Broncos sign Spencer, CB Stephens

The Denver Broncos have signed free agent cornerback Reggie Stephens and re-signed cornerback and player-coach Jimmy Spencer. Stephens has been with the Giants and the Chiefs, but was out of football in 2003. Spencer is a 12-year NFL veteran who has played the past four seasons with the Broncos and became the first player coach since 1971 last year.

BRONCOS SIGN CB STEPHENS; RE-SIGN CB SPENCER

Monday, March 15, 2004 - The Denver Broncos Monday signed free agent cornerback Reggie Stephens and re-signed cornerback Jimmy Spencer, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Stephens, 5-9, 200 pounds, is a three-year NFL veteran who finished last season with the New York Giants after signing with the club Dec. 18. In 24 career games he has made 13 tackles (11 solo), three interceptions, five pass deflections and 15 special teams tackles.

Stephens entered the NFL with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 1999 and played in 16 games with the club over the '99 and 2000 seasons. He was out of football in 2001, then went through training camp with Kansas City in 2002 before being waived and re-signed at mid-season by the Giants, with whom he played in eight games. He was then out of football in 2003. Stephens' most productive season came in 2000 when played in 15 games for the Giants and posted eight solo tackles, four pass deflections and all three of his career interceptions.

The 29-year-old Stephens was a two-year starter at Rutgers, where he earned All-Big East and team most valuable player honors as a senior in 1998. He began his college career at Cabrillo (Calif.) Junior College after a stellar prep career at Santa Cruz (Calif.) High School. A native of Santa Cruz, Stephens was born Feb. 21, 1975 in Shreveport, La.

Spencer, 5-9, 188 pounds, is a 12-year NFL veteran who has played the past four seasons with the Broncos. Last season Spencer also assisted the Broncos coaching staff with the defensive backs, becoming the first player/coach in the NFL since 1970-71, when Dan Reeves performed both tasks for the Dallas Cowboys.

The 34-year-old Spencer has played 177 career games (81 starts) with New Orleans (1992-95), Cincinnati (96-97), San Diego (98-99) and Denver (2000-03) and has made 26 interceptions and 446 tackles (387 solo).


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