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mtxsound
11-17-2006, 07:00 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6183646


DENVER (AP) - The Denver Broncos (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67044) must pay $220,000 to former receiver Ashley Lelie (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/102010) in connection with the dispute over his departure to Atlanta.

Lelie's agent, Peter Schaffer, confirmed the news Friday.
"We derive no enjoyment having to go down this road in the first place," Schaffer said. "We never relish having to contest anything with the Broncos (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67044)."
The ruling was reported Friday by The Denver Post, which said an arbitrator has ruled in favor of Lelie in his grievance against the team. Broncos (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67044) officials declined to comment.
Lelie, who led the league in yards per catch the last two seasons, skipped the Broncos (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67044)' offseason workout program, forgoing a $100,000 bonus. He said he wanted out of Denver because the Broncos (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67044) were misusing him and weren't giving him the chance to be the featured pass-catcher with Rod Smith (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/69548) and Javon Walker (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/98022) on the roster.
He was sent to Atlanta as part of a three-way trade with Washington in August.
At the time, Broncos (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67044) coach Mike Shanahan said Lelie had agreed to pay Denver a "hefty amount" to get out of the final year of his contract. The sum was believed to be about $1 million, made up of fines, lost bonuses and a prorated portion of his $3.3 million signing bonus.
Lelie argued he was forced into signing a document giving up some of the money.
"It feels good to have that money back in my pocket," Lelie told the Post after the Falcons (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67038)' practice Friday. "To lose that much money, cash, after taxes, is kind of tough, so it feels good to have that back in my pocket."
The case isn't over. The Broncos (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67044) also have a grievance that will be heard in coming weeks.
"I'm not out of the woods yet," Lelie said. "Most importantly, I've got to concentrate on football. Hopefully, my agent and attorney will help me out with the rest."
Asked about Lelie on Friday, Shanahan declined to comment.
Smith, though, was pleased to hear Lelie may be coming into some money. "If he got some of his money back, maybe he can pay me the money he owes me for darts," Smith said with a grin. "I need to get my money. I may have to come down to Atlanta (and get it)."

Spank
11-17-2006, 08:01 PM
He held out of camp because he didnt like the way he was being utilized?

He should forfit every dime of his salary. Prima Donna WR's are out of control.

AND BTW, he's good, not great, he shouldnt be complaining about one damn thing. I hope he's stuck in obscurity hell in ATL with Vick for the rest of his career.

DickFer.

mtxsound
11-17-2006, 08:23 PM
He held out of camp because he didnt like the way he was being utilized?

He should forfit every dime of his salary. Prima Donna WR's are out of control.

AND BTW, he's good, not great, he shouldnt be complaining about one damn thing. I hope he's stuck in obscurity hell in ATL with Vick for the rest of his career.

DickFer.

Yeah but he isn't out of the woods yet, it is also an unnecessary distraction for the Broncos. I would probably rather have Lelie in Denver than Walker, but it still helps to put a little dessent in the Broncos camp, albeit very little.

Spank
11-17-2006, 08:39 PM
Every little bit helps :)

mtxsound
11-17-2006, 09:08 PM
Every little bit helps :)

It's something, not much, but something. Too bad Lelie isn't lighting up the NFC right now, it would make it more comforting to me at least.