Gardener gone

The Daryl Gardener saga came to a quiet end Wednesday as the Denver Broncos released the defensive tackle who only appeared in five games during the 2003 season. The move frees up $1.8 million in cap room for the Broncos, while Gardener is expected to sign a $9.3 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Gardener's departure now official - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
June 3, 2004 - The entire press release was only 14 words in length — The Denver Broncos Wednesday waived defensive tackle Daryl Gardener, head coach Mike Shanahan announced. Short and sour. Just like Gardener's career in Denver.

Ravens set to sign Kordell - Daily Camera
June 3, 2004 - The Baltimore Ravens solved their problem at backup quarterback by bringing in one of their biggest problem-makers, agreeing in principle Wednesday with longtime nemesis Kordell Stewart. The one-time Pro Bowl selection from the University of Colorado will sign a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum salary ($760,000) this morning and suit up for the last day of passing camp. Romo: A Sharpe move - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
June 3, 2004 - Shannon Sharpe's farewell party Wednesday night had all the usual suspects: Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, owner Pat Bowlen and team captain Rod Smith. But what was Bill Romanowski doing at a Denver area steakhouse at the same time as Sharpe's retirement party?

Broncos waive DT Gardener after rocky season - SI.com
June 2, 2004 - Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener 's brief and tumultuous stint with the Denver Broncos formally ended when he was waived by the team. The move was expected. Gardener was suspended twice last season for conduct detrimental to the team, and in March he and the team settled a dispute over his $5 million signing bonus.

Broncos, Gardener Officially Part Ways - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 - Daryl Gardener's tumultuous Broncos tenure ended Wednesday when the team officially released the nine-year veteran defensive tackle, ending his Broncos career after just one season, one start and five games played overall. The team had reached a contract settlement with the defensive lineman in March, making the actual release a formality.

Gardener could be newest Bengal soon - Cincinnati Enquirer - Mark Curnutte
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 - The Denver Broncos officially released Daryl Gardener this afternoon, and the ninth-year defensive tackle is expected to be introduced as the newest Bengal tomorrow. Marvin Lewis was the Redskins defensive coordinator that season, and he coaxed a career year out of Gardener. He was a Pro Bowl alternate after recording a career high 71 tackles and posting four sacks.

Elway Through the Years: 1989 - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 - Coming off a season that was disappointingly mediocre on all fronts, John Elway and the Denver Broncos looked to rebound in 1989. They had become accustomed to playing at a championship level; a standard they had fallen woefully short of during the previous campaign. But in a season that was marked by steadfast consistently, both the Broncos and their star quarterback would return to the top of the NFL's mountain in 1989.

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