Signing creates uncertaintly for Alexander

Denver Broncos tight end Stephen Alexander saw that the team gave Daniel Graham a huge contract, and immediately wondered what it meant for his future.

Alexander has started the past two seasons for the Broncos. He was slowed by a rib injury late last season and wasn't surprised when Denver signed Graham. Alexander is a good blocker who contributes in the run game, and Graham is an upgrade.

With Tony Scheffler set to see a lot of playing time as the receiving tight end in two tight end sets, Alexander called Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and asked if he had a future with the team. Shanahan assured him there was, but he knew that he wasn't guaranteed anything.

"I understand this is a business and they have to make tough decisions on who's going to be here and who's not," Alexander said.

Alexander's role would probably be as a reserve who could provide solid leadership. He could see playing time if the Broncos go big and use Graham and Alexander to clear the path for running back Travis Henry.

Alexander said he didn't know if he would play elsewhere if he didn't make the roster. He said he didn't really want to relocate his family, and he was satisfied with his career.

Alexander broke into the NFL in 1998 and has 247 career receptions for four teams.

"If there's a spot here for me, great, and if not, that's totally cool," Alexander said. "I've had a great career. To say I've played nine years in the pros means a lot to me."



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