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Post Denver looking to trade pryce
By Len Pasquarelli
In the latest indication that the Denver Broncos plan to switch to a 3-4 defensive front for '05, the team is marketing four-time Pro Bowl lineman Trevor Pryce in trade discussions, several league sources have confirmed.


The Denver Post reported the Broncos are seeking draft choices in exchange for Pryce, who appeared in only two games in 2004 because of a back injury, and whose cap charge for 2005 might be too unwieldy for the team to handle. Two teams with knowledge of the Broncos' plans to deal Pryce and have some interest in the eight-year veteran, said Monday that Denver appears serious about moving the versatile defensive lineman.

Pryce, 29, is due a base salary of $6.5 million in 2005 and carries a salary cap charge of $9.17 million. He is under contract through 2008, with subsequent base salaries of $6.53 million (2006), $7.97 million (2007) and $9 million (2008).

It originally appeared Pryce would be a key component in the switch to the 3-4, since, at 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, he possesses the size teams prefer at end in the alignment. The ends in a 3-4 front are typically anchor players against the run, however, and don't get many opportunities to rush the quarterback. Pryce's salary might make him too expensive for such a diminished role.

Beginning in 1999, the former Clemson star, a first-round pick in 1997, played in four consecutive Pro Bowl games. From 1998-2003, Pryce appeared in 95 of a possible 96 games and started 94 of them. Following the first game of the '04 season, he underwent back surgery. He returned in time for the regular-season finale but did not dress for the team's wild-card playoff loss at Indianapolis. He finished the season with two tackles.

Pryce began his NFL career as a defensive tackle, moved to end in 2002 and quickly assimilated the nuances of the outside position.

For his career, Pryce has 284 tackles, 60 sacks and eight forced fumbles. In 1999-2000, he posted 25 sacks, one of the best two-season totals in the past 10 years for a tackle.

Bumped right up against the cap limit, as usual, the Broncos are attempting to create more spending room in an effort to retain some of their pending unrestricted free agents and to perhaps sign some veteran players who might be a better fit in the 3-4 scheme.

February 15th, 2005, 11:14 am
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Waaaaaaaaay to much money for a guy returning from a back injury. Especially a D-Lineman where leverage is the key. Nope nope nope

February 15th, 2005, 7:28 pm
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No one is going to trade for Pryce's contract. He will be released.

February 15th, 2005, 9:51 pm
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