Contract talks under way

As the deadline approaches to reach the salary cap limitation, talks are underway with the Broncos and several of their free agents-to-be, such as Denard Walker (left). Read about the talks and more on the Combine in today's story links.

Meeting all about contract - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - For most of his eight seasons in Denver, wide receiver Ed McCaffrey has been one of the Broncos' go-to players. Once again, the Broncos went to him Monday - this time for salary-cap relief. McCaffrey and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan met Monday for nearly 30 minutes to try to reach a compromise that would keep one of Denver's most popular athletes in blue and orange and off the street.

Some Broncos will be caught in a cap - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 25, 2003 - With the Denver Broncos facing about a $19.8 million overrun on their salary cap and a Thursday night deadline to get rid of it, team headquarters will have the look of the motor-vehicle office this week. One after another, numbers have been - and will be - called.

One more way to look for talent - NFL.com - Pat Kirwan
Feb. 24, 2003 -- I sat down with two pro personnel people in Indianapolis at the National Scouting Combine to discuss how the preparation for free agency is going and what are the last-minute projects they had on their plate. Since I was in pro personnel for a number of years, it's always intriguing to see what people in the profession are up to. You may wonder what the pro personnel people are doing at the college Combine. Well, the agents are all here for their annual seminar and certification program and that means club executives can get an idea for potential veteran players they may get a chance to pursue.

Fargas impresses on combine's final day - NFL.com - Pat Kirwan
INDIANAPOLIS Feb. 24, 2003 -- Southern California running back Justin Fargas turned heads with a faster-than-expected time in the 40-yard dash, while Middle Tennessee State's Dwone Hicks turned off NFL scouts by not running at all. The distinctions will become more apparent as teams begin rating the 323 players who attended the league's annual combine.

Newman shines on combine's final day - ESPN.com- Len Pasquarelli
Monday, February 24 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Undaunted by his status as the top cornerback prospect in the draft, and unfazed by the pressure of the combine, Kansas State star Terence Newman predicted Sunday he would put enough distance between himself and the rest of the cover players to leave no doubt of his pedigree. And then Newman went out on Monday and backed up his words with some wondrous deeds in the RCA Dome.

Teams bothered by extra days, lack of workouts - ESPN.com- John Clayton
Monday, February 24 - INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL teams sent as many as 45 employees to Indianapolis for the annual scouting combine of college prospects, and their bosses wondered if they got a snow job. Two extra days were added to the five-day event to provide a better flow of player interviews. That worked beautifully. The extra time allowed players who worked out to have time so they didn't have to run within hours of wearing down leg muscles on a Cybex machine.


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