Broncos Claim Chris Watton off Waivers

The Denver Broncos have aquired center/guard Chris Watton, a former member of the Colorado Crush Arena Football team, off waivers.

Official Denver Broncos Press Release

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday claimed center/guard Chris Watton off waivers, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. Watton was waived on Monday by Tampa Bay, which had signed him June 15.

Watton, 6-3, 305 pounds, is a first-year player who competed in the Broncos' 2004 training camp and had stints on the team's practice squad during the 2002 and ‘03 seasons.

The 27-year-old Watton was out of the NFL during the 2004 regular season but was a key member of the ArenaBowl XIX champion Colorado Crush in the spring. He played on the Crush's offensive and defensive lines, recording 5.5 tackles in 14 regular-season games and one sack (9 yds.) in three playoff contests.

The Baylor University product was on Denver's practice squad for 14 weeks in both the 2003 and ‘02 seasons. Watton began the 2002 campaign in Green Bay's training camp but was waived Aug. 27 before signing with the Broncos' practice squad Sept. 18.

Watton, who entered the NFL with Arizona as an undrafted free agent in 2000, was out of football during his rookie season after the Cardinals waived him June 30. He played for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in the spring of 2001 and competed in the Baltimore Ravens' training camp that season before he was waived Sept. 1. Watton spent the 2001 season out of the NFL before signing a future contract with Green Bay on Jan. 17, 2002.

Watton started 20 games in two seasons at Baylor after transferring from Southwest Mississippi Community College. He was named all-county, all-region and all-state in football at Foley High School in Foley, Ala.

Christopher Lee Watton was born Oct. 6, 1977, in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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