty of reason for optimism. I'd say of the five players who got franchised, this is the one most likely to get a new contract before the 4 p.m. ET deadline today.

BAD TITANS: The Titans are holding firm on the offsets in Marcus Mariota's contract, and that means they could start camp without their franchise quarterback. No worries, cheap owners, it's not like quarterbacks are hard to find. Vince Young would probably do it if you called him.

SUNDAY TICKET TROUBLE: The NFL and DirecTV are getting sued in a class action suit that claims the two entities are inflating the prices for the Sunday Ticket package. If the plaintiffs are successful, that could mean the end of DirecTV's exclusive rights to the package ... and the end of AT&T's merger with the company.

CLICHE ALERT: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell says he's in the best shape of his life.

DYNASTIES: What does it take to make an NFL dynasty, the kind of team that can win multiple Super Bowls over the course of a decade or more? More importantly, which teams have those ingredients?

STADIUM MONEY: San Diego just approved money to do the environmental impact report for the proposed Mission Hills stadium. That's fresh off the heels of a report that the NFL told the city to move fast if they want to keep the Chargers.

SAD NEWS: Former Browns receiver JuJuan Dawson was found dead in a Texas lake on Monday.

SPRING LEAGUE: Is the NFL on the verge of implementing a spring league? That's what Jim Fassel thinks. We have some questions about how an NFL spring league would work.

KROMER ON LEAVE: The Bills put Aaron Kromer on paid leave, per NFL personal conduct policy, while police investigate his alleged brawl with some minors in Florida.


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