Middlebrooks traded for Engelberger

The Denver Broncos have traded cornerback Willie Middlebrooks to the San Francisco 49ers for defensive end John Engelberger. Read about the trade in today's news reports.

Middlebrooks sent to 49ers for lineman - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
07/15/2005 - The Broncos will announce a trade today in which they acquire San Francisco 49ers defensive end John Engelberger in exchange for cornerback Willie Middlebrooks. Engelberger's agent, Robert Lattinville, said 49ers coach Mike Nolan called his client Thursday night to inform him the deal was finalized. Lattinville said Nolan told Engelberger the trade will be formally announced today. The deal went through after the 49ers were satisfied with their background check of Middlebrooks, who is dealing with a domestic violence court case.

Broncos consider dealing Middlebrooks to 49ers - Rocky Mountain News- Jeff Legwold
July 15, 2005 - In an off-season in which the Broncos have dangled a long list of players for potential trades, including four-time Pro Bowl selection Trevor Pryce and their leading rusher in 2004, Reuben Droughns, who eventually was dealt to Cleveland, cornerback Willie Middlebrooks is the latest to take a spin on the wheel. After receiving preliminary inquiries from three teams about Middlebrooks in recent weeks, the Broncos inched closer Thursday to dealing the fifth-year veteran to the San Francisco 49ers.

Speed Freaks - DenverBroncos.com- Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 14, 2005 - As the cliché goes -- speed kills. Whether its in the wilds of nature or on the football field, being on the living or dead end of that assessment depends on whether you're in possession of the speed. With that in mind, the Broncos drafted Darrent Williams, Karl Paymah and Domonique Foxworth nearly three months ago. The trio possessed a variety of check marks on their résumés -- Williams' punt- and kickoff-return abilities, Paymah's athleticism, Foxworth's vast experience dealing with fleet wide receivers as a starting cornerback through nearly his entire college career. But above all, they possessed speed -- which they wasted little time in showing defensive coordinator Larry Coyer over the course of the recently completed offseason practices.

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