Knorr gone, Shanahan to stay

In a statement released Thursday, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan says he intends to honor the four years left on his contract despite rumors he has been offered the Notre Dame coaching job. In other news - the Broncos have waived punter Micah Knorr and picked up Jason Baker from Indianapolis to replace him.

Denver boots Knorr after recent woes - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, December 10, 2004 - Tired of missed field-position opportunities and Micah Knorr's inability to take advantage of punting at mile high, the Broncos added more drama to their wildest week of the season by waiving the punter Thursday after practice. Knorr, whose value as the Broncos' kickoff specialist and holder overrode his punting struggles, will be replaced by Jason Baker, whom the Broncos claimed off waivers Thursday.

Coach clear on Broncos future - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, December 10, 2004 - One day after deflecting questions about his future with the Broncos, coach Mike Shanahan was deliberate in his response. "As I said all along, I have four years remaining on my contract, and I intend to honor it," Shanahan said through a team spokesman Thursday night. It was in response to a Fox Sports Net report that Notre Dame offered Shanahan its head coaching job. Shanahan was not available to further discuss the issue.

Shanahan: Notre Dame rumor false - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 10, 2004 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan quickly turned away a report Thursday night that he had been offered the job to be football coach at the University of Notre Dame. In a statement released by Broncos vice president of public relations Jim Saccomano, Shanahan said: "As I've said all along, I have four years left on my contract here and I intend to honor them."

Knorr given boot; Baker has sole goal - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 10, 2004 - Jason Baker has found a job with the Denver Broncos. Now all the punter and kickoff specialist needs is a home. Not so much a place to live, although, having been signed Thursday off waivers to replace Micah Knorr, who was released, he will need that, too. After four NFL seasons with four teams, Baker wants to finally put down some roots.

Broncos give Knorr the boot - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 10, 2004 - The Denver Broncos punted Micah Knorr on Thursday. Knorr, who was acquired during the 2002 bye week when Mike Shanahan decided to cut popular veteran Tom Rouen to shake up the special teams units, was waived by the team and replaced by journeyman Jason Baker, who has played with four franchises since 2001, including Kansas City and Indianapolis this year.

Shanahan vows to honor contract - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 10, 2004 - Mike Shanahan says he would like to focus on fighting for a playoff spot instead of the Fighting Irish. On Thursday, a day after defending Jake Plummer and sidestepping his future in Denver, Shanahan was forced to deny rumors that he is a serious candidate to become the head coach at Notre Dame.

Special-Teams Shakeup - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, December 9, 2004 - In a major late-season special-teams shakeup, the Broncos waivedpunter/kickoff specialist Micah Knorr on Thursday afternoon, claiming Jason Baker off waivers in his place. Knorr's Broncos tenure ended after playing in parts of three seasons for the club. He joined Denver halfway through the 2002 season after the team released longtime punter Tom Rouen, and handled punts and kickoffs for the 36 regular-season games since.

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