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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Denver adds Laurence Maroney to RB mix

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Laurence Maroney is a Denver Bronco.

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It’s a move four years in the making.

In the 2006 draft, Denver coach Mike Shanahan said he nearly drafted Maroney out of Minnesota, but the Broncos pulled off a trade and drafted quarterback Jay Cutler. Shanahan thought Maroney was a perfect fit for Denver’s zone blocking, downhill running style.

Maroney clearly fits new Denver coach Josh McDaniels’ style. McDaniels was Maroney’s offensive coordinator in New England prior to coming to Denver last year. When it was rumored this summer that Maroney would be put on the trade market, Denver was a logical potential destination because of his history with McDaniels and Denver’s issues at the position.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Maroney was traded for Denver's fourth-round pick in 2011. Denver also gets New England's 2011 sixth-round pick, according to Schefter.

Maroney fell out of favor in New England this season. He missed the Patriots’ season opener with a thigh injury.

The Broncos have been plagued by injuries since the beginning of training camp. Last weekend, Knowshon Moreno, in his first action since being hurt in the first day of training camp, had 60 yards rushing. His backup, Correll Buckhalter, had 15 yards.

Expect Maroney to be used in short-yardage situations. Maroney is 5-11, 220 pounds. He had 757 yards rushing and nine rushing touchdowns last season. His best NFL season came in 2007 when he had 835 yards rushing. Maroney is not a special player, but he will improve Denver’s backfield.

UPDATE: Schefter reports Denver will get Maroney and the Patriots’ sixth-round pick in 2011, while New England will get Denver’s fourth-round pick in 2011.