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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Denver's Holland stunned by trade to Dallas

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Guard Montrae Holland had just left the Broncos' facility early this afternoon. He had forgotten his suit for the flight to Arizona for Denver's final preseason game.

The plan was to drive home, grab the suit and head to the buses with the rest of his Denver teammates.

Plans change quickly in the NFL.

"I was in the car and I got a call to come back," Holland said when reached by phone Thursday. "I came back and I was told I was gone. It came out of nowhere for me. But that's the way it is. It was a shocker."

Ending a fast trade discussion, Denver shipped Holland to Dallas for a fourth-round pick in 2010. Holland, who grew up about two hours away from Dallas, will now have a chance to start for Dallas which was looking for help after the foot injury suffered by Kyle Kosier.

Holland started in Denver last season, his only year there and was slated to start again this year. But he reported to training camp more than 20 pounds overweight and fell out of favor with Denver coach Mike Shanahan, who didn't allow Holland to practice for the first two-plus weeks of camp while he shed weight. Holland's job was taken by Chris Kuper.

"I can only blame myself," Holland said. "But I went on a strict diet and worked hard. I am down to playing weight [he is listed at 325 pounds]."

Holland said he is excited to go back to his home state and play for a team the caliber of Dallas, but he did grow fond of playing in Denver and his teammates who flew to Arizona without him minutes after he found out about the deal.

"I'm close to all of the guys here," Holland. "I just wasn't expecting it."

Ironically, Holland's first days of practice this summer was against Dallas in a joint workout two weeks ago.

"I think I opened some eyes in Dallas during those days," Holland said. "It's funny how things work out."