FREE AGENT CAROUSEL
Denver's search for a quality, hard-blocking fullback will continue this week as St. Louis Rams restricted free agent James Hodgins is scheduled to make a visit to Dove Valley later this week.
The Rams, who have tendered a $563,000 offer to Hodgins, have made it widely known that they have every intent on signing the former San Jose standout, whom many consider responsible for the highly successful seasons of Marshall Faulk.
Denver, on the other hand, is in desperate need, forced to replace Howard Griffith who retired earlier this year with a severe neck injury. Griffith, who had become a building block for the once-powerful Broncos running attack, was also considered a mainstay during Denver's back to back Super Bowl Championship run.
Due to Hodgins undrafted free agent status, the Broncos would not have to surrender any compensation to the Rams should they sign him, but St. Louis does retain the ability to match or beat any offer Denver puts on the table.
Hodgins becomes the third free agent fullback to visit Denver, following Baltimore's Sam Gash and New York Giants free-agent fullback Greg Comella.
DECISION EXPECTED SOON
According to agent Marvin Demoff, tight end Shannon Sharpe should reach a decision within the next few days whether or not to rejoin the Denver Broncos, seek a new start in the great northwest as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, or even possibly join former Bronco teammate Bill Romonowski as a member of the Silver and Black Oakland Raiders.
Sharpe, who was released by the Baltimore Ravens at the end of last season due to salary cap restrictions, met with both Seattle and Oakland last week and will now give Denver the final option of retaining his services.
Demoff met with head coach Mike Shanahan last Thursday, hoping to iron out the details that would bring his client back to the city he considered home during the first ten years of his NFL career.
Gary Kubiak (Broncos offensive coordinator) wants me back, (tight ends coach) Brian Pariani wants me back, and I'm sure some of the teammates I've played with there want me back," Sharpe told reporters.
"But it comes down to this. I want to hear it from Mike."
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