Broncos discuss trading Portis

The Broncos are apparently discussing a trade of Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis for Washington Redskins' Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey. Also - running back Mike Anderson is requesting a release from the Broncos. Read the latest in today's news reports.

Broncos blockbuster: Portis trade may be near - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, February 23, 2004 - The Broncos and Washington Redskins are closing in on a blockbuster deal that would send Denver's Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis to Washington for Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey. In addition to Bailey, Denver is asking for Washington's second-round pick in the April draft, National Football League sources confirmed this weekend.

Let's make a deal: Broncos' Portis for Redskins' Bailey - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, February 22, 2004 - Pardon the interruption, Broncos and Redskins officials. But quit looking at those college prospects and start figuring out how to complete what would be the biggest trade since the New York Yankees acquired A-Rod. Denver running back Clinton Portis for Washington cornerback Champ Bailey. Even up.

Redskins in discussions to acquire tailback - - Len Pasquarelli
Monday, February 23, 2004 - Desperate to land a tailback who could make a major impact in new coach Joe Gibbs' run-oriented offense, the Washington Redskins are in discussions about a blockbuster trade that would bring them one of the NFL's premier young backs.

Position has contract, injury issues - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, February 23, 2004 - Not long ago, linebackers were the Broncos' strength, just as in the Orange Crush days. Ian Gold brought speed. Al Wilson delivered power. John Mobley offered versatility. Now the Denver linebacking trio offers questions. Big ones.

Broncos give special-teams coach leg up - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, February 23, 2004 - After searching the college ranks and scouring the NFL level for more than a month, the Broncos found their new special-teams coach. In their own building. The Broncos promoted Ronnie Bradford from assistant special-teams coach to special-teams coach and sent him to this weekend's scouting combine in Indianapolis for his newest title, team officials said Sunday.

Analysts: Bowlen should settle claim on Broncos - Denver Post - Kris Hudson
Sunday, February 22, 2004 - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen should settle former owner Edgar Kaiser's claim to 20 percent of the team rather than let the dispute go to a second trial, sports industry consultants said. Bowlen, however, said Saturday that he has yet to consider making a settlement offer and will not do so for a while.

Split verdict in Broncos suit - Denver Post - Kris Hudson
Sunday, February 22, 2004 - An 11-member jury accepted Kaiser's claim that Broncos owner Pat Bowlen breached a contract he had with Kaiser guaranteeing Kaiser the chance to buy back part of the team before anyone else. A separate claim by Kaiser that Bowlen misrepresented himself as the sole buyer of the team was rejected.

Broncos' Anderson wants out - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 23, 2004 - Running back Mike Anderson, the 2000 NFL Rookie of the Year, has requested his release from the Denver Broncos after the team proposed cutting his salary to the veteran minimum with incentives in order to create salary-cap room, the player's agent said Sunday.

Broncos' Anderson wants out - Rocky Mountain News - John Accola
February 21, 2004 - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and the Canadian tycoon who sold him the franchise 20 years ago left a Denver courtroom half-smiling Friday, both warring moguls claiming victory in a bitter contract ownership dispute. After more than three days of deliberations, a federal jury issued a split verdict - siding with Bowlen's claim that he alone bought the team, but agreeing with Edgar Kaiser that Bowlen should have given Kaiser a chance in 1998 to purchase a minority stake in the franchise.

Gold talks hit barricade - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 21, 2004 - While negotiations on a contract for Al Wilson appear destined to result in a "franchise" designation, talks regarding another Denver Broncos linebacker facing unrestricted free agency largely are going nowhere. Ian Gold's agent, Carl Poston, said Friday that despite frequent communication with the Broncos, including this week, the two sides appear "quite a ways apart" and that Gold probably will hit the open market March 3.

Denver, O'Neal clash on his position - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 21, 2004 - Deltha O'Neal's agent said Friday he hopes to speak to the Denver Broncos soon to see if he can facilitate his client's departure from the team, given that O'Neal wants to return to cornerback and the team now views him as a full-time wide receiver. Carl Poston, O'Neal's representative, said, "Obviously, between the square hole and circle, something doesn't fit" in regard to O'Neal.

Blogging Off: Day Four of the Combine - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, February 22, 2004 - For defensive players, coaches, scouts and personnel executives, the Scouting Combine continues through Tuesday. But the public availability of the players to the media ends Sunday, so it's time to reflect on the first professional glimpse at the Class of 2004.

Day 3 Combine Blog: Not the Only Show in Town - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, February 21, 2004 - The halls of the Indiana Convention Center are packed and far busier than they were on the first two days of the National Scouting Combine -- but that is not due to an increased presence of media or players -- but a cheerleading convention that drew thousands of teenagers and their parents into the building. The resulting chaos left the media-room door closed through much of the day.

Speaking of Everything: Sundquist Updates Offseason Issues - - Andrew Mason
Friday, February 20, 2004 - Although General Manager Ted Sundquist's focus is on the rookies at the National Scouting Combine, he took time to touch upon an array of offseason hot topics.

Blogged On: Day Two at the Combine - - Andrew Mason
Friday, February 20, 2004 - Hurricane Maurice is long gone. Now, the focus can return to the rest of the rising rookies at the Scouting Combine, who began shuffling their way into the media room at the Indiana Convention Center for the second day of the four-day event.

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