Broncos News Briefs - Sunday, Feb. 20

Signing unrestricted free agents such as Kennoy Kennedy (in photo) is a priority for the Denver Broncos, according to reports in today's news.

To be a player, Broncos must restrict defections - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, February 20, 2005 - The past two years the Broncos were big players in the NFL offseason, which is becoming an increasingly vital part of success in the league. If you want to be a player come fall in the NFL, you have to be a player during the winter and spring. Denver has done its part in attempting to be in the mix. In 2003, the Broncos made a big splash with the aggressive signing of quarterback Jake Plummer, the long-term engineer of the offense. Last year, of course, Denver shook the NFL with the blockbuster trade of running back Clinton Portis for cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round pick, which turned out to be Tatum Bell. Denver also added Pro Bowl safety John Lynch. So, fans have gotten used to offseason activity and indications are strong that this will be a busy offseason.

Gibbs wins grievance with team - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, February 20, 2005 - In a decision that could affect future coaching contracts, fired assistant David Gibbs won his grievance against the Broncos. An NFL arbitrator ruled Friday that Gibbs was under contract for the 2005 season. Gibbs filed the grievance in December because the team maintained his contract ran out at the end of next month. Gibbs contended he signed a contract that paid him through March 2006.

Making the Pieces Fit - - Andrew Mason
Friday, February 18, 2005 - Jake Plummer, John Lynch, Rod Smith, Tom Nalen. All but one have recent Pro Bowls on their résumés. All are cornerstones of the Broncos' plans for 2005. And fortunately for the Broncos, all were amenable to contract restructures, which came together throughout a week at Dove Valley that was quiet on the surface but hectic behind the scenes. "I can't begin to tell you how much that's going to help us," General Manager Ted Sundquist said. "Those guys are not only important to us on the field; they're leaders off the field. They took some big steps to help us out." The restructures are at different stages, but all are close to completion.

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