Broncos News Briefs - Tuesday, Mar. 22

In today's news - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is pleased with the direction the team is moving in the off-season. Also - the Broncos are still in the chase for defensive end Courtney Brown.

Bowlen sees better team - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - As his team attempts to cap free agency with key additions to a realigned defensive front, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is pleased with what he has seen this offseason. Bowlen believes his team will be improved from its 10-6 season of 2004, which ended with a wild-card playoff loss at Indianapolis. "I am very happy in the direction that we're going in," Bowlen said Monday. "I think we'll be better to significantly better than last year depending on how we finish free agency and how we draft. But we're on our way."

Tagliabue sounds the alarm - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
March 22, 2005 - Though he oversees an entity that brings in more than $6 billion in annual revenue, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Monday negotiations on how to disburse that money between its teams and players are "at a dead end." Tagliabue initially made his remarks Monday morning during his annual state--of-the-league address to owners to open the NFL's spring meetings and reiterated his sentiments later in the day.

Krieger: Not exactly hawks at Dove Valley - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
March 22, 2005 - I think I have my Broncos transactions up to date - Jason Baker out, Mark Mariscal in; Mark Mariscal out, Jason Baker in - and I have just the one question: What, exactly, are they doing? Ian Gold, whom they bid farewell a year ago rather than pay a big signing bonus, is their big catch, returning for a big signing bonus. What, John Kerry is running the team now? Gerard Warren, an interior defensive lineman jettisoned by a last-place team, the Cleveland Browns, is the other prize addition. As far as people you've heard of, that's about it.

The Long and Winding Road - - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 21, 2005 - Free agency for NFL players began on March 2. For Andre Patterson it began weeks earlier, when the Cleveland Browns chose not to retain him on their staff. "I got a phone call from (Head) Coach (Mike) Shanahan and he asked me if I would like to come here and visit with him," Patterson recalled. "So I did that, and we went through the process. There were some other teams involved who wanted my services too." But the Broncos represented the best option, and on Feb. 11, he officially joined the team to work with the defensive front. When it was all said and done -- when (Shanahan) offered me the opportunity to come here, that was a slam dunk for me over the other places that I was visiting," Patterson said.

Broncos Awarded Compensatory Picks - - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 21, 2005 - The Broncos received a tremendous boost to their draft efforts Monday night. The NFL announced the dispersal of compensatory draft choices, and the Broncos learned that they will have two extra selections in the third round, giving the team four first-day picks. Denver's extra picks come at the end of the third round as overall selections Nos. 97 and 101. The 101st pick could be especially valuable because of its timing, as it is the final pick of the draft's first day. The NFL annually distributes compensatory picks to teams that lose more or better free agents than they acquire in the previous year in unrestricted free agency.

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