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Wilson sets news conference to thank Denver fans

By John Clayton

ESPN.com

 

Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson scheduled a news conference Friday to announce he is being released by the Denver Broncos after eight seasons, sources said.

 

Wilson called a 4 p.m. ET meeting with the media in Denver to discuss his future, which will not include the Broncos, the team that made him a No. 1 draft choice in 1999 and allowed him to grow into the leadership role on playoff caliber defenses.

 

Wilson leaves the Broncos as a four-time Pro Bowl player and one of the top defenders in franchise history.

 

Last month, the Broncos tried to trade him to the New York Giants for a third-round choice. That trade didn't happen because he failed a physical. He had back problems last year along with a thumb injury. Wilson's rights returned to the Broncos, who were, at the time, seemingly willing to keep him on the roster.

 

With a $5.2 million salary and a $600,000 roster bonus, Wilson didn't fit into the Broncos salary cap after a busy offseason. His release will save the Broncos $1.63 million.

 

Wilson wanted to hold a press conference to thank the Broncos and the fans for their support through his NFL career.

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Wilson sets news conference to thank Denver fans

By John Clayton

ESPN.com

 

Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson scheduled a news conference Friday to announce he is being released by the Denver Broncos after eight seasons, sources said.

 

Wilson called a 4 p.m. ET meeting with the media in Denver to discuss his future, which will not include the Broncos, the team that made him a No. 1 draft choice in 1999 and allowed him to grow into the leadership role on playoff caliber defenses.

 

Wilson leaves the Broncos as a four-time Pro Bowl player and one of the top defenders in franchise history.

 

Last month, the Broncos tried to trade him to the New York Giants for a third-round choice. That trade didn't happen because he failed a physical. He had back problems last year along with a thumb injury. Wilson's rights returned to the Broncos, who were, at the time, seemingly willing to keep him on the roster.

 

With a $5.2 million salary and a $600,000 roster bonus, Wilson didn't fit into the Broncos salary cap after a busy offseason. His release will save the Broncos $1.63 million.

 

Wilson wanted to hold a press conference to thank the Broncos and the fans for their support through his NFL career.

hmmm...I wonder if he suddenly passes our physical... :ph34r:

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