ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed unrestricted free-agent linebacker Nate Webster to a one-year contract, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Webster (6-foot-0, 240 pounds) is entering his seventh year in the NFL and joins the Broncos after spending the last two seasons with Cincinnati. Selected by Tampa Bay in the third round (90th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft, Webster played his first four years with the Buccaneers and was a member of their team that won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002.
In 67 career regular-season games (9 starts), Webster has totaled 213 tackles (132 solo), two sacks (17 yds.), seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 29 special-teams tackles. The 28-year-old also has participated in five career postseason contests (0 starts) and recorded seven tackles (6 solo), 0.5 sacks (0 yds.), one pass breakup and four special-teams stops in those games.
Webster signed with the Bengals as an unrestricted free agent on March 5, 2004, and led Cincinnati in tackles (26) through the first three games of that season as its starting middle linebacker. A right knee injury suffered in Week 4 forced him on injured reserve, and he began 2005 on the physically unable to perform list before being activated on Nov. 29. He finished 2005 with three tackles that were totaled in his only game action against Buffalo on Dec. 24.
Webster played 63 of a possible 64 regular-season games with the Buccaneers from 2000-03 and started six contests during that period. In his final year with the team in 2003, Webster recorded a career-best 66 tackles (40 solo), one sack (9 yds.) and one fumble recovery in five starts for Tampa Bay.
In 2002, Webster ranked fourth on the Buccaneers in special-teams tackles (16) and posted 33 defensive stops in playing all 16 games. During the 2002 playoffs, he contributed four tackles on special teams and saw defensive action in each game while helping Tampa Bay win Super Bowl XXXVII.
Webster was a two-time All-Big East Conference selection at the University of Miami, where he started 22 games and totaled 301 tackles (178 solo) along with seven sacks for his career. He was a second-team Associated Press All-American and was a semifinalist for the Bronco Nagurski Award (nation's best defensive player) as a junior with the Hurricanes.
A first-team Parade All-American as a senior at Northwestern High School in Miami, Nathaniel Webster Jr. was born Nov. 29, 1977, in Miami.
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