Broncos sign four

The Denver Broncos have signed veteran free-agent tackle Anthony Clement and three rookie free agents: former Oregon State University cornerback Brandon Browner (in photo), former Mercer University basketball player Wesley Duke and former Colorado State University tackle Erik Pears.

Additionally, the team waived running back Santonio Beard and tight end Keith Willis.

Clement, 6-8, 337 pounds, enters his eighth NFL season and first year with the Broncos after playing seven seasons with Arizona, which selected him in the second round (36th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. He has played 82 career regular-season games with 70 starts.

The 29-year-old Clement played all 16 games for the Cardinals in 2004 with eight starts at right tackle. He became a full-time starter during his second NFL season and started 45 consecutive games from 1999-01.

Clement started the final 33 games of his collegiate career at left tackle for Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette) and was named first-team All-Louisiana by the state's sportswriters as a senior. An All-District 6-A selection at Cecilia High School in Cecilia, La., Anthony George Clement was born April 10, 1976, in Lafayette, La.

Browner, 6-4, 221 pounds, started all 25 games he played in two seasons at Oregon State, totaling 87 tackles (74 solo), six interceptions (74 yds.), one sack (2 yds.) and 12 pass breakups. A preseason Jim Thorpe Award candidate in 2004 after earning Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year honors as a redshirt freshman in 2003, Browner posted 44 tackles last year and was named second-team All-Pac-10. He attended both Sylmar High School (Sylmar, Calif.) and Monroe High School (North Hills, Calif.), recording 16 career interceptions along with 1,726 yards and 24 touchdowns as a wide receiver. Brandon Browner was born Aug. 2, 1984, in Sylmar, Calif.

Duke, 6-5, 225 pounds, was a four-year starter in basketball for Mercer (Macon. Ga.), which does not compete in football and is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. In 116 career games (102 starts), Duke averaged 9.8 ppg. and 5.9 rpg. while totaling 173 blocks and 104 steals. As a senior, he ranked fifth in the conference in rebounding average (7.2 rpg.), posted a team-high 40 blocks and averaged 11.5 ppg. Duke finished in fourth place in a nationally televised slam dunk contest held in conjunction with the 2005 NCAA Final Four. Wesley Duke competed in football, basketball and track at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Ga., and was born June 21, 1981, in Norcross, Ga.

Pears, 6-8, 315 pounds, was a three-year starter and two- time first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection at Colorado State, playing 48 career games (40 starts). A preseason Outland Trophy candidate in 2003 as a junior, Pears started every game in each of his final two seasons. At Kennedy High School in Denver, he was a two-time all-state choice and earned three varsity letters each in football and wrestling. Erik Anders Pears was born June 25, 1982, in Salt Lake City.

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