We can no longer say that 23 teams continued their minicamps Thursday because several coaches sent their players home to begin summer vacation a day earlier than planned. Around The League collected the relevant quotes, practice updates and news nuggets from Thursday's practices.
Here's what we learned:
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1. It's out with the old, in with the new in the Denver Broncos' backfield. Hours after releasingWillis McGahee in a conscious effort to get younger, the team announced the signing of second-round draft pick Montee Ball. The Broncos are expected to turn to Ball and Ronnie Hillman as their tandem attack, with Knowshon Moreno once again providing veteran insurance.
Unlike the burned-out Michael Turner, McGahee should have little trouble finding a new team before the start of the season.
3.Mike Wallace's father revealed that the wide receiver turned down a $76 million offer from the Minnesota Vikings to sign with the Miami Dolphins. Take this report with an entire shaker of salt. The relevant numbers are the signing bonus and guaranteed dollars, which Wallace's father failed to disclose. Throw in Florida's lack of a state income tax, and it's a good bet the offers were similar in value.
4. Ball was not the only big-name rookie to sign Thursday. The St. Louis Rams signed their entire draft class, including first-round draft picks Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree. Fourth-round picks Matt Barkley and Landry Jonesreached deals with the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. Second-round pick Justin Hunter signed with the Tennessee Titans after missing organized team activities with a hamstring injury.