Broncos News Blogs - Tuesday, March 14

The Philadelphia Eagles have finally cut loose controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens. With the Denver Broncos having missed out on a couple of their free agent targets already, will they make a run at Owens?

Owens finally released by Eagles - - Rob Maaddi, AP
March 14, 2006 - Terrell Owens is free to play for any team willing to have him. The Philadelphia Eagles released the exiled Owens on Tuesday, ending a tumultuous, two-year relationship with the wide receiver. Owens was due a $5 million roster bonus on Wednesday, so the Eagles had to cut him or trade him before then to avoid paying him the money. The move was a formality because Owens was kicked off the team in November following a series of incidents and infractions, including repeated criticism of quarterback Donovan McNabb. The Eagles announced the cut in a one-sentence statement. Team officials said they would not comment.

Free agents give Denver the brushoff - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
03/14/2006 - The Broncos entered free agency with two outside targets, both of whom were to hit town Monday. One never got to Denver, the other quickly departed. Both will be playing elsewhere. In a hasty turn of events, the Broncos lost out on Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis and San Francisco defensive end/linebacker Andre Carter. Lewis, who was scheduled to arrive in Denver in the afternoon, agreed to terms to remain in Baltimore early Monday morning. Lewis signed a three-year, $26 million deal - more than Denver was willing to bid.

The smart shoppers - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
March 14, 2006 - While free-agent checks filled the air like eight-digit confetti around them, the Denver Broncos continued on a course of measured patience Monday - by choice and necessity. It's the same course that brought them success in free agency last season and one the guy in the biggest office at their Dove Valley complex likes to see. "All of us with this team have learned a lot over the 10, 12 years as far as how we should spend our money," owner Pat Bowlen said when asked about what he expected the Broncos' approach in free agency to be. "We've all made our mistakes; hopefully, we've learned by them. There is a lot more money coming into the system now with our new labor deal, and most of that will be passed through to the players, but I think we'll make wiser choices or more educated choices than we have in the past. "I like the way we've gone about it here the last couple years."

Smith Named Assistant General Manager - Denver - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - Rick Smith can add another title to his growing résumé -- assistant general manager. The longtime Broncos executive, who is set to begin his 11th season with the club, was named to the post Tuesday, which will continue to keep him working closely with Head Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Ted Sundquist on personnel matters. "Rick has done a great job in the area of football operations," Shanahan said. "He has been invaluable in scouting players, as well as having done an excellent job in the many administrative aspects of personnel work. He has worked very hard, has steadily increased the scope of his knowledge and responsibility, and we're delighted to have Rick expand his role with the Broncos."

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