Broncos Update Insider - Monday, Feb.19

All of the Denver Broncos' injured players should be healthy enough to participate in the team's off-season minicamps, which begin after the draft.

Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams' tragic death still has plenty of unanswered questions to go with the grief his friends, family and teammates have experienced.

No arrests have been made in Williams' shooting, which happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 after he attended a New Year's Eve party. Williams died shortly after being shot, at 24 years old.

Those close to Williams are upset the case is unsolved.

"I just get mad thinking about it," said Broncos running back Tatum Bell, who was also Williams' college teammate. "Then I get hurt about it."

A 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe linked to the case was impounded. One person was arrested on unrelated charges and questioned in the case, but no charges were brought against him.

Denver police continued to investigate tips from the public, and said many tips have already come in.

"I don't know how somebody can wake up every day knowing he killed somebody," Williams' cousin Monte Wayne said.

Shortly after Williams' death, Broncos players put up a $100,000 reward for any information that led to an arrest in the case. A month later, that hadn't brought the case closer to a conclusion.

"I hope that $100,000 gets someone to say something," Bell said.

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Broncos announced they will raise ticket prices for three pricing tiers of their season tickets. All three tiers are in the lower bowl of Invesco Field at Mile High and will increase from $5 to $10.

"Obviously no one ever likes an increase in anything," Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano said. "But it's the cost of doing business. We know our prices are comparable and stand up very nicely with other NFL teams."

--Broncos coach Mike Shanahan officially announced that Domonique Foxworth would take Darrent Williams' spot at the cornerback position opposite Champ Bailey. Williams was shot and killed on Jan. 1.

Foxworth was one of Williams' best friends on the team. They were in the same rookie class and battled for a starting spot last year. Foxworth spent most of last season as Denver's nickel cornerback.

--The Broncos will look into acquiring a veteran backup quarterback once Jake Plummer is traded or released. Shanahan has not ruled out Plummer returning to the Broncos as a backup, but that is very unlikely.

Denver will shop him in a trade. Houston, which is coached by former Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, is one possibility.

--Shanahan said all of Denver's injured players should be healthy enough to participate in the team's off-season minicamps, which begin after the draft.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We got a lot of young talent, we got a lot of very, very good veterans. Hopefully we bring a lot of guys back and improve in some areas." -- QB Jay Cutler.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

The Broncos don't feel they are far away from the level they were at when they won the 2005 AFC West title. They could use a few upgrades. Offensively, the Broncos need to get a more consistent answer for their running game, which struggled at times last year. On defense, the Broncos will need some size in the middle of the line and some good pass rushing ends to run Jim Bates' system. Some young depth at safety is also necessary.

The Broncos will likely be more aggressive in free agency than they were last year. A quick fix could be added that way.



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