Broncos like Moulds and he likes them, too

By FRANK SCHWAB THE GAZETTE Updated: March 23, 2006 at 12:00 am • Published: March 23, 2006
The Denver Broncos are one of eight teams to show interest in receiver Eric Moulds, a former Pro Bowl player given permission by the Buffalo Bills to seek a trade. Moulds, who has been upset with the Bills and wants to find a winning situation, has the Broncos on his radar. “We’ve spoken about it and there’s a lot of interest on both sides,” said Greg Johnson, Moulds’ personal adviser. Johnson said eight teams have contacted him since the Bills gave Moulds permission to seek a trade. Moulds has spent all 10 of his NFL seasons with Buffalo and has four 1,000-yard seasons and 48 career touchdowns. He will turn 33 in July but had 27 catches and 305 yards in his final three games last season. Moulds has been to the Pro Bowl three times. Johnson said working out a trade will be difficult. Moulds’ new team would have to agree on draft pick compensation with Buffalo and would probably want to work out the parameters of a new contract before trading for him. “Too many things have to be perfect,” Johnson said. Moulds has a $6.09 million base salary this season and a $7.25 million base salary in 2007, the last year of his contract. Moulds has resisted a pay cut and Johnson said he wants to be released. Johnson said Denver has piqued Moulds’ interest because he wants to play for a winning team. “They are on Eric’s wish list,” Johnson said. “Why wouldn’t they be? He wants to win more than anything.” The Bills want to keep Moulds but not with his current contract. “We still hope we can get something worked out,” Bills general manager Marv Levy said in an interview this week, which was on the team’s Web site. “It may take time but we hope we can do something. I’d like to retain him.” Trade official The Broncos acquired the 15th pick in the April draft from the Atlanta Falcons for the 29th pick, a third-round pick (93rd) and a fourth-round pick next year. The Falcons sent Denver’s pick to the Jets for defensive end John Abraham. Denver has two first-round picks, a second-round pick, two fourth-round picks and single picks in the fifth and sixth rounds. Denver could pick up extra middle-round picks as compensation for losing free agents Reggie Hayward, Kelly Herndon and Kenoy Kennedy last offseason. Etc. The Broncos claimed defensive lineman Amon Gordon off waivers from Cleveland, coach Mike Shanahan said. Gordon (6-foot-2, 305 pounds) is entering his third NFL season and joins Denver after spending two years with Browns, who waived him Friday. . . . Free agent quarterback Mike McMahon will visit with the Broncos today, the Palm Beach Post reported. The Philadelphia Eagles released him Monday. . . . The club waived wide receiver Bill Flowers. CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or
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