Three and out: Broncos want insurance for Tebow

Broncos “in the market” for QBs: Broncos QB Tim Tebow was a phenomenon in 2011, but after ending the season with chest and shoulder injuries, team management plans to add depth at the position this offseason — even though Tebow is still considered the starter for 2012. If Denver continues to mold its offense around the skills of its starter, the job of finding suitable backups could become a little more difficult. Considering Tebow’s style of play and penchant for running the football, he’s a much higher risk for injury. Whoever ends up with Denver’s No. 2 QB job could be worth taking a look at in the event Tebow has to spend some time on the sideline.

Jackson waiting on new contract: Bills RB Fred Jackson has said how much he wants to stay in Buffalo, while Bills management has talked about how much they’d like to keep the veteran RB. Now the trick is to actually get a deal done, which both sides seem confident they can do. Jackson, who missed the last half of the season with a broken leg, has been medically cleared and is itching to get back to work. But he faces being part of a platoon with C.J. Spiller, who played well in Jackson’s absence late in the season. For fantasy owners, seeing Jackson take his talents elsewhere would be a boon to his value. However, it looks like he’ll be back in Buffalo for the foreseeable future, which could take him down a notch or two.

Smith wants to re-sign with Lions: Lions RB Kevin Smith will be an unrestricted free agent when the market opens in March, but he’s made up his mind that he has no plans to leave Detroit. It could cause a logjam in the backfield … if everyone’s healthy. Consider the already lengthy injury history of presumptive starter Jahvid Best, the missed rookie season of Mikel LeShoure and the ankle problems that dogged Smith in 2011 and the hoped-for RB rotation in Detroit isn’t a sure thing. Fantasy owners may not have a clear idea of what the Lions’ backfield will look like until sometime during the preseason.

— Marcas Grant

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