Portis wants top dollar contract

Denver's Clinton Portis, coming off a 1,500 yard rushing season, wants a new contract and hints he may hold out if he doesn't get it. Read about Portis, as well as contract talks breaking off with linebacker Al Wilson, in today's reports.

Portis lays down law - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, February 05, 2004 - HONOLULU - Amid swaying palm trees and cool ocean breezes, Broncos running back Clinton Portis acknowledged there is trouble in paradise. Portis said unless he has a new contract before training camp, he could hold out.

Top back lusts for big green - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Thursday, February 05, 2004 - We all shared in the guilty pleasure of laughing at the audacity of Broncos running back Clinton Portis when he strutted late in a rout of the Kansas City Chiefs, then preened on the sideline with a gaudy, jewel-encrusted belt while shouting, "I'm the heavyweight champion of the world!" It is not so funny anymore.

Contract talks break off with Pro Bowler Wilson - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, February 05, 2004 - HONOLULU - A contract agreement between the Broncos and Al Wilson was so close the middle linebacker's agent flew to Denver recently to finalize the deal. Then talks broke down. Now they are down and out. And with no talks scheduled, Wilson said he does not intend to sign with the Broncos before free agency kicks off March 3.

Trial reveals effort to block purchase - Denver Post - Kris Hudson
Thursday, February 05, 2004 - Testimony Wednesday depicted a bitter relationship between former Denver Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser and his minority-stake partners, with each side undermining the other. The revelations came as Kaiser spent his second day on the witness stand in a trial stemming from a 1999 lawsuit he filed against current Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

Defense takes aim at Kaiser's credibility - Rocky Mountain News - John Accola
February 5, 2004 - Pat Bowlen's defense team put former Denver Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser on the hot seat Wednesday, a strategic effort to rip apart his testimony and credibility as a fair-minded dealmaker. "I'm not on trial for fraud here," Kaiser snapped during one contentious exchange with defendant Bowlen's attorney Larry Pozner.

John Elway, From A to Z - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, February 5, 2004 - How much did John Elway mean to the Broncos during his 16 seasons as quarterback? The answer is as easy as A - for AFC Championships. With Elway in command, the Broncos won five. No other club in the conference has won more in an entire franchise history than the Broncos won during Elway's 16 seasons; the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers all won five AFC titles, but each has done so over the course of 34 seasons since the league expanded and divided into conferences in 1970.

Broncology: He Took a Licking and Kept On Ticking - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - John Elway's longevity didn't compare to Cal Ripken, Jr., or, to make a football comparison, to Brett Favre. It wasn't about playing in consecutive games, although he was in the statistical column on 8,662 plays in his Denver career -- over four times as many as the No. 2 man in Broncos history, running back Terrell Davis. Nagging injuries dogged Elway throughout his career, and he missed games in nine of his 16 seasons. But perhaps the truest test of durability and status as an iron man of the game is not by playing in numerous games on end while avoiding injuries, but by continuing to participate even after absorbing injuries that were so severe, they knocked him from games.

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