Poole to Pats, Broncs wait on Plummer

Broncos free agent cornerback Tyrone Poole has signed a contract with the New England Patriots. Meanwhile, QB Jake Plummer will make a decision after he returns to Phoenix from his visit to Chicago. The Broncos still await approval by the NFL of a contract with DL Daryl Gardener.

Finally diving in - Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo
Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - If you like your cornerbacks 5 feet 8 inches and older than 30, the Patriots' first free agent signing of the year should make you happy. Tyrone Poole, 31, agreed to terms on what was described as a four-year deal worth $8 million, which includes a $2 million signing bonus. That appears to be a steep price, and certainly a sign that Poole will start opposite Ty Law. Poole was with the Denver Broncos last season, playing in all 16 games (four starts).

Deals still in works - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - The Denver Broncos are waiting for the NFL to sign off on one contract and Jake Plummer to sign off on another. Each could happen today. But then, this is what the Broncos thought Tuesday. And by the end of the day, the Broncos had not signed any free agents, but they had lost veteran cornerback Tyrone Poole to the New England Patriots. Poole signed a four-year, $8 million contract that included a $2 million signing bonus.

Hayward scheduled for trial - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - Denver Broncos defensive end Reggie Hayward faces domestic abuse charges in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after being arrested for misdemeanor domestic assault.

Plummer's way looks like Elway - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - Then ... Jason Stephen Plummer played his high school home games at Bronco Stadium. Now ... Jake Plummer will play his professional home games at the stadium of the Broncos.

No mistakes, Jake - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 5, 2003 - As Jake Plummer continued to mull his future, a future that many expect soon will put him in a Denver Broncos uniform, a Broncos team official discussed what is so intriguing, and scary, about the free-agent quarterback.

Bears offer Plummer deal - Chicago Sun -Times - Mike Mulligan
March 5, 2003 - The Bears made their pitch Tuesday to free-agent quarterback Jake Plummer, including a contract offer that a source close to the player called "a better deal'' than the one offered by the Denver Broncos.

Bears pull even in Plummer derby - ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer
March 4, 2003 - LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Calling the opportunity to become Chicago's starting quarterback "a very attractive situation," prized free agent Jake Plummer proclaimed Tuesday that the Bears have pulled even with the Denver Broncos in the competition for his services.

This Plummer's no helper - Chicago Sun -Times - Jay Mariotti
March 4, 2003 - It would be easy enough to assemble the mayor, Oprah, Urlacher the Linebacker, Da Coach, various and sundry '85 Bears, Billy Corgan, Gary Sinese, the Jordan statue, Ebert, Roeper, that Jerry the Gate-crasher guy and anyone else who might lure Jake Plummer to the Bears. But why bother? He's not very good--and he's not signing here anyway.

Gardener, Plummer Pay Visits to Broncos Facility - DenverBroncos.com - 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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