Rice deal near?

Read the latest news about the Denver Broncos possible acquisition of Jerry Rice.

Broncos talking with Jerry Rice - NFL.com
May 20, 2005 - Jerry Rice could be headed to Denver and a reunion with coach Mike Shanahan. Rice spoke with Shanahan on May 19 and the coach said there's a possibility a deal to bring the NFL's all-time leader in catches, yards and touchdowns to Denver could be done as early as next week. "I think Jerry would like to play here, but there's always parameters that you have to work out in a contract, there's always decisions he has to make from a family perspective," Shanahan said. "I'd like to talk about this Wednesday or Thursday of next week when there's hopefully a deal done."

New punter yet to report to Broncos camp - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Fri, May. 20, 2005 - Punter Todd Sauerbrun, who the Denver Broncos acquired in a trade Thursday, was not present at the Broncos' quarterback camp Friday and there's no set date for his arrival to the team. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said shortly after practice Friday he has not spoken with Sauerbrun or his agent since finalizing a trade with Carolina. Denver traded a seventh-round pick in next year's draft and punter Jason Baker to the Panthers for Sauerbrun, a three-time Pro Bowler. The Broncos completed the trade without agreeing to a new contract with Sauerbrun, who wanted about $1.8 million of the base salary he is owed over the final three years of his contract converted into a bonus.

Shanahan, Rice in Talks - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, May 20, 2005 - If Jerry Rice wants to be a Bronco, a slot on the team's roster heading into training camp is his. But nothing beyond that can be assured. Head Coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't make any promises in a Thursday conversation with Rice that touched upon the potential of bringing the NFL's all-time leading receiver to the Broncos. "Jerry knows that if he does come here, he's going to come here and compete with the rest of the guys," Shanahan said. "There's no promises of him being the third receiver, the fourth receiver, the fifth receiver. If he does come here, we're going to give him a chance to compete with the other receivers.

Quarterbacks Coach Pat McPherson Answered Your QB Camp Questions - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, May 20, 2005 - Pat McPherson comes into his third season as the Broncos quarterbacks coach and his eighth year overall on the staff. Previous to his current position he spent the 1998 season as a defensive assistant and from 1999-2002 as the club's offensive assistant before taking over the quarterbacks in 2003. McPherson was named quarterbacks coach the same year Jake Plummer signed with the team from Arizona. The two work closely together along with fellow quarterbacks Danny Kanell, Bradlee Van Pelt, Matt Mauck and recently signed rookie Chad Friehauf. This week begins the team's eight-day quarterback camp which runs through May 26. The annual camp gives the quarterbacks the opportunity to work with the running backs and receivers in preparation for the 2005 season.

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