Broncos News Briefs - Monday, Mar. 21

Catch up on all the latest news about the Denver Broncos in today's briefs.

C. Brown visits Jaguars - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Monday, March 21, 2005 - After originally deciding to scuttle other trips around the NFL, Courtney Brown - the main object of the Broncos' affections - arrived in Jacksonville, Fla., for a visit Sunday. However, the Broncos think their chances of landing the talented but oft-injured defensive end have not been thwarted. "We hope we're going to get him," Denver general manager Ted Sundquist said Sunday as team officials prepare for the start of the owners' meetings. "We think we still got a shot."

NFL on the offensive - again - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
March 21, 2005 - With the Broncos already facing changes in half of their secondary, the NFL rules-makers have made it clear to Denver and everyone else in the league that the high-flying passing numbers last season weren't a fluke. Buckle up, because they're coming again.

Broncos stick to offseason game plan - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, March 20, 2005 - More than two weeks after the 2005 free-agent signing period began, the Broncos defense remains dwarfed by giant question marks. As free agency opened, the Broncos were pushed tight against the salary cap, and they have yet to find solutions along their defensive line. Plus, the loss of free-agent strong safety Kenoy Kennedy to Detroit and the potential loss of restricted free-agent cornerback Kelly Herndon to Seattle leave big holes in the secondary. Yet general manager Ted Sundquist bristles at the notion the Broncos are being left in the free-agent dust.

Denver not Super enough for NFL - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, March 20, 2005 - Someday, the Super Bowl should be in Denver. That thought got inside my head, and stayed there, in early February during a gray, rainy Super Bowl week in Jacksonville, Fla. A colleague referred to Jacksonville as "Petticoat Junction with palm trees." I didn't find it that bad. The people were extraordinarily friendly and the fireworks over the St. John's River were spectacular. But as Super Bowl cities go, Jacksonville was nothing special. But Denver would be.

A good move: Gold rush will pan out in Denver - Denver Post - Thomas George
Sunday, March 20, 2005 - Ian Gold is back in Denver this weekend, unpacking, getting reacquainted, coming full circle, settling home. He is a Bronco again, just like he was in 2000 when he was drafted from Michigan. A second-round pick at linebacker, the 40th player selected. A brute the Broncos believed was of first-round quality. But after four years of developing Gold, he split to Tampa Bay last season; raucous and unsuccessful contract negotiations sealed it. Now he is the Broncos' first unrestricted free agent let go and reacquired one season later. Good move. Solid gold.

Defensive linemen elusive - Denver Post - Bill Williamson and Patrick Saunders
Sunday, March 20, 2005 - The Broncos' quest for free-agent defensive linemen took more twists and turns Saturday. An intriguing new prospect was added to the mix in talented free-agent defensive end Marques Douglas. Defensive tackle Chartric Darby, whom the Broncos had showed interest in, went elsewhere. And defensive end Courtney Brown remains a real possibility to join the team. Douglas, 6-feet-2, 280 pounds, is scheduled to visit on Monday, an NFL source said. Douglas could fit in well with the 3-4 scheme the Broncos plan to run part of the time in 2005. Douglas, entering his sixth season, had 72 tackles and six sacks last season for Baltimore.

No rest in West - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
March 19, 2005 - Things change. That just might be the only sure thing in all of this. And when seven motorcycles, ridden by seven Alameda, Calif., police officers, whisked a gleaming stretch limousine down a Bay area freeway earlier this month, things changed in the AFC West.

Carlisle, Baker Re-Sign With Broncos - Denver - Andrew Mason
Friday, March 18, 2005 - Denver closed the week by bringing two more of its players back into the fold. The Broncos re-signed offensive lineman Cooper Carlisle and punter/kickoff specialist Jason Baker on Friday, bringing back two players who became major contributors in the last four games of the regular season. Terms were not disclosed. Carlisle, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound fifth-year veteran, started only two games in the first four seasons of his career before starting five consecutive games in the regular season and playoffs to close the 2004 campaign. He's played in each game of the past two seasons after being deactivated 15 of 16 times in 2002.

Cooper reverses field, returns to Broncos - Daily Camera
March 19, 2005 - Cooper Carlisle changed his mind. The offensive lineman who agreed in principle to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, re-signed with the Denver Broncos on Friday. The Broncos also signed punter Jason Baker.

Thorburn: Broncos may be haunted by ghosts of recent past - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 26, 2004 - Where was this effort a week ago? The Denver Broncos spoiled Christmas in Tennessee with a dominant 37-16 victory over the depleted Titans on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Too bad this team didn't show up at Arrowhead Stadium. The must-win keeps the Broncos in the AFC's wild-card race by the hair of Jake Plummer's chin, but a loss by Jacksonville today against Houston or next weekend at Oakland — in addition to a Denver win on Jan. 2 against Indianapolis — will be required to get in the playoff door.

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