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Denver Broncos Sign Defensive Tackle Phil Taylor And Tight End Richard Gordon

The Denver Broncos made their first moves of the NFL off-season on Monday, signing defensive tackle Phil Taylor and tight end Richard Gordon.

Let the offseason begin.

The Denver Broncos made their first signings of the free agency period Monday, signing defensive tackle Phil Taylor and tight end Richard Gordon to contracts for the 2016 season.

With the moves, the Broncos add two veteran talents to their roster who should come into training camp ready to compete for spots on Denver’s 53-man roster.

Taylor has spent the entirety of his four year NFL career with the Cleveland Browns. He’s a former Browns first round pick from the 2011 NFL draft who accumulated 109 total tackles, seven sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery while in Cleveland. He sat out last season after being released by the Browns following training camp in August.

Richard Gordon will enter his sixth NFL season in 2016 after spending time with the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City ChiefsOakland Raiders, and Tennessee Titans. Most recently, Gordon spent seven weeks on the Broncos roster acting mostly as a reserve tight end. In his NFL career, Gordon has only caught four passes. However, he’s been effective as a special teamer and blocker during his time in the league.

It’s still unclear exactly what the terms of either Gordon or Taylor’s contracts with the Broncos are, however it can be expected that both contracts will feature dollar figures close to the veteran minimum.

The Taylor signing adds a talented, but underachieving, big man to the interior of Denver’s defensive line and could be a sign that GM John Elway is looking to bolster that unit in preparation for the departure of impending free agent Malik Jackson.

Gordon adds a gritty, hard-nosed player to the Broncos tight end group. However, with Jeff Heuerman set to return from an ACL injury that forced him to sit out the entirety of his rookie year, it could be tough for the former Miami Hurricane to find a spot on Denver’s 53-man roster.

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