Broncos Weekend News Briefs - Mar. 13, 2005

The Denver Broncos pursuit of QB Jeff Garcia, offensive guard Matt Lehr and defensive end Bryan Robinson came to an end this weekend, but team owner Pat Bowlen isn't worried. Read about this and more in today's Broncos Weekend News Briefs.

Pursuits hit dead end - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, March 13, 2005  - In the span of 48 hours, the Broncos' offseason plans ran into a detour. Saturday, the team's pursuit of quarterback Jeff Garcia came to a halt when Garcia signed with the Detroit Lions. Also Saturday, the Cincinnati Bengals signed former Miami Dolphins defensive end Bryan Robinson, ending Denver's chance to beef up its defensive line.

Offseason scoreboard - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, March 13, 2005 - When free agency opened March 2, NFL owners took out their checkbooks and started the league's own version of March Madness. Some teams went on a shopping spree.Denver Post NFL writer Patrick Saunders provides an overview and analysis of the NFL marketplace.

Broncos play it close to vest - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Saturday, March 12, 2005 - Once bitten, twice shy. Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is OK with that. And with the Broncos largely having stood on the sideline in the spending frenzy that has opened NFL free agency the past two weeks, Bowlen said that was the team's plan all along.

Lehr picks Falcons over Broncos after push from Vick - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
Saturday, March 12, 2005 - It often appears that superstar quarterback Michael Vick can do just about anything with his legs and arm. On Friday, he helped close a free-agent deal for his team with his mouth. Guard Matt Lehr chose the Atlanta Falcons over the Denver Broncos, in part because of the powers of persuasion of an old friend.

Word from the TopDenver
Saturday, March 12, 2005 - With free agency underway, the 2005 NFL calendar year has opened for Pat Bowlen and the Broncos. The team has already been active re-signing unrestricted free agent guard Ben Hamilton. As the Broncos and the league collectively work toward the 2005 season, Bowlen stopped to answer some of your questions. Here's what he had to say.

Broncos sign two kickers, release a third - Associated Press
Friday, March 11, 2005 - The Denver Broncos signed two punters/kickers and released a third, the team announced Friday. Jeff Crowell and Tyler Fredrickson were signed to undisclosed deals while punter/kicker Mark Mariscal was waived, coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement.

Broncos match offer to Putzier - Denver Post - Bill Williamson 
Friday, March 11, 2005 -The Broncos on Thursday matched the New York Jets' offer sheet for Jeb Putzier, retaining the tight end's services. The Jets tried to sign Putzier as a free agent, but the Broncos matched a five-year, $12.5 million offer.

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