McCaffrey set to retire

Wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, one of the all-time favorite Broncos players, will hold a press conference today to announce his retirement after nine years with Denver. Read about McCaffrey and the changing face of the Denver Broncos in today's news reports.

McCaffrey takes retirement route - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - Defensive backs and Broncos quarterbacks will need to find a new favorite target. Wide receiver Ed McCaffrey will not be around for either. Unwilling to play for another franchise or risk more trauma to his brain, McCaffrey is expected to announce his retirement today, a source close to the nine-year Bronco confirmed. McCaffrey did not return phone calls seeking comment.

McCaffrey calling it quits - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
March 2, 2004 - Reality is starting to bite Denver Broncos fans, and not just the fact that the team hasn't won a playoff game in five years. What about loyalty? Well, it's difficult to find any of it in today's salary-cap driven NFL parity party. The Broncos are expecting to trade running back Clinton Portis this week and will say goodbye to wide receiver Ed McCaffrey today. McCaffrey confirmed Monday he plans to retire today.

End zone for Mac - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 2, 2004 - His sure hands, wholesome persona and easy smile endeared him to countless Denver Broncos fans. But even deafening chants of "Ed-die, Ed-die" won't bring this favorite son back for one more year. Ed McCaffrey, after 13 NFL seasons, 565 career catches and three Super Bowl rings, is hanging up jersey No. 87.

Five defining moments of McCaffrey's career - Rocky Mountain News
March 2, 2004 - Five defining moments of McCaffrey's career

Personality of Broncos fading fast - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - Are you ready to say goodbye to players that Broncomaniacs have known and loved? Don't get me wrong. It is time for Ed McCaffrey to go. It was time for him to retire a year ago. But it is increasingly hard to tell the Broncos without a scorecard.

Redskins make Portis richest runner - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - Running back Clinton Portis accepted the sweetest handoff of his career Monday. The Washington Redskins agreed to hand Portis the richest deal given to a running back: an eight-year, $50.5 million contract that includes $17 million in combined signing and option bonuses, ESPN.com reported, citing several league sources.

Portis deal a green monster - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 2, 2004 - Clinton Portis now can afford to buy his own gaudy gold championship belt - or Mike Shanahan's house for that matter. The young running back, unable to secure a lucrative new contract with the Denver Broncos, has agreed to an eight-year, $50.5 million deal with the Washington Redskins.

Droughns' mark: tailback spot - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 2, 2004 - Before Reuben Droughns can consider his future, he must first address his past. So, come Wednesday, the Denver Broncos fullback will head into unrestricted free agency, seeking more than money.

Lepsis eager to make left turn - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 2, 2004 - Matt Lepsis long has wanted to play left tackle for the Denver Broncos. All that was missing was the opportunity. That chance may have finally arrived. The Broncos are set to release left tackle Ephraim Salaam today, Salaam's agent confirmed Monday.

Free agency outlook - Daily Camera - RAssociated Press
March 2, 2004 - How each team is approaching NFL free agency, which begins Wednesday.

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