Broncos sign six free agents to future contracts

The Denver Broncos Tuesday signed six free agent players to future contracts: cornerback Corey Chamblin, defensive end Devon Finn, linebacker Louis Green, cornerback Jeff Harris, quarterback Nick Rolovich and tackle Wayne Smith.

They will officially be added to the roster upon conclusion the 2002 NFL season in February.

Chamblin, 25, did not play in 2002 after being released by Tampa Bay Sept. 1. In 2001, he again was out of football after being released during training camp by Green Bay. The 5-10, 189-pound cornerback appeared in 11 regular-season games for Jacksonville in 1999, all on special teams, where he notched three special teams tackles and blocked a punt in a divisional playoff game against Miami (1/15/00). Chamblin was a preseason all-Ohio Valley Conference selection his senior year at Tennessee Tech, and played in 43 games with 35 starts, totaling 161 tackles, three interceptions, eight passes defensed and two blocked punts. A native of Birmingham, Ala., he is a graduate of Ensley High School, and was born May, 29, 1977. Finn, 24, spent training camp with the Houston Texans before being release on Aug. 20. He originally signed with Miami as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois State on March 26, 2001, but was waived by the Dolphins on Aug. 28. A four-year letter winner at Illinois State, the 6-5, 280-pound defensive end amassed 151 tackles and 13 Ω sacks, including a career-high 45 tackles as a senior. Additionally, he was a first-team all-Gateway Conference selection his senior year and a second-team selection his junior year. Born May, 6, 1978, Finn is a native of Winfield, Ill., and attended Warrenville South High School.

Green, 23, signed with Baltimore on June 2, 2002 but was released during training camp on Aug. 26. The three-year starter at Alcorn St. totaled 215 career tackles, including 114 solo, and finished second on the team by posting a career-high 88. He also led the team in sacks his senior season with seven for 57 yards. Green attended Jefferson County (Lorman, Miss.) High School, and was born Sept. 23, 1979 in Vicksburg, Miss.

Harris, 25, was a seventh-round draft choice (232nd overall) of the Miami Dolphins in 2000, but underwent arthroscopic surgery for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee on June 14, 2000, and another surgery on Aug. 3 to remove a piece of torn cartilage from the same knee. He spent the entire year on injured reserve, and has been out of football ever since.

Rolovich, 23, was with the Broncos during training camp in 2002 before being released in the final cutdown on Sept. 1. A rookie free agent who tried out for the Broncos during the May minicamp and was signed May 17, he put up very impressive numbers in his two years at Hawaii, where his main target was Denverís 2002 first round draft choice, Ashley Lelie. Rolovich completed 296 of 541 passes at Hawaii (54.7%) for 4,176 yds., 40 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Last year he led Hawaii to eight wins in nine starts after replacing the injured Timmy Chang, completing 233 of 405 passes (58%) for 3,361 yds. and 34 touchdowns with just nine interceptions. Rolovich closed his career with three straight 500-yd. passing games, tallying 1,548 yds. and 20 touchdowns in those three contests alone, as Hawaii averaged 58.7 points per game. He is a 1997 graduate of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif., where he lettered twice in football and once in baseball and helped his team win the two league football championships. Rolovich was born Feb. 16, 1979 in Daly City, Calif.

Smith, 23, was out of football in 2002 after being released during training camp by the Washington Redskins. The 6-3, 305-pound guard recorded 1,945 offensive plays during his four-year career at Appalachian St. He was named first-team all-Southern Conference after his senior season, and finished in the Southern Conference Lineman of the Year voting. Born Nov. 17, 1979 in Pem-broke Pines, Fla., Smith attended McArthur High School.


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