Broncos close to deal with Hamilton

The Denver Broncos are close to making a deal with free agent guard Ben Hamilton, according to today's news reports. It's not the same with a couple of their other high profile free agents. Also - the Broncos are persuing Cleveland defensive lineman Gerald Warren.

Keeping guard up - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, February 27, 2005 - As free agency approaches, it appears Ben Hamilton is close to re- signing with the Broncos, Reggie Hayward is all but gone, and Kenoy Kennedy is somewhere in between. There were indications Saturday night that Hamilton's contract agreement was close to complete. An announcement could be made soon. "We're very close," Denver general manager Ted Sundquist said of signing Hamilton. Hamilton, a fourth-round draft choice in 2001, could take over at center as soon as 2006 for Tom Nalen, who will be 34 in May and is entering his last season with the team. The Broncos also are looking for a guard to replace the just-released Dan Neil and do not want to have to replace Hamilton as well.

Release of Neil bonus of contract - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, February 27, 2005 - Dan Neil was one of several veteran NFL players this winter whose future was directly tied to a byproduct of the salary cap: a roster bonus. Every year the futures of players such as Neil are determined by a bonus written into their contract. Oftentimes, players don't see these bonuses. Neil is one of those players. He was cut by the Broncos on Thursday. But Neil doesn't want anyone feeling sorry for him. Yes, his future in Denver may be over, though he could return at the league minimum. Neil does not feel burned by a $500,000 roster bonus that was due to him March 15.

Class of 2005 a grade below - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, February 27, 2005 - This is not likely to be remembered as the great NFL free-agent class of 2005. Instead it will be recalled as the year you could pick up a decent starter at a position of need. Maybe two. Still, championships will not be made in this free agency. "Like anything else, you have to be choosy and smart," Denver general manager Ted Sundquist said. "You have to have your priorities straight." The overall depth of this free-agent class is not strong, and there are few big-ticket players on the market. Denver defensive end Trevor Pryce and running back Reuben Droughns are among those on the trade market. Because of the relatively weak free-agency class, there are expected to be more trades than normal.

Defensive front line takes center stage at combine - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, February 27, 2005 - What the Broncos' defensive line ultimately will look like is unknown at this point, but it's clear their defensive front will be drastically different in 2005 from last season. The unsettled defensive front and the expected flurry of activity around it likely will be the story of Denver's offseason. The speculation on how the line will be filled has increased this weekend at the NFL scouting combine. Denver brass have been busy developing their plan for the line, most notably the possibility of a trade for Cleveland's Gerard Warren and a new deal for tackle Ellis Johnson.

Warren appears on Broncos' radar - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 26, 2005 - The Denver Broncos are interested in perhaps adding a top-five pick in the first round of the draft. Gerard Warren, the third overall selection four years ago but a disappointment in terms of production, has piqued the Broncos' interest after the defensive tackle was granted permission to seek a trade. Joel Segal, Warren's agent, said Friday the Broncos called him Thursday to express their interest.

D-Line on the Line - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, February 26, 2005 - Trevor Pryce is on the trading block. Reggie Hayward is set to become an unrestricted free agent in four days. The Broncos' defensive line is in flux, and between the workouts of defensive linemen at the National Scouting Combine and the impending arrival of free agency on Wednesday, General Manager Ted Sundquist knows that the line is an area of focus. "The fans can look at our defensive line and see just from a numbers standpoint that we're low on numbers there," he said.

Return of the Blog: Day 4 at the Combine - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, February 27, 2005 - Between now and Sunday evening, DenverBroncos.com'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.

Return of the Blog: Day 3 at the Combine - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, February 26, 2005 - Between now and Sunday evening, DenverBroncos.com'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.

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