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Denver Broncos middle linebacker Al Wilson was almost sent to the New York Giants, but the trade was nixed at the last minute.

Wilson is on the block because he has a hefty price tag. He is scheduled to make $5.2 million this season and he will turn 30 years old in June.

Wilson has had some health issues the past few years as well. His health reportedly was the reason the trade was called off. He has had thumb, neck and back injuries.

Wilson has been a defensive captain for the Broncos since 2001 but the team decided to shop him around.

"They've had discussions with a number of teams and I've had discussions with some teams," Wilson's agent Peter Schaffer said. "It might happen at a moment's notice, it might happen in a few weeks, it might not happen at all."

Wilson could return to the Broncos, but probably at a pay cut. If Wilson is traded, the Broncos might have to move some players around.

One possibility is moving D.J. Williams from outside linebacker to the middle. He played the middle in the nickel package in the 2005 season finale when Wilson was held out, and he played well.

The Broncos don't have a lot of depth at linebacker, but Nate Webster can back up all three positions. Denver could also use some of their mid-round draft choices to bolster depth at linebacker.

NOTES, QUOTES --WR Brandon Marshall was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and false imprisonment on March 26. Marshall argued with his girlfriend and tried to block her from leaving his apartment complex in a taxi by parking his car in front of it. His girlfriend suffered no injuries.

Marshall, who will compete to be a starter this season, will have a pre-trial conference on April 18.

--Linebacker Keith Burns decided to retire from his playing career and become an assistant special teams coach. Burns was a key figure in the locker room and a good special teams player, but he was an unrestricted free agent and decided to begin another phase of his career.

--The Broncos begin off-season workouts on April 2. Denver usually has great attendance at the workouts. Coach Mike Shanahan wants players to attend, and many like working out in the high altitude.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Nothing is absolute with all of this." -- Peter Schaffer, Al Wilson's agent, on if Wilson would play for the Broncos again.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

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

--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.

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.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--LB Louis Green: Potential RFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--WR Quincy Morgan: UFA; terms unknown.
--DT Kenny Peterson: UFA; 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.
--DT Alvin McKinley: UFA Browns; $8M/4 yrs, SB unknown.
--QB Patrick Ramsey: FA Jets; $4.5M/2 yrs, SB unknown.
--FB Paul Smith: UFA Rams; $2.55M/3 yrs, $300,000 SB.
--WR Brandon Stokley: FA Colts; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--DT Dan Wilkinson (trade Dolphins).

PLAYERS LOST --RB Tatum Bell (traded Lions).
--DE Courtney Brown (released).
--LB Keith Burns: UFA; retired.
--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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