Broncos News Briefs - Monday, May 16

The Denver Broncos begin a two week quarterback camp today as offseason workouts progress. Read a report in today's news stories. Also - see how Denver wide receiver Rod Smith stacks up against Terrell Owens, both on and off the field.

Broncos' Tuten displays unconditional optimism - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 16, 2005 - Rich Tuten recently was taking a rare break from running about 73 Denver Broncos players ragged in the strength-and-conditioning program he oversees when he bumped into head coach Mike Shanahan. The subject of the team's quarterback camp that begins today at Dove Valley was broached. "I told Mike I hate to see the schedule change because everything's going so well," said Tuten, whose troops last week completed the sixth week of their off-season workout regimen. "And he said, 'We do have to do a little football around here.' And we do. But I want them all the time."

Smith reaping rewards out of Owens' reach - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
05/15/2005 - Terrell Owens vs. Rod Smith. Owens once caught a touchdown pass, pulled a Sharpie out of his sock and autographed the football. When Smith catches touchdown passes, he rushes over to congratulate his quarterback. Owens once did a mocking dance on the Dallas Cowboys' star at midfield at Texas Stadium. Smith came close to being named the NFL's Walter Payton man of the year in 2004.

Sauerbrun deal stalls - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 14, 2005 - A trade that could send three-time Pro Bowl punter Todd Sauerbrun to the Denver Broncos is on hold while the team considers whether to restructure the player's contract, his agent said Friday. "It's been met with trepidation, not reluctance," said David Canter, who most recently spoke to Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist on Wednesday. Sauerbrun is the property of the Carolina Panthers but probably only until June 1, when he's expected to be released.

Sauerbrun Asks For More Money From Broncos; Stalls Trade Deal -
Charlotte, NC -- The proposed trade of Carolina Panthers punter Todd Sauerbrun to the Denver Broncos for a seventh-round draft choice appears to be at a dead end, multiple league sources said. The Broncos were willing to take on Sauerbrun's contract, which runs through 2007 and includes base salaries of $1.2 million this season, $1.295 million near season and $1.4 million in 2007. But Sauerbrun asked the Broncos for a renegotiated deal that includes bonus money, and the team wasn't willing to budge.

Offensive Line Coach Rick Dennison Responds to Your Questions -
Friday, May 13, 2005 - Rick Dennison is one of six Denver coaches who previously played for the team. As a linebacker, he played in 128 games for the club from 1982-90 and played in three Super Bowls. Now he serves as Denver's offensive line coach as he enters his 11th season with the team's coaching staff. Prior to his current position on the staff he worked as an offensive assistant from 1995-96 and as the special tems coach from 1997-00. In 2001, he began working with the offensive line alongside former Assistant Head Coach Alex Gibbs. For three seasons the two worked together. In 2004, Gibbs moved on to work for the Atlanta Falcons while Dennison remained in Denver.

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