They signed free-agent tight end Jed Weaver to a three-year, $3.1 million contract that includes a $500,000 signing bonus. Weaver is no Sharpe but he is entering the prime of his career at 27.
He made more catches last year (35) with San Francisco than he did in his three previous seasons with Miami. His 437 receiving yards last season was the highest output of his career as he finally got a chance to start.
But with Denver using as many two tight-end formations as any team in the NFL, depth is always an issue.
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
--CB Jimmy Spencer last year became the NFL's first player-coach since Dan Reeves, and he's ready to give double-duty one more shot. Spencer re-signed with the Broncos, and will continue to serve as an assistant with the secondary.
--The Broncos added one more player to its revamped defense, signing defensive end Raylee Johnson, who had been released by San Diego. The team continued to court safety John Lynch.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think he's viewing this next year as a chance to recharge his batteries." -- Agent Leigh Steinberg, on Kordell Stewart's visit with the Broncos.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
RB - This may change depending on what the team does in free agency, but the Broncos know they can never have enough running backs.
DT - The Broncos likely will part ways with Daryl Gardener after a March arbitration hearing, and they're still looking for that impact player in the middle.
WR - Rod Smith is still one of the best in the game but he's getting up in the years and Denver needs to start grooming someone to take his place especially now that Ed McCaffrey has retired. It would help if this pick is a big-time return guy as well.