Broncos LB Wilson a no-show on first day of offseason workouts
DENVER – There was no sign of Broncos middle linebacker Al Wilson on the first day of Denver’s offseason workout program Monday.However, Wilson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, cautioned reading anything into his absence.”It’s voluntary,” Schaffer said of the workouts. “It’s also his son’s spring break. He’s spending time with him.”The Broncos have been shopping Wilson around in recent weeks. Schaffer has worked to try to facilitate a trade for Wilson, who’s due $5.2 million in base salary next season. Asked if any deals were imminent, Schaffer simply said, “Waiting to see.”Wilson led the team in tackles with 113 last season. He’s also the team’s undisputed leader on defense.”We all missed him today,” cornerback Domonique Foxworth said.Foxworth said the fact that Wilson is on the trading block should be a wake-up to every player.”It tells you everybody is expendable in this business,” he said. “The business part of the game comes before the team and unity part in many instances, especially (this) one. I don’t think anybody in this organization will say that we’re better off without his personality around. For whatever reasons they felt we’ll be better off going in a different direction.”Foxworth hasn’t spoken with Wilson, but plans to in the future.”I’ll probably give him a call when everything cools out … just to tell him how much he meant to me and my maturation, and how much he meant to this organization,” Foxworth said.Foxworth didn’t know if Wilson would be back with the Broncos.”All that off-the-field stuff is out of our hands,” Foxworth said. “We’ll miss him. We miss him already.”—GETTING BETTER: Receiver Javon Walker is slowing getting over the loss of teammate Darrent Williams.Walker was sitting next to Williams in the limousine when the cornerback was killed in a drive-by shooting on New Year’s Day.”I believe he’s moving along in a positive direction,” Walker’s agent, Kennard McGuire, said Monday. “He’s going to be OK.”But Walker isn’t ready to talk about the ordeal.”Talking about it puts (Walker) in a position where he has to relive a nightmare,” McGuire said.—UPHEAVAL: The first day of offseason workouts Monday involved a lot of running.So it was apparent to Foxworth who came into the workouts in shape and who let themselves slide in the offseason.”You could see a couple of people’s breakfasts and lunches,” Foxworth said with a smile. “I kept mine down.”—QUOTABLE: “Everybody always said I gamble. If I’m a gambler then I’m a dad gum good gambler because I’ve been winning a lot my whole career. I don’t back down for anybody.” – Cornerback Dre Bly on taking risks while covering receivers.—PRESEASON SCHEDULE: The Broncos will start the preseason schedule against San Francisco – the team that ended Denver’s playoff hopes in the 2006 season-finale.The Broncos will travel to the 49ers on Aug. 13. Denver will also play in Dallas and host Cleveland and Arizona. The dates haven’t been announced yet.The NFL will release the full regular season schedule later this spring.
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