Broncos News Briefs - Wednesday, Feb. 22

The Denver Broncos have not placed the franchise or transition tag on any of their players as free agency looms on March 2. Also in the news - defensive end Reggie Hayward will probably test the free agency market.

Deadline passes without "tags" - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - As expected, the Broncos did not use the franchise or transition tag on any free agents. Tuesday was the NFL deadline to exercise the tags in anticipation of free agency that begins March 2. The Broncos have several free agents they hope to retain, specifically safety Kenoy Kennedy, guard Ben Hamilton and defensive end Reggie Hayward. The team is talking to all three and hopes to re-sign them before the start of free agency. However, there is a chance at least one will enter the open market.

Droughns feels torn on choice - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - The most difficult part of Reuben Droughns' decision to seek a way out of Denver is having to leave the city. The frustrated running back knows there's a chance his ticket out of town could be punched in the next week. However, the idea of leaving Denver saddens Droughns, in spite of last month's request to be traded. The realization hit him hard when he was participating in some NBA All-Star Weekend events.

Hayward to eye market - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 23, 2005 - Reggie Hayward is mulling a contract proposal from the Denver Broncos, but the pending free-agent defensive end appears determined to at least test the open market. "I think a guy in Reggie's position, who doesn't come out of college with a lot of fanfare, a week away from free agency and teams clamoring for his services, has to be excited," said Fletcher Smith, Hayward's agent.

Broncos in Free Agency: Linebackers - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - The current free-agency structure enters its 13th year this season. Here's a look back at the Broncos' past unrestricted and restricted free-agent signings at linebacker how each fared.

2005 Free Agency Primer: Linebackers - - James Merilatt
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - The new NFL season doesn't kick off with the draft, the start of training camp, the first preseason game or opening weekend. It begins on March 2 -- the first day of the 2005 free agent signing period. Starting that Wednesday, teams around the league can begin making offers to unrestricted free agents, adding pieces to their championship puzzle. As that all-important date approaches, we'll provide a position-by-position preview of the notable players that will be available to the highest bidder. Today, we look at the players in the middle of the action on defense – inside and outside linebackers.

Behind the Camera at the Combine - - Andrew Mason
Monday, February 21, 2005 - A year ago, much publicity was made over the presence of the NFL Network's cameras inside the RCA Dome to tape the workouts of the 300-plus rookie prospects who gather annually for their pro-football indoctrination. Truth be told, though, cameras have been a constant part of the scene at the Combine. But these are for internal use only -- to document every aspect of the players' work over their work in Indianapolis, from interviews to agility drills to one-on-one work.

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