Lynch dodges fine by talking to NFL’s TV network

He declined to answer questions from the media. He did do a 2-minute, 9-second interview with NFL Network’s Deion Sanders, who offered up softball questions and a lot of praise.

“Players are required to participate, and he participated,” a league spokesman told Gregg Rosenthal of the league’s website NFL.com.

The statement from the league is bizarre in that league has not endorsed such minimal access in the past.

The league released a transcript of Lynch’s comments.

“I think you’re just taking it wrong,” Lynch said. “(Interviews) don’t make me uncomfortable.”

He clearly doesn’t enjoy the media attention.

“Nope,” Lynch said. “I’m just about action. You say ‘hut’ and there’s action. All the unnecessary talk, it don’t do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?”

Lynch was fined $50,000 for not talking to the media this season. He later spoke Jan. 5 for about 90 seconds and gave several short responses.

Moreno on his future: Denver running back Knowshon Moreno, who would fit nicely in the Falcons’ offense because of his running and pass-catching ability, could become an unrestricted free agent March 11.

After finishing fifth in the NFL in total yards at 1,586, Moreno has resurrected his career and could become available. The Broncos drafted running backs in 2012 (Ronnie Hillman, third round) and last year (Montee Ball, second round).

“My future is right now,” Moreno said. “I don’t live in the future; I live in the present. Right now, this is what I’m thinking about. I’m thinking about today getting better, throughout the week getting better and on Sunday doing what we can to get the win.”

Moreno, who was benched last season after a Week 2 fumble against the Falcons, recently was called the most improved Bronco by coach John Fox.

“It means a lot,” Moreno said. “It means I’m not taking any day for granted, and it means I’m getting better. That’s what you want at the end of the day: to get better, to help your team out.”

Welker a bonus: Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas, who played at Georgia Tech, said the addition of veteran wide receiver Wes Welker helped him develop his game.

“The main thing that helped me with being with Wes was being in the meeting room with him,” said Thomas, who caught a career-high 14 touchdowns in the regular season. “He’d help us on the field, telling us how to beat this guy with different leverage and then helping us with reading different coverages so we can go out on the field and play fast.”

Etc.: Denver cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie backed away from his talk about retiring if the Broncos won the Super Bowl. … Former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp (2004-06) is a offensive consultant with the Broncos. … Former Falcons offensive line coach Tom Cable (2006) is Seattle’s offensive line coach/assistant head coach.

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