03/21/2006 - Even if Jeb Putzier didn't block well enough to stay with the Broncos, his pass-catching skills were enough to impress an old Broncos coach. Putzier, the Broncos' top pass-catching tight end the past two seasons, who was released three weeks ago, signed a four-year, $7.5 million contract Monday with the Houston Texans. There he will be reunited with former Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, now the Texans' head coach. The deal includes a $1.85 million signing bonus. "He's the last of the three cut boys, and they're all gonzo," said Joe Linta, Putzier's agent. On March 1, the Broncos cut three key contributors - Putzier, running back Mike Anderson and defensive end Trevor Pryce.
NFL insiders at top of list - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
03/21/2006 - When Pete Rozelle stepped down as NFL commissioner in 1989, it might have been hard to imagine a less prurient candidate for his successor than Paul Tagliabue. Almost 17 years and billions upon billions of dollars and unprecedented growth later, however, bland has become the new sexy for the league's players and owners. So, apart from the occasional longshot flier being tossed out - hello, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - the list of possibilities to replace Tagliabue is likely to be heavy on wonkishness.
Going out to praise - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 21, 2006 - Paul Tagliabue is getting out while the going's good. With labor peace secured and a new multibillion-dollar television package in place, the NFL commissioner announced Monday he will end his nearly 17-year tenure overseeing the nation's top sports league in July. He'll remain in a senior executive advisory role through May 31, 2008, once a replacement is named. The search for his successor will begin at the owners' meetings in Orlando, Fla., beginning Sunday.
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