Broncos sign first-round pick Shane Ray to four-year, $9M deal 

The Denver Broncos have signed first-round draft pick Shane Ray to a four-year, $9 million deal that includes a signing bonus of nearly $5 million, the team announced Monday.

Ray was considered a top-15 pick in the draft but slipped to No. 23 after being cited for marijuana possession that week.

The contract agreement was reached hours after Ray participated in his first practice with the Broncos. A pass-rushing outside linebacker from Missouri, Ray had been sidelined with a big right toe injury since his Tigers’ Citrus Bowl victory on Jan. 1.

Ray went through a few individual drills Monday, although it appears he won’t be ready for full-speed, 11-on-11 practice until training camp in late-July.

“I hate watching, so being out there and actually being able to get some work in feels great,” Ray said. “I just want to continue get better, do whatever rehab I’ve got to continue to do to make sure my foot continues to heal and I don’t take any steps back. Then, I’ll be ready to be out here on this field.”

The Broncos now have eight of their nine draft picks signed. Tight end Jeff Heuerman, a third-round pick from Ohio State, is the only unsigned member of the Broncos’ draft class. He’s recovering from an operation to repair a torn left ACL, which he suffered at the Broncos’ rookie minicamp last month.

Two runaway llamas offered one-year deals with Cardinals

Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and golf carts stopped in their tracks because of the wayward livestock.

Their televised breakout quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags including #LlamasonTheLoose, #llamadrama and #TEAMLLAMAS.

ESPN, the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos even got in on the fun.

The Broncos are pretty confident that linebacker Brandon Marshall would have no trouble with said llamas. 

The Sports Digital Editor for The Denver Post gave the world of Twitter this photo of the llamas going Thelma and Louis. 

The llama saga also made actor Lorenzo Lamas a trending topic. Lamas was mentioned in more than 270 tweets in an hour, according to social analytics website Topsy. 

If this isn’t proof that it’s been a slow day for NFL news, we don’t know what is.

Disclaimer: No Llamas were harmed during any tweets about today’s chase.