Broncos sign QB Chad Friehauf

The Denver Broncos have signed rookie free-agent quarterback Chad Friehauf (Colorado School of Mines). Additionally, the Broncos waived tight end Mike Pinkard.

Friehauf, 6-6, 211 pounds, finished his career at Division II Colorado School of Mines as its all-time leader in passing yards (9,873), touchdown passes (84), attempts (1,183) and completions (773). He was 22-8 (.733) as a three-year starter at CSM, marking the ninth best career winning percentage in Division II history among quarterbacks with a minimum of 25 starts. Friehauf's 10,679 total yards of offense and 84 touchdown passes rank sixth and 15th, respectively, all-time in Division II annals.

In 2004, Friehauf received the Harlon Hill Trophy as the top player in Division II after setting NCAA single-season records in passing yards (4,646) and completions (384). Friehauf, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Year, threw 39 touchdowns in 2004 while rushing for 717 yards with 15 scores as part of a Division II single-season record 5,363 yards of total offense. He led CSM to its first-ever playoff win and accounted for 1,044 of the 1,127 yards gained by CSM in its two postseason games.

Friehauf became CSM's starting quarterback midway through his sophomore season in 2002 and earned honorable mention All-RMAC accolades from 2002-03. A first-team all-state selection in football, basketball and baseball at Brush High School in Brush, Colo., Chad Friehauf was born Aug. 31, 1982.

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QB Friehauf signs deal with Broncos - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
05/12/2005 - Come Monday, Chad Friehauf will be throwing passes for the Broncos during their spring quarterback camp. Friehauf, the Colorado School of Mines' record-setting quarterback, officially signed a rookie free-agent contract Thursday with Denver. "I knew it would work out. It was just a matter of the Broncos making some roster moves," said Friehauf, who was told shortly after last month's draft that Denver would sign him. "I can't wait to start throwing the football again. I'm not worried about my place on the team. I just want to come into the camp and learn the system."

Taking Control - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, May 12, 2005 - Among the pros and cons of a player serving as his own agent, one tenet is clear -- the commission on contracts is handled in a much different manner. Commission percentages of two or three percent are often bandied about for players and their agents. For linebacker Ian Gold, who chose to represent himself when he negotiated as a street free agent when signing with the Broncos in early March, the number "two" comes into play, but not as a percentage. "Two dollars," Gold said, smiling. But it wasn't financial considerations that caused Gold to eschew the traditional model of negotiating through a third party to handle it himself. It was something far deeper -- a matter of trust.

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