Berry signs with Cardinals

The Broncos lost defensive end Bertrand Berry, as the free agent signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Also in the news, the Broncos have had discussions with the agent for Seattle wide receiver Darrell Jackson. Jackson had 1,137 receiving yards last season.

Receiving prize eyes Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 8, 2004 - One of the biggest catches remaining among free-agent wide receivers has the Denver Broncos on his radar screen. The agent for Seattle's Darrell Jackson indicated Sunday he has spoken to the team "more than once" regarding his client, whose 1,137 receiving yards ranked 10th in the league last season.

Berry departs, signs with Cards - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Published: Sunday, March 07, 2004 - When last season ended, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan lauded his team's success at re-signing its players. "We haven't lost a lot of players through the years," Shanahan said in January. "Can you name one besides Shannon Sharpe?" Defensive end Bertrand Berry. He makes two. And more could follow. On Saturday, Berry, who led Denver with 11.5 sacks last season, accepted a five-year contract that included a $5 million signing bonus from the Arizona Cardinals.

Plummer loses his biggest ally - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, March 07, 2004 - During his first five NFL seasons, cornerback Champ Bailey intercepted 18 passes. Six of them - a full third - came against quarterback Jake Plummer. "He loved playing against me," Plummer said after Denver and Washington completed the first trade that included two players coming off Pro Bowl seasons since 1973, when San Diego traded quarterback John Hadl to the Rams for defensive tackle Coy Bacon. "I actually threw him quite a few balls."

Shanahan faces dilemma with NFL 'me' generation - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Sunday, March 07, 2004 - The same Mike Shanahan who cried the day Ed McCaffrey retired from the Broncos did not blink an eye when Clinton Portis left Denver. At age 35, McCaffrey is a dying breed of humble football player. The 22-year-old Portis is the new breed of cocksure NFL star. The game changes with the generations. The Broncos will either adapt or fade away.

Broncos' Berry goes to Cardinals - Rocky Mountain News
March 6, 2004 - TEMPE, Ariz. - Three unrestricted free agents have agreed to multiyear deals with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Saturday. Denver Broncos' defensive end Bert Berry, quarterback Shaun King from Tampa Bay and full back Obafemi Ayanbadejo from Miami have accepted offers.

Berry might desert Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 6, 2004 - The Denver Broncos might be on the verge of losing their top pass rusher from last season. Free-agent defensive end Bert Berry was on his way back to Colorado on Friday after meeting with Arizona Cardinals officials. And as Berry left the desert to consult with his wife, Shellie, he appeared to be leaning toward accepting an offer from Arizona.

Broncos set to take new approach - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
March 5, 2004 - Everybody wins? Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins get one of the NFL's best running backs. Clinton Portis gets the contract he wanted. Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos get one of the league's best cornerbacks and an extra second-round draft pick. Champ Bailey gets the contract he wanted.

Berry bolts Broncos to join Cardinals - Daily Camera
March 7, 2004 - Defensive end Bert Berry, the Denver Broncos' top pass rusher last year with 111/2 quarterback sacks, left the team Saturday to sign a free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Berry was one of three free agents to agree to deals with the Cardinals Saturday, joining quarterback Shaun King from Tampa Bay and fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo from Miami.

Former NFL executive killed by taxi -
March 7, 2004 - NEW YORK -- Val Pinchbeck Jr., a former longtime NFL executive who was once one of Pete Rozelle's chief advisers, died when he was hit by a taxi in Manhattan. He was 73.He was a former public relations director of the Denver Broncos and the AFL. He joined the NFL commissioner's staff after the merger in 1969.

Upgrading Cornerback: 'That Was the No. 1 Priority' - - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 8, 2004 - Before the National Scouting Combine, before the Super Bowl, and barely after the 41-10 playoff loss at Indianapolis, the Broncos' brain trust of coaches and personnel evaluators identified what the team needed most to begin turning a January 2004 playoff failure into a better outcome 12 months later. It was another cornerback -- a need the team would fill just weeks later with Champ Bailey, arguably the finest in the game.

President and CEO Pat Bowlen Answers Your Questions -
Friday, March 5, 2004 - Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen will begin his third decade of ownership of the Denver Broncos this year. After a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2000 last year, he is looking to build on that success and help get the Broncos back to the Super Bowl to capture their third Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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