(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.)By EDDIE PELLSAP National Writer
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Shaun Phillips spent a good portion of last summer waiting for the phone to ring. It certainly wasn't the first time.
A free agent heading into his 10th year, Phillips had been through the waiting game before - back in 2004, when he wasn't selected until the fourth round of the NFL draft.
The Denver Broncos came in with a one-year, $1 million offer in hopes Phillips could make up for at least a little of what they lost when Elvis Dumervil departed following a much-publicized and messy foul up with the fax machine.
Phillips has responded with nine sacks over the first 10 games, only 2 1/2 short of his career high, and has also proven a solid influence in a veteran locker room and a better-than-expected run-stopper, to boot.