Broncos sign three free agents

The Denver Broncos signed free-agent running back Travis Henry, unrestricted free-agent guard Montrae Holland and unrestricted free-agent running back Paul Smith on Monday.

Travis Henry (5-foot-9, 215 pounds) is entering his seventh NFL season and joins the Broncos after spending the previous two years with Tennessee, which released him Saturday. He was selected by Buffalo in the second round (58th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft from the University of Tennessee and played his first four seasons with the Bills before he was traded to the Titans on July 18, 2005.

Henry, who was named to the Pro Bowl with Buffalo in 2002, owns three career 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The 28-year-old has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in a game 19 times during his career and has scored multiple rushing touchdowns in a game nine times.

In 78 career regular-season games (62 starts), Henry has posted 1,321 carries for 5,395 yards (4.1 avg.) with 34 touchdowns. He also has recorded 134 receptions for 886 yards (6.6 avg.) with two scores.

Henry saw action in 14 games (13 starts) for the Titans in 2006 and totaled 1,211 rushing yards on 270 carries (4.5 avg.) with seven touchdowns. His 4.5-yard rushing average was a career high and ranked fourth in the NFL among players with at least 250 rushing attempts. The running back also in 2006 tied a personal best with six 100-yard rushing performances.

Tennessee acquired Henry from Buffalo on July 18, 2005, in exchange for a third round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. While with the Bills, Henry recorded consecutive seasons with at least 1,350 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns from 2002-03.

Henry's 1,438 rushing yards on 325 carries (4.4 avg.) with Buffalo in 2002 ranked fifth in the NFL and helped him earn the first Pro Bowl selection of his career. His career-best 13 rushing touchdowns that season tied for the sixth-highest total in the NFL, and the running back also chipped in 43 receptions.

During the 2003 campaign, Henry became the first Bills player since Thurman Thomas (1989-96) to post consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons with his 1,356-yard, 10-touchdown effort.

Henry finished his career at the University of Tennessee as its all-time leader in career rushing yards (3,078) and helped the school win the National Championship during the 1998 season. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference choice as a senior in 2000.

A Parade All-America selection and Florida's Mr. Football as a senior at Frostproof High School in Frostproof, Fla., Travis Deion Henry was born Oct. 29, 1978.

Montrae Holland (6-foot-2, 322 pounds) is entering his fifth NFL season and joins the Broncos after spending his first four professional seasons with New Orleans. Holland, who has played 52 career regular-season games (30 starts), was selected by the Saints in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft from Florida State University.

In 2006, Holland played eight regular-season games on a New Orleans team that won the NFC South title and advanced to the NFC Championship Game for the first time in club history. The 26-year-old appeared in 15 games (10 starts) for the Saints in 2005, starting seven contests at right guard and three at left guard.

Holland was a 13-game starter for the Saints in 2004, and his blocking helped running back Deuce McAllister record his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season (1,074 yds.). The guard appeared in all 16 games with seven starts for New Orleans as a rookie in 2003, a year in which McAllister ranked fourth in the NFL with 1,641 rushing yards that marked the second-highest single-season total in team history.

At Florida State, Holland was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection who started 29 consecutive games at right guard. He was named a third-team All-American by The Sporting News as a senior in addition to earning first-team All-ACC honors that year.

A graduate of Jefferson High School in Ore City, Texas, Montrae Rondrell Holland was born May 21, 1980, in Jefferson, Texas.

Paul Smith (5-foot-11, 237 pounds) is entering his seventh NFL season and joins the Broncos after spending the 2006 season with St. Louis. Smith also has played for Detroit (2003-05) and San Francisco (2000-02), which selected him in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft from the University of Texas-El Paso.

The 29-year-old has appeared in 65 career regular-season games (8 starts) and has rushed 46 times for 210 yards (4.6 avg.) with one touchdown while catching 18 passes for 182 yards (10.1 avg.). He also has returned 20 kickoffs for 314 yards (15.7 avg.) and made 31 tackles on special teams for his career.

Smith played 10 games (3 starts) for the Rams in 2006 and blocked for running back Steven Jackson, who finished the year ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,528). Smith signed with the Rams on May 4, 2006, after starting a career-high five games (12 overall appearances) with the Lions in 2005.

Smith totaled a personal-best 90 rushing yards on 18 carries (5.0 avg.) with the 49ers in 2002 while adding 10 tackles on special teams. He made 13 tackles on special teams for San Francisco in 2001 and scored the first rushing touchdown of his career that year.

At UTEP, Smith played 43 career games (22 starts) and finished his career fourth in school history with 2,539 rushing yards on 603 carries (4.2 avg.). He was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection as a senior.

An all-district selection in football at Andress High School in El Paso, Texas, Paul Albert Smith was born Jan. 31, 1978.



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