Evening news and notes

For the second straight year, Denver will not raise ticket prices.

In fact, one area at the stadium will be reduced by 21 percent.

“We recognize and understand the economic challenges facing our fans,” Broncos Senior Vice President of Business Development Mac Freeman said in a statement released by the team. “Their support for the Broncos has remained overwhelming despite an uncertain financial climate. We appreciate their loyalty and want to make sure they can continue to share in the excitement of our team during the 2010 season.”

  • Keep an eye on Oakland to see if it shows interest in left tackle Tra Thomas. Although he was cut by Jacksonville on Thursday, and is past his prime, he can still help a team. Oakland will be looking for tackle help this offseason.

  • Denver hired Craig Aukerman as a defensive assistant. Aukerman, 33, spent last season as the linebackers coach at Kent State. This is his first season in the NFL.