D.J. Williams to switch positions?

With the return of linebacker Ian Gold to the Denver Broncos, there may be a position switch in the works for second year linebacker D.J. Williams. Read about the impending change in today's news reports.

Broncos' top priority in draft is cornerback - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, April 10, 2005 - The Broncos' brass has one remaining phase of the fast-paced offseason after re-signing, signing or acquiring 17 players and having five players leave. The decision-makers have been locked in meeting rooms for nearly a month and will remain sequestered until the April 23-24 draft. Denver has become more flexible as the draft approaches. At the Senior Bowl in January, several Denver scouts were clustered near the defensive line drills. The Broncos desperately needed to add to their defensive front. However, with the addition of four Cleveland Browns linemen and the unexpected accord with Trevor Pryce, the position is now overloaded. This affords the Broncos an opportunity to accomplish the cliche and take the best available athlete without feeling it necessary to take a player at a certain position.

An army of ones - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
April 9, 2005 - One isn't the loneliest number, at least not in Denver, the way the Broncos are doing business this off-season. The team is accumulating No. 1s faster than 50 Cent, with 13 players on the roster who once were first-round picks. But there are as many hits as misses. In the past few months, the Broncos have added five newcomers with first-round pedigrees - four defensive linemen courtesy of the Cleveland Browns, along with running back Ron Dayne. All hit the open market with few tears shed by their previous employers. Given those additions, and three similar signings last spring, it's as if the Broncos' philosophy has become: If with firsts you don't succeed, we'll try, try them again.

Changes may await William - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
4/9/2005 - Negotiations have yet to begin, but they will soon. Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams has what newly acquired linebacker Ian Gold wants: jersey No. 52. Given the going rate for giving up a number, Williams figures to cash in big. Just look at what New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles received for giving up his number to rookie quarterback Eli Manning (a Florida vacation) last year, and then to receiver Plaxico Burress (a new kitchen) this season. Heck, negotiating terms for a number swap can bring bad blood between teammates. Washington's Ifeanyi Ohalete was promised $40,000 if he'd give up No. 26 to running back Clinton Portis, who gave him half and then broke the agreement. The two litigants will go to court in six months to work out the squabble. Meanwhile, Ohalete was sent packing to Arizona.

Capital students show their 'love' for Plummer - The Idaho Statesman - Johnna Espinoza
04-09-2005 - Capital High students swarmed Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer and had to be reminded several times to go back to class after a Friday morning ceremony to retire the Capital alum's football jersey. Students shouted from the bleachers, "Jake, we love you" throughout the event. "My jersey still fits. I guess I'm still a skinny kid from Idaho," Plummer said. Plummer signed autographs, high-fived students and posed for pictures until being dragged away by former Capital coach Steve Vogel, who was Plummer's coach. Plummer, a three-sport athlete at Capital who set numerous school records, received two standing ovations.

Potential Change No Bother for Williams - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, April 9, 2005 - D.J. Williams always knew that adaptability and versatility were necessary for NFL survival. He could need both now. Three months after completing a spectacular rookie season that saw him lead the Broncos in tackles, he returned for offseason workouts to find the man he replaced at weakside linebacker, Ian Gold, back in the Broncos' fold. Gold actually played on the strong side during his one-year sojourn with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But at 6-feet and 223 pounds, his size is more suited towards playing on the weak side. On the surface, that leaves a conundrum. Two talented players -- one a former Pro Bowler, another who likely will be someday -- and only one natural position. Yet when the team lines up for a snap come September, one will have to take the strong side in order for the Broncos to capitalize on the talents of both. But in reality, it's not that complicated. Covering the tight end is the only difference between the two sides.

Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak Gives His Answers - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, April 8, 2005 - Gary Kubiak has overseen Denver's offense for the past 10 seasons. His tenure with the club has seen the offense enjoy very successful stretches with the ultimate high of back-to-back Super Bowl championships in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Kubiak has spent 19 years of his professional life with the Broncos as he enjoyed a nine-year playing career with the club from 1983-91 in which he played in three Super Bowls as well. The coordinator's longevity with the team gives him a unique perspective of the organization. As the calendar turns to April, he and the rest of the Broncos coaching staff are steadfastly preparing for the 2005 season as they navigate the waters of free agency and have an eye toward the upcoming draft at the end of the month. Despite this, Kubiak made time to answer your questions this week.

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