Love him or hate him, the Denver Broncos appear to be one step closer to inking a deal to bring in NFL bad boy Terrell Owens.
Owens and his agent Drew Rosenhaus met with head coach Mike Shanahan on Monday in what is being termed as a "get to know you" meeting. Details of the meeting have not been made public and Owens and Rosenhaus left town Monday night without comment, but it's obvious from all indications that the Broncos have made Owens a top priority.
While the jury is still out as far as the fans are concerned, several Broncos players including Trevor Pryce and Tom Nalen have publicly voiced their approval of bringing in Owens, believing he could fit within the organization and the locker room itself.
The common belief is that if there's anyone in the NFL that can corral Terrell Owens and his ego, it's Mike Shanahan.
"We've had a lot of guys come in here, and I've talked to them about the way we run our organization and if they'd like to be part of it, this is the way we do things," Shanahan told reporters. "Whoever that guy might be in free agency, there's always a possibility if somebody handles himself the right way they could come into this organization.
Translation – I want Terrell Owens.
The ultimate decision however, will be with owner Pat Bowlen, who's reserved yet optimistic that the former Philadelphia Eagles virus can be tamed under the wrath of Shanahan. Should the Broncos decide to make a pitch they will more than likely force the issue before the thirty-two year old receiver is released in March and opt for a draft trade, which at best would require a low draft pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Ironically, Owens last play in the NFL, before he was suspended, was a 94-yard touchdown catch on Oct. 30, when the receiver torched Champ Bailey at Invesco Field.
CENTER OF ATTENTION
Tom Nalen's future got a little clearer Tuesday evening as the thirty-four year old offensive lineman came to terms that will essentially secure his position with the team for the remainder of his career.
Details of the contract were not made public but sources confirm that the long term deal also includes provisions that might provide Nalen a position within the organization once his playing days are over.
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams will spend Wednesday afternoon in a Douglas County courtroom, facing two charges of DUI and a lane-usage violation.
Williams, in his second year with the team, was arrested on Sept. 23 by Douglas County sheriff's deputies and released after posting $1,000 bail plus an additional $1,500 from an earlier arrest warrant in Arapahoe County.
BAD BOYS 2
T.O.'s not the only problem child Mike Shanahan is considering adding to the roster next year, former holistic guru Ricky Williams has now been added to the list.
Miami coach Nick Saban made it clear he would listen to offers for the running back, but the stumbling block for most teams will undoubtedly be the high price tag the twenty-eight year old would carry.
Denver stands nearly $30 million over the projected salary cap, but with some pretty cleaver contract reconstruction the possibility exists that the Broncos could indeed snag Williams as well as fellow troublemaker Terrell Owens, who could possibly be had for a low round draft choice according to some insiders.
A locker room with both Terrell Owens and Ricky Williams… welcome to sportswriters heaven.
"You should be excited about getting him, if that was to happen, …but I'm sure I'll probably receive a call from Jake Plummer."
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb talking to reporters at the Super Bowl media headquarters on the possibility of Denver picking up Terrell Owens.
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past nine years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.
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