Broncos sign ex-player Chamberlain

The Denver Broncos have signed free agent tight end Byron Chamberlain, who played six seasons in Denver (1995-2000). Chamberlain, 6-1, 250 pounds, is entering his 10th season in the NFL.

Chamberlain reportedly reached agreement Thursday afternoon on a one-year, $760,000 deal, which includes a $25,000 signing bonus.

Denver outbid Tampa Bay for the rights to sign Chamberlain, who spent last year with the Washington Redskins.

Chamberlain made stops in Washington (2003) and Minnesota (2001-02) before returning to the Broncos. In 106 career games (25 starts), Chamberlain has caught 167 passes for 2,048 yards (12.3) with six touchdowns and a long of 88. His most productive year came in 2001 with the Vikings, when he hauled in 57 passes for 666 yards (11.7) and three touchdowns, earning his first-career trip to the Pro Bowl. In 73 games with the Broncos, Chamberlain had 72 receptions for 964 (13.4) and three touchdowns in primarily a back-up role.

The Honolulu, Hawaii native entered the league as the Broncos' seventh-round (222nd overall) selection in the 1995 NFL Draft out of Wayne (Neb.) State. Chamberlain set a school record for receptions at Wayne State with 161, and ranks third on the all-time list for receiving yards with 1,941. As a senior, he started all 10 games in 1994, registering a school-record 83 catches for 926 yards (11.2 avg.), and seven touchdowns. He began his college career at Missouri, where he was an All-Big Eight Conference honorable mention selection in 1991.

A third-team all-state selection as a wide receiver at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas, Chamberlain was also an all-district and All-Tarrant County first-team choice. He caught 34 passes for 645 yards (19.0 avg.) and seven touchdowns, adding 216 yards rushing with a pair of scores on 13 carries as a senior. In his high school career, he had 70 receptions for 1,390 yards (19.9) and 15 touchdowns. Chamberlain also lettered twice in track and three times in baseball. He was born Oct. 17, 1971 in Honolulu, Hawaii.


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