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Former Bronco Gold may return
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By Bill Williamson
Denver Post Staff Writer
Post / Cyrus McCrimmon
Gold played well for Tampa Bay in 2004.
After spending one season with Tampa Bay, linebacker Ian Gold may be coming back to the Broncos.
Hours after being released by the Buccaneers, Gold began negotiating a return to Denver, according to several NFL sources.
While the Broncos were working to bring in new players, others were working on heading out. Defensive end Reggie Hayward agreed to a deal with Jacksonville for five years and $25 million, including $10 million in guaranteed money. The Jaguars will announce Hayward's signing this morning at a news conference.
Safety Kenoy Kennedy will visit Detroit on Friday and has visits planned for Oakland, Cleveland and New Orleans. Miami also has expressed interest. Kennedy's agent, Vann McElroy, said Wednesday that while Kennedy plans to make those trips, he has not ruled out staying with Denver. The Lions are expected to make a hard push to sign Kennedy.
Gold, a second-round pick from Michigan in 2000, was released in a salary cap purge by Tampa Bay on Tuesday, and Denver jumped at the chance to bring him back. Kansas City, Atlanta and Houston were among the teams interested in Gold.
The Broncos wanted to retain Gold last year, but had difficulty negotiating with his agents, Carl and Kevin Poston. Gold since has dismissed the brothers as his representatives and is handling his own negotiations.
Gold bounced back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in 2003 and had a big season with the Buccaneers. If the deal is completed, Gold likely would step in as a starter with Denver. D.J. Williams, entering his second NFL season, may move to strongside linebacker to accommodate Gold taking the weakside position. Because of his speed, Gold would be a solid addition to the 3-4 defense.
Gold's return could mean last season's starting strongside linebacker, Donnie Spragan, would move on as a free agent. He has a visit set up with Miami and has received interest from Atlanta.
"I heard about Ian, and Donnie may look elsewhere," said Spragan's agent, Angelo Wright. "But there's still a chance he could come back. They need another linebacker in that 3-4. So there's a chance."
If the deal for Gold is finalized, the Broncos will have two new additions on defense. Wednesday, the Browns announced the trade of defensive tackle Gerard Warren to Denver for a fourth-round pick in next month's draft.
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Warren, who has one year remaining on his contract, will be a starting defensive tackle for the Broncos. His agent, Joel Segal, said Warren is excited to be reunited with Andre Patterson, one of the Broncos' defensive line coaches. Patterson coached Warren the past two seasons at Cleveland.
"The defensive line coach was a big part of Gerard's comfort level in going to Denver," Segal said.
The Broncos talked to the agent of Samari Rolle, who was cut in a salary cap move by the Titans. It could be a longshot for Denver to sign Rolle, who will be one of the most sought-after players in free agency.
Rolle, who visited Kansas City on Wednesday, is expected to garner a large signing bonus. Signing Rolle would mean Lenny Walls would be paid $1.43 million this season to be the nickel cornerback.
Denver is bringing in defensive end Chike Okeafor today for a visit. Denver has talked to Okeafor, who had eight sacks for the Seahawks last season, in the past. The team is looking at free-agent defensive ends as it tries to replace Hayward and Trevor Pryce, whom the team is attempting to trade.
"Chike is serious about Denver and the Broncos are serious about him," agent Andy Simms said. "We are talking to other teams but are very interested in what the Broncos have to say."
The re-signing of guard Ben Hamilton, which has been close since Saturday, hinges on contract language and should be official soon. The Broncos may have an interest in Green Bay safety Bhawoh Jue and Cincinnati punter Kyle Richardson.
Denver restricted free agent Monsanto Pope is getting interest. Any team that signs the defensive tackle would owe Denver a seventh-round pick if the Broncos choose not to match the offer.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Denver inquired about a trade for Dolphins H-back Rob Konrad, but the asking price was too high, the report said.
Bill Williamsoncan be reached at 303-820-5450 or email@example.com
Accomodating? We better not be ****ing accomodating anyone. Thus is ludicrous! This is Nuts! His strength isnt at the point of attack its chasing from behind. If that is true, you just robbed DJ of his best attribute. Thanks alot Front Office!! You ****ing idiots. Dont expect stellar play this year, they just pretty much stunted DJs career. What a bunch of dumbasses.