Broncos News Briefs - Friday, Feb.25

The Denver Broncos released eight year veteran guard Dan Neil on Thursday. Read about Neil and other moves the Broncos are making in the offseason in today's news reports.

Guard Neil gets release - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, February 25, 2005 - Guard Dan Neil began the 2004 season as if it would be his final one with the Broncos. So Thursday when the Broncos released him, he seemed prepared and not bitter. "I saw this coming. I think we all did," said Neil, who became a vital part of the Broncos' running scheme. "All good things have to come to an end. I understand it's all business. I just really appreciate my time in Denver."

Broncos Mailbag - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, January 28, 2005 - Well, other than a pass rusher, another decent corner, a new QB, a new offensive scheme and a defensive coordinator, what area needs to be most addressed by the Broncos? Please tell me they have some kind of a plan. -- Leroy, Summerville, S.C.

Queries for Broncos' quandary - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 25, 2005 - The Denver Broncos could lose two of their best pass rushers this off-season. They figure to have an opening at right guard and possibly left guard. And one of their starting safeties could hit the open market next week. And that is just to keep the status quo, which, after two consecutive seasons of first-round playoff exits, has been deemed insufficient for a franchise measured by Super Bowls. Welcome to another NFL off-season.

Nine surgeries later, Denver cuts Neil - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 25, 2005 - The 1997 NFL draft was under way and Dan Neil feared he would be picked by some metropolitan locale such as Philadelphia or New York, far removed from his Texas roots. Instead, Denver came calling in the third round. It turned out to be the perfect marriage of player and city for eight seasons. But the relationship ended Thursday when Neil was informed during a face-to-face meeting with coach Mike Shanahan that he was being released.

Legwold: Teams are trying to keep up with Jones - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
February 25, 2005 - As 330 or so of the best college football prospects gather in this city once again, like swallows to the big cliffs, consider this affair the quest for truth. It's a place where the 2 inches of height or 20 or so pounds that were added to the entries on college rosters disappear under the unblinking gaze of a tape measure, a scale and thousands of eyes connected to every NFL scout, coach and personnel executive. That is because the NFL's annual scouting combine, which began in earnest Thursday, is not about what you did on Saturdays. It's about what you might do on Sundays.

Broncos Waive Veteran Guard Dan Neil - - Mike Sarro
Thursday, February 24, 2005 - The Broncos have released veteran guard Dan Neil after eight seasons with the team. Aside from his rookie year in 1997 when he played in three games, 2004 was the most difficult season of the veteran's career. He played in 13 games and started 12, but was inactive for the final three games of the regular season as well as the playoff contest at Indianapolis as he was slowed by abdomen and knee injuries.

Return of the Blog: Day 1 at the Combine - - Andrew Maso
Thursday, February 24, 2005 - Between now and Sunday evening,'s Andrew Mason is at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, gathering interviews with more than a few of the 300-plus rising rookies to converge on the RCA Dome for a few days of testing, questioning and probing by representatives of all 32 NFL teams.

Broncos in Free Agency: Defensive Backs - - Andrew Mason
hursday, February 24, 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 in the defensive backfield and how each fared.

2005 Free Agency Primer: Defensive Backs - - Bobby Mestas
Thursday, February 24, 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 defensive backs - cornerbacks and safeties.

Injury Update: Quentin Griffin - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - Where Quentin Griffin treads, Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist has been before. Like Denver's 5-foot-7 spitfire of a running back, Sundquist knows the feeling of working his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. When he played at the Air Force Academy two decades ago, Sundquist had to rally back from the same injury that befell Griffin in the Broncos' Monday Night Football loss at Cincinnati.

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