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Broncos Share Workouts And Other Ties With Cowboys

The Cowboys and Broncos started workouts against each other yesterday at Valley Ranch near Dallas.  It’s the first time the team has done so against another NFL team since ’03 and the first of four scheduled practices over a two-day period.  They were met with hot and humid temperatures that most of the Denver players and some of the Dallas rookies had never experienced.  With temperatures reaching 97 degrees and heat indexes of around 107, the practice left most players drenched in sweat and exhausted.  

broncos-cowboys_330.jpg Rookie FB Deon Anderson who was drafted from Conneticut and grew in in the northeast was one of the players unaccustomed to the heat.   “Back home it didn’t feel like the devil was dancing on your face,” Anderson said.

The workout facility is not the only thing in common for the teams, it seems that in 2003, Denver coach Mike Shanahan had attempted to sign free agent QB Tony Romo but was turned down.   Shanahan, who is also an Eastern Illinois alumnus, offered Romo a $20,000 one-year contract as opposed to the Cowboys offer of $10,000.  Why did Romo choose Dallas?  “I thought I had a much better chance to make the team”, said Romo.  The Broncos had just signed Jake Plummer to a mulit-year contract and former Cowboy QB Steve Beurelein and Danny Kanell were back-ups, whereas the Cowboys had Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson as QB’s.  In hindsight, a pretty good decision by Romo. 

Not only did the Broncos try to get Romo, they attempted to sign Terrell Owens in ’06.  In fact, they were the first team Owens visited.  Not sure of how close a deal ever was with Denver, “Yeah, there was an opportunity there.  Denver was the first team that kind of stepped up to the plate to consider me being a part of their organization, ” said Owens. 

Also, before signing this year with Dallas, Brad Johnson was approached by the Broncos and considered signing with them.  Had Shanahan been successful with all three players, consider what a much different Cowboys-Broncos practice and pre-season game this might have been for both teams. 


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