Updated: June 11, 2003, 11:38 AM ETBy By Darrell Trimble
Denver Broncos: Coach Mike Shanahan is giving his players the option of going home after the grueling two-a-days of training camp. That because the Broncos will hold training camp at their Dove Valley headquarters instead of at the University of Northern Colorado at Greely. "People who currently have a house here have the ability to stay at home if they like to," Shanahan told the Denver Post. "But it's tough, because if you live 15 minutes away, you still have to be here between 6:30 and 8 (a.m.), and you don't get to leave until 9:45 p.m. The only real difference is if you want to drive home and stay home, you have to come here at 6 in the morning. You only get one chance to make a mistake. If you are late, then you are staying at the hotel full-time." Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If the team is decides to part ways with RB Michael Pittman, the financial ramifications won't be too great. According to the Tampa Tribune, the Bucs would take a $1.4 million cap hit if they cut him, and because it's after June 1, that total would be split, counting only $700,000 this season and $700,000 next year. Also, the Bucs would save the $425,000 roster bonus Pittman is due this season, and because of a clause in the contract, the team may be able to recover a portion of his $1.75 million signing bonus. Pittman has been in Tampa, participating in the team's off-season workouts. His wife, Melissa, has indicated she wants to speak with Bucs officials about the couple's problems. Kansas City Chiefs: With their attempts to lure P Craig Hentrich away from Tennessee rebuffed, the team will choose from the current players on their roster for a starter. So far, P Jason Baker has emerged as the leader in the competition to replace the departed Dan Stryzinski. The number of contestants was reduced from three to two Tuesday when the Chiefs released Canadian Football League veteran Noel Prefontaine. With only P Leo Araguz left as competition. The Kansas City Star reports Baker has established himself as the favorite not only with his punting, but also with his ability to kickoff. Finding a punter who can handle kickoff duties is important because the team want to keep the 43-year-old leg of K Morten Andersen as fresh as possible. Baker was unimpressive last season, splitting time between the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles Baker. After averaging 40.8-yard per punt in 2001 with the Niners, Baker's average dipped to 38.8-yard average last season.