|09-03-2007, 04:40 AM||#1|
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Ultimate roster not finally final yet
By Woody Paige
Denver Post Staff Columnist
Simeon Rice, Jeremiah Trotter, Chad Brown, Jeremy Bloom, Dhani Jones, Billy McMullen, Zack Crockett and Bryan Gilmore.
Now that I've got your attention ...
Those names ought to get the attention of the Broncos.
The Broncos have declared their 53-player roster final.
Only, it is not their final-final roster.
Because there will be a final-final-final roster.
For the time being, the Broncos chose a kicker, a punter, a long snapper, two quarterbacks, six running backs, five receivers, four tight ends, nine offensive linemen, 10 defensive linemen, six linebackers and nine defensive backs. (Before mathematicians complain, the numbers add up to 54; defensive end Kenny Peterson has received a four- game suspension for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.)
But the Broncos don't play until Sunday at Buffalo. The other NFL teams' cuts have been made, and the Broncos' roster will, and should, be given a nip and a tuck, a tweak and a snip.
The Broncos need a fullback, a wide receiver, a defensive lineman, a linebacker and a return specialist.
Simeon Rice is the most logical addition to an uncertain defensive line. The Broncos can't wait for their three rookies to develop. Rice, a 33-year-old, 11-year veteran defensive end with Arizona and Tampa Bay, is 13th on the all-time list of sacks, with 121. He did fail the Bucs' precamp physical (shoulder), but has since passed another. Rice has narrowed his choices to the Broncos and St. Louis Rams. John Lynch, a former teammate of his, wants Rice here and has begged him to come. That's good enough for me. The Broncos need another pressure presence and another leader who has a Super Bowl ring.
Linebacker? I have three for consideration. Trotter was Philadelphia's middle linebacker in Super Bowl XXXIX and a Pro Bowler the past two years. His production in pass coverage has fallen off, but he can still stop the run, and the Broncos weren't able to dominate in the exhibitions. Trotter could take over in the middle, and D.J. Williams would return to his natural strongside position. Don't like that, Coach? I have more.
Dhani Jones was a full-time starter at strongside linebacker for three seasons with Philadelphia, before being released, picked up by New Orleans and recently cut. He's a player, he designs and sells ties, and he is one of the most likeable guys in pro football. And why wouldn't the Broncos bring in Chad Brown for a tryout? The former CU linebacker, a 14-year veteran, has played outside for Seattle, Pittsburgh and New England. The Patriots let him go. He's an upgrade over Wesly Mallard.
Fullback? The Broncos should take a look at Zack Crockett, late of the Oakland Raiders. In a horrendous offense, the 240-pound veteran blocked and was effective at the goal line. He can catch a little. And it would be a nice coup.
Wide receivers? I have three here, too. Bryan Gilmore is a name you don't know, but should. In the last real game the Broncos played, Gilmore started the 49ers' second overtime possession with a 20-yard reverse to move San Francisco into Denver territory, then caught a 14-yard pass to the 25 that helped set up the winning field goal. Gilmore helped keep the Broncos out of the playoffs. Now, he might help them get into the playoffs. The 49ers called Gilmore "the toughest cut" on Saturday. He was their third and fastest receiver in 2006.
Billy McMullen, released by Minnesota, had 41 catches, with a solid 14-yard average per, the past two seasons, playing in every game.
I have saved the most intriguing receiver/returner for last.
The first time he touched the ball as a collegian, in a Colorado-Colorado State game, he returned the punt 75 yards for a touchdown. The first time he caught a pass, he had the longest touchdown reception in CU history - 94 yards. In one game, he finished with 250 yards on kickoff and punt returns. He has won the World Cup moguls title and represented the United States at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. And he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles last year, but was on injured reserve the entire season.
The Eagles just cut Colorado's own Bloom. The Broncos should sign him and bring him back to glory.
The Broncos' final roster is not finalized, and that's final.
Broncos' roster shuffle probably not over
By Jeff Legwold, Rocky Mountain News
September 2, 2007
The Broncos may have met the league's deadline to get their roster to 53 players this weekend, but rest assured the tinkering isn't over.
The team still is too heavy - if its past rosters are an indication - at running back, a little too light in the interior of the offensive line, given Ben Hamilton's post-concussion symptoms, and also is taking its swing at free-agent defensive end Simeon Rice, who still is telling friends he will end up in either Denver or St. Louis.
Rice was in Denver for a visit Sunday.
