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Published on 11/11/2008 at Tue Nov 11 15:21.
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Glenn Martinez

The Denver Broncos waived wide receiver Glenn Martinez Tuesday, whom the club signed only a few weeks ago. The move allowed the team to sign Tatum Bell to their active roster.

Prediction: In two weeks, in another surreal switch of former Broncos I thought would never again don the orange and blue, the Broncos will bring back Todd Sauerbrun to take Bell’s roster spot… I never, EVER thought Bell would be a Bronco again. Press release after the jump.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed free-agent running back Tatum Bell and waived wide receiver Glenn Martinez, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Bell (5-foot-11, 213 pounds) is a fifth-year running back who begins his second stint with Denver, which selected him in the second round (41st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft from Oklahoma State University. He spent his first three seasons with the Broncos before he was traded to Detroit on March 2, 2007, and played for the Lions last year before he was released by the club on Sept. 2.

In 47 career games (19 starts), he has rushed 525 times for 2,524 yards (4.8 avg.) with 14 touchdowns while catching 61 passes for 362 yards (5.9 avg.). Among running backs with at least 500 carries since 2004, Bell’s 4.8-yard rushing average ranks third in the NFL. His 4.9-yard rushing average (481-2,342) during three seasons in Denver also represents the second-best career mark in club history among players with at least 250 carries.

During his final year with the Broncos in 2006, Bell started all 13 games played and registered the first 1,000-yard rushing season of his career with 1,025 yards on 233 carries (4.4 avg.) with two scores. He started all five games played with the Lions last year, rushing 44 times for 182 yards (4.1 avg.) with one touchdown and catching 14 passes for 63 yards (4.5 avg