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Monday, April 16, 2012
Report: Broncos hosting Brandon Stokley

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Denver Post is reporting the Broncos will bring in receiver Brandon Stokley for a visit on Monday.

The visit has been expected essentially since the Broncos signed quarterback Peyton Manning last month. The two played together in Indianapolis and are close. Manning stayed at Stokley’s home when he visited the Broncos prior to signing there. Stokley is also a former Bronco. The Broncos have previously signed former Colts tight end Jacob Tamme, so Manning might have two targets he is familiar with.

Meanwhile, the Denver Post is reporting the Broncos will release defensive tackle Ryan McBean. He is facing a six-game NFL suspension for using a banned substance. The Broncos just signed defensive tackle Justin Bannan and are expected to add a player at the position early in the draft.

UPDATE: The Broncos rescinded McBean’s restricted free-agent tender and he is now an unrestricted free agent.

The Denver Post reports the Broncos are still interested in Pittsburgh free-agent quarterback Dennis Dixon and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson in the draft. Dixon visited Denver a few weeks ago. Right now, newly signed Caleb Hanie is Manning’s backup, but the Broncos will likely bring in another quarterback at some point.

Here is a look at the 2012 strength of schedule. The Broncos have the second toughest schedule in the NFL based on last season’s combined win/loss records of their 2012 opponents. The Chiefs have the easiest schedule in the division.

Here is a look at some of the draft prospects the Broncos have looked at.