Shanahan plots free agency strategy

With Jake Plummer's seeming availability, free agency plans start to take shape for the Broncos. Read that and more from the scouting combine in today's story links.

Broncos ready to reload - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, February 21, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS - Guarding his offseason plans the way he would his game plans, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan let on little regarding Denver's mode of attack for the start of next Friday's free agency. But he did offer hints.

Plummer will pose wrenching option - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
February 21, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS - The Denver Broncos must wait one more week before they can contact Jake Plummer, but at least one NFL executive described a Plummer-Broncos marriage as a "match made in heaven."

Broncos hone Scouting Combine comb - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
February 20, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS - Some would call it the NFL's silly season, when the nation's top college prospects line up for poking and prodding, not to mention plenty of psychological battery. But to general managers like Ted Sundquist, the NFL Scouting Combine is serious stuff - where mistakes in evaluation can haunt a team for years.

Brandt's Combine notebook: Day two - - Gil Brandt
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 20, 2003) -- Here's the latest from Indianapolis, where physicals and media interviews were on the docket for the running backs and defensive linemen.

Suggs expected to have immediate impact - - Len Pasquarelli
February 20 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly halfway through an advanced computer class early last November, as Terrell Suggs struggled to fortell the solution to a boggling series of programming permutations, the deep concentration of the Arizona State defensive end was shaken by the jingling of his cell phone. On the other end of the line, to the amazement of Suggs, was Indianapolis Colts rookie defensive end Dwight Freeney, calling to laud the Sun Devils star for having broken his NCAA single-season sack mark.

McGahee's injury made some jump to draft - - Len Pasquarelli
Thursday, February 20 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Because of his knee surgery, University of Miami tailback Willis McGahee might not be able to contribute on the field until the 2004 season, but he has already made an impact of sorts on this draft.

Johnson battling perception of Penn State backs - - John Clayton
Thursday, February 20 - INDIANAPOLIS -- For years, Penn State was known as Linebacker University. With potential first-rounders such as Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Haynes coming off the collegiate success of Courtney Brown, defensive linemen are starting a campaign to get their position attached to the nickname.

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