Broncos Update Insider - June 17

The Denver Broncos have been among the most active teams in the NFL this off-season, wheeling and dealing even in June.

In June the Denver Broncos added two mammoth tackles -- former Pro Bowler Sam Adams, and former first-round pick Jimmy Kennedy. Adams was signed as a free agent, Kennedy was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Rams.

The message the players have gotten from the many moves is that last season was unacceptable, and there won't be any excuses this time around.

"You can't say they haven't gone out there and got us the tools," safety John Lynch said. "Now we have to go do it."

In the off-season, Denver had a few holes to fill. They met just about every goal, finding running back Travis Henry, tight end Daniel Graham, cornerback Dre Bly, Adams and Kennedy, among others.

"We needed a little bit of help at running back, we got that," defensive end Kenard Lang said. "We needed a little bit of help at tight end, we got that. We needed a little bit of help at defensive line, we got that. Cornerback, we got that too."

Training camp should be interesting with the many new players filling new roles, and competition for roster spots and a few starting spots.

One challenge the Broncos face is not getting too excited about the off-season additions before playing any games.

"We kind of got a good squad but we can't look at it and say 'We're going to be great,'" Lang said.

NOTES, QUOTES

--Tight end Daniel Graham was one of Denver's key off-season additions. He came from New England, where he celebrated some Super Bowl wins, and was impressed with Denver's commitment to winning.

"It lets us know the organization is willing to make moves," Graham said. "We have pretty good depth at every position."

--After Broncos coach Mike Shanahan told the players they had the day off instead of practicing on the last day of a June minicamp, the players were thrilled. It was also a sign that the coaching staff was pleased with their progress this off-season.

"We've been looking good so that's an important thing," Henry said.

--Among the players who didn't participate in the June minicamp were receivers Rod Smith and Brandon Stokley. The team hopes to have both back before training camp. Smith is recovering from hip surgery and Stokley is rehabbing a torn Achilles' tendon. They will battle to be the Broncos' third receiver if Brandon Marshall starts, as expected.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We might look good on paper, but it's a matter of doing it every Sunday." -- Broncos defensive end Kenard Lang.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
--LB Louis Green: Potential RFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--FB Kyle Johnson: RFA; terms unknown.
--WR Quincy Morgan: UFA; terms unknown.
--DT Kenny Peterson: UFA; terms unknown.
--FB Cecil Sapp: RFA; $1.3M/1 yr.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED
--DT Sam Adams: FA Bengals; terms unknown.
--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.
--LB Warrick Holdman: UFA Redskins; terms unknown.
--OG Montrae Holland: UFA Saints; $1M/1 yr, SB unknown.
--DT Jimmy Kennedy (trade Rams).
--LB D.D. Lewis: UFA Seahawks; terms unknown.
--DT Alvin McKinley: UFA Browns; $8M/4 yrs, SB unknown.
--QB Patrick Ramsey: FA Jets; $4.5M/2 yrs, SB unknown.
--P Todd Sauerbrun: UFA Patriots; $820,000/1 yr.
--FB Paul Smith: UFA Rams; $2.55M/3 yrs, $300,000 SB.
--WR Brandon Stokley: FA Colts; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--WR David Terrell: FA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST
--RB Tatum Bell (traded Lions).
--DE Courtney Brown (released).
--LB Keith Burns: UFA; retired.
--OG Cooper Carlisle: UFA Raiders; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--DE Patrick Chukwurah: UFA Buccaneers; $5.5M/5 yrs, SB unknown.
--RB Cedric Cobbs (released).
--OT George Foster (traded Lions).
--DT Michael Myers: UFA Bengals; $1.65M/2 yrs, $100,000 SB.
--RB Damien Nash (deceased).
--QB Jake Plummer (traded Buccaneers).
--CB Darrent Williams (deceased).
--LB Al Wilson (released; post-June 1 designation).



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