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Change of heart keeps Carlisle in Denver

DENVER (March 18, 2005) -- Offensive lineman Cooper Carlisle changed his mind after agreeing to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, and instead decided to stay with the Denver Broncos.

The guard, a backup most of last season who will have a chance to start in 2005, signed a two-year deal.

On March 15, Carlisle agreed in principle to a two-year contract with the Ravens. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound blocker was slated to be the primary backup to right tackle Orlando Brown and guards Edwin Mulitalo and Keydrick Vincent.

Instead, Carlisle returns to Denver hoping for a chance to get extended playing time.

A fourth-round pick of the Broncos in the 2000 NFL Draft, Carlisle started four games last season after Dan Neil got injured. The Broncos released Neil this offseason, setting the table for Carlisle to start.

The Broncos also re-signed punter/kickoff specialist Jason Baker.

The Associated Press News Service

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