Droughns asks Broncos for trade | SummitDaily.com

Droughns asks Broncos for trade

DENVER ” Reuben Droughns has asked the Denver Broncos to be traded from a team that could be crowded with running backs next season.

The Broncos have given Droughns’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, permission to seek a trade, although he said he has not talked to any teams yet.

“I’ve talked to the Broncos about this, and they understand our stance,” Rosenhaus said. “I don’t want to overblow this, but this is definitely something we think is in everyone’s best interest.”

Droughns has two seasons remaining on his contract and is set to earn base salaries of $950,000 in 2005 and $1.15 million in 2006.

He had carried the ball only 10 times in two previous seasons before 2004, when injuries to Mike Anderson, Quentin Griffin and Tatum Bell forced him into the role of lead back beginning with the Oct. 10 game against Carolina. All are expected to be healthy next year.

Droughns finished sixth in the AFC in rushing with 1,240 yards, carrying the ball 275 times for a 4.5-yard average with six rushing touchdowns. He also had 32 catches for 241 yards and two touchdowns.

“He played well,” Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist said. “He’s a 1,200-yard back that didn’t play running back for four or five games. So that said, you’d be hard-pressed to find other running backs that were able to accomplish that over the same number of games.”

The Broncos likely will seek a first- or second-round draft choice in return for Droughns.

“Not to scare any teams off or anything, but we’re not going to give him away,” Sundquist said.

Rosenhaus has experience working trades from Denver. He was Clinton Portis’ agent when the running back was traded from Denver to the Washington Redskins last year for cornerback Champ Bailey.

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