Broncos sign Ferguson and Stewart

The Denver Broncos Wednesday agreed to terms with Jets safety Nick Ferguson and 49ers linebacker Quincy Stewart, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Ferguson, 5-11, 201 pounds, is entering his fourth NFL season, having played his first three with the New York Jets (2000-02). Originally signed as a rookie free agent by Cincinnati in 1997, Ferguson played three seasons in the Canadian Football League with Saskatchewan and Winnipeg prior to spending 1999 in Chicago's training camp and 2000 in Buffalo's camp. He was acquired by New York off Buffalo's practice squad in 2000, and played the final seven games of that season with the Jets. Ferguson has played in 39 career games, and picked up 37 total tackles (26 solo) and one interception for 20 yards. A former walk-on at Georgia Tech, Ferguson led the team in tackles (67) and passes defensed (seven) as a senior. A native of Miami, Fla., he was born Nov. 27, 1974, and is the third of 11 children (seven girls and four boys).

Stewart, 6-1, 234 pounds, comes to Denver after playing his first two seasons in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers (2001-02). Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2001, Stewart has played in 31 career games, including all 16 as a rookie. He has excelled on special teams, picking up 26 tackles, including nine solo in 2002. Born March 27, 1978 in Tyler, Texas, he was a four-year performer at Louisiana Tech, where he saw action in 46 career games and totaled 334 tackles (205 solo), 5.5 sacks and three interceptions. Ferguson played both linebacker and fullback at John Tyler High School, where he helped guide the team to a state championship his junior year.

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