Denver likely out of league's opener


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Jan 22, 2006
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Denver likely out of league's opener

By Bill Williamson
Denver Post Staff Writer

Orlando, Fla. - It doesn't appear the Broncos will be getting a jump on the NFL season.

According to four NFL sources, it is unlikely Denver will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game Sept. 7 at Heinz Field to open the season. It has become a tradition the Super Bowl champions host a Thursday night game to start the slate. There's a strong chance Miami will be the Steelers' opponent in that game. The league will announce the game as early as today at the owners' meetings.

There were indications inside the organization the Broncos would be the Steelers' opponent in what would have been a rematch of the AFC championship game. If not picked to play in the opener, Denver will play at Pittsburgh later in the season.

Maybe China-bound

Denver owner Pat Bowlen said he would welcome a preseason trip to China if selected by the league.

The NFL is expected to have a 2007 preseason game in Beijing. The Broncos and Eagles have been mentioned as strong possibilities; teams won't be announced for a few months.

"If the league wants us to, I'd be for it," Bowlen said. "It's always a great opportunity to be part of something like that."

Don't expect Moulds

Even though the Broncos are one of the teams disgruntled Buffalo receiver Eric Moulds would like to be traded to, there are indications the Broncos are not interested. The only way Denver would be attracted to Moulds, 32, is if his price tag was much lower than it currently is, which doesn't appear likely.

Moulds' personal adviser, Greg Johnson, said last week Moulds would like to play in Denver. Moulds' agents contacted the Broncos recently. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New England may make a play for Moulds. If not, he could be cut after June 1.


At this point, the Broncos have no immediate plans to add to the personnel department after the promotion of Rick Smith to assistant general manager from director of pro personnel. Smith will add to his duties. ... Among the topics at the owners' meetings Sunday was the possibility of having a flexible schedule late in the season that would turn an early game into a Sunday night game depending on the attractiveness of the matchup.
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