ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Thursday signed free-agent linebacker Ray Wells to a three-year contract, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Wells (6-foot-1, 234 pounds) is a third-year player who spent the 2005 season out of football after San Francisco waived him Sept. 3. He entered the NFL with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2003, and played all 16 games that season with Tennessee before appearing in six games with San Francisco in 2004.
In 22 career regular-season games, Wells has totaled 15 special-teams tackles and added one stop on defense. The 25-year-old also owns two tackles on special teams in two career postseason contests played with the Titans during the 2003 season.
Wells signed with San Francisco on Oct. 13, 2004, and made two tackles on special teams in six games played with the 49ers that season. He joined the 49ers after Tennessee waived him on Sept. 6, 2004.
Claimed by Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2003, after San Francisco waived the rookie, Wells saw action in all 16 games with the Titans during his first NFL season. His 13 special-teams tackles ranked fifth on Tennessee, and he contributed one special-teams stop in each of the Titans' two playoff games that year.
In two seasons at the University of Arizona, Wells posted 122 career tackles and four interceptions. A first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection on special teams as a senior, Wells played two seasons at San Diego Mesa College before transferring to Arizona.
Wells, who twice was a first-team all-conference selection in football at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley, Calif., was born Aug. 20, 1980.
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