Broncos News Briefs - Thurs, March 24

In today's news - The Denver Broncos agree to terms with a new tight end, Mike Shanahan and his staff attempt to rebuild a defensive front and former Bronco Bill Romonowski must pay for punching Oakland teammate.

Broncos add TE depth - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, March 24, 2005 - While they wait for an answer on what would help solve their biggest question, the Broncos added to an area of strength Wednesday. Ending two weeks of casual conversations, Denver agreed to terms Wednesday with tight end Stephen Alexander of Detroit.

Not exactly restricted - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, March 24, 2005 - Today, the Broncos will become the first NFL team this offseason to lose a restricted free agent. While the restricted market is not exactly booming, Kelly Herndon's departure from Denver is an indication the NFL restricted market has become more aggressive.

Middle men take charge of defense - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, March 24, 2005 - While coach Mike Shanahan and his staff continue to rebuild the Broncos' defensive front, one fact about his new-look defense is clear. Its power base will be at linebacker. With a reconstruction project afoot up front, the centerpiece of Denver's defense will be the men in the middle.

NFL bans type of block Foster employed on 'MNF' - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Thursday, March 24, 2005 -
With video of a block thrown by Denver Broncos tackle George Foster last season fresh in their minds, NFL franchise owners voted unanimously Wednesday to "take that kind of play out of the game." Atlanta Falcons general manager Rich McKay, co-chairman the league's competition committee, said plays like Foster's in October now will be considered unnecessary roughness and subject to a 15-yard penalty and a fine.

Romanowski must pay up - News Wire Report
Thursday, March 24, 2005 -
A jury ordered Bill Romanowski to pay former Oakland Raiders teammate Marcus Williams $340,000 in damages for smashing the tight end's face with a punch during a practice drill in 2003.

Injury Update Lesueur - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - For the rare rookie, the first NFL season is one that sees potential realized within weeks. For most, it's about the vacillations between success and frustration. But there was no rookie season for Jeremy LeSueur to work through the pebbles and bumps that line a young player's road to NFL success. Those first experiences in the regular season are still yet to come; all LeSueur got out of the 2004 season was a stint on injured reserve.

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