Broncos News Briefs - Saturday, July 16

The Denver Broncos have completed the trade of cornerback Willie Middlebrooks to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for defensive end John Engelberger. Also in the news - rookie cornerback Brandon Browner moves to safety.

Broncos trade Middlebrooks - Denver Post
07/15/2005 - The San Francisco 49ers acquired cornerback Willie Middlebrooks from the Denver Broncos today in a trade for defensive end John Engelberger. The deal swaps two young defensive players who had fallen out of favor on their original teams. Engelberger, a second-round draft pick in 2000, led the 49ers with six sacks last season, but is thought to be too small to play defensive end in San Francisco's new 3-4 defensive scheme under new coach Mike Nolan. Free agent Marques Douglas was signed in April to take Engelberger's starting job.

Broncos Acquire DE John Engelberger; Send Middlebrooks to San Francisco - Mike Sarro
Friday, July 15, 2005 - Two weeks prior to the opening of training camp Head Coach Mike Shanahan tweaked his roster one more time, acquiring defensive end John Engelberger from the San Francisco 49ers via trade in exchange for cornerback Willie Middlebrooks. Engelberger is a five-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the 49ers. He was selected by San Francisco in the second round (No. 35 overall) of 2000 NFL Draft. The Virginia Tech product has played in 78 career games, starting 58. He started 31 of 32 games for the 49ers over the last two seasons, missing the start on Oct. 10, 2004 in a 31-28 overtime win vs. Arizona. The defensive end brings career totals of 175 tackles (122 solo), 17.5 sacks for 122.5 yards lost, four passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Brandon Browner: Making the Quick Change - Andrew Mason
Friday, July 15, 2005 - There was something familiar about the way rookie Brandon Browner sprinted and glided about the Broncos' practice fields at mini-camp. The smooth stride. The angular build. The fact that he stood at least two inches above those at his position, like a lean but aggressive egret among a flock of hawks. It was just like another defensive back who arrived three years ago under similar circumstances -- as a proficient college cornerback who expected to be drafted but then fell out of the draft picture entirely, only to be signed by the Denver Broncos shortly after the weekend concluded. All that other defensive back did was become a starter by his second season. "Lenny Walls, Jr.," Pro Bowl safety John Lynch said. "They look a lot alike." But while Walls stays at cornerback, a better slot for the 195 pounds he carries, the 6-foot-4 Browner is playing safety after handling cornerback duties in college. Browner is 26 pounds heavier.

Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Tuten Answers Your Questions -
Friday, July 15, 2005 - Mini-camp may be over, but for Rich Tuten and his staff, their work with the players continues. The football workouts are complete but the players are still required to keep up with their strength and conditioning workouts in order for them to be prepared for the rigors of training camp. A player who does not keep up with his workouts can very quickly lose all of his conditioning and be out of shape by the time camp opens on July 29. It is the responsibility of Tuten and his staff, Greg Saporta and Cedric Smith, to make sure this does not happen to any of the players. This week Tuten answered your questions.

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