Broncos sign Brockermeyer

The Denver Broncos Friday agreed to terms with free agent tackle Blake Brockermeyer after starting left tackle Ephraim Salaam went down with an injury. <p> Brockermeyer, 6-4, 300 pounds, returns to the Broncos for a second year, and his ninth in the NFL. He originally signed with the Broncos June 11, 2002, and played in 16 games last year, making one start. At the end of the 2001 season, he became an unrestricted free agent, and signed with Denver during training camp.

The Denver Broncos Friday agreed to terms with free agent tackle Blake Brockermeyer, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. Brockermeyer, 6-4, 300 pounds, returns to the Broncos for a second year, and his ninth in the NFL. He originally signed with the Broncos June 11, 2002, and played in 16 games last year, making one start. At the end of the 2001 season, he became an unrestricted free agent, and signed with Denver during training camp.

Brockermeyer has played in 120 games (101 starts) and three postseason contests (all starts) for Carolina (1995-98) and Chicago (1999-2001) and Denver (2002) since entering the NFL as a first-round draft choice (29th overall) of the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995. He became an unrestricted free agent in 1999 and signed with Chicago Feb. 27, 1999. He was waived by the Bears (failed physical) April 5, 2002.

Voted to the all-century team for the University of Texas Longhorns, Brockermeyer, after redshirting as a freshman, started every game for the rest of his career, earning All-America honors each year. He was a consensus All-American as a junior before declaring himself eligible for the NFL Draft, after earning first-team All-America honors as a redshirt freshman and sophomore at right tackle.

Brockermeyer was a two-time all-district first-team selection at Arlington Heights (Texas) High School and a consensus all-state first-team selection. He was voted the stateís top offensive lineman and the nationís #21 choice by SuperPrep magazine. He and his wife, Kristy, have two sons, Jack and Luke. Blake Weeks Brockermeyer was born April 11, 1973, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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