Broncos News Briefs - Sunday, May 8

Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell says he'd like to play for the Denver Broncos. Read about Mitchell in today's news reports.

Mitchell hopes Denver calls - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
05/08/2005 - Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell is known for speaking his mind. He did that Saturday when asked if he would be interested in becoming a Bronco. "That would be awesome," Mitchell said. Friday, after months of speculation, the Eagles released Mitchell, a 2001 first-round draft choice from UCLA. Saturday, Mitchell said Denver, Washington, Tampa Bay and Tennessee are teams he would be interested in helping.

In draft, keepers can be found - Denver Post - Thomas George
05/07/2005 - Cornell Green was born in Boley, Okla. When he graduated from high school in 1957 in Richmond, Calif., the University of Oklahoma was not among the slew of schools that recruited his exceptional basketball talents. "Oklahoma was recruiting few, if any, African-American kids then," Green said. Green, 65, has been a Broncos scout for 18 years. His retirement last week coincided with the resignation of Oklahoma baseball coach Larry Cochell, who twice used a racial slur in off-camera interviews while describing one of his African-American players.

Longtime promise fulfilled - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Jack Wilkinson
05/07/05 - He's hardly your prototypical Georgia Tech graduate. Who else in the class of 2005 has a classmate who realized that the guy sitting nearby him was a pro football player, the very Nick Ferguson who popped up on a Madden 2004 video game? And how many other NFL veterans would forfeit a $50,000 offseason workout bonus from his team, go back to college and take courses in international marketing and African-American entrepreneurship? "Wow," Ferguson said, exhaling. "That $50,000 is a lot of money to turn down. I even had some friends say, 'Man, are you crazy? School's not going anywhere. Take the money.' But I always wanted to do it." Besides, he had made a vow to his mother back home in Miami.

Director of Pro Personnel Rick Smith Answers Your Questions - Denver
Friday, May 6, 2005 - Broncos fans often read about Head Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Ted Sundquist and their involvement with player transactions, but the Broncos Director of Pro Personnel, Rick Smith is one man behind the scenes who plays a major role in the decision-making process. His primary role is in searching and evaluating the talent of professional players to determine if they would be an asset to the club. He is responsible for reviewing all NFL free agents, NFL Europe and CFL free agents. Entering his sixth season overseeing the club's pro personnel department, Smith has had his say in bringing players such as Gerard Warren, Courtney Brown, Ebenezer Ekuban, Michael Myers, Ron Dayne, Stephen Alexander, Anthony Clement as well as the recent trade with Washington that netted Denver an additional first and fourth round draft choice in 2006. He also played a role in last year's blockbuster trade with the Redskins that brought Champ Bailey to Denver.

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