Broncos sign Portis, Elam signs franchise tender

Denver signs its second round draft pick, RB Clinton Portis

GREELEY, Colo.-The Denver Broncos have signed running back Clinton Portis, the team's second-round choice in the 2002 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami.

Portis is the seventh of Denver's eight 2002 draft choices to sign a contract with the club, leaving only first-round choice Ashley Lelie, from Hawaii, unsigned. Previous draft picks to sign included seventh-round choices Chris Young (6/11) and Monsanto Pope (6/14), sixth-round choice Jeb Putzier (6/14), fifth-round selection Herb Haygood (6/18), third-round pick Dorsett Davis (6/19) and fourth-round pick Sam Brandon (6/19).

Portis, 5-11, 205 lbs., entered the NFL draft after his junior year in which he rushed for 1,200 yards and helped Miami to an undefeated season and a national championship with a win in the Rose Bowl over Nebraska. He was recognized for his accomplishments with first-team All-Big East honors and third-team All-America consideration from the Associated Press. Portis finished his career with 440 carries for 2,523 yards (5.7 avg.) and 20 touchdowns, trailing only Edgerrin James (2,960 yards 1996-98) and Ottis Anderson (3,331, 1975-78) on Miami's all-time rushing list. He rushed for 100 yards or more 14 times in his career, tying James for the school record.

Born Clinton Earl Portis in Laurel, Miss., on Sept. 1, 1981, he was a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American at Gainesville (Fla.) High School, and was named the No. 10 running back in the SEC Region by PrepStar. A three-year starter, Portis was the Gainesville Sun Player of the Year and set a school record rushing for 2,036 yards as a senior. He averaged 8.0 yards per carry and scored 26 touchdowns, and also saw action at defensive back where he had 79 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. In addition, he was a standout in track and field, as wall, clocking 10.6 in the 100 meters and participating on a state-record 4x100-meter relay team (40.8) and state champion 4x400-meter relay team. He posted a leap of 6'-6" in the high jump and 22'-8" in the long.

Elam, who was designated the Broncos franchise player, signed his one-year franchise tender.

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