Portis contract hot topic at cold camp

Denver head coach Mike Shanahan weighs in on the subject of a renegotiated contract for Clinton Portis. Read what he had to say as well as other news from the Broncos' mini-camp.

Portis' contract at issue at minicamp - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Saturday, May 10, 2003 - Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer's minicamp debut was supposed to be the main event Friday. sed to be the main event Friday. It turned out to be overshadowed by running back Clinton Portis' continued plea for more money and by coach Mike Shanahan's response, accompanied by the coach's not-so-subtle negotiating jabs.

Cold reality for Plummer - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 10, 2003 - It didn't take Jake Plummer long Friday to realize this wasn't Arizona anymore. The quarterback's new blue-and-orange uniform wasn't the dead giveaway; rather, it was the first time Plummer put hands to mouth and began blowing on them for warmth during the chilly start of Denver Broncos mini-camp.

Portis given the word - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
May 10, 2003 - The unseasonably cold weather Friday brought out some harsh realities for Clinton Portis. Denver ain't Miami, and a lucrative new deal might be harder to find than snow in South Florida. Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was perfectly blunt about that fact in discussing the subject for the first time Friday afternoon.

Right corner job Herndon's to lose - for now - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
May 10, 2003 - Kelly Herndon was a standout Friday. As the only Denver Broncos player with a three-foot streamer dangling from his right hip during the opening of mini-camp, it only made sense he would be. Even more noticeable, though, was this Herndon lining up as the starting right cornerback opposite Deltha O'Neal with the first-team defense.

Shanahan: Portis Contract Issue 'Blown out of Proportion' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
May 9, 2003 - While the on-field focus was on the debut of the Broncos' class of rookies and the performance of new quarterback Jake Plummer, the focus away from it was on the status of Clinton Portis. However, it wasn't his absence from the offseason conditioning workouts that was the primary issue regarding last season's Offensive Rookie of the Year, but his contract status, which remains status quo -- but not for a lack of an offer on the Broncos' part.

On a Chilly Day, Plummer Feels Right at Home - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
May 9, 2003 - You're not in Tempe anymore. A raw, 39-degree May afternoon greeted Jake Plummer and the Broncos as they took to the practice fields for the first day of the Broncos' weekend mini-camp, and the first practice snaps of the free-agent signee's tenure as the Broncos' starting quarterback after six seasons in the balmy climes of Arizona with the Cardinals.

Daryl Gardener Answers Your Questions - DenverBroncos.com
May 9, 2003 - One of Denver's major free agent acquisitions this offseason was defensive tackle Daryl Gardener. After six seasons with the Dolphins and one with the Redskins, the Baylor product embarks on his eighth NFL campaign and his third team in three years.

Ask the Broncos: Of Corners and Quarters - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
May 9, 2003 - This weekend's mini-camp at Dove Valley will certainly start providing answers to many of the questions about the Broncos' personnel and rookies. But quite a few can already be answered after nearly six weeks of offseason workouts, which have been remarkably well-attended.


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