Broncos News Blogs - Friday, April 28

Rumors of a possible Denver Broncos trade for Packers wide receiver Javon Walker dominate today's news reports.

Packers: Walker trade not out of question - Wisconsin State Journal – Jason Wilde
FRI., APR 28, 2006 - GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson took so many phone calls regarding Javon Walker that the recalcitrant wide receiver may indeed get his wish and be traded - perhaps before Saturday's NFL draft. Six weeks after denying Walker permission to seek a trade and issuing a statement in which he said, "I don't anticipate us making any concessions in this matter," Thompson has allowed Walker to visit other teams this week, which could lead to a trade. "This is us doing our due diligence," Thompson said Thursday evening after he emerged from day-long pre-draft meetings. "We've received several calls the last few weeks and the interest level (in Walker) has reached a point where we felt it was prudent to explore these options.

Packers give Walker permission to talk to Denver, New Orleans - PackersNews.com – Dylan B. Tomlinson
Apr. 28, 2006 - Green Bay Packers receiver Javon Walker has spent most of this offseason declaring over and over again how he wants out of Green Bay. He may be about to get his wish. In what is likely to be a prelude to a trade, the Packers have granted Walker permission to meet with the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos, two teams believed to be the front-runner to land the receiver. The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins also are known to have contacted the Packers about Walker. Walker may not be the only Packers receiver to want out of Green Bay. ESPN reported Thursday that Donald Driver has asked the team to re-structure his deal or trade him.

Packers may trade Walker before NFL draft - MSNBC.com – Dylan B. Tomlinson
April 27, 2006 - The Green Bay Packers may trade Javon Walker before Saturday's NFL draft, Scout.com reported. A three-way trade involving the Packer, the Denver Broncos and an unidentified third team is in the works that would send Walker to Denver. But the disgruntled wide receiver visited the New Orleans Saints on Thursday and is scheduled to visit the Broncos on Friday, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported.

Flexibility key to Broncos' strategy - Denver Post – Bill Williamson
04/28/2006 - What will the Broncos do in this weekend's draft as they try to find the right pieces to make the journey from the AFC championship game to the Super Bowl? "We could do anything, and that's the truth," Denver general manager Ted Sundquist said. "Most years we have a feel. But we are very open this year. We're very flexible."

Houston, we have a riddle - Denver Post – Thomas George
04/28/2006 - How about this draft-time buzz kicking around the league: The Houston Texans draft Reggie Bush with the first pick Saturday. General manager Charley Casserly completes the Texans' draft Sunday and soon after exits. Broncos executive Rick Smith replaces him, joining Broncos-bred Gary Kubiak, the Texans' new coach, in Houston. Casserly moves into a league office job. You buying it? Know this: Casserly already has had discussions with the NFL about joining its front office, possibly doing what Art Shell used to do in football operations and development. Kubiak would want someone he knows extremely well to replace Casserly.

Packers' Walker remains on wish list - Denver Post – Bill Williamson
04/28/2006 - The Broncos are visiting with disgruntled Pro Bowl receiver Javon Walker in an effort to pry him away from Green Bay. Wrapping up a week of increased communication regarding a possible deal, the Broncos were scheduled to be the second stop on a whirlwind tour by Walker, an NFL source confirmed. Walker was to arrive in Denver on Thursday to take a physical and meet with members of the organization. Walker visited New Orleans earlier Thursday and could make more visits today. New England, Miami, San Francisco, Kansas City and Philadelphia also are vying for his services. The Saints and Broncos appear to be the front-runners for Walker, who could be traded by the start of the NFL draft Saturday morning.

There are safeties in numbers - Rocky Mountain News – Jeff Legwold
April 28, 2006 - Free. Strong. Cover. Hit. There it is. The NFL wants it all in its safeties. It wants physical players, strong enough to move toward the line of scrimmage and stick their nose into the run game. And it wants fast, savvy players who can work the last line of defense, patrol the deep middle and save the day when they have to. For a time, safeties were an afterthought on some draft boards, but Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer has called them "premium players." And the Broncos often flip-flop John Lynch and Nick Ferguson between the responsibilities of the free or strong safeties - between the open-field player and the hitter, respectively. But the Broncos also know the numbers game.

Legwold: No calm before storm of NFL draft day - Rocky Mountain News – Jeff Legwold
April 28, 2006 - As the clock rumbles on toward this weekend's draft, what has been a yearlong lap in draft rooms around the NFL finally approaches the finish line. And uncertainty thy name is mock draft because there is little consensus on much of anything around the league in this year's selection weekend.

Broncos in need of RB, WR - Daily Camera – Zak Brown
April 28, 2006 - The last time the Denver Broncos had a draft choice higher than 20, in 2002, they used it on a player they hoped could one day take over for Rod Smith as the team's No. 1 receiver. In the second round of that same year, they took a running back who starred in college but slipped out of the first round. Four years later, Rod Smith is still the No. 1 receiver, Ashley Lelie hasn't shown the consistency to replace him and Clinton Portis is one of the best backs in the NFL, but he's starring in Washington for the Redskins.

Broncos looking to add a receiver - Summit Daily News
April 27, 2006 — As their flirtation with Terrell Owens attests, the Denver Broncos would love to add a premier wide receiver to pair with mainstay Rod Smith. When Owens chose to resurrect his career in Dallas instead of Denver, the Broncos shifted their sights to this weekend's NFL draft, where their wheeling and dealing has landed them the 15th pick, about where the run on receivers is expected to begin. Among the top wideouts coming out of college are Ohio State's Santonio Holmes and Florida's Chad Jackson, either of whom could make coach Mike Shanahan very happy. He wouldn't have minded having Owens on board, either.

Walker, Williams would solidify Denver's offense - Realfootball365.com – Connor Byrne
04/27/2006 - It's been a relatively quiet offseason for the Denver Broncos, who haven't done much except cut three key veterans; running back Mike Anderson, tight end Jeb Putzier and defensive lineman Trevor Pryce. The trio were key members of the Broncos' roster for a number of years, but during March's CBA panic, they became cap casualties. After their period of somnolence, it appears the Broncos are in prime position for some major offensive upgrades. They have been in the hunt for receivers since March, but haven't actually signed any. They tangoed with perennial-problem Terrell Owens, but elected to bow out of a possible deal with No. 81, letting him sign with the Dallas Cowboys. With his attitude problems, that may be for the best. However, now the Broncos are flirting with disgruntled Green Bay Packers wideout Javon Walker, who is on the outs in Wisconsin because he's been critical of his contract, the Packers' management, as well as Green Bay's omnipotent quarterback, Brett Favre.



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