February 28, 2005 - The Broncos have offered former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia a chance to back up Jake Plummer in 2005. Garcia, who turned 35 Thursday, met with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan on Saturday night in Indianapolis while Broncos officials were attending the NFL's scouting combine. Attempts to reach Shanahan and Garcia's agent, Steve Baker, Sunday night were unsuccessful. The Broncos are seeking a veteran backup for Plummer, who attempted every pass for the team this past season and threw for a franchise-record 4,089 yards to go with his 27 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
Individual workouts next - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Monday, February 28, 2005 - As the combine winds down, the Broncos' draft preparation begins to heat up. With their film work and the majority of the combine testing complete, Denver will spend the next month attending individual workouts and then conduct in-house meetings leading up the April 23-24 draft. Denver has the No. 25 pick in the first round and is expected to concentrate on the defensive line with that selection.
Lepsis' four-year deal clears cap room - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Monday, February 28, 2005 - Matt Lepsis is the latest veteran willing to help the team find salary cap room to maneuver in free agency, which begins Wednesday. Lepsis agreed to a new contract that saves the team $800,000 in salary cap room this year and likely will allow the left tackle to test the free-agent market next year. With the new four-year deal worth $25 million, Lepsis would make about $16 million the first two years.
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.
Coyer looks to make 'D' more versatile - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 28, 2005 - Pittsburgh does it. New England does, too, perhaps better than anyone else in the NFL. And Denver is attempting to follow suit. Run the 3-4 defense? Try maximize talent. It was the quality Denver defensive coordinator Larry Coyer noticed most this off-season through extensive study of the Patriots and Steelers, and while critiquing the Broncos' 2004 offense, as well.
Lincicome: Broncos losing in free-agent name game - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
February 28, 2005 - Trevor Pryce is a big name. It says so right here. Broncos trying to trade big name, it says. Kennoy Kennedy is not a big name. Kennedy is a biggish name, gained through NFL fines as much as playing knockabout safety. Kennedy is the biggest name in the puddle of free-agent safeties. It says so right here. Randy Moss is a very big name. So big a name, in fact, that Minnesota was too small for Moss. Oakland, a receptacle for big names although not itself a very big name, tells Moss he can be as big as he wants to be. Jerry Rice is the biggest name of all, a Hall-of-Fame, top-of-the-record-book big name. And he is without a job. Rice may be too big a name to ever get another job, or catch another pass.
Denver Readies for Free Agency - DenverBroncos.com - Mike Sarro
Monday, February 28, 2005 - Away from the crunch of shoulder pads on the practice fields and the game-planning sessions of the coaches meeting room, three sets of eyes watch intensely to determine the quality of what they see. It may be the height of football season in November, but their eyes are not focused on Denver's players and their labor won't bear fruit until early March, weeks after the conclusion of the Super Bowl. While the grind of the National Football League season continues in search of a Super Bowl title, General Manager Ted Sundquist, Director of Pro Personnel Rick Smith and Pro Scout Chris Trulove remain focused in their efforts to evaluate the upcoming crop of free agents. It is the responsibility of these three to review and prepare reports on all of the restricted and unrestricted free agents.
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