Thursday, February 27, 2003 - In what is the equivalent of escorting someone to the door, the Denver Broncos are giving quarterback Brian Griese permission to begin exploring trade talks with other teams, Mike Shanahan announced Wednesday. No trade of Griese is likely, especially not before June 1, when the Broncos would be forced to take an immediate $8.4 million salary-cap hit they could not afford.
Scapegoats just about all gone - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Thursday, February 27, 2003 - You know the Colorado economy stinks when the Denver Broncos are laying off qualified workers and slashing salaries of genuine heroes. These are unhappy times at Dove Valley. Of late, the local football factory has manufactured more pink slips than playoff wins.
Coyer excited about rebuilding his defense - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, February 27, 2003 - Little more than a month after taking the reigns as the Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator, Larry Coyer saw his defense torn apart by the salary cap and free agency. Gone are mountainous defensive tackle Chester McGlockton, steady cornerbacks Denard Walker and Tyrone Poole, free safety Izell Reese and defensive linemen Kavika Pittman, Montae Reagor and Keith Washington. All were starters or major contributors last season.
Judi's House gives children place to mourn their losses - Denver Post - Kim Christiansen/9News
Thursday, February 27, 2003 - No matter where Broncos quarterback Brian Griese ends up next season, part of his heart always will remain in Denver. Off the field, Griese has spent the past few years creating Judi's House, a safe haven for children grieving the loss of a parent, family member or friend.
Broncos reach cap without McCaffrey - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
February 27, 2003 - The Denver Broncos still don't have much wiggle room, but they officially will be out of the red today thanks to restructured deals finalized Wednesday with running back Terrell Davis and guard Dan Neil. Denver hasn't been able to reach a deal yet with wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, but the sides continued working toward a solution that would keep the popular veteran in a Broncos uniform.
Griese can seek a trade - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
February 27, 2003 - Though the Denver Broncos on Wednesday gave Brian Griese permission to seek a trade, any deal is unlikely because of the $9.26 million hit the team's salary cap would take. The only way around that is if Griese agrees to pay back a large portion of his signing bonus, an unlikely scenario.
Cap-onomics - Rocky Mountain News
February 27, 2003 - How the Broncos have pared $20.2 million off their salary cap for 2003.
Griese free to pursue trade - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
February 27, 2003 - ENGLEWOOD — Brian Griese's Christmas Day comments said a lot. "It hurts," Griese admitted when informed he was getting benched in the aftermath of the loss at Oakland, which all but eliminated Denver from the playoffs and unofficially ended No. 14's playing career with the Broncos. "That's not my decision to make. If I could change it I would. I can't, so I've got to deal with it." On Wednesday, Mike Shanahan's actions spoke even louder.
Kordell cut as teams slash payrolls - Daily Camera
February 27, 2003 - Washington Redskins running back Stephen Davis and Pittsburgh quarterback Kordell Stewart were cut Wednesday, adding two attractive players to what is otherwise a lackluster free-agent class.
Offseason look at NFL teams - Daily Camera- Ken Murray, Baltimore Sun
Feb. 27, 2003 - An NFL team-by-team rundown of salary-cap status and free-agent concerns.