View Full Version : Broncos release DT Robertson, 5 others........

02-17-2009, 06:39 AM

Posted: February 16, 2009

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Brian Xanders isn't wasting any time reshaping the Denver Broncos' roster.

The team released a half-dozen players Monday, led by high-priced defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, who was set to count $16 million against the team's $123 million cap.

"It's a team's sport. One person can't take a huge burden against the existing framework of the salary cap. So, we'll try to spread it around and figure it out that way," Xanders said in his first public interview since his promotion from assistant GM last week.

Also released were linebackers Niko Koutouvides ($3.06 million) and Jamie Winborn ($2.25 million), safety Marquand Manuel ($1.33 million), defensive end John Engelberger ($2.18 million) and tight end Nate Jackson (less than $1 million).

Many of them might still have a job with the Broncos were Mike Shanahan not fired Dec. 30 after the team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

"You never know. The only thing you can do is move on," Manuel told The Associated Press. "We didn't win enough, so it comes with the territory -- for all of us."

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, 32, replaced Shanahan as Denver's coach last month and Xanders, 37, was promoted to replace Shanahan as chief personnel man Thursday, not long after the Rams showed an interest in luring him to St. Louis.

Both men report directly to Bowlen.

In a wide-ranging interview, Xanders said he's found a kindred spirit in McDaniels and he pledged a unified front office, insisting "there will be no disagreements" on player personnel decisions.

In that case, the two rookie 30-somethings quickly agreed on reshaping their roster.

The moves Monday leave the Broncos with 13 players who will count more than $1 million against their cap next season, led by cornerback Champ Bailey ($13.67 million) and linebacker D.J. Williams ($11.6 million), defensive co-captains who spent much of last season on the sideline with injuries and are prime candidates for renegotiating their contracts.

Xanders was already taking a hard look at the team's salary cap issues when he was approached Thursday by Bowlen, who offered him the job and then fired Jim and Jeff Goodman, the architects of last year's solid draft class.

"The timing is a surprise," Xanders acknowledged, what with the NFL combine fast approaching, free agency less than two weeks away and the draft looming in two months.

Xanders said he's already developed a strong relationship with McDaniels in the month they've worked together.

"Well, we're both very competitive. We both have a high passion to win football games. We both love this franchise. And we both want to do everything we can to help us win," Xanders said. "We both realize we have great opportunities and we both want to fulfill those opportunities and do what Mr. Bowlen wants and that's to win football games and get him back to the Super Bowl and get the Super Bowl back to the fans."

The Broncos have won just one playoff game since John Elway's retirement a decade ago following back-to-back championships, and Xanders said he and McDaniels share a philosophy on player personnel and how to return to team to glory.

"I'll say this, there will be no disagreements," Xanders said. "There are no ties, as Mr. Bowlen says. It'll be crystal clear of who we should take at that time. It will be based on who's best for us, who's going to be the best football player over the next four years out of the draft for us at a position of need?"

Xanders also said he sees why Bowlen was impressed enough to hand the reins over to a first-time coach who's only 32.

"He is extremely passionate, he knows exactly what he wants to do," Xanders said. "He has a clear purpose and specific role for everybody and everything, and a system that has worked in this modern football era and he is excellent in multiple, multiple areas, whether it's defense, special teams, offense, running game, passing game, player personnel, college scouting, pro personnel, leadership.

"He is where he is for a reason."

And Xanders certainly feels the same way about himself. Notes: Xanders declined to say whether the team would shift from a 4-3 defensive front to a 3-4 with three down linemen and four linebackers, and he indicated the Broncos might make moves to bolster the 17 draft picks they'll have over the next two years. ... Xanders also declined to say how long his contract is.

02-17-2009, 07:36 AM
they sure were forking out some cash to players on a defense that sucked....no wonder shanahan was fired...:laughing:

Dino 6 Rings
02-17-2009, 08:47 AM
Clean house time in Denver.

Wonder if they win 6 games this year.

The Duke
02-17-2009, 09:26 AM
John Engelberger

holy- this guy is still alive? Robertson, engleberger....all this guys suck

at least they still have elvis dumervil :toofunny:

can't wait to see that guy play in a 3-4. smallest linebacker ever?

02-18-2009, 06:40 AM
Clean house time in Denver.

Wonder if they win 6 games this year.

Yeah, and apparently it continues lol...


Posted: February 17, 2009

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos continued their salary purge Tuesday by releasing 11-year veteran cornerback Dre' Bly, who had spent two years starting opposite star Champ Bailey.

Bly was acquired from the Detroit Lions on March 2, 2007, to replace Darrent Williams, the rising 24-year-old cornerback who was killed in a drive-by shooting two months earlier.

In his two years in Denver, Bly recorded 134 tackles, a sack and seven interceptions, including 77 stops and two pickoffs last season.

He's the fourth defensive starter dumped this week by the new regime of general manager Brian Xanders and coach Josh McDaniels, who replaced the fired Mike Shanahan.

Bly was due to count $6.8 million against next season's $123 million salary cap.

On Monday, the Broncos released high-priced defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, who had a $16 million cap number, along with linebacker Jamie Winborn, safety Marquand Manuel, special teamer Niko Koutouvides, defensive end John Engelberger and tight end Nate Jackson.

Bly, Winborn, Robertson and Manuel all started last season for Denver's dismal defense that surrendered 448 points and finished at or near the bottom of the league in every major category.

Bly's agent, Kennard McGuire, declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

02-18-2009, 07:40 AM
they are saving a whole lot of cap this yr tho... with a small amount of dead money from releasing all of those players...

i wonder what josh mcdanials has in mind

02-18-2009, 05:51 PM
You know. . . it does make sense.

Drop the cap heavy players. Build through the draft letting your cap hits settle out, then bring in a couple FA's to round it off.

Long term prospects, it looks like a solid plan.

02-20-2009, 05:50 AM
they sure were forking out some cash to players on a defense that sucked....no wonder shanahan was fired...:laughing:

I have to think that I agree with ya. You cant put that kind of money in a defense that stunk as bad as theirs has for quiet a while now. As far as DB Dre Bly goes, I wouldnt mind at all seeing the Steelers bring him in for some insurance against us losing B-Mac.