Broncos: Moreno deal appears far from imminent
During an offseason when the iconic coach was fired, the young Pro Bowl quarterback was traded and the star wide receiver announced his displeasure by skipping the team’s offseason rehabilitation program, why should the Broncos expect their No. 1 draft pick to show up for the first day of training camp?
The Broncos and Knowshon Moreno were so far away from an agreement Sunday afternoon, one NFL source said there was “no way” the rookie running back from Georgia would show up today for the unofficial start of training camp.
The Broncos made Moreno the first running back taken in the 2009 NFL draft when they selected him with the No. 12 overall choice. He is expected to eventually receive a five- or six-year deal with a guarantee of more than $12 million, so negotiations are not without complications.
As of Sunday night, only four of 32 first-round picks had reached agreements.
This is an offseason that began with the firing of Mike Shanahan, who had been not only coach but essentially in charge of the entire Broncos organization for 14 years. He was replaced by Josh McDaniels, who quickly had a falling-out with quarterback Jay Cutler, who forced his way to the Chicago Bears.
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