Rice may make decision today

Wide receiver Jerry Rice may tell the Denver Broncos yes or no as early as today. Rice, the NFL's all-time leading receiver has been in conversations with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan about joining the club.

Receivers roll out welcome mat for Rice - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
05/24/2005 - When Jerry Rice caught seven passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns in San Francisco's 55-10 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV, Darius Watts was 8 years old. Monday after quarterback camp practice, the second- year Broncos receiver was asked what it would be like to be ahead of Rice on the depth chart. "I don't know how to answer that," Watts said, before bursting into a fit of laughter. "I don't know, man. I don't know." But Watts might know how it feels soon. Rice, who turns 43 in October, is contemplating an offer to join the Broncos.

Linebackers' strengths paramount to new format - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 24, 2005 - Instead of pigeonholing D.J. Williams as a strong-side linebacker now that Ian Gold has returned to the starting lineup, one should consider Williams' new role with the Denver Broncos as playing to his strengths. "The way we're going to scheme guys, it's not going to be that the 'Sam' linebacker's taking on a lot of the brunt of the lead blockers or anything like that," Williams explained Monday after the Broncos' fifth quarterback camp practice. "It's all about technique and what (Gold is) good at and what I'm good at."

Krieger: Rice would go against grain in Denver - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
May 24, 2005 - I admit to a certain morbid curiosity that makes me hope Jerry Rice says yes today or tomorrow or whenever he's finished ruminating on Mike Shanahan's offer to show up for Broncos training camp. First of all, it would be great theater. In the time zone they don't mention on TV, we've been mere spectators to the comet that was Jerry Rice. Now, to see it up close, even at the end, when it's no longer visible in the nighttime sky, would be a vicarious thrill. You don't get this close to the immortals that often.

Rice could reveal his plans today - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
May 24, 2005 - Rod Smith is still the most famous No. 80 on the Broncos roster. At for now. Denver would like Jerry Rice to join the team and compete for a spot during training camp. But the 42-year-old receiver is still deciding if he wants to play a 21st season in the NFL or start the five-year clock ticking toward his enshrinement ceremony in Canton. As of Monday evening, the Broncos had not heard from Rice, who was planning to meet with his agent to discuss his options — so far Denver is the only franchise openly interested in his services — and then make a decision, expected be announced as early as today.

Still Awaiting the Decision - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, May 23, 2005 - So far, no change. Head Coach Mike Shanahan met the media following Monday's quarterback-camp practice and reported no change or updates on the team's talks with NFL all-time receiving leader Jerry Rice about bringing him to the Broncos. "I talked to Jim Steiner (Rice's agent) today," Shanahan said. "He said he's going to talk to Jerry sometime today; he was coming back from Mississippi. After he sits down and talks to Jerry, he'll have a decision, and I'll let you guys (the media) know after he calls me."

Spikes in Sight for Week 2 of Quarterback Camp - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, May 23, 2005 - After over two and a half months of sitting unclaimed on the unrestricted-free-agent market, guard Cameron Spikes wasted little time in getting onto the field after his stint in unsigned purgatory concluded Monday morning when he signed with the Broncos. But such a quick transition from signing his contract early Monday to donning a No. 73 practice jersey for mid-morning work at quarterback camp forced Spikes into scramble mode as he attempted to unobtrusively step into the flow of the line's on-field work.

Rolling With the Changes - DenverBroncos.com - J. Michael Moore
Monday, May 23, 2005 - Broncos safety John Lynch was wrapping up an interview with local media Thursday when middle linebacker Al Wilson entered the room. Lynch had just entered into a compliment-laced response on Wilson when the two-time Pro Bowler crept up on the podium behind him. "I didn't know a lot about Al Wilson when I cam here but one thing I recognized right away is he's a guy that loves to play the game of football," Lynch said. "I kind of feed off his energy, I think he feeds of my energy and I think we're both driven by the same thing as football players and that's to be the best. I really enjoy playing with him."

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