Broncos waive Coleman and Young, sign two

The Denver Broncos Monday signed free agent defensive tackles Mario Fatafehi and Darius Holland, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. To make room on the roster, the Broncos waived running back KaRon Coleman and cornerback Sam Young.

Fatafehi, 6-2, 300 pounds, comes to the Broncos after spending the last half of the 2002 season with Carolina. He was inactive for the first six games of the year with Arizona, before being waived, and re-signed to the Cardinalsí practice squad the next week. After one week on the practice squad, he was signed by the Panthers and finished the season by playing in six games and making three tackles. Selected by Arizona in fifth round (133rd overall) of 2001 NFL Draft, Fatafehi played in seven of first 10 games in 2001 before a broken bone in his right hand forced him to go on injured reserve for final six contests. During the year, he posted 14 tackles (3 solo) and two hurries.

A mainstay at defensive tackle for Kansas State, he started 24 straight games for the Wildcats after transferring from Snow (Utah) Junior College. In two years at Kansas State, Fatafehi registered 128 total tackles (71 solo) with 12 sacks for -90 yards and 26 stops for losses of 117 yards. He was an All-America first-team selection as senior by Football News, earned second-team honors from The Sporting News and a unanimous All-Big 12 Conference first-team choice. A first-team All-Hawaii selection as a senior at Farrington (Honolulu) High School, he was also named the schoolís Athlete-of-the-Year. Fatafehi was born Jan. 27, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois.

Holland, 6-5, 330 pounds, enters his eighth season in the NFL, joining the Broncos from the Minnesota Vikings. In 93 career games (21 starts), he has made 162 tackles (103 solo), 4.5 sacks, one interception, six passes defensed, on forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Originally drafted by Green Bay in the third round (65th pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft, he played three years with the Packers (1995-97). After that, he played with Kansas City and Detroit in 1998, and two seasons with the Cleveland Browns (1999-2000). Released by the Browns during training camp in 2001, Holland was out of football that entire season, before signing with the Vikings in 2002.

A four-year letterwinner for Colorado, Holland started 26 career games and finished with 163 tackles, eight sacks and 21 tackles for loss. He earned honorable mention All-Big Eight honors as a senior by recording 77 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks, and a team-leading 13 quarterback hurries. As a senior at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, N.M., he was named an All-American by SuperPrep and earned second-team All-American honors from USA Today. He was born Nov. 10, 1973 in Las Cruces, N.M.

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