Schon: Denver Broncos News and Notes

Broncos Update Syndicated Columnist Schon takes a look at Reggie Hayward, Reuben Droughns and Peyton Manning in Wednesday's edition of News and Notes. <br><br>

Speaking of Peyton Manning, and who isn't these days…
It seems that the ball Manning threw for his record setting 49th touchdown pass is being held by team officials, destined for one of two prestigious places in NFL history.

Should Manning connect for another touchdown toss against the Denver Broncos this weekend, the initial record-setting ball will be sent to the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and Colts officials will keep his final touchdown ball in the team's Hall of Fame.

Either way, sharing floor space with the likes of Dan Marino or Johnny Unitas has got to be a humbling experience for someone just seven-years into the league.

"I think (former Colts quarterback) Johnny Unitas would have been proud of that drive, the way it happened," Manning told reporters. "The nice thing is, we've kind of turned it into a team thing around here. In football, unlike maybe baseball, you can turn it into a team thing. We've been winning during this run. It's been a lot of hard work and the nice thing is, we've been getting into the end zone.

It's not about the money, but…
The buzz around Dove Valley concerning Reggie Hayward's three sack performance against the Titans takes on a whole new meaning when you consider the timing.

Sure, it's perfect timing for a team fighting to gain a Wild Card playoff spot, but on a personal level it's almost gold for a four-year veteran in the final year of his contract. Should Hayward decide to shop his wares, there will be an unlimited number of teams lined up to try and woo the defensive free agent in their direction.

"I'm trying to show the league that I can be one of those players that make a difference," Haward told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Maybe it's just me, but wouldn't it be nice if Hayward was a just little more concerned with showing the Broncos he could make a difference and forget about his personal showcase until the season officially ends?

OK, maybe it is about the money…
Controversial Sports Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who played a significant role in the teams' decision to trade Clinton Portis to Washington during the off-season, has agreed to represent his second Broncos running back in as many years - Reuben Droughns.

With Droughns explosion on the NFL scene, the news is not as surprising as it is disappointing. Rosenhaus is notorious for convincing players to renegotiate contracts after a successful season, regardless of how many years remain on the current contract (ie. Clinton Portis).

In Droughns case, the running back has two years remaining on a contract extension he signed last year. He is due to make $900,000 in 2005 and $1.1 million in 2006.

In eleven starts the third-year veteran has racked up 1,164 yards on 260 carries (4.5 avg.) along with six touchdowns, currently ranking him as one of the top ten running backs in the NFL.

While the stats may seem impressive, it makes you wonder how much leverage Rosenhaus will hold in negotiating with an organization that's already locked down with the likes of Quentin Griffin, Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell.

Undoubtedly, the power agent will begin his campaign for a new deal once the Broncos season officially comes to a close.


Schon can be reached at Schon@prostarmediagroup.net

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