Broncos sign DE Marco Coleman

The Broncos have signed free agent defensive end Marco Coleman. He is a 12-year NFL veteran who played last season with Philadelphia after being released by Jacksonville. Coleman played in 13 games for the Eagles last season. He has been a full-time starter in 11 of his 12 NFL seasons, and has missed just eight games in his career.


Thursday, March 11, 2004 - The Denver Broncos Thursday signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Marco Coleman and re-signed tight end/long snapper Mike Leach, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Coleman, 6-3, 270 pounds, is a 12-year NFL veteran who played last season with Philadelphia. He joined the Eagles Sept. 5, 2003 after being released by Jacksonville in the final cutdown (8/30), and went on to play in 13 games and record 10 tackles (5 solo), including a half-sack (-1 yd.). Coleman also played in a reserve role in both of Philadelphia's postseason games and registered three solo tackles.

The 34-year-old Coleman has played in 184 NFL games and started 169 over a career that began with Miami (1992-95) and continued in San Diego (1996-98), Washington (1999-2001) and Jacksonville (2002) before last season's stint with Philadelphia.

Coleman posted a career-high 12 sacks with the Redskins in 2000, and was named NFL Rookie of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1992 with Miami. He has posted 62 sacks among his 656 career tackles (468 solo), and added 20 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Coleman has also played in nine career postseason games (seven starts) and made 41 tackles (33 solo), including three sacks, and added two forced fumbles. He was Miami's first-round draft choice in 1992 (12th overall) out of Georgia Tech, where he finished his career as the school's all-time sacks leader (28), despite leaving with one year of eligibility remaining.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Coleman is married with three children. Leach, 6-2, 245, has been the Broncos' long-snapper since the midpoint of the 2002 season. He has played in 24 games for the club, among his 43 total in his four-year NFL career. Leach entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Tennessee in 2000 and played in 19 games with the Titans before being waived Oct. 16, 2001. He spent the 2002 training camp with Chicago before joining the Broncos Nov. 4, 2002.

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