Elam's big bonus is big news

Bronco kicker Jason Elam's record signing bonus (for kickers) is the big news in today's story links. Also - DB Jimmy Spencer is going to become a player-coach for the Broncos, the first in the NFL in some 30 years.

Elam gets deal with Broncos - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - From training camp through December, Denver kicker Jason Elam felt as if he were being kicked to the street. file The new contract for Broncos kicker Jason Elam includes a $2.675 million signing bonus."It looks like the end," Elam said in September about his Broncos career. "I'm looking at this as my last year here. In my mind, I have to. I have to say, 'Hey, if that's the way it's going to be, then it is time to move on."' Elam's thoughts were no more on target than some of Denver's long snaps last season. He was kicked to the street - easy street.

Spencer to be player-coach Spencer to be player-coach - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - The Denver Broncos are on the verge of a historic coaching hire, the type the NFL has not witnessed in more than 30 years. Denver cornerback Jimmy Spencer is about to become the NFL's first player-coach since Dan Reeves performed a similar job for the Dallas Cowboys in 1970 and '71.

Broncos foot bill for Elam - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 5, 2003 - Jason Elam still had one foot out the door Tuesday. The difference was, he couldn't be happier. In a surprise announcement, the Denver Broncos place-kicker signed a five-year, $9 million contract with a record $2.675 million signing bonus, staving off his anticipated exit from the city in which he spent his first 10 NFL seasons.

Lincicome: On team of turmoil, Elam still kicking - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
February 5, 2003 - The Denver Broncos, having missed the playoffs again, tormented by the quarterback equivalent of Hamburger Helper, suddenly aware of how vulnerable the Oakland Raiders are to a persuasive pass rush and competent coverage, announced Tuesday they had re-signed their place-kicker.

Elam returns to fold after all - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
February 5, 2003 - The Denver Broncos still love and welcome Jason Elam. The Indianapolis Colts now loathe and may unload Mike Vanderjagt. Wow. An amazing turn of events considering only 21/2 months ago (Nov. 24) the opposite was true in the postgame locker rooms following Denver's 23-20 loss to Indianapolis.

Still the 1: Elam Re-Signs With Broncos - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Feb. 4, 2003 - The career of kicker Jason Elam, the longest-tenured Denver Bronco on the current roster, will continue in the only NFL home he's ever known. After a season that saw seemingly every meeting with the media result in questions about his contract and future, Elam and the Broncos signed a five-year deal that will keep the franchise's all-time leading scorer and holder of nearly all its major kicking records with the club. "It's a great organization," Elam said. "I want to be here."

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