Monday, September 5, 2005 - There is no sense wasting paper proclaiming Broncos linebackers Al Wilson, D.J. Williams and Ian Gold as really good, or even excellent, or among the best. American's sporting public is most fascinated with whether a player, group or team is No. 1. Everybody agrees the Broncos' linebackers are good. Can they become the best? "It's really hard to compare linebacker groups, but I think they have the best three," said Gil Brandt, who for 30 years was the Dallas Cowboys' roster architect and now serves as the NFL's senior analyst. "There's teams like the (Chicago) Bears, who have Brian Urlacher, who was hurt and didn't play well last year, and Lance Briggs. There's a number of teams who had two pretty good guys, but I don't think anybody has three across the board like Denver has."
Retirement looking like Rice's next destination - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Monday, September 5, 2005 - It appears likely Jerry Rice will have decided to retire by the time he meets with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan this morning. "That is certainly a possibility," said Jim Steiner, Rice's agent, when asked if he thought the NFL's all-time leading receiver's career was over. "That is something that could be speculated about, but a final decision hasn't been made." The Broncos are expected to enter the regular season Sunday at Miami with wide receivers Charlie Adams and Darius Watts playing a big role. That pushes Rice, who has been bothered by a heel injury, down the depth chart. "He wants to be a No. 3, and that's not going to happen," said Steiner, who added that if Rice leaves the Broncos, he will not look to extend his career. "He's not going to play anywhere else," Steiner said.
Rice to pick route - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Monday, September 5, 2005 - In a decision he has wrestled with almost from the moment he put his name on the dotted line of a contract with the Broncos, receiver Jerry Rice will tell team officials this morning if he plans to retire or play as a reserve in Denver. Rice spent much of the weekend at his Bay Area home - Broncos players had Saturday and Sunday off - for his second extended stint away from the team in the past two weeks. His agent, Jim Steiner, said Rice just "needed some time," but it's clear the likely future Hall of Famer has been presented with a difficult choice. He can be a reserve receiver, likely fourth or fifth in the rotation. And with that comes the possibility he could be deactivated on game day because only 46 of the team's 53 players, including a No. 3 quarterback, are in uniform for games.
Still Standing - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 5, 2005 - While most players came and went through the security gate at the rear of team headquarters Saturday, Wesley Duke and Paul Ernster emerged together out the back door, walking away from the building via the loading docks. Neither was carrying a garbage bag, the telltale accessory of players being told the unkindest news that is makes roster-deadline days the most dreaded spots on the NFL calendar. There was good reason. Neither had been waived.
Myers, Six Others Signed to Practice Squad - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, September 4, 2005 - The Broncos re-signed four of their waived players to the practice squad Sunday, but also dove into the waiver wire for three others to fill out all but one slot of the eight-man developmental roster. Running back Brandon Miree, cornerback/safety Curome Cox and offensive linemen Chris Myers and Erik Pears represent the quartet of players who return after being among the 19 players waived a day earlier. Miree was a seventh-round draft pick in 2004 who spent all of last year on injured reserve with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb, while Myers arrived in the sixth round of this year's draft. Denver also added running back Cedric Cobbs, guard Rob Hunt and defensive end Corey Jackson; each had been waived by the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns, respectively, in recent days.
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