Mallard (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) is in his sixth NFL season and joins the Broncos after playing for Tampa Bay (2005-06), New England (2005) and the New York Giants (2002-04). He was selected by the Giants in the sixth round (188th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft from the University of Oregon.
The 28-year-old has played 59 career regular-season games (0 starts), totaling four tackles (3 solo) and one fumble recovery. He also has recorded 46 career stops on special teams.
In 2006, Mallard played all 16 games for Tampa Bay and registered 12 special-teams tackles and one fumble recovery. He joined the Buccaneers as a free agent on Nov. 12, 2005, after beginning that season on the Patriots' roster.
The linebacker spent his first three professional seasons (2002-04) with the Giants, appearing in 15 games during both the 2002 and '03 campaigns. Mallard posted a career-best 15 special-teams tackles for the Giants as a rookie in 2002 and added 14 stops on coverage units in 2003.
Mallard played four seasons at Oregon, where he totaled 162 career tackles (89 solo), four sacks (23 yds.) and two interceptions. He received second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors on both defense and special teams as a senior.
Mallard graduated from Hardaway High School in Columbus, Ga., and also played high school football in Korea. He was born on Nov. 21, 1978, in Hinesville, Ga.
Peterson (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) is in his fifth NFL season and rejoins the Broncos after the club released him on Saturday. Originally signed by Denver on Oct. 11, Peterson has played 37 career regular-season games (0 starts) and has posted 56 tackles (35 solo) and three sacks (14 yds.).
A product of Ohio State University, Peterson was selected by Green Bay in the third round (94th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft and played his first three professional seasons with the Packers. Peterson, who graduated from McKinley High school in Canton, Ohio, was born on Nov. 21, 1978.
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