Wilson remains with Broncos

<b>Updated</b> - Just as the deadline expired to designate "franchise players," the Broncos have signed middle linebacker Al Wilson to a seven year $42 million contract with a $10 million signing bonus. To move forward on a Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey trade, it was all-important for the Broncos to secure Pro Bowler Wilson, as well as keeping the defensive captain in the fold.

Wilson gets $42 million deal - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - Until Monday night, Broncos Pro Bowl middle linebacker Al Wilson issued the same refrain he sounded last month in Hawaii and during the final season of his contract. "Pay me a little bit," Wilson said. "I'm not asking too much." Like so many running backs he has confronted, Wilson hit it - big. He bling-blinged the Broncos.

Portis' obligation key issue - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - As contract negotiations for Clinton Portis and Champ Bailey continue, so do questions about why the Broncos would make the deal. In the end, it comes back to money - actually the Broncos' refusal to surrender it to a player whose contract is not up. The Broncos were informed Portis would hold out unless he received a new contract to replace the one that had two years remaining on it at base salaries of $380,000 this season and $455,000 in 2005.

Sharpe opinion: It's a dicey deal - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
February 25, 2004 - By hammering out a long-term deal Tuesday with linebacker Al Wilson, the Denver Broncos have their finances in order to move forward with a trade for cornerback Champ Bailey. But not everyone in the organization is happy about the potential blockbuster swap that would send running back Clinton Portis to the Washington Redskins.

Davis says he understands Portis' plight - Rocky Mountain News - Pat Rooney
February 25, 2004 - Clinton Portis' most-accomplished predecessor in the Denver Broncos' backfield understands why his former team is hesitant to dump heaps of money in Portis' lap. But Terrell Davis also is rooting for Portis to get himself into the best financial situation possible.

Let's make a deal: Wilson staying put - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 25, 2004 - One Pro Bowl performer in the fold, one more to go. Middle linebacker Al Wilson finalized his new contract with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, the sides beating the deadline for applying a franchise designation. Wilson's deal is worth $42 million over seven years with a signing bonus of more than $10 million.

Broncos reach agreement with LB Wilson - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
February 25, 2004 - Whether Mike Shanahan is making the right personnel decisions or not will be determined on the field next fall. But one thing is certain: Larry Coyer is having a great offseason.

Broncos, Wilson reach agreement - Sportsline.com
February 24, 2004 - Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Al Wilson agreed Tuesday to a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Denver Broncos.The deal also includes a signing bonus in excess of $10 million.By agreeing to terms, Wilson avoided the Broncos' franchise designation, which would have paid him $5.834 million on a one-year contract, based on the averages of the top-10 salaries at his position last season.

Broncos agree to terms with Wilson, could help in quest for Champ Bailey - Sportsline.com
Feb. 24, 2004 - Denver agreed to contract terms with middle linebacker Al Wilson on Tuesday, clearing the way for the Broncos to work on a deal that could bring them cornerback Champ Bailey from Washington for running back Clinton Portis. Wilson, a three-time Pro Bowler, could have become a free agent March 3. He agreed to a seven-year, $42 million contract with a $10 million signing bonus.

Broncos hang onto Wilson - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - Denver now has one less free agent to worry about. The Broncos reached agreement today with Pro Bowl middle linebacker Al Wilson on a seven-year deal that will keep the defensive captain in Denver.

Broncos Agree to Terms with Al Wilson - Denver Broncos.com - Mike Sarro
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms on a contract with middle linebacker Al Wilson. On the day of the National Football League's deadline for teams to designate franchise and transition players Denver locked up its defensive captain.

Broncos back just wants to get paid - ESPN.com
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - The Denver Broncos have discussed trading Clinton Portis to the Redskins for Champ Bailey, and all indications are a deal will be consummated. But does Portis know something others don't? Apparently he considers his departure from Denver a certainty. "It was enjoyable playing with the Broncos," Portis told radio station KKFN-AM in an interview Monday night. "If this is the end of my stay, I had a great time."

Jets' offer to trade three veterans for cornerback - ESPN.com- Len Pasquarelli
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - The New York Jets have offered a package of veteran players to the Washington Redskins in an attempt to acquire four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey. However, while their offer is not too late, it is probably worth too little. New York's proposed package included three veterans -- defensive end Shaun Ellis, tight end Anthony Becht and tailback LaMont Jordan -- for Bailey. It is that offer, and not an issue with Bailey's asking price, that appears to be a breaking point in the deal.

Broncos would win on superstar trade; so would fans, NFL - SportsLine.com - Pete Prisco
Feb. 24, 2004 - Star-for-star trades in the NFL happen about as much as Paul Tagliabue standing on a table and ripping off his shirt to a Janet Jackson tune.That's what makes the potential Clinton Portis - Champ Bailey trade so intriguing. Two Pro Bowl players, both in the prime of their careers, may be changing teams when the NFL trading period officially begins on March 3.

Redskins wait on Broncos for possible Bailey-Portis trade - SportsLine.com
Feb. 24, 2004 - The Washington Redskins are pondering several trade possibilities for four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey in addition to the much balleyhooed proposal to send him to Denver for Clinton Portis. The Redskins remain in contact with the Broncos. But director of player personnel Vinny Cerrato said Tuesday he also is talking to our other teams concerning Bailey, including one that contacted him Tuesday morning.

Free Agency Previews: Defensive Linemen - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - The new NFL season doesn't kick off with the draft, the start of training camp, the first preseason game or opening weekend. It begins on March 3 - the first day of the 2004 free agent signing period. Starting next Wednesday, teams around the league can begin making offers to unrestricted free agents, adding pieces to their championship puzzle. As that all-important date approaches, we'll provide a position-by-position preview of the notable players that will be available to the highest bidder. Today, we take a look at the guys in the trenches - defensive linemen.

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