Will Dale Carter ever go away?

The Dale Carter saga continues to haunt Denver, Terry Killens remains unsigned despite a reported agreement and the Sam Gash race appears to have reached its end.

Widely considered the biggest bust in Broncos history, Dale Carter has once again surfaced, signing a seven-year, $28 million contract with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

The contract, which calls for a $2.5 million signing bonus, complicates Carter's bankruptcy proceedings in which Denver is listed as one of the top creditors.

The Broncos claim that Carter defaulted on his contract when he was suspended by the league in 2000 for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and are looking to recoup some, if not all, of the $3 million they dished out to sign the troubled star.

"Dale owes us over $3 million, and we want it back," team owner Pat Bowlen told reporters on Wednesday.

Bowlen refused to comment on what steps the team may take in order to try and recapture some of its' investment, but did confirm that they are looking into the legal ramifications the new contract poses for the bankruptcy hearing.

GIVING UP ON GASH
It appears that Denver's interest in signing former Ravens fullback Sam Gash has reached its end.

Considered on of the best blocking fullbacks in the league, Gash has turned down two separate offers from the Broncos, the first being a one-year deal worth $750,000 and the second a three-year deal worth an undisclosed amount.

While the team would love to have Gash in the backfield, they are not willing to go above the three-year offer they've already made, and will instead concentrate their efforts on other available free agents, or possibly even bring back Detron Smith, who was released last month.

KILLENS BACK ON TRACK
On Monday night Terry Killens announced to the media that he had agreed a seven-year deal to become the Broncos newest linebacker, and was planning on signing a contract on Tuesday.

Hours later he had second thoughts, or as he put it, some misgivings about leaving his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, and re-opened negotiations with them.

By Tuesday afternoon though the Broncos were back in the picture, increasing their offer to the 6'1, 235 pound former Penn State standout, who is widely regarded around the league as a force on special teams.

Negotiations are continuing today with Killens agent, and an official agreement may be reached before the end of the week.

MORE FREE AGENTS COME CALLING
Former Atlanta right tackle Ephraim Salaam visit on Tuesday, but no official offers have been made.

Free-agent tackle Victor Riley is scheduled for a visit on Thursday.

Defensive tackle Lional Dalton continues to try and negotiate a seven-year deal. After turning down the Broncos initial offer Monday night Dalton's agent made a counteroffer on Tuesday.

MILE HIGH STADIUM CIRCLE
In an attempt to preserve some Mile High history, Denver Mayor Wellington Webb has announced plans to rename a portion of Bryant Street and West 20th Avenue.

These streets, which once surrounded the old stadium, will now be officially known as Mile High Stadium Circle. A portion of Eliot Street will be changed to Mile High Stadium West Circle.



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