Plummer and Gardener visits go well

The Broncos are close to a deal with defensive tackle Daryl Gardener. Quarterback Jake Plummer is off to Chicago after a good visit on the same day as Gardener. Read about it in today's story links.

'Winning' remains lure - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, March 04, 2003 - As the two free agents the Broncos covet most stood in a hotel lobby awaiting their ride to Denver's training facility Monday morning, defensive tackle Daryl Gardener turned to quarterback Jake Plummer and said, "Don't leave me here by myself, Jake."

Gardener planting hopes on Broncos - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, March 02, 2003 - The first two free agents scheduled to visit the Denver Broncos' training facility will be Arizona quarterback Jake Plummer and Washington defensive tackle Daryl Gardener.

Quarterback departs for Chicago, but has Denver on his mind - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 4, 2003 - In one part of the Denver Broncos complex Monday, soon-to-be-exiled quarterback Brian Griese toiled in relative obscurity. In another, Arizona Cardinals free agent Jake Plummer was being treated like royalty. Their paths never crossed. But soon, one likely will be shown the door, and the other named as his successor.

Broncos are looking like the right fit for Gardener - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 4, 2003 - Daryl Gardener didn't come to the conclusion lightly that, as he put it Monday, "I'll look good in a Denver Bronco outfit," something he'll get a chance to see firsthand soon enough. Gardener, coming off a stellar year with the Washington Redskins at defensive tackle, popped in game tape of the Broncos defense before he boarded a plane for the Mile High City on Saturday for his free-agent visit, a trip that continues in anticipation of a contract agreement today.

Bears will get shot at Plummer - Chicago Sun-Times - Brad Biggs
March 4, 2003 - The Bears have cleared the first hurdle in luring free-agent quarterback Jake Plummer: They got him out of Denver. And while it appears the Broncos are still the front-runners in the race to land Plummer's services, he said upon arrival in Chicago late Monday that he has no preconceived notions. "I'm here with wide eyes, looking to learn as much as I can,'' said Plummer, who will meet with Bears officials today at Halas Hall. "

Gardener, Plummer Pay Visits to Broncos Facility - - Andrew Mason
March 3, 2003 - Four days into the 2003 free-agency period, the Broncos welcomed their first visiting players to the team's Dove Valley complex. Monday afternoon, the team confirmed that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer and Washington Redskins defensive lineman Daryl Gardener took tours of the team facility.

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