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03-05-2009, 09:09 AM
These are not the Broncos.

Not the Broncos whom Denver-area football fans cheered for in 2008. These are Josh and the X Men.

After signing two more veteran running backs — LaMont Jordan and J.J. Arrington — on Wednesday, and adding quarterback Chris Simms, who presumably will be no more than Jay Cutler's backup, the Broncos increased their newcomer free-agent freight to 12 players.

"They have to be by far the most aggressive team I've ever seen in free agency," said agent J.R. Rickert, who negotiated new deals for Arrington and running back Correll Buckhalter with the Broncos.

And the Broncos' new football operations team of coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders may not be finished signing free agents, now that salary cap room was cleared after the Houston Texans decided to match Denver's three-year offer to restricted free-agent wide receiver David Anderson.

The Broncos also have nine picks in the April 25-26 draft, and they have been trying to trade Tony Scheffler, whose "receiving" tight end position gives way to a third receiver in the "New England" offensive system McDaniels is installing.

McDaniels had been the Patriots' offensive coordinator the past three years, coaching among others new Broncos Jordan, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and long snapper Lonie Paxton.

"I'm loving the direction," Gaffney said. "We're bringing in the veteran guys and trying to win. And trying to win this season."

One deal the Broncos hope to not make regards Cutler. He will meet with McDaniels next week, the team announced Tuesday.

According to a source close to Cutler, the quarterback is not upset because McDaniels tried to trade him last week to Tampa Bay in a three-team deal that would have brought quarterback Matt Cassel to Denver. He's upset because he doesn't believe McDaniels' claim the trade proposal was initiated by other clubs.

What's the difference? When other teams seek Cutler, it means he's wanted. If the Broncos try to trade him, it means Cutler is unwanted.

With the quarterback controversy put to the side, the Broncos have gone about rebuilding a new team. Simms appears to be part of the fallback plan — his two-year, $6 million contract is substantial given he hasn't taken a meaningful snap in nearly three seasons.

The Broncos' 12 notable newcomers are six defensive starters (safeties Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill, cornerback Andre' Goodman, tackle Ron Fields, inside linebacker Andra Davis and Darrell Reid, a tackle the Broncos plan to covert to outside linebacker), five offensive players (Simms, Gaffney, Buckhalter, Jordan and Arrington) and one special-teams player (Paxton).

Since McDaniels was hired to succeed Mike Shanahan as Denver's coach, there has been considerable discussion about the "Patriot Way." By definition, the Patriot Way is about hard-nosed, selfless players other teams often consider too old (Rodney Harrison and Junior Seau) or untalented (Wes Welker). Together, these players buy into the Patriots' system and gain recognition through team success.

The Broncos in turn have added aging players (Dawkins and Davis) and several "second-tier" players. The $39.52 million the Broncos have allocated in bonus guarantees and 2009 salaries to their 12 newcomers is less than the $41 million the Washington Redskins guaranteed to one player, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

"That was definitely one of the greatest things preached around the Patriots is team," Gaffney said. "You can't have a whole bunch of individuals; you have to have a team to have a shot. And that's what Josh is going to have around here."

Reid Going To OLB. I find that very interesting.

03-05-2009, 09:19 AM
Kind of like what the Dolphins did with Roth last year. They moved him to SOLB, and he was a mean SOB.

03-05-2009, 09:20 AM
Reid Going To OLB. I find that very interesting.

6'2" 288 lb's That's a lot of man for SOLB. I just don't even remember him for Indy, but the Colts usually have very quick interior linemen. Whether he plays DE, or SOLB, we should be stout against the run. Lots more size across the board.

Old Dude
03-05-2009, 09:29 AM
Maybe they plan on using him in the kind of "joker" role that Nolan uses in his 3/4 .... though I'm thinking that Moss is the more likely candidate.

03-05-2009, 09:44 AM

That HAS to be a typo or misprint...

03-05-2009, 09:46 AM

That HAS to be a typo or misprint...

I concur sounds like an error.

03-05-2009, 09:51 AM
Wes Welker was deemed untalented? Didnt they unload a 2nd rounder for his untalented ass?

03-05-2009, 09:54 AM
Kind of like what the Dolphins did with Roth last year. They moved him to SOLB, and he was a mean SOB.

Only Roth is an undersized DE. This guy is an undersized DT. There's about 40 lbs and a ton of athleticism of difference there.

03-05-2009, 10:24 AM

03-05-2009, 10:54 AM

Thanks. Strange statement. I'm gonna go bother someone in Indy.

03-05-2009, 06:58 PM
Decided not to start a new thread for this...

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 5, 2009, 7:35 p.m. EST
Cleveland Browns free agent cornerback Travis Daniels is scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos next week and is also drawing interest from the New England Patriots, according to Albert Breer of SportingNews.com.

Daniels’ connections to Nick Saban at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins are reportedly playing an instrumental role in his appeal to NFL teams who have a background with Saban, the University of Alabama coach, in addition to Daniels’ game film.

Saban has worked previously with Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and Patriots coach Belichick.


03-05-2009, 06:59 PM
Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 5, 2009, 7:19 p.m. EST
Since Marques Douglas was cut by the Baltimore Ravens last week at the launch of the free agent signing period, the New York Jets have demonstrated the most interest in the veteran free agent defensive end, according to a league source.

A hard-working, blue-collar role player, Douglas has always been a personal favorite of Jets coach Rex Ryan, the former Ravens defensive coordinator.

The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers are the other teams that have been linked to Douglas, who was cut last Friday by the Ravens.

Last season, Douglas registered 36 tackles. In 10 NFL seasons, the former Howard University standout has 371 career tackles and 19 sacks.

Listed at 6-foot-2, 292 pounds, Douglas has previous stints with the 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints after going undrafted.


03-05-2009, 07:01 PM
A replacement for Brian Dawkins?

Posted by Aaron Wilson on March 5, 2009, 7:10 p.m. EST
Cleveland Browns unrestricted free agent safety Sean Jones is scheduled to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.

Jones is a big, experienced safety at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds with 44 career starts.

For his career, Jones has 286 tackles and three forced fumbles.

Jones’ 14 interceptions since the 2006 season ranks third among NFL safeties behind the Baltimore Ravens’ Ed Reed and the St. Louis Rams’ Oshiomogho Atogwe during that span.

The Browns drafted Jones in the second round out of the University of Georgia in 2004 with the 59th overall pick.


03-05-2009, 07:08 PM
how about adding somebody talented or not old?