Broncos News Blogs - Wednesday, March 15

The Denver Broncos made their first free agent acquisition today by signing former Cincinnati linebacker Nate Webster to a two year deal. Read more about Webster in today's news reports.

Broncos sign former Bengals linebacker - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
March 15, 2006 — The Broncos signed former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Nate Webster to a two-year deal today. Webster got a $200,000 signing bonus to go with base salaries of $585,000 in 2006 and $710,000 in 2007. However, the 2007 season would be void and Webster would become a free agent in the unlikely event he plays 75 percent of the defensive snaps in the upcoming season. Webster is entering his sixth season. He was limited this past season after tearing the patella tendon in his right knee against Baltimore in September. He was activated in November but played in just one regular-season game.

Owens hits open market - Denver Post - Mike Klis
03/15/2006 - At long last, Terrell Owens is a free man. Free to join a players market in need of show-stopping replenishment. Free to sign with any team. Will the Broncos dare to become T.O.'s next employer? "I don't know what our position is with Terrell Owens," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said. "I'm sure there will be a lot more interest in him around the league now that he's a free agent. But as for us, I'm not sure." Bowlen wasn't being evasive so much as he was echoing what the rest of football feels about the inscrutable star. With Owens, how does one really know? Arguably the best receiver and most disobedient player in football, Owens became a free agent Tuesday when the fed-up Philadelphia Eagles released him in lieu of paying him a $7.5 million roster bonus.

Don't take T.O. for what ails you - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
03/15/2006 - This fatal attraction the Broncos seem to have for incorrigible receiver Terrell Owens makes perfect sense, until you do the math. The NFL gives every team 16 regular-season games. Owens can look great on those Sundays. It's the other 349 days of the year that T.O. drives everybody stark raving mad. From San Francisco to Philadelphia, Owens has proved to be pro football's No. 1 home wrecker. Hey, I know why it's easy to fall in love with T.O. Whether speaking his mind or going over the middle, the man shows no fear. And even I admit some weakness for Owens. Any player crazy enough to drive the wrong direction down the NFL's one-way street of contract loyalty definitely scores points with me. But want to know why I would not issue Owens a Denver uniform, even if he played for free?

Webster may provide depth at linebacker - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
03/15/2006 - The Broncos are expected to make their first out-of-house free-agent signing today, beefing up their linebacker depth by adding former Cincinnati starting middle linebacker Nate Webster. Webster, 28, is expected to come to Denver today and sign his contract, according to an NFL source familiar with the negotiations. The Broncos went into the offseason looking for a top backup at linebacker. Webster, a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2000, has started nine NFL games. He was injured most of his time in Cincinnati. Webster can play inside and outside linebacker, and likely will join special-teams captain Keith Burns and Louis Green as the backups.

Price is green acher - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
March 15, 2006 - New York Jets defensive end John Abraham's price still is too high for even the league's biggest spenders. With the Washington Redskins having decided Abraham's desire for $17 million to $18 million in guaranteed money was too rich for even their franchise's blue blood, the Denver Broncos remain among those who have expressed interest in the three-time Pro Bowl selection. But the Broncos are waiting for the price to come down for a player the Redskins and others consider a part-time player. Abraham is believed to have visits scheduled to the Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons in the coming days.

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