Friday, December 27, Story Links

The Broncos prepare for the Cardinals and what could be the final game for a number of veterans. Read about it in today's story links.

June 1 target for Griese - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, December 27, 2002 - With the team projected to be more than $15 million over next season's salary cap, the Denver Broncos' financial situation is such that, if the team releases quarterback Brian Griese as many now forecast, it is expected to be after June 1.

Griese not only one to blame - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Friday, December 27, 2002 - Brian Griese can be held accountable for his flaws as a quarterback, but he must not be blamed for the sins of the franchise. For once and at the last, I will defend Griese. It was not entirely his fault. He shouldn't have been cast as the redeemer of the Denver Broncos. He is a fireman, not a superman. A role player, not the star.

Veterans could be on way out - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, December 27, 2002 - Former starting quarterback Brian Griese is not the only one who could be making his final appearance in a Denver Broncos uniform Sunday.

Kasper earns his just deserts - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, December 27, 2002 - The platinum blond may have bombed with the Denver Broncos, but he has been good as gold for the Arizona Cardinals.

Beuerlein gets another shot after all - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 27, 2002 - His head down, the backup quarterback confided to those closest to him that he was bummed at the prospect he might never again get a chance to start for the Denver Broncos. Brian Griese after this week's benching? Try Steve Beuerlein just one week ago.

NFL playoff scenarios - Rocky Mountain News

Kasper catching on as a member of Cardinals - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 27, 2002 - In Denver, Mike Shanahan was finishing his post-practice interview session by telling the media how one of his former receivers has "some great speed." In Arizona, Kevin Kasper - now with the Cardinals - was busy proving it, taking all of 20 seconds to summarize his feelings about facing the team that released him Oct. 27 before heading to the trainer's room for a massage.

Sharpe not sure about next season - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 27, 2002 - The Denver Broncos locker room is hardly Saks Fifth Avenue, and Shannon Sharpe bears little resemblance to Winona Ryder. But team officials should know where to look if little things turn up missing down the line. Sharpe admitted this week that he plans to go on a little shoplifting spree when he decides to retire.

Broncos go retro with QB- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 27, 2002 - Brian Griese quietly dressed in front of his locker after Thursday's practice, his second day as the most overpaid backup in franchise history. A few feet away, Steve Beuerlein, the new starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, addressed reporters, even though he had done so the day before at a press conference.

Kasper fitting in nicely for Cardinals- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 27, 2002 - Kevin Kasper has a chance to make Mike Shanahan the head coach look foolish on Sunday. Or, perhaps make Mike Shanahan the vice president of football operations look a little smarter.

Shipp appreciates team's faith in him - Arizona Republic - Kent Somers
Dec. 27, 2002 - Two seasons ago, running back Marcel Shipp signed with the Cardinals for a $15,000 signing bonus and a chance. Thursday, he became a millionaire, signing a four-year extension believed to be worth a total of $8 million, including a signing bonus in the range of $2 million.

Broncos watching QB situation - Arizona Republic - Lee Shappell
Dec. 27, 2002 - Disgust is a matter of perspective. Fans in Denver believe the Broncos should be put down like a lame racehorse, starting with their quarterback.

For Beuerlein, the Tiebreak Issues Have Been Worse -- Much Worse - - Andrew Mason
Dec. 26, 2002 - One of the most bizarre days in NFL history didn't dawn that way when the sun rose in Charlotte, N.C. on Jan. 2, 2000. About the only thing which was abnormal were the above-average temperatures which greeted the Queen City.

Fantasy Focus: A Time for Tweaks - - Andrew Mason
Dec. 26, 2002 - So you've made your league's championship game. Congratulations. You may look at your roster and say, "These are the guys that got me to this point, so these are the guys I'll start this week." 'Tis a noble premise -- more valid in reality than in fantasy, where no feelings are hurt, save for those players cut by Adam Vinatieri in the fantasy-football ad for that ran on game broadcasts a couple of months back.

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