Keith Burns may return to Broncos

Former linebacker and special teams star Keith Burns may be returning to the Denver Broncos. Burns spent the past season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He may return as a player-coach according to reports in today's news.

Shop for Williams in buyer's market - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - The Broncos are too broke to have fun. Jeff Garcia? His tired, 35-year-old blood is all the infusion of talent that Denver can afford to pursue in NFL free agency? We built the Broncos a new stadium on the pipe dream it would ensure the team's sustained dominance. Since Invesco Field opened in 2001, Denver has not won a playoff game. We were suckers in orange-tinted glasses. Garcia? No, thank you. The only titillating aspect of acquiring an over-the-hill quarterback would be getting his girlfriend in the deal.

Burns negotiating comeback - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - Free agency may reunite Denver with another former Bronco who took a one-season break with Tampa Bay. Linebacker Keith Burns visited Tuesday, negotiating a possible return as a backup linebacker and special-teams player, his agent David Hardin confirmed. According to an NFL source, there also is a possibility Burns could serve in an assistant coaching role, similar to what veteran cornerback Jimmy Spencer did with the team in 2003 as a player/coach.

Sharpe credits Reeves for giving TE chance - Denver Post - Irv Moss
Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - Colorado Sports Hall of Fame inductees gather for a class photo before the 41st awards banquet Tuesday night at the Marriott City Center. From left, Joe Belmont, Chad Hennings, Shannon Sharpe, April Heinrichs, Pat Haggerty II (representing his late father) and Dick Katte.Even Shannon Sharpe had a wish Tuesday night in his acceptance speech at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Being proclaimed by the Broncos' organization as the best tight end to play football, Sharpe might be looked at as having everything. Sharpe said he wished three men who were close to him could have been at the induction banquet at the Marriott City Center Hotel.

Broncos stroll down memory lane again - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold And Lee Rasizer
March 9, 2005 - The Denver Broncos took another pass at the past Tuesday. Only days after signing former Denver linebacker Ian Gold to his second stint with the team, the Broncos had former special-teams ace Keith Burns in for a visit. Burns, who spent the 2004 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is an unrestricted free agent.

Sharpe, five others go into Hall of Fame - Rocky Mountain News - Paul Willis
March 9, 2005 - Shannon Sharpe rarely encountered a linebacker he could not juke, a defensive back he could not plow over or a tape recorder he could not fill with quotes that sent reporters smiling all the way back to their keyboards. On Tuesday night, the former Denver Broncos tight end was enshrined into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame along with five others at the Denver Marriott City Center.

2005 Draft Preview: Cornerbacks - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - When the NFL announced that it would emphasize and more stringently enforce the illegal-contact rules between defenders and pass-catchers 12 months ago, it altered the way pro cornerbacks went about their jobs. But the ripples of the rules emphasis spilled beyond the pro ranks. College cornerbacks who had the NFL in their sights knew that they, too, would have to adjust. The question for them became whether to tweak their style of play accordingly last offseason -- in a college environment that was status quo on issues of pass defense -- or to wait until their focus shifted from chasing conference titles and bowl victories to preparing for the Scouting Combine.

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