Sharpe returns in shape

The first day of the Broncos' six day mini-camp was highlighted by the return to the field for the first time since last season of tight end Shannon Sharpe.

Sharpe Livens Up First Day of Voluntary Camp - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
June 4, 2003 - As the Broncos began taking the field for the first practice session of their voluntary June camp, the sounds of playful hoots and hollers filled the windy, unusually cool air. Over 40 backs, receivers, linebackers, defensive backs and tight ends then began clapping in unison before collapsing in laughter as stretching exercises commenced. It was easy to figure out the origin of the revelry -- it was from tight end Shannon Sharpe, making his return to Dove Valley after over five months away from the team facility.

Coyer faces rebuilding job - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, June 05, 2003 - The renovation project facing Larry Coyer is a daunting one. The Broncos' new defensive coordinator faces the challenge of designing a secondary built on an untested, young foundation, utilizing a few spare parts. Coyer, typically cheerful and optimistic, seems eager for the challenge.

Sharpe makes it loud and clear: He still has passion for game - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, June 05, 2003 - Who needs a rooster when you have Shannon Sharpe crowing as the sun comes up? Shannon Sharpe said he has been working out hard, but admitted he was rusty. The Broncos' loquacious veteran tight end was in the locker room at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday as the team began its second minicamp. Sharpe said he wanted to be the first, and the loudest, player in the locker room. He got his wish.

Sharpe makes it loud and clear: He still has passion for game - Denver Post - Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press
Thursday, June 05, 2003 - Brian Griese and the Miami Dolphins are so far apart in their contract talks that the free-agent quarterback's expected homecoming might not happen, his agent said Wednesday.

Sharpe isn't flat - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
June 5, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe was up before the sun with the roosters Monday and, like them, began crowing noisily as soon as his day began. The NFL's all-time leading pass catcher among tight ends reported to Dove Valley at 5:45 a.m. for the unofficial start of his 14th pro season - his own personal workout.

Underachieving former 10th overall pick Stokes to visit - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
June 5, 2003 - The San Francisco 49ers once believed J.J. Stokes could be the heir to Jerry Rice. Now, Stokes soon could be competing with Frank Rice, among others, in an effort to kick-start his once-promising career. He is scheduled for a get-acquainted meeting Friday with Denver Broncos officials after being released Monday by the Niners, who saved $2.25 million in salary-cap space in the process.

It's Sharpe's locker room - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
June 5, 2003 - When Lee Flowers hinted that he would put a cork in it Wednesday, he wasn't thinking so much about Sammy Sosa as he was Shannon Sharpe. "I thought about that coming in here," said the loquacious Flowers, every bit the talker as the Denver Broncos tight end. "How are he and I going to survive in the same locker room? But this is his locker room. Good team players know their role. That's why we were so successful in Pittsburgh."

Duranko is facing death with a smile - Rocky Mountain News - Michael BeDan
June 5, 2003 - Lou Gehrig means different things to different people. For Cal Ripken Jr., Gehrig was a milestone. For former Denver Broncos lineman Pete Duranko, Gehrig is a funeral. Duranko's funeral. But not yet.

Sharpe, Broncos eager to start anew - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
June 5, 2003 - The Snake slowly slithered off the practice field and into the locker room. No one noticed. "It's OK," Jake Plummer said of the lack of personal attention from the media pack gathered to watch the Denver Broncos' six-day team camp. "It's his day."

Broncos will work out, play in Houston - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
June 5, 2003 - The Denver Broncos' practice on Wednesday was, well, cold. The sky was overcast and the wind brought a chill. And this is June. Things will be much different for the team Aug. 5-9 when it travels to Houston to practice, scrimmage and play against the Texans as part of this year's new-school training camp.

Griese talks turn irate - Miami Herald- Jason Cole
Thu, Jun. 05, 2003 - Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese, a Miami native, is expected to be released by the club today with several teams interested in signing him, including the Dolphins. Negotiations between the Dolphins and quarterback Brian Griese reached the frustration stage Wednesday for agent Ralph Cindrich, who indicated the chance of Griese signing with another team is growing stronger by the day.

Griese deal is no longer a certainty - Sun-Sentinel - Michael Cunningham and Alex Marvez
Thu, Jun. 05, 2003 - The Dolphins' negotiations with free agent quarterback Brian Griese remain stalled on Wednesday, and the player's agent said there would be no agreement if the team doesn't improve its offer. Agent Ralph Cindrich said the sides are close on a base salary figure for Griese, but he is unhappy with the Dolphins' proposed incentive package that wouldn't


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