January 19, 2005 - Reuben Droughns got married Tuesday, settling down in his personal life. Now, the Denver Broncos running back is turning his attention to possibly severing ties in his professional relationship. Droughns' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has been granted permission to seek a trade that could allow the player to score both an enhanced contract and a more concrete opportunity for playing time at tailback. Denver is seeking high- and mid-round draft picks in return for a player who burst on the scene with 1,240 yards this past season but finds himself in a crowded backfield situation this off-season. "It's got to be the right deal," Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist said. "Not to scare any teams off or anything, but we're not going to give him away. We've got a pretty good running back/fullback under contract now."
Robinson Eyes Pariani - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 19, 2005 - Newly hired Syracuse University football coach Greg Robinson seems intent on giving the Orange's offense a Denver flavor. Only days after Broncos quarterbacks coach Pat McPherson turned away Robinson's offer to be Syracuse's offensive coordinator - McPherson said Saturday he did not want to move his family to New York and that he felt the Broncos had "a pretty good thing going" - Robinson now is pursuing Denver tight ends coach Brian Pariani for the job.
Broncos hit with request for trade - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - Like Clinton Portis before him, Reuben Droughns hopes a partnership with agent Drew Rosenhaus will result in a trade from the Broncos. In what has been in the works since a Christmas Eve agreement, Droughns has asked the team for permission to seek a trade and was given the OK. The NFL's trading season begins in early March, but a deal could be discussed before then. The Broncos likely would want a first- or second-round draft choice in return for Droughns, who broke out as a running back in 2004 to rush for 1,240 yards.
Bowlen: Team close to becoming contender - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - Pat Bowlen agrees with his coach. The Broncos' owner doesn't think his team is far from being a Super Bowl contender in the 2005 season. "We're not far at all," Bowlen said. "We are very close." The day after the Broncos' season ended in a 49-24 loss to Indianapolis, coach Mike Shanahan said the Broncos were close to championship-caliber and that he expected the team to contend again in 2005. Bowlen vowed the team will work to improve after finishing 10-6 and then losing to Indianapolis in a wild-card playoff.
Krieger: Broncos face identity crisis - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
January 18, 2005 - Let's face it, the Broncos-are-this-close crowd would have preferred it if the Colts had rolled through the playoffs to Peyton Manning's rightful coronation as champion of Jacksonville and Earl of Indianola. Unless, of course, he turns out to be Dan Fouts, which ESPN certainly hopes he does not. If the Colts had rolled, you could have said the Broncos were one step away. Unfortunately, it's the Colts who are one step away after falling decisively to the Patriots for the second year in a row.
Broncos unlikely to continue off-season spending sprees - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Sun, Jan. 16, 2005 - Two years ago the Denver Broncos signed two high-profile free agents, quarterback Jake Plummer and defensive tackle Daryl Gardener. Last year they traded for cornerback Champ Bailey and signed safety John Lynch, two more big names. The Broncos probably won't be as visible on the free-agent market this offseason. "It's hard to make big splashes," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. Denver probably will not have much room under the salary cap to make a big acquisition. The Broncos' biggest move will come in March when they probably will give quarterback Jake Plummer a $6million option bonus. Shanahan said there is "no question" the Broncos will pay that option and keep Plummer.
First choice: stay Bronco - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - As he prepares for his third knee surgery in two years, guard Dan Neil realizes he may be at a crossroads. Neil, who didn't play the final month of the season because of a left knee injury and a sports hernia, hopes to be healthy enough to play in 2005 and hopes the Broncos will bring him back. However, he is due more than $4 million this season and is owed a roster bonus in March. Neil knows he may not be back with the team but said he hasn't been told of his future. He could be released or asked to take a pay cut.
2004 Review: The Second Quarter - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - As the Broncos left the field at Raymond James Stadium following a hard-fought 16-13 Week 4 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they had scant notion that their running game was about to change. Quentin Griffin had started the first four games and appeared back on track, having just been the primary impetus behind a clock-chewing, game-clinching series of fourth-quarter possessions that allowed the Broncos to control the ball for more than 13 minutes of the final period in Tampa. But he sprained his ankle on the last of his 13 final-period carries, forcing him out of the lineup. All through the offseason, Griffin was Plan A at running back. Mike Anderson was Plan B, but his year ended with a torn groin in August. Rookie Tatum Bell and veteran Garrison Hearst could each have been Plan C or D, but they each battled injuries throughout the early season. Enter Reuben Droughns.
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