The Denver Broncos on Thursday exercised the right of first refusal on the New York Jets' contract offer for restricted free-agent tight end Jeb Putzier, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.<p>
Putzier, 6-4, 256 pounds, enters his fourth NFL season with the Broncos, who drafted him in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played 16 regular-season games (5 starts) in 2004, ranking second among NFL tight ends with a 15.9 yards-per-reception average while recording career highs in receptions (36), receiving yards (572) and touchdowns (2). In 23 career regular-season games (6 starts), Putzier has totaled 40 receptions for 606 yards (15.2 avg.) with two touchdowns.
After converting to tight end from wide receiver at Boise State University, Putzier earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior after posting a career-high 44 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Jebediah Lee Putzier was born Jan. 20, 1979, in Eagle, Idaho, and attended Eagle High School.