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Denver Broncos Sign Free Agent Tight End Garrett Graham

The Broncos bolstered their tight end group Monday.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In keeping with their recent trend of transacting business on Monday, the Denver Broncos have signed free agent tight end Garrett Graham.

Graham was selected by Gary Kubiak's Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Like former Broncos/Texans TE Owen Daniels, Graham is a Wisconsin Badgers product. 

Bill O'Brien, Kubiak's replacement in Houston, initially liked what he had in Graham, going so far as to sign the TE to a three-year extension in 2014. That was coming off a 2013 season that saw Graham produce 49 receptions for 545 yards and five touchdowns. 

However, in O'Brien's two years as head coach, Graham caught just 22 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns in 19 games and spent much of 2015 on the Texans inactive list. Thus, Houston released him in March. 

He does have talent and he's a great fit for Kubiak's variant of the West Coast Offense. Graham is athletic, can catch and can get it done as a blocker. 

He'll join Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman and round out the Broncos tight end group well. The Broncos also have a couple of developmental TEs on the roster in Richard Gordon and Manesseh Garner

There's been some buzz among the draftnik community that the Broncos could be in the market for a tight end in the upcoming NFL Draft. This year's crop is not very deep at TE, however. 

But it's a crucial position for Denver's offensive scheme and with Mark Sanchez — or whomever ends up starting for the Broncos at quarterback — the tight end can serve as a security blanket, especially when a signal-caller is outside his comfort zone. 

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