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Published on 03/21/2008 at Fri Mar 21 14:57.
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Update (2/10/13):  This article is over four years old but has been getting a lot of traffic in resent days, we assume because of Elam’s appearance on the TV show “Buying Alaska“.  For more on Elam’s current status, go here.

The Jason Elam-Broncos relationship of 15 years, predating the Mike Shanahan era by 2 years, has ended. The Denver Post reports that Elam has declined a deal with the Broncos in preference of a 4 year, $9 million dollar deal with Atlanta.

Denver had offered Elam a 3 year, $7 million dollar deal (notably worth more money per year). The dealbreaker was likely the “guaranteed” money involved, along with a long contract to possibly finish his career.

Elam is the Broncos franchise leader in points scored and games played with 236, two more than John Elway.

First on deck for the Broncos would be Matt Prater, the kickoff specialist holdover from last season. The Denver Post also speculates that the Broncos could look into free agency where Olindo Mare and John Carney are currently available.

Drafting a kicker this year is another likely option. Top kickers available this year include Taylor Melhaff out of Wisconsin and Brandon Coutu out of Georgia.

Elam bolts for Falcons [Denver Post]

[Updated 3:15 pm - Kyle] A kicker is a kicker, but we’re talking about one of the most significant players in Broncos history. We’re very sorry to see Elam go. Good luck in your future endeavors.

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  • dbroncos

    I have never seen him play but the looking at Brandon Coutu has kicked a long this year of 52 and a career long of 58. I definetly think he is worth getting in the 4th-5th round area.

  • raiders60

    As a Raider fan, I can’t believe Elam is not worth 2.5 to the Bronco’s.
    He is a certified, blue chip, tried and true Raider KILLER and we in the Black Hole are celebrating your loss!

  • fanatic26

    Charlie Hebert Punter / Kicker
    Height: 6-1 Weight: 210 Birthdate: 2-21-1978
    Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
    College: McNeese State
    Pro Experience: CFL Calgary, AAFL Arkansas

    2008 Charlie was one of 25 players protected prior to the AAFL draft by Team
    Arkansas. He will handle all the kicking duties for the first inaugural AAFL
    season.

    2007 Charlie has continued to expand his coaching efforts with local High
    School and College specialists and now has coached over 50 athletes.
    Additionally, He has spent several months with kicking guru Doug Blevins at
    his facility in Virginia fine-tuning his technique and strength.

    2006 Charlie was invited to workout with the New Orleans Saints in April and
    stood out as the top kicker at the workout. He also spent time training with
    Kicking Specialist Doug Blevins, focusing mainly on punting and kickoffs.
    Charlie turned down several offers to kick in Arena Football to form his own
    punting and kicking coaching clinic and tutors High School and College,
    punters and kickers in Louisiana.

    2005 Signed for the 3rd straight season with the Canadian Football League.
    Released prior to training camp, due to Canadian signing. Played in the United
    Indoor Football League under John Forecade’s Tupelo Fire Ants. Connected on
    3 FG and 2 pats against Evansville. Demonstrated excellent leg strength,
    booming a FG the entire length of the field from deep in his own end zone.
    Charlie was contacted by the Baltimore Ravens and remained on their 2005
    short list.

    2004 Started 11 games for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football
    League. Charlie connected on 19 of 27 FG’s (71%), 24 converts and 8 singles
    for a total of 92points. Hebert possesses excellent range on his field goals
    and kickoffs and also was second in the league for an average 44.2 on 81
    punts. His longest FG was 50yds, and his longest punt 89yds. In his CFL
    debut he connected on 3FG with a 44.3 yd avg. and two punt singles (75,89).
    Hebert received the game ball and player of the game. After the second game,
    Charlie avg. 49.5yds. punting and moved to first place punting in the CFL.
    Connected on 4/4 FG vs. Hamilton and recovered his own onside kick, the third
    game. Hebert received Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the whole
    CFL after going 5/5 FG against Ottawa, including a 70yd punt single to seal the
    game. Hebert received player of the game for 6 out of the 11 games that he
    played. Against British Columbia, Charlie booted a 34yd FG to tie the game
    and go into overtime. He was also mentioned on several occasions by Head
    Coach and GM Matt Dunigan to be a nominee for “Rookie of the Year”.

    2003 Charlie was signed by the Montreal Alouettes. He was a standout in
    training camp with Head Coach Don Mathews admiring his leg strength. In his
    1st game he hit a 48yd FG and avg. 65.5yds on kickoffs. He was releases
    when a Canadian 5 year veteran became available.

    College Bio Charlie was a walk-on and a two year letterman at Mcneese State.
    He led his team in scoring, and the Cowboys were Conference Champions
    and NCAA Division IAA playoff contenders in 2000 and 2001. Charlie double
    majored in Animal Science and Pre-veterinary Medicine. He graduated in fall
    2002.

    Personal Bio Born in Lafayette, La where he attended Acadiana High and led
    the soccer team to a State Championship. He was also a standout kicker on
    the football team. Hebert played professional soccer for the Louisiana Outlaws
    in 2000. Athleticism runs in Charlie’s family, he is the cousin of Jake
    Delhomme and has two brothers that are U.S. Navy Seals. Charlie owns
    Hebert’s Kicking and Punting, and trains high school and college kickers.
    Charlie and his wife Ingrid have two sons, Rhett 5 and Rock 2. They reside in
    Lafayette, LA.

  • fanatic26
  • fanatic26

    Charlie Hebert kicker in youtube clip