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Tue, 06 Jul 2004 09:16:54 -0700
Jody Foldesy, of the Washington Times, reports free agent DT Daryl Gardener (Broncos) is almost certain to retire in the coming months due to a degenerative condition in his back, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source said Gardener's back flared up in late May, shortly before he was released by the Broncos and agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals. Gardener had an MRI in Miami, and was advised to stop playing football by spine specialist Dr. Gary Gieseke. Gardener could jeopardize his ability to walk if he continues to play. The source also said a Bengals team doctor concurred with Gieseke's recommendation. Gardener has yet to file retirement papers with the NFL but is expected to do so.
Fri, 18 Jun 2004 22:58:20 -0700
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports while the Cincinnati Bengals and DT Daryl Gardener had worked out a four-year deal in principle previously, Gardener's chronic back issues have sidelined the deal for the time being and probably for good.
Sat, 12 Jun 2004 11:38:59 -0700
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports the Denver Broncos will save $2.1 million in salary cap room this season with the release of DT Daryl Gardener. The remainder of Gardener's $5 million contract will count $3.57 million in "dead money" in 2005.
Fri, 11 Jun 2004 14:41:41 -0700
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports talks between the Cincinnati Bengals and free agent DE Daryl Gardener (Broncos) had yet to be resolved following the morning workout Friday, June 11. Both sides want a deal, but the situation is believed to be resting on the health of Gardener's back.
Thu, 10 Jun 2004 10:16:13 -0700
Mark Curnette, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals DT Tony Williams is angered about the Bengals' possible acquisition of free agent DT Daryl Gardener (Broncos). Williams will be the player replaced in the lineup if Gardener signs and wins the job. "It (expletives deleted) me off," Williams said Wednesday, June 9. "They have to build for the future, I guess. Obviously they want to go in a different direction. I could see right away, actually, that I'm not going to be around (after the 2004 season). It's the business. The organization has to worry about their future." Williams has one year remaining on his contract and is due to make a base salary of $2.2 million in 2004.
Tue, 08 Jun 2004 19:05:27 -0700
Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports Cincinnati Bengals' officials met with free agent DT Daryl Gardener and his agent, Neil Schwartz, Tuesday, June 8, but a deal was not finalized before the defensive tackle left Cincinnati. However, Schwartz said the two sides are just waiting to "make sure the T's are crossed and the I's are dotted." Schwartz also added Gardener "wants to play for Coach (Marvin) Lewis," and that his client "loved the visit."
Mon, 07 Jun 2004 19:33:25 -0700
Updating ongoing reports, Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports free agent DT Daryl Gardener could meet with Cincinnati Bengals' officials as early as this weekend to undergo a physical before signing the four-year, incentive-laden contract the two sides have already agreed in principal to.
Wed, 02 Jun 2004 14:21:14 -0700
The Denver Broncos have announced the team has released DT Daryl Gardener.
Tue, 01 Jun 2004 19:36:06 -0700
Updating previous reports, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, reports the Cincinnati Bengals are very excited about the prospects of adding DL Daryl Gardener once he is officially released from the Denver Broncos after June 1. "If he comes here, he'll make our team much better," DL Carl Powell said. "Oh my God, just his presence. Just by how big he is and how he runs to the ball and works so hard in the weight room. He doesn't take the little things for granted. I loved playing with him. He'll be in here at 5:30 a.m. ready and lathered. He brings a lot of tenacity to the game." Gardener and the Bengals have already agreed to a four-year, $9.3 million contract, which will be signed once his release becomes official.
Tue, 01 Jun 2004 09:18:28 -0700
Kevin Goheen, of the Cincinnati Post, reports the Cincinnati Bengals will have some salary cap shuffling to do if they sign DT Daryl Gardener, who will be released by the Denver Broncos after June 1. The Bengals and Gardener agreed to a four-year, $9.3 million deal back in April, but the deal cannot become official until after June 1. Cincinnati has more than $5 million in salary cap space available but that doesn't include the $4 million they have allocated to sign their 11 draft choices.
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