Broncos sign three free agents

The Denver Broncos added three free agents to the roster on Monday. They are linebacker Charles Burton, defensive end Randy Garner and guard Tyler Lenda (in photo), who was in the Broncos training camp last summer.

Charles Burton, 6-1, 240, spent training camp in 2003 with Arizona but was released and was out of football the remainder of the season. The first-year linebacker out of Syracuse has been a two-year starter in NFL Europe with Rhein, and was a member of the Fire's World Bowl XI team. Originally signed by Arizona as a rookie free agent following the 2002 NFL Draft, Burton did not play in 2002 after being waived in training camp.

While at Syracuse, he made 118 tackles (77 solo), including 55 as a senior. Burton was a first-team all-district quarterback as a senior at Austin (Texas) High School after rushing for 700 yards and nine touchdowns and adding 600 yards passing and four scores. As a sophomore, he was named defensive sophomore of the year and was the offense's most valuable player. In addition to excelling on the gridiron, Burton lettered four times in track and once in baseball. He was born May 6, 1979, in Richmond, Va.

Randy Garner, 6-4, 285, joins the Broncos after a highly successful stint as a starting defensive end with the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe. In 2003, he was out of football after being waived by St. Louis during training camp. Again out of football in 2002 after spending training camp with Jacksonville, Burton was on the Jaguars' practice squad in 2001. He entered the NFL as Atlanta's sixth-round (167th overall) selection in the 2001 NFL Draft.

A three-year starter at Arkansas, Garner moved from outside linebacker to defensive end as a sophomore and started his last 34 games. During his career, he totaled 164 tackles (88 solo) and 30 for a loss. As a senior, Burton started nine games, racking up 27 tackles (16 solo), two sacks and one pass defended. His best season came as a junior when he was named to the All-SEC second team, registering 52 tackles (32 solo), 5.5 sacks, a team-high 13 tackles for loss and one interception. Born Randy Montrell Garner Nov. 28, 1977, in Atlanta, Texas, he earned All-Northeast Texas honors and was named the area's Most Valuable Defensive Player each of his last two seasons at Atlanta High School.

Tyler Lenda, 6-2, 289, was out of football in 2003 after being waived by the Broncos in the final cutdown of training camp. This past offseason, however, Lenda gained valuable experience playing for the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe. Originally joining the Broncos as a college free agent last season (4/28/03), Lenda was a two-year starter at right guard at Penn State. He began his collegiate career at defensive end before moving to tight end as a redshirt freshman and finally settling on the offensive line in 2000, finishing with 46 career games played. Born Andrew Tyler Lenda on Sept. 4, 1979, in Harrisburg, Pa., he resides in Camp Hill, Pa.


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