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Broncos extend Emmanuel Sanders’ contract through 2019

The Denver Broncos on Wednesday agreed to a three-year extension with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Sanders’ contract is worth $33 million, with $27 million fully guaranteed.

We’ve crunched the numbers using our projections of Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings, which account for general statistical trends and specific personnel changes. The numbers here come from an updated set of projections that account for preseason injuries and suspensions. For major injuries that don’t have a definite timetable, we assumed Tony Romo would be back by Week 12 with a 50 percent chance of returning between Week 8 and Week 11, and we assumed Justin Houston would return to the Kansas City Chiefs sometime between Week 7 and Week 10.

Of course, the strongest projected schedule for 2016 is only about half as strong as the hardest schedule from 2015, because our team projections are naturally conservative. Going into a new season, no team is guaranteed to be as good as last year’s best team or as bad as last year’s worst team.

Here are all 32 teams ranked in order from the hardest projected schedule to the easiest. You can read the full file or skip directly to your team using the links below.

This is what happens when you play in a division with the two of the best teams in the NFL. In fact, Seattle and Arizona are the two best teams going into 2016, according to our projections, and the Rams are about average. It doesn’t help that the two teams the 49ers play by virtue of finishing last in 2015, Dallas and Chicago, are both expected to improve this season. At least the 49ers’ game against the Cowboys comes in Week 4, long before Tony Romo has any hope of returning.

“It’s why we drafted him where we drafted him,” he said. “It’s why we [traded for] DeMarco. DeMarco is as good as I thought he was, too. So we’re pretty fortunate. Nobody’s shown that they are not capable of being pretty darn good for us.”

The Titans don’t plan to designate anyone as the third-down back, and feel comfortable with either player being on the field when he is more likely to be asked to block or run a route.

Trevor Siemian wasn’t handed QB job, he won it

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Trevor Siemian is the Denver Broncos starting quarterback. Some may be surprised by that, but let it be known Chris Harris Jr. tried to warn you.

In late May, the Broncos’ Pro Bowl cornerback strolled off the practice field and dropped this little bit of foreshadowing: “Trevor has a maturity to him. He’s kind of the sleeper, I would say. Of course Mark [Sanchez] and Paxton [Lynch] are going to be the headlines, but Trevor knows the offense. He’s very comfortable and can throw the ball, too. We’ve also seen him make big plays in the preseason games under the lights. I wouldn’t sleep on Trevor to win the job.’’

Well, hello Football America, because Siemian has won the job. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made the announcement in a team meeting Monday morning that Siemian would start Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers.

“I’ve always got the itch to play,’’ he said. “I don’t like sitting out too long.

“It was tough just because I love my teammates. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. They were a part of me during the whole struggle [with cancer]. It was definitely hard not to be here and let alone [not] practice but just [not] being around them on a daily basis. That was kind of tough for me.’’

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick in San Francisco for four seasons before leaving for the Michigan job last year. Harbaugh benched Alex Smith in favor of Kaepernick in 2012, giving Kaepernick an opportunity to rise to a higher profile in the NFL.

Harbaugh’s brother — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh — said Monday that he respected Kaepernick’s right to protest, even if he doesn’t agree with how he’s doing it.

“Voltaire so eloquently stated, ‘I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend it until death your right to say it,'” John Harbaugh said. “That’s a principle that our country is founded on. I don’t think you cannot deny someone the right to speak out or mock or make fun or belittle anybody else’s opinion.”

John Harbaugh, however, said it’s a fine line between standing up for what you believe in and not becoming a distraction to the team. He tells his players that you have to make sure you believe what you say publicly because you have to own it.

Former Broncos RB Montee Ball sentenced to jail time

Ball was sentenced in Madison, Wis., where he was a star for the University of Wisconsin. He finished his college career as the FBS all-time leader in touchdowns.

“I know that you’ve received trophies and scholarships for pounding people on the gridiron,” Dane County Circuit judge William E. Hanrahan said in sentencing Ball, according to the Journal Sentinel. “But you have crossed the line. You’ve earned nothing but condemnation and scorn here for your actions.

“There is a difference between hitting big guys in helmets and protective gear and throwing around frail, young women that are vulnerable and depend on you.”

Ball was a second-round pick in 2013 and was set to start for the Broncos in 2014. But injuries, including an emergency appendectomy, limited him to five games that season. He was cut at the end of the 2015 preseason and didn’t play an NFL regular-season game last season. Given his legal problems, it’s doubtful he ever resurfaces in the NFL.

Tom Brady’s decision to end his personal fight in the Deflategate saga was made simply to help everyone move forward.

That’s the point Brady stressed Friday when speaking to the media for the first time since deciding not to pursue further legal action in the appeal of his NFL-imposed four-game suspension.

“It’s just personal, and I’ve tried to move on from it,” Brady said Friday of his choice. “I try to focus on the positive, being here with my teammates and getting better. You don’t want to go out and do anything but try to be a great example for your teammates and we’ve got al ot of competitive guys that have been out here on the practice field, and I think that’s where the focus needs to be.”

Brady will be exiled away from the team over the first month of the season while serving his suspension, but he isn’t too concerned about how he’ll spend his time, instead focusing on preparing his teammates for life without him under center.

Seattle Seahawks

1 to 10 percent: Jimmy Graham suffered a ruptured patella last season, an injury that holds the league’s worst rate of long-term recovery. The injury has seemed to sap the athleticism of similarly scarred players. Graham’s outlook has drastically changed over the past two years; he has gone from the prime of his career as the focal point of the Saints’ offense to a question mark as just another part of the Seattle offense. … Bobby Wagner might benefit from playing on a legendarily successful defense, or the success of others might cause voters to punish Seattle’s middle linebacker. At this point, I’m not sure whether either is fair. … Michael Bennett finally got his due as a Pro Bowler in 2015, but he turns 31 this year. His four-year breakout run hasn’t been a historically notable peak, and Bennett won’t have a long enough career to accumulate huge counting stats.

Russell Wilson could lose it overnight — Colin Kaepernick seemed to — but he’s only getting better. He laid the running game arguments to rest last year, with Seattle’s attack only kicking into high gear after Marshawn Lynch was injured and the Seahawks moved to more of a pass-friendly attack. It’s far easier to imagine situations in which he keeps it up and makes the Hall of Fame than ones in which he slips and struggles to achieve greatness. 85 percent

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman could go from fifth-round pick to the Hall of Fame. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
Richard Sherman had four Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro awards in his back pocket before turning 28. He produces counting stats, having accumulated eight picks in consecutive seasons, and he has that legendary moment of picking off Kaepernick on the “sorry receiver” play in the NFC Championship Game. It would take a career-ending injury or a Nnamdi Asomugha-in-Philadelphia-esque sudden drop-off in play for Sherman to miss out on enshrinement. 90 percent

Earl Thomas is just that much better, having five Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro awards before turning 27. The competition at safety isn’t quite as intense as it is at cornerback, and Thomas is quietly more essential to what Seattle has done on defense in years past. It’s a good competition to have, and it’s the third guy on the Seattle roster who is all but guaranteed to make the Hall of Fame.