Denver Broncos Hot Topics - Sunday, June 4

Al Wilson said he feels good, but he was willing to make some adjustments to compensate for his age. Wilson, the Denver Broncos' middle linebacker, will turn 29 years old in June and is entering his eighth season. So this offseason he made a point to drop some weight to stay on top of his game.

Wilson, who was listed at 240 pounds last season, said he is 235 pounds with almost two months to go before training camp starts.

"I'm feeling slim, feeling young, feeling good, feeling sexy," said Wilson, whose listed weight last year was 240 pounds.

The Broncos realize that Wilson, a fierce competitor, has had a lot of work over the past few seasons. This offseason they have even considered using D.J. Williams on occasion as the middle linebacker in the nickel defense to give Wilson a few plays off here and there.

Williams had a fine rookie season but often came off the field last year in nickel situations because the Broncos had Wilson and Ian Gold. Williams played well in Wilson's place at middle linebacker in the nickel defense in last year's season finale at San Diego. Wilson missed that game with a broken thumb.

So the Broncos figured using Williams in the nickel defense more often would be a win-win situation, helping Wilson stay fresh and Williams get more playing time.

"Al has played more plays than anybody on our football team over the past six years," defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. "That's something we have to look at."

Wilson wasn't as cozy to the idea. Not surprisingly, he said that although he had to go along with whatever the coaches wanted to do, he wouldn't be too pleased sitting out even a few plays.

"I hate coming off the field, I think we all know that," Wilson said. "If I do come off the field I won't be pleased with it, bottom line."

PLAYER NOTES

--Broncos linebacker Al Wilson said he didn't think receiver Ashley Lelie, who has been holding out of all of Denver's offseason activities, was a bad teammate. He was just concerned that he was giving himself a bad reputation by holding out.

"He's not that bad of a person, he's just, to me, he's just made kind of a bad decision now, but hopefully it turns out well for him," Wilson said. "I think his timing is a little off. When you have a guy like Rod Smith as your No. 1 guy you do have to take a back seat to a guy like that."

--New Broncos receiver Javon Walker said his relationship with Packers quarterback Brett Favre wasn't the only reason that he wanted out of Green Bay. Favre criticized Walker for threatening to hold out last offseason, and Walker ended up suffering a season-ending injury in the first week of the season.

Walker said he respected what Favre had to say, but he also wanted Favre to see his side of it.

"Obviously, coming from him, everybody is going to automatically take one side," Walker said. "But I think in this case, that wasn't the case. I had more people who agreed with me more than what he said."

--The Broncos signed three players who recently completed their seasons in NFL Europe. Linebacker Kevin Harrison, running back Marty Johnson and defensive tackle Bryan Save were signed and participated in Denver's team camp.

Save and Johnson played for the Berlin Thunder and Save played for the Cologne Centurions.

Meanwhile, the team cut former basketball player and NFL Europe tight end Wesley Duke.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
--S Chris Young (not tendered as RFA).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
--WR Charlie Adams had a decent season as Denver's third receiver and will be back.
--LB Louis Green is a good special teams player who fills a role for the Broncos.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
--S Sam Brandon: Potential UFA; terms unknown.
--LB Keith Burns: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--LB Patrick Chukwurah: UFA; terms unknown.
--RB Ron Dayne: UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--DE John Engelberger: Potential UFA; 3 yrs, $750,000 SB.
--LS Mike Leach: UFA; 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--OT Matt Lepsis: Potential UFA; $25M/4 yrs, SB unknown.
--DT Demetrin Veal: ERFA; terms unknown.
--DT Gerard Warren: UFA; 6 yrs, terms unknown.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED
--DE Kenard Lang: FA Browns; $5.9M/3 yrs, $900,000 RB; 2006 cap: $1.9M.
--CB Willie Middlebrooks: FA; terms unknown.
--WR Javon Walker: Trade Packers.
--LB Nate Webster: UFA Bengals; $1.505M/2 yrs, $200,000 SB; 2006 cap: $685,000.
PLAYERS LOST
--RB Mike Anderson (released).
--DE Marco Coleman (retired).
--TE Wesley Duke (released).
--DT Monsanto Pope: UFA Jets; $625,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.
--DE Trevor Pryce (released).
--TE Jeb Putzier (released).
MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.



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