Although he hasn't played a regular season game in two years, the Broncos were willing to take the gamble, agreeing to terms with Arizona Cardinal free agent Rob Moore on a one-year contract worth $775,000, including a $25,000 signing bonus.
Minimizing the gamble is a recently adopted rule that provides a salary break for teams that sign a longtime veteran to a minimum-salary contract. The end result counts only $450,000 against the salary cap, giving the cash-strapped Broncos a bit more breathing room in the free agent market.
Moore, long considered one of the league's finest receivers, has been plagued by injuries over the past two seasons, suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the 2000 preseason, followed by continual hamstring problems. The former number one pick of the New York Jets finished out the 2001 season on the injured reserve.
Should Moore be able to regain the form he displayed for the Arizona Cardinals, Denver has struck gold, acquiring a viable third receiver who, despite his limited playing time, continues to rank among the top 20 pass catchers in NFL history.
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