Broncos sign Kanell, Young

As Denver's six day mini-camp gets underway, the Broncos announced the signing of free agent quarterback Danny Kanell and cornerback Sam Young. Kanell, a former Florida State standout has been out of football since 2000, when he last played with Atlanta


June 3, 2003 - The Denver Broncos Tuesday signed free agents safety Lee Flowers, quarterback Danny Kanell and cornerback Sam Young, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Flowers, 6-0, 214 pounds, comes to Denver after eight years with Pittsburgh, where he played in 111 games and made 74 starts. During his time with the Steelers, Flowers totaled 503 tackles (360 solo), 12 sacks for -72 yards and four interceptions. He also racked up 29 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, as well as 52 special teams stops. Selected in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft, Flowers was one of only six rookies to make Pittsburghís 53-man roster that year. Flowers, a starting cornerback and return specialist at Georgia Tech, compiled 238 total career tackles, the third-most by a Yellow Jacket defensive back. He averaged 21.8 yards on 44 kickoff returns and 6.1 yards on 44 punt returns, while earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a senior. Born Jan 14, 1973 in Columbia, S.C., Flowers earned all-state, all-region, and all-area honors for Spring Valley High, while serving as team captain and being voted offensive MVP.

Kanell, 6-3, 218 pounds, has been out of football since 2000, when he last played with Atlanta. In five professional seasons, Kanell has completed 438 of 853 passes for 4,687 yards (51.3%), 29 touchdowns, 29 interceptions, with a 64.9 quarterback rating. He entered the NFL as a fourth-round (130th overall) selection by the New York Giants in 1996, and played three seasons with the club (1996-98). He then moved to Atlanta, where he played two years (1999-2000). Out of the NFL since 2000, Kanell played for the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League in 2002. Kanell, a standout at Florida State, ranks second on the Seminolesí all-time list with 6,176 yards in total offense and 6,372 yards passing. He completed 529 of 851 passes, and owns FSUís all-time touchdown record with 72. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Kanell was born on Nov. 21, 1973.

Young, 5-11, 180 pounds, signed with Broncos Jan. 22, 2002, and spent last yearís training camp with the team before being waived in the final cutdown. He then signed with the Colorado Crush, where he played wide receiver/defensive back for the expansion Arena Football League team.

Young entered the NFL in 2001 as a rookie free agent with Chicago (signed 4/27/01), out of Illinois State, but was waived July 18, 2001. He then signed with Green Bay Aug. 4 and went through three weeks of training camp with the Packers before being waived Aug. 27. Young played in three preseason games with Green Bay, including one vs. Denver, Aug. 20. A native of Chicago, Young was born Aug. 1, 1978.

Flowers Pops Up With Broncos, Signing Deal - - Andrew Mason
June 3, 2003 - Just under three months ago, the Broncos dug up a Gardener. Now, they're planting some Flowers. Three days short of three months after the Broncos added Daryl Gardener and Jake Plummer in free agency, the Broncos jumped into the pool once again, signing former Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Lee Flowers.

Preseason trip capped by game against Texans - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, June 04, 2003 - Here's the forecast for the Denver Broncos' summer: hotter than Hades and horrifically humid. For a few days anyway. Although the Broncos won't be going to Greeley for training camp this year, having decided to stay at team headquarters at Dove Valley, they will be going to humid Houston early in August for two days of practice with the Houston Texans. The trip will be capped off by the opening preseason game between the teams.

Griese's options limited - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Wednesday, June 04, 2003 - Brian Griese no longer is a dead man walking the halls of Broncos OpCen. This is officially the end of the Griese error. After four dreadful seasons with Griese as the starter (when he wasn't hurt, which was often), the Broncos have cut their losses and cut The Dink. He has been given his walking papers.

Plummer to gather with all his weapons - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
June 4, 2003 - This is what quarterback Jake Plummer signed up for, or at least as close as he has gotten since he joined the Denver Broncos in the off-season. When the club opens a six-day mini-camp today, the team's offense will enjoy the full complement of star power Plummer so far has witnessed fully only in ESPN highlights.

Kanell's glad to be back - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
June 4, 2003 - He was big man on campus at Florida State University and once owned the spotlight in the Big Apple. But in recent years, Danny Kanell's career has come a lot closer to Bull Durham than Any Given Sunday. Now, after two years of toiling for such obscure teams as the Newark Bears and New York Dragons, Kanell, 29, is getting another chance in the NFL.

Griese to Dolphins not a done deal yet - Daily Camera
June 4, 2003 - Negotiations between former Denver quarterback Brian Griese and Miami continued Tuesday, but it wasn't clear if a deal could be completed before the end on Thursday of the Dolphins' three-day quarterback school.

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