Broncos tried to re-sign Gold

Broncos linebacker Ian Gold thought he still might sign with the Broncos, until they drafted Miami linebacker D.J. Williams in Round One. Read more about the Gold saga in today's reports.

Bucs beat Broncos to Gold - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, April 29, 2004 - Linebacker Ian Gold officially became a Tampa Bay Buccaneer on Wednesday, but until the NFL draft Saturday there was a legitimate chance he would re-sign with the Broncos. The story of when and how those last-minute negotiations collapsed depends on whom you ask.

Tampa Bay strikes Gold - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
April 29, 2004 - Ian Gold can pinpoint the exact moment his chances to stick with the Denver Broncos ended. He had to hark back only to Saturday to identify the official time of the breakup.

Buccaneers sign former Bronco Gold - Daily Camera - Associated Press
April 29, 2004 - Former Denver Broncos linebacker Ian Gold signed a five-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday. The fifth-year pro, recovering from knee surgery that sidelined him most of last season, was a second-round draft pick in 2000. He appeared in 54 games with 22 starts for the Broncos and is expected to provide immediate help on defense and special teams with the Bucs.

Bucs Sign Gold - Tampa Tribune - Ira Kaufman
Apr 29, 2004 - On a day the Buccaneers officially welcomed a new defensive presence, they jettisoned cornerback Tim Wansley, whose final play in a Tampa Bay uniform typified his erratic pro career. The Bucs formally announced the signing of Ian Gold, a 25-year-old unrestricted free agent linebacker from Denver who declared himself ``80-85 percent'' recovered from October knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Elway Through the Years: 1984 - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - As John Elway entered his second professional season, many were questioning the so-called experts that had anointed him the second-coming of Unitas, Bradshaw, Namath and Starr. They began to find flaws in his game, shoot holes in his character and revel in his failures. Elway was at the center of a firestorm, a fact he knew all too well and tried to take in stride.

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