Orlando Franklin: Philip Rivers more approachable than Peyton Manning 

San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Orlando Franklin said, while making an appearance on NBC Sports Network’s ‘Pro Football Talk Live’, that Philip Rivers is a more “approachable” quarterback than Peyton Manning.

Franklin spent the past four years with the Denver Broncos and has played with Manning the past three seasons. He joined the Chargers this offseason as a free agent.

“One thing I noticed immediately when I got here is that Philip Rivers is definitely more approachable than Peyton,” Franklin said. “I don’t know if it was because I was a lot younger being that I met Peyton in my second season and now meeting Phillip going into my fifth season but definitely I will say Phillip is more approachable than Peyton.”

Putting aside the fact that there was no way Franklin was going to make his current quarterback look worse than his former quarterback, it’s really not too difficult to believe what Franklin had to say.

While it’s no secret in NFL circles that Manning can be difficult, as he’s often regarded as a control freak. But Rivers isn’t known for being a social darling with his teammates. His argumentative nature – even with teammates – have led many to label him as a bit of a jerk.

But for now Franklin doesn’t seem to mind Rivers’ abrasive attitude. But we’ll see how he feels if he’s ever on the receiving end of his new quarterback’s tirade’s.

Teammates in contact with Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas during holdout 

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is holding out of offseason workouts while he continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the team, but teammates Emmanuel Sanders and Peyton Manning have been keeping up with the team’s No. 1 receiver, the Denver Post reports.

“One thing a lot of people don’t realize is when you’re playing on a one-year deal, there’s a lot of things going through your head,” Sanders said. “As much as you guys want to say, ‘Don’t think about it,’ of course it’s going to cross your mind because you’re talking about a lot of money at stake. When you’re playing these one-year deals, it’s a lot of stress on you. No matter how much you don’t want it to be, it’s going to happen. We’re all human.”

Manning would like to have Thomas in workouts but understands the business aspects of his decision.

“I keep up with Demaryius. He’s my buddy,” Manning said. “They got that business side of it to work out, but he’s been a great teammate to me, been a great friend to me since I’ve been here in Denver, so I keep up with him. Obviously want him to get back here as soon as possible, but we want what’s best for him, and he certainly deserves what’s best for him.”

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak admitted he had not been in touch with Thomas as much as some of the players or wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, who has kept Thomas up to speed on the team’s new offense and changes on the field. Kubiak last spoke with Thomas a few weeks ago and is “counting on him taking care of his business.”

“I’d rather him be here. Y’all know that. He knows that. The players know that,” Kubiak said. “But you also understand the rules, you understand the situation. As a coach you got to deal with what’s going on here.”

Thomas has started 16 games for three straight season, topping 90 receptions, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in each.

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.