Broncos News Briefs - Sunday, April 3

The Denver Broncos have signed New York Giants free-agent running back Ron Dayne. In other news, the Broncos have retained defensive Linemen Luther Elliss and Monsanto Pope and tight end Patrick Hape.

Dayne brings Heisman fame to newcomers - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, April 03, 2005 - The Broncos continued to add to their collection of former first-round draft picks Friday by signing veteran running back Ron Dayne to a one-year deal. Dayne, 27, will compete for a backup role. He joins a deep group at running back that includes second-year pro Tatum Bell, who is expected to go to camp as the primary tailback, and Quentin Griffin and Mike Anderson, who are coming off serious injuries. Reuben Droughns, who led the team with 1,240 yards rushing last season, was traded to Cleveland on Wednesday.

Broncos look to have solved D-line issue - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, April 03, 2005 - Two weeks ago, the Broncos' defensive front was a mess. The pundits were wondering how Denver, after the free-agent loss of Reggie Hayward and the pending departure of too-pricey Trevor Pryce, would solve its defensive line dearth. There seemed to be no easy answer. Thanks to the fruitful trade of running back Reuben Droughns, the questions on the line might be answered. The addition of end Ebenezer Ekuban and defensive tackle Michael Myers in the trade, coupled with the recent trade for tackle Gerard Warren and the signing of end Courtney Brown, gives Denver the necessary talent and depth on the line to solve some pressing issues.

Broncos look to have solved D-line issue - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, April 03, 2005 - The ghosts of Mile High and Cleveland Municipal, buried beneath parking lots where their hallowed stadiums once stood stately, must be clanking in their crypts. Three legendary American Football Conference championship games were played between the Broncos and the Cleveland Browns in the Januarys of 1987, 1988 and 1990. The Broncos were reviled in Cleveland. The Browns were laughed at in Denver. The Browns never have gotten to the Super Bowl because of the Broncos. The Broncos dropped three Super Bowls after beating the Browns.

Denver adds RB Dayne to mix - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Saturday, April 02, 2005 - The Broncos continued to add to their collection of former first-round draft picks Friday with the signing of New York Giants free-agent running back Ron Dayne. Dayne, who will compete for a backup role, joins a deep running back group. Second-year player Tatum Bell is expected to go to camp as the primary tailback, and Quentin Griffin and Mike Anderson are coming off serious injuries. On Wednesday, the Broncos traded Reuben Droughns, who led the team last season with 1,240 yards, to Cleveland. Dayne was the No. 1 pick of the Giants in 2000 after winning the Heisman Trophy at Wisconsin in 1999. He has had an up-and- down career.

Broncos QB gets orders: improve - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 2, 2005 - There he was, enjoying the peace and relative quiet of a charity golf tournament, chatting with fellow quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Matt Hasselbeck, when the thought pushed itself into Jake Plummer's head. "We were sitting there, just talking, and we see these young buck quarterbacks in the draft this year coming by - (Connecticut's) Dan Orlovsky and (Purdue's) Kyle Orton - and all of sudden I look at Drew and said, 'Man, I'm one of the old dudes now,' " Plummer said with the laugh. "Sometimes I can't believe this is my ninth year. But I feel young. I feel young at heart, young in spirit and I've got a lot of things I want to do in this game. I feel like I have a lot of good football to play."

Denver signs Dayne to one-year deal - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
April 2, 2005 - The Denver Broncos continue to be the land of opportunity for free agents hoping for a fresh start. Friday the team added running back Ron Dayne to the roster, signing the 27-year-old to a one-year deal. Terms were not immediately available, but the minimum salary for a player with Dayne's experience is $540,000. Dayne, a Heisman Trophy winner at Wisconsin, was one of two running backs to visit the team's Dove Valley complex Friday. Former Chicago Bears running back Anthony Thomas was the other.

Defensive Coordinator Larry Coyer Answers Your Questions - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, April 1, 2005 - Larry Coyer is about to enter his sixth year with the Broncos and third as the club's defensive coordinator. The veteran coach's leadership has helped Denver to finish each of the past two seasons with the NFL's fourth-ranked defense. 2004 saw the additions of Champ Bailey and John Lynch to the defense while it lost Lenny Walls during the course of the season and Trevor Pryce was limited to only two games. This offseason had brought further changes to the defense as Reggie Hayward, Kelly Herndon, Kenoy Kennedy and Donnie Spragan have departed for Jacksonville, Seattle, Detroit and Miami respectively. But Denver has not gone without its own additions as former Bronco Ian Gold has returned and the club orchestrated a trade with the Cleveland Browns for defensive tackle Gerard Warren. It has also recently signed Courtney Brown and acquired Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers by trading Reuben Droughns. With each new season comes change in some area of the organization. As Coyer handles the changes in the defense and prepares for the upcoming NFL Draft and the 2005 season, he took time to answer your questions.

Notebook: Broncos Bring Back Pair - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, April 1, 2005 - Bringing in a quartet of Browns didn't represent the extent of the Broncos' free-agent activity on the defensive line. Friday, the team re-signed defensive tackle Luther Elliss, bringing the 11-season veteran back for 2005 after he endured a first year with the Broncos that saw flashes of brilliance mixed with injuries that kept him out of action for eight of 16 games.

Broncos Sign Ex-Giants RB Dayne, Re-Sign DT Monsanto Pope - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, April 1, 2005 - Re-signing Patrick Hape and Luther Elliss was just the beginning of a hectic afternoon at Dove Valley. Hours after completing deals with the two veterans, the Broncos re-signed defensive tackle Monsanto Pope and added running back Ron Dayne, formerly of the New York Giants.

NFL Europe Week 1 Recap - DenverBroncos.com
Sunday, April 3, 2005 - The 2005 NFL Europe season is now underway with Week 1 action taking place over the weekend. The season opened on Saturday evening with each of the home clubs getting off on the right foot with a victory. The Cologne Centurions defeated the league's newest franchise, the Hamburg Sea Devils, 24-23. The Berlin Thunder posted a 30-7 win over the Frankfurt Galaxy and the Rhein Fire fell to the league's only club not from Germany, the Amsterdam Admirals, by a score of 24-14.

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