Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reviewing The Decade: Year 2006

Jake Plummer had a good career with the Broncos, but was often inconsistant. Because of that, the Broncos drafted quarterback Jay Cutler. In the 2006 NFL Draft, the Broncos traded their number 15 and 68 picks to select Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler at number 11. Their second pick was tight end Tony Scheffler from Western Michigan. They then used their next pick (acquired from the Washington Redskins) on Central Florida wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The rest of their picks included University of Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil, Akron University wide receiver Domenik Hixon, North Dakota guard Chris Kuper, and University of Minnesota center Greg Eslinger. Denver also traded a second round pick for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Javon Walker. In another big move, they traded WR Ashley Lelie to the Atlanta Falcons and received no less than 3rd and 4th round draft picks. Mike Anderson and Trevor Pryce were both waived due to salary cap issues and were subsequently picked up by the Baltimore Ravens.With a revamped offense Jake Plummer went to work, was becnhed after poor play, and Cutler was named starter. The Broncos final record was 9-7, and the Broncos did not qualify for the Playoffs. On New Year's Day 2007, less than 12 hours after the last game ended, second-year cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. He was 24. Just 7 weeks days after Williams died, running back Damien Nash died following a charity basketball game. Jake Plummer retired after being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The killing of Darrent Williams shook the Broncos and all of the NFL. But it had the greatest effect on reciver Javon Walker who was with Williams when it happened. Walker's career has gone down hill since the day of the shooting. We will always remember Darrent Williams. Anything that happened in 2006 has been over shadowed by the death of an amazing young person and football player. "All Ready!"

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