Broncos Add Safety to Roster

The Denver Broncos have added a safety to their depleted secondary. Marques Anderson, a fourth year player waived by Oakland on Monday, was claimed by the Broncos on Tuesday.

The Denver Broncos on Tuesday claimed safety Marques (MAR-kus) Anderson off waivers. Anderson was waived by Oakland on Monday.

Anderson (5-11, 210 pounds) is in his fourth NFL season and has played 44 career games (28 starts), totaling 211 tackles (150 solo), six interceptions (140 yds.), 19 pass breakups, six fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Anderson, who has scored two touchdowns on interception returns, was selected by Green Bay in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft and has played for the Packers (2002-03) and Raiders (2004).

After Oakland acquired Anderson from the Packers on Sept. 3 in exchange for its fifth and sixth-round selections in the 2005 NFL Draft, the safety played 14 games (10 starts) for the Raiders. Anderson ranked fourth on Oakland in tackles with 72 (54 solo) while posting one interception (23 yds.), two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Oakland coach Norv Turner said that the release of Anderson was a combination of things. "Probably the biggest thing in terms of where he fit with us, and we got (Jared) Cooper back today, was the coverage stuff and playing him the way we want to play him is not his strength," Turner said. "I think the decision to do it now is so he has the opportunity to catch on with someone else."

The 26-year-old Anderson played all 16 games (7 starts) and started both of Green Bay's playoff contests in 2003 to record regular-season career highs in tackles (78) and pass breakups (10). As a rookie in 2002, Anderson returned two of his four interceptions (114 yds.) for touchdowns and finished the year with 61 tackles (41 solo) in 14 games (11 starts).

A four-year letter winner at UCLA, Anderson played 46 career games (33 starts) for the Bruins and finished his career with 236 tackles (174 solo), eight interceptions, four sacks and 40 pass breakups. He was one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) and a second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference choice as asenior.

Anderson was named a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-West selection at cornerback for Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif., after posting four interceptions as a senior. Marques Anderson was born May 26, 1979, in Harbor City, Calif.

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