Broncos look to sign Poole

Following the loss of Ed McCaffrey, Mike Shanahan looks to sign WR Keith Poole, who was released two weeks ago during roster cutdowns.

Released two weeks ago from the Denver Broncos roster, wide receiver Keith Poole was ready to sign on with AFC rival Kansas City Chiefs. He had even made the trip to K.C, had his first workout with the Chiefs organization, and was preparing to secure lodging for the remainder of the season.

Then the phone calls began.

Following Monday night's devastating loss of Ed McCaffrey, Poole became the most sought after player on Mike Shanahan's list.

Poole's Boulder based agents, Jack and Tom Mills, first began receiving calls as the two were driving home from Monday night's game. Broncos general manager Neal Dahlen and director of pro personnel Rick Smith made it perfectly clear that Denver wanted Poole back in town, as quickly as possible.

Still unsigned, the 6-0, 193-pound Poole didn't think twice, he felt comfortable in Denver, and would jump at the chance to return to the team that was forced, by mandatory cutdowns, to let him go earlier in the month.

Unfortunately, circumstances being what they were, all flights were cancelled coming back into Denver, so Poole prepared to rent a car and drive back. Again, unfortunately, all rental cars were taken, leaving Poole apparently stranded in a town he no longer desired to play for.

Then came word that a ride was available, from the husband of Broncos college scouting assistant Pam Papsdorf, who was visiting family members in Kansas City, and the former New Orleans Saint hitched a ride back to the Rocky Mountains to rejoin the team.

With Wednesday's practice closed to the media, and games still questionable for this weekend, the Broncos prepare to sign Poole as early as Thursday, while awaiting word from the league on their upcoming game at Indianapolis.on Sunday.

The contract is expected to be in the neighborhood of $500,000 for a one-year deal, yet there has been no official announcement made at this point.


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