against the grain
Denver Post article
.............The Broncos probably will select a running back during the April 29-30 draft, and likely in the first three rounds. They have a recent tradition of drafting a running back, having selected one every year but two since Mike Shanahan took over as coach in 1995.
Denver is in the market for a tailback this year. Starting tailback Mike Anderson turns 33 in September and is facing a contract negotiation. If Anderson does not return, it leaves third-year pro Tatum Bell and free agent Ron Dayne, who will get a shot at significant playing time. The Broncos are working to retain Dayne, a former Heisman Trophy winner. Depending on what happens, Tatum Bell could be a trade candidate.
The Broncos, who have the 22nd and 29th picks in the first round of the draft, could acquire a running back during free agency. But that avenue is less sure than the draft.
Denver may not have much spending flexibility in free agency, which starts Friday. But with a flooded running back market, the Indianapolis Colts' Edgerrin James and the Baltimore Ravens' Jamal Lewis are veteran players to monitor. Both tailbacks fit the style of Denver's running game but are expected to cost more than the Broncos can spend. ......................
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