Broncos Update Insider - 6/12

Get the latest news from the Broncos' camp in today's edition of Broncos Update Insider.

Casey Wiegmann still hasn't received the contract extension he asked for earlier this offseason.

The Broncos' Pro Bowl center is in the last year of his contract. He signed a two-year deal last year, and the final year is for $1.145 million. When Wiegmann signed the deal last year it was as a backup, but Tom Nalen suffered a knee injury and didn't play all last season. Wiegmann started every game, extending his consecutive starts streak to 127, tops among NFL centers. He made his first Pro Bowl.

He considered retirement but decided to play another season. He came to the offseason workouts and practices, hoping that the Broncos' brass would reward him with the extension he wants.

"I just know I've done my job here, I showed up the entire offseason program," Wiegmann said. "I missed one OTA (organized team activity) because we celebrated my dad's 60th birthday party. For a guy going into his 14th year, he shouldn't be doing all the stuff our weight coach is doing, and I've done everything. I'm just doing my part. Now I'm going to see what they're going to do."

Wiegmann admitted the contract talks were "not really going anywhere," which frustrated him.

"It's kind of frustrating, especially when they want reliability," Wiegmann said. "I'm probably one of the more reliable players. We'll see. They have another month and a half to get something done."

Wiegmann wouldn't specifically state he would stay away from training camp or retire if he didn't get an extension. But he said it was possible. He was asked if he would come to training camp without an extension.

"It would be tough. It would be really tough," Wiegmann said. "A lot of things you have to discuss with your family, and my wife. There's also stuff that weighs in the back of your mind and what's going on, and if you can leave healthy in this game, it's always a good thing."

One of the strengths of Denver's team coming into this season is the offensive line, which will have all five members back if Wiegmann plays. The Broncos' backup center is Kory Lichtensteiger, who didn't play a snap at center last year as a rookie.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said he wasn't going to worry yet about the possibility of Wiegmann not showing up to training camp.

"It is where it is," McDaniels said. "There's nothing much more to talk about. He is under contract, and if we can get something done we will."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Knowshon Moreno will make an impact for the Denver Broncos this season. The team didn't draft Moreno with the 12th overall pick to sit on the bench all season.

He hasn't been instantly installed as a starting tailback, however. LaMont Jordan and Correll Buckhalter are working ahead of him in offseason practices, but that doesn't bother Moreno.

"Not at all," Moreno said. "I'm just learning, they've been in the league eight or nine years. Coming behind them and learning from them and maybe one day making my way up there is awesome."

Moreno was drafted as an every-down prospect. His running ability is clear, and Broncos coach Josh McDaniels raved about the way he did little things in college like pick up blitzes and catch the ball.

That makes Moreno a candidate to play a lot as a rookie, but his role is still rather unclear. Jordan knows the offense well, having been with McDaniels in New England last year. Buckhalter is an effective veteran, and he also wasn't signed to sit the bench all year.

Moreno understands the Broncos have a lot of tailback depth, but he also feels like he has the talent to be a good NFL player.

"I'm definitely confident," Moreno said. "I think a lot of guys in the backfield in that room can get the job done, any snap, anyone in that room. I'm trying to find my place and keep on learning."

Even though McDaniels liked that Moreno is pretty polished for a rookie, he said he still has a lot of work to do.

"There's always room for improvement, especially with pass protection and catching the ball and routes and running and reading the defenses," Moreno said. "It's a lot to learn and it's a lot to work on so I'm going to work on all of those things."

--After the Broncos' mandatory minicamp on June 12-14, they have no other organized team activities until training camp. The Broncos' training camp, held at their team headquarters, will begin the last week of July.

--Broncos safety Vernon Fox played with cornerback Andre Goodman, who signed with Denver this offseason, years ago in Detroit. During offseason practices Fox said he noticed a completely different Goodman than he remembered, and even asked him what happened.

"He's nothing like the player he was in Detroit," Fox said.

Fox said Goodman told him he is confident and healthy, which has helped a lot. Fox said Goodman will be a key addition to the Broncos' secondary.

"You're not going to get an easy win on him," Fox said.

--Broncos safety Brian Dawkins missed a day of the team's passing camp because his family was moving into their new Denver house. Moving from Philadelphia after so many years with the Eagles wasn't easy, but he and his family are getting used to it.

"I've been told it takes a year or two to really, really, really settle in, as far as a family is concerned," Dawkins said. "But we're settling in as a family."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I want to be here, but everything has to be the right situation, too." -- Broncos center Casey Wiegmann, who is frustrated he hasn't received a contract extension.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered)
--RB Tatum Bell (not tendered as UFA June 1).
--DE Ebenezer Ekuban (not tendered as UFA June 1).
--RB Andre Hall (not tendered as ERFA).
--WR Darrell Jackson (not tendered as UFA June 1).
--C Tom Nalen (not tendered as UFA June 1).
--RB Michael Pittman (not tendered as UFA June 1).
--WR Edell Shepherd (not tendered as UFA June 1).
--LB Nate Webster (not tendered as UFA June 1).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
--DL Kenny Peterson: UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--TE Jeb Putzier: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED
--RB Correll Buckhalter: UFA Eagles; 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--LB Andra Davis: UFA Browns; $5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.
--S Brian Dawkins: UFA Eagles; $17M/5 yrs,
$7.5M guaranteed; can void to $9.5M/2 yrs.
--DT Ronald Fields: UFA 49ers; $5M/2 yrs, SB unknown.
--WR Jabar Gaffney: UFA Patriots; $10M/4 yrs, $3M guaranteed.
--CB Andre' Goodman: UFA Dolphins; $25M/5 yrs, $10M guaranteed.
--OT Brandon Gorin: UFA Rams; terms unknown.
--LB Nick Greisen: FA Ravens; terms unknown.
--S Renaldo Hill: UFA Dolphins; $10M/4 yrs, $3M guaranteed.
--P Dirk Johnson: FA Redskins; terms unknown.
--RB LaMont Jordan: UFA Patriots; $2.5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.
--OG Matt McChesney: FA Dolphins; terms unknown.
--QB Kyle Orton (trade Bears).
--DT J'Vonne Parker: Not tendered as ERFA by Panthers; terms unknown.
--LS Lonie Paxton: UFA Patriots; $5.38M/5 yrs, $1M SB.
--DT Darrell Reid: UFA Colts; $6.8M/3 yrs, SB unknown.
--QB Chris Simms: UFA Titans; $6M/2 yrs, $1.5M SB; 2009 cap: $2.71M.
--RB Darius Walker: FA; terms unknown.
--OG Scott Young: UFA Browns; terms unknown (subsequently retired).

PLAYERS LOST
--RB Anthony Alridge (released).
--TE Adam Bergen (released).
--CB Dre' Bly (released).
--QB Jay Cutler (traded Bears).
--DE John Engelberger (released).
--QB Darrell Hackney (released).
--RB Alex Haynes (released).
--TE Nate Jackson (released).
--LB Niko Koutouvides (released).
--LS Mike Leach (released)



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