"We're always looking," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan had said just before he made his weekend roster cuts. "The 53 you have this week may not be the same 53 you have later - it's just the way it is."
Rice's agent, Tom Condon, has been working in recent weeks to find a deal that suits his client. No small item, because Rice already has told two teams he visited, the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans, he wants to start. And he had refused to take a $2.5 million pay cut from his scheduled $7.25 million salary with Tampa Bay before the Buccaneers said he had failed the team's physical and released him.
That could affect whether the Broncos can offer what the former Pro Bowler is willing to take, in what would figure to be an incentive-laden deal. The Broncos have enough salary-cap room to add a player such as Rice, but he appears to want a starter's salary structure in a deal that includes some immediate upfront bonuses.
So his potential signing by the Broncos likely hinges on his willingness to break up that upfront money in an incentive-heavy deal. Running back Travis Henry's deal with the Broncos, for example, had a $6 million signing bonus, but that bonus was split into five payments - $500,000 in March, $500,000 in April, $1 million in October, $1 million in November and $3 million in March 2008.
The other monetary caveat for teams in negotiating with a player coming off an injury - Rice missed eight games last year because of a left shoulder injury that required surgery - comes because Rice is a vested veteran with at least four accrued seasons in the league.
That means if he is on the Broncos, or any other team's, roster after Saturday, his salary is guaranteed. If he were to be signed this week, the Broncos would have to release him before their opener Sunday in Buffalo and then re-sign him if they didn't want to guarantee Rice's base salary for the year.
There also is the matter of that surgically repaired left shoulder. When Rice visited the Titans on Aug. 2, the team left the physical believing the defensive end was about five weeks from being close to game ready, which the Titans felt would be next week at the earliest.
The Titans coaching staff also believed Rice would not play regularly on run downs and primarily would be a passing- down player only, which also affected the potential investment.
The Rams are known to have put Rice through a short weightlifting session, and while they did pass him on the physical, their staff is said to have come away with mixed feelings in the wake of his work with 50-pound dumbbells in that workout. The Giants also had Rice in for a physical last month but did not sign him.
But Rice has told friends in the league that noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews said his shoulder joint is sound and that he should regain his strength.
The Broncos also are said, by at least two general managers, to be making the rounds about possible running back trades, given they have four tailbacks.
One of those, Mike Bell, was moved to fullback last week and is expected to stay there, if he remains on the roster, and also act as insurance if the Broncos incur a lot of injuries at the position. Cecil Sapp, who was moved to tailback for training camp, has been told he's back at fullback.
The Broncos also have only five interior offensive linemen (guards or centers), including the three starters on the current roster. So while they have lined up other players at those positions temporarily in practice and kept two others who can play guard or center on their practice squad, that total is affected by the injury to Hamilton, a starter at left guard.
Hamilton saw a concussion specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center this past week and continues to suffer from dizziness after workouts. Shanahan continually has said he has no timetable on Hamilton's return.
PRACTICE SQUAD: The Broncos signed an eight-man practice squad Sunday, and all eight players had been in training camp with the team. Signed were: former University of Colorado center Mark Fenton, whom the Broncos also have played some at guard; center Greg Eslinger, a sixth-round pick by the Broncos in the 2006 draft; tackle Cliff Washburn; defensive tackle Steven Harris; wide receiver Glenn Martinez; safety Roderick Rogers; safety Steve Cargile; and quarterback Darrell Hackney.
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|09-03-2007, 10:54 AM||#2|
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I wouldn't be surprised at all if other changes were in the works. People on this board are high on Selvin Young, which could mean the ultimate end for Bell. I just don't see Shanahan keeping all the running backs. The offensive line could use more depth and we could certainly get better on the defensive line.
|09-03-2007, 02:29 PM||#5|
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not Lance Ball
I liked the article....
but i have zero interest in bloom my hope is neither does shanny....
|09-03-2007, 03:40 PM||#8|
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http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.php?id=134 depth chart as of today monday september 3.
DENVER BRONCOS 2007 DEPTH CHART
As of Monday, September 3, 2007
Injured players are bracketed
Rookie and First-Year players underlined
|09-03-2007, 03:59 PM||#10|
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not Lance Ball
...anyone else notice this depth chart has Selvin Young as the Number FIVE runningback?
NTM....Stokley is starting in front of Marshall & Scheffler is 3rd on depth chart for TE....
Shanny is so cooky sometimes