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The Denver Broncos could try to trade recently acquired cornerback Dre Bly this offseason, perhaps before the draft to move up in the first round. But if the Broncos keep Bly and he plays for them, Denver would have a stellar cornerback duo.

The Broncos are confident cornerback Dre Bly will play for them.

Denver traded for Bly before free agency started, sending offensive tackle George Foster and running back Tatum Bell to Detroit in return. The only problem is Bly's apparent unhappiness in not being traded to Washington. Bly has a home in Virginia.

Assistant head coach/defense Jim Bates said he hasn't talked to Bly but others in the organization, including coach Mike Shanahan, have. Bates said he expects Bly will play for the Broncos.

"It's going to maybe take some time," Bates said. "He was set on playing in the Washington, D.C. area."

Denver could try to trade Bly this offseason, perhaps before the draft to move up in the first round. If the Broncos keep Bly and he plays for them, Denver would have a stellar cornerback duo. Champ Bailey was second in the NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting last year.

Bates thought that opportunity would appeal to Bly.

"We'd love for him to be all fired up and ready to roll," Bates said. "Sometimes in today's game you have to have a little patience.

"Hopefully he'll see the light as far as playing opposite Champ Bailey."

Bly's agent Kennard McGuire said that Bly has never stated publicly that he is unhappy with the Broncos.

"Dre nor myself have stated publicly to anyone about Dre being unhappy," McGuire said. "My talks with the Broncos have been very positive."

One possible problem is Bly's contract. He has only one year remaining on it and is scheduled to make $4.3 million.

NOTES, QUOTES

--Tight end Daniel Graham chose the Broncos over Seattle and signed a five-year deal with Denver that includes $15 million in guaranteed money. The Broncos have been enamored with the former University of Colorado player since he was picked in the 2002 draft.

"I think he's tailor made for their offense," Graham's agent Jack Mills said. "They've wanted him ever since he came out of college. It's good it's working out this way."

--The Broncos were aggressive in their pursuit of running back Travis Henry, and they landed the former Bills and Titans back. Henry rushed for 1,211 yards last year and will fit in well with the Broncos offense.

The Broncos needed a new starting tailback after sending Tatum Bell to Detroit as part of the trade for cornerback Dre Bly.

--The Broncos were in the market for a veteran quarterback, and after Brad Johnson chose Dallas over Denver, Denver landed Patrick Ramsey. Ramsey was a former starter in Washington who appeared in only one game for the Jets last year.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he preferred a veteran backup for Jay Cutler, who will be in his second season.

--The Broncos picked up free-agent fullback Paul Smith, formerly of the Rams. Smith will immediately impact the special teams and will have a chance to play on offense.

"He's always been an impact special-teams player who has a chance to be an impact fullback in the right offense," Smith's agent Steve Baker said.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Dre is a private young man with a family. He is not a negative person on any level." -- Cornerback Dre Bly's agent Kennard McGuire. Bly is reportedly unhappy with his trade to Denver.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--LB Keith Burns will probably be back. He is a good leader and a special-teams fixture.

--OG Cooper Carlisle will likely test the open market. The Broncos want the versatile Carlisle back, but they have solid depth if he leaves.

--WR Quincy Morgan impressed at the end of the season on kickoff returns. The Broncos will try to keep him.

--DT Michael Myers is a solid, steady performer in the middle. Quality defensive linemen usually get attention in free agency, so the Broncos will wait to see if it is prudent to re-sign him.

--DT Kenny Peterson was inactive most weeks for the Broncos. He might come back to compete for a job in training camp.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--FB Kyle Johnson (tendered at $850,000 with 5th-round pick as compensation) has been a starter. With Cecil Sapp coming off a broken leg, Johnson will probably be back.

--FB Cecil Sapp (tendered at $1.3M with 2nd-round pick as compensation) is a talented player who fills many roles. Even though he's coming off an injury, he should be back.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: Not available.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--LB Louis Green: Potential RFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--CB Dre' Bly (trade Lions).
--TE Daniel Graham: UFA Patriots; $30M/5 yrs, $15M guaranteed.
--RB Travis Henry: FA Titans; 5 yrs, $12M guaranteed; other terms unknown.
--OG Montrae Holland: UFA Saints; $1M/1 yr, SB unknown.
--QB Patrick Ramsey: FA Jets; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--FB Paul Smith: UFA Rams; $2.55M/3 yrs, $300,000 SB.
--DT Dan Wilkinson (trade Dolphins).

PLAYERS LOST

--RB Tatum Bell (traded Lions).
--DE Patrick Chukwurah: UFA Buccaneers; $5.5M/5 yrs, SB unknown.
--OT George Foster (traded Lions).
--RB Damien Nash (deceased).
--QB Jake Plummer (traded Buccaneers).
--CB Darrent Williams (deceased).



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