The Denver Broncos, like the other teams in the National Football League, made their final cuts on Saturday. But they have one more transaction they would like to pull off before Week One of the 2007 regular season. Bill Williamson of the Denver Post reports that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Simeon Rice is scheduled to meet with the Broncos, possibly as soon as today. Preliminary discussions have already begun between the team and Rice’s agent.
This turn of events is interesting especially when it appeared that Rice was going to sign with the St. Louis Rams. The Broncos defensive line, at least this season, is a work in progress. They got rid of Gerald Warren and very recently released defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy. Their current defensive ends are John Engleberger, Elvis Dumervil, along with rookies Jarvis Moss and Tim Crowder. Apparently the Broncos are unhappy with the performance of at least one DE in that group.
Rice told the Denver Post that it is narrowed down to either Denver and St. Louis, adding, “I haven’t heard a bad thing about Denver. I haven’t heard a bad thing about Denver and how happy he is there. I think Denver may be a great place for me. … If that team is on the verge of the playoffs, then I’ll take them to the Super Bowl. That’s what I do.” Rice informed the Broncos that he passed a physical with the Rams on Friday and should the Broncos sign him, he would be ready for the team’s Week One opener at Buffalo.
As in the Rams’ case, Rice would bring an upgrade to the Broncos’ defensive line, especially in the pass rushing department. Only a couple minor issues (depending on who you may ask) would hold up the Broncos signing Rice: a shoulder injury and the price tag to sign Rice. Rice, if he was smart, would get a contract signed with either the Broncos or Rams by the end of this weekend. The self-serving part of me (hey I’m a Colts fan, after all) would like to see Rice sign with the Rams. But like all NFL transactions, Rice’s price tag will determine which of the two teams he signs with.