Broncos sign Ramsey

The Denver Broncos have formally signed free-agent quarterback Patrick Ramsey, formerly with the New York Jets.

On the same day that the Denver Broncos released a former No. 1 draft pick, defensive end Courtney Brown, they signed another former No. 1 in Ramsey, who will compete for the backup position to quarterback Jay Cutler.

Ramsey (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) is entering his sixth NFL season and joins the Broncos after spending the 2006 campaign with the New York Jets, which released him March 2. The 28-year-old played his first four professional seasons with Washington after the club selected him in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft from Tulane University.

Ramsey has played 35 career regular-season games (24 starts), completing 480-of-862 passes (55.7%) for 5,649 yards with 34 touchdowns and 29 interceptions for a 74.9 passer rating. Ramsey, who has a 10-14 career record as a starter, has rushed 45 times for 83 yards (1.8 avg.) with two touchdowns.

In 2006, Ramsey attempted one pass in his lone regular-season appearance for the New York Jets. He was acquired by the Jets from Washington on March 17, 2006, in exchange for a sixth round choice in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Ramsey registered three games with a passer rating of at least 100.0 while playing nine games (7 starts) for the Redskins in 2004. He posted a career-high 62.1 completion percentage that season, completing 169-of-272 passes for 1,665 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

During the 2003 campaign, Ramsey started all 11 games played for Washington and completed 179-of-337 passes (53.1%) for a personal-best 2,166 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He threw for at least 300 yards on two occasions in 2003, including a career-high 356-yard effort in the Redskins' win at Atlanta on Sept. 14, 2003.

Ramsey saw action in 10 games for Washington as a rookie in 2002 and threw multiple touchdown passes in three of his five starts that season.

At Tulane, Ramsey finished his career as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (9,205), touchdown passes (72), completions (798) and passing attempts (1,355). He set a Tulane record by throwing at least one touchdown pass in 31 consecutive games.

A graduate of Ruston High School in Ruston, La., Patrick Ramsey was born Feb. 14, 1979.

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