Sep 17, 2010 8:47 PM by Jordan Mason

Broncos' Maroney thankful for fresh start

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Laurence Maroney gained both his share of yards and critics in five seasons with New England.

He's looking to add more of the former while shedding the latter now that he's joined the Denver Broncos.

Maroney has rushed 675 times for 2,799 yards with 25 touchdowns in 52 games since entering the league. But with Maroney slipping down the depth chart, the Patriots decided to cut ties and give him the chance for a fresh start.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that while he respected Maroney, "it felt like it was the right time for us to move on," particularly considering the perceived value gained in the trade.

Denver sent a 2011 fourth-round pick for Maroney, while acquiring New England's sixth-rounder next year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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