02/05/2006 - Shannon Sharpe was among the hundreds of people in a downtown ballroom Saturday afternoon awaiting the call for immortality. A few minutes later, the former Broncos tight end departed the festivities early, shaking his head and trying to figure out what will it take for friend and former teammate Gary Zimmerman to be honored for what Sharpe believes he was: the best at his position. "From the day Gary walked into the league until the day he left, find me a better left tackle," Sharpe said after Zimmerman was not elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after being a finalist for the second time. "I'd really like to meet that guy. I really would because he doesn't exist."
T.O., Williams add soap opera factor to Broncos' mix - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
02/05/2006 - Prediction: Either Terrell Owens or Ricky Williams will be a Bronco in 2006. Yes, one of the two most enigmatic players in the NFL will be a Bronco. Count on it. At this point, the odds are Owens will continue his NFL career with the Broncos, but if owner Pat Bowlen and coach Mike Shanahan sour on Owens, or if they can't come to a contract agreement, the Broncos likely will shift their focus to Williams. The Broncos believe they are close to winning a title. They believe in their locker room. They think one of these two players could be the missing link. They might be right. Denver's offense would be better with either one.
Lepsis' new deal may take month - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
02/05/2006 - Broncos center Tom Nalen's contract extension was finalized faster than expected, but don't expect a similar resolution with offensive tackle Matt Lepsis. Denver started preliminary talks with Lepsis, whose deal voids out, more than week ago and talks could take all of February before a restructured extension is worked out. The team remains confident a deal will be reached. The same will apply with Denver's other top free agent, defensive tackle Gerard Warren. The Broncos are working on routine restructurings to help pare down the salary cap. None of the simple restructures is expected to include pay cuts.
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