Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, Feb. 16

Lewis P. "Bud" McFadin, who played defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos in their inaugural 1960 season, died Monday at 77. Read about McFadin in today's news reports. Also - tight end Wesley Duke receives an endorsement.

Free Agency Primer: Quarterbacks - Denver Post - Andrew Mason
Thursday, February 16, 2006 - In going to the playoffs with Jake Plummer, the Broncos proved to be in the minority of postseason teams when it came to the manner in which they procured their starting quarterback. Most of this year's diligent dozen of the postseason snagged their passers on draft weekend. Seven of the 12 quarterbacks in the playoffs have known no other teams than the ones they led to the postseason. Two more came via trade -- Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck and the New York Giants' Eli Manning, who was originally selected by the San Diego Chargers. Just three of this year's playoff quarterbacks -- Plummer, Carolina's Jake Delhomme and Washington's Mark Brunell -- arrived via various forms of free agency. But all won playoff games this year; they went a combined 4-3 as postseason starters this year, while the drafted starters went 5-6 and those acquired via trade went 2-2.

An original Bronco, 'Bud' McFadin, 77, stayed true to team - Rocky Mountain News - Paul Willis
February 16, 2006 - The Denver Broncos lost an original member this week. Lewis P. "Bud" McFadin, an 11- year professional football veteran who spent four years with the Broncos, died Monday. He was 77. Mr. McFadin was a defensive lineman on the inaugural 1960 Broncos team - yes, he wore the now-infamous vertically striped socks - and stayed with the team until 1963. He was chosen to play in the AFL All-Star Game in 1961, 1962 and 1963. He spent his final two AFL seasons with the Houston Oilers, then began a five-year stint as the Oilers' defensive line coach the following season.

Early Bronco McFadin dead at 77 - Rocky Mountain News
February 15, 2006 - Lewis P. "Bud" McFadin, who played defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos in their inaugural 1960 season, died Monday at 77. Mr. McFadin was a Bronco from 1960 to 1963 and played in all 56 of Denver's games in that period. He was an Associated Press All-Pro in each of his four seasons with the Broncos, was a five-time NFL/AFL All-Star and played in the AFL All-Star Game in 1961, '62 and '63.

Duke receives all-pro support early in career - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
02/14/2006 - Antonio Gates was relaxing in his hotel room at Indianapolis the night before a San Diego Chargers game there last December when he found himself feeling like a proud uncle. He saw tight end Wesley Duke make good on his first play from scrimmage in the NFL. Duke used his college basketball skills, leaping high in the back of the end zone for a touchdown catch in Denver's victory at Buffalo on Dec. 17. "What a first catch in the NFL," said Gates, San Diego's Pro Bowl tight end. "I've been following Wesley, and that was a great moment. The kid has a real chance."

2006 Free Agency Primer: Wide Receivers - Denver Post - J. Michael Moore
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - Ironically, the biggest name in free agency to this point in the offseason isn't a free agent at all. All indications are Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens will be traded or released in the coming weeks. But, today, Owens is under contract beyond the 2006 season. Philadelphia granted Owens and his agent Drew Rosenhaus permission to seek a trade after suspending the All-Pro receiver for the final seven games of the 2005 season for content detrimental to the team. Owens appears to have taken advantage and recently surfaced in trade talks with teams around the league. He and Rosenhaus also made a highly-publicized trip to Denver to meet with Broncos personnel at the end of January. Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan has said little about the situation because of league rules forbidding comment on a player under contract with another team. So, such speculation into Owens situation is largely that of assumptions and guesswork. At the same time, close to three dozen receivers around the league are slated to become free agents March 3.

Broncos in Free Agency: WR - Denver Post - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - The current free-agency structure enters its 14th year this season. Here's a look back at the Broncos' past unrestricted and restricted free-agent signings at wide receiver and how each fared.

Nothing can shut down the old rumor mill - Massachusetts Republican - Mark Rouillard
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - It's the dead of winter, the Super Bowl is done, and as I write this, a Nor'easter is preparing to slam into Massachusetts. Fear not, however, as the fantasy rumor mill continues to churn. The Denver Broncos are interested in Ricky Williams. The Denver Post is reporting that team officials have met to discuss the possibility of trading for the Miami Dolphins running back, but have yet to speak to the Dolphins. While I think Williams would be an absolute stud there I don't think it will happen. The Broncos came within 79 yards of producing two 1,000 yard rushers. I think head coach Mike Shanahan believes he could rush for 1,000 yards in that system and offensively they have a bigger need for a dynamic playmaker at wide receiver. Rod Smith is getting old and Ashley Lelie has been too inconsistent.

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