Broncos sign cornerback Paymah

The Denver Broncos have signed cornerback Karl Paymah, whom they selected in the third round (76th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. The Broncos waived wide receiver Grant Mattos to make room on the roster.

He reportedly will get a three year contract worth $1.7 million.

Paymah, 6-0, 200 pounds, started the final 24 games of his career at Washington State University and was named honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference as a senior. In 48 career games (27 starts), Paymah posted 129 tackles (96 solo), three interceptions (5 yds.), 21 pass breakups and one fumble recovery for the Cougars.

He recorded two interceptions (5 yds.) along with 35 tackles (28 solo) and eight pass breakups in 2004 to secure honorable-mention all-conference accolades and an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Paymah had a career-high 55 tackles (39 solo) in 2003 and was a key reserve on Washington State's 2002 team that won a share of the Pac-10 title and represented the conference in the Rose Bowl.

A defensive back and receiver at Culver City High School in Culver City, Calif., Paymah was a first-team All-Bay League selection on defense and his team's offensive MVP as a senior. He also was regarded as one of the top track athletes in the region, winning his league's 200-meter title as a junior. Karl Paymah received a bachelor's degree in business/advertising from Washington State and was born Nov. 29, 1982, in Boston.

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