ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-The Denver Broncos have released veteran punter Tom Rouen and wide receiver Kevin Kasper, and agreed to terms with punter/kicker Micah Knorr.
Rouen, 34, played in 152 gamesómore than any punter in team historyóover 10 seasons with the Broncos (1993-2002) and was the punter on
the World Championship teams of 1997 and '98. He owns Broncos franchise records in total punts (641) and punting yards (28,146), while ranking third in career punting average (43.9). He has posted a net average of 36.1 with 75 touchbacks, 182 punts placed inside the 20-yard line, seven blocks and long of 76.
Through eight games this season Rouen was averaging 42.7 yards per punt with a net of 31.7 on 29 punts (1,239).
Rouen led the NFL in gross punting average in 1999 (46.5) after posting the best average of his career in 1998 (46.9)óperformances that rank Nos. 1-2 on the Broncos' all-time single-season list. He ranked in the NFL's top three in gross punting average four times (1993, 1998-99, 2001) and ranked in the top five in net average three times (1994-95, '97).
Kasper, 24, was drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round (190th overall) from Iowa in 2001. He played in 14 games and made four starts, catching eight passes for 84 yards (10.5) with a long of 21 and returning 29 kickoffs for 765 yards (26.4) with a long of 56. He had played
in four games in 2002, only on special teams, and returned 15 kickoffs for 393 yards (26.2) with a long of 56.
Knorr, 27, is in his third NFL season out of Utah State and has proven to be one of the top punters in the league in terms of hang time, directional ability and net average. He also brings another dimension by giving the Broncos options on kickoffs, currently handled by Jason Elam.
Knorr signed with Dallas in 2000 and played in 37 games with the club as both a punter and kickoff specialist before being released Oct. 22, 2002.
The 6-2, 199-lb. Knorr has a career average of 41.2 on 183 punts (7,548), with a net average of 33.6. He played collegiately at Utah State where he earned second-team All-Big West honors as a senior in 1996 after nabbing first-team honors in '95. Knorr was primarily a kicker for the Aggies, converting 39 of 60 field goal attempts and notching 14 touchbacks on kickoffs. He punted as a freshman and sophomore, averaging 38.3 yards on 43 punts (1,647 yards).
A native of Orange, Calif. (1/9/75), Knorr was an All-CIF kicker at Orange High School.
Broncos release Kevin Kasper and Tom Rouen
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