Putzier signs offer sheet with Jets

Denver Broncos tight end Jeb Putzier has signed a $12.5 million offer sheet, with a $2.5 million bonus, with the New York Jets. The Broncos have until Friday to match the offer, otherwise they would receive a sixth round draft choice for the tight end.

Broncos will survive loss of Hayward - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, March 06, 2005 - Don't blame Reggie Hayward for taking the money and running. But don't blame the Broncos for allowing him to leave town, either. Hayward's signing with Jacksonville last week is a perfect example of what's wrong with free agency. Hayward is not a $25 million player. But in free agency he was the perfect $5 million-a-year player. He filled a need. That's why he was on the market for less time than U2 tickets. The Jaguars jumped on Hayward, finalizing a deal as soon as free agency kicked off early Wednesday morning.

Putzier's offer sheet part of "weird time" - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, March 06, 2005 - Just in case, Jeb Putzier is reflective these days. "I keep thinking about the guys who helped me in Denver because I really don't know if I'll be back," Putzier said a day after signing a five-year offer sheet with the New York Jets. "There's been guys like Shannon (Sharpe), Jake (Plummer), Coach (Mike) Shanahan, (John) Lynch, who were all really helpful for me. "It's a weird time. I'm just trying to figure out where I'm going to be playing football this year."

Putzier ready to take off - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Saturday, March 05, 2005 - The Broncos are dealing with an unexpected decision after the New York Jets signed starting tight end Jeb Putzier to a five-year offer sheet. In the first move of restricted free agency of the year Putzier signed a $12.5 million offer sheet, with a $2.5 million bonus, with the Jets on Friday. Denver has until 2 p.m. MST on Friday to match the offer. If the Broncos do not match, Putzier will go to the Jets and Denver will get a sixth-round choice in next month's draft. Putzier was a sixth-round pick in 2002.

CSU tight end waiting in wings - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, March 06, 2005 - Sure, the Broncos figure to match the Jets' offer for Jeb Putzier. You don't let an emerging young player get away for a measly sixth-rounder. But if they don't ante up? Joel Dreessen, CSU's own, wants them to know he's available. Said Dreessen: "Just say I'd love to go to Denver. That would be great. I've been a Bronco fan since I was 3 years old. I used to pretend I was John Elway in my backyard."

Broncos may lose Putzier - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
March 5, 2005 - The Denver Broncos always have said they like the work tight end Jeb Putzier does in their offense. Now they will have to decide just how much. Putzier, a restricted free agent, received a five-year, $12.5 million offer sheet from the New York Jets on Friday. The offer sheet includes $2.5 million in guaranteed money - a $1 million signing bonus to be paid this season and a $1.5 million roster bonus in 2006. By league rules, the Broncos have until Friday to match the offer. If they do match the offer, Putzier will play with the Broncos under the contract negotiated by the Jets.

Warren deal is a done one - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
March 5, 2005 - The Denver Broncos stand about $4.5 million under the salary-cap threshold ($85.5 million per team) after making Gerard Warren's contract official, according to NFL Players Association documents. That figure doesn't include the first-year charges created by the re-signing of guard Ben Hamilton - he is expected to come in at $1.055 million - and linebacker Ian Gold's new deal, which is heavily backloaded.

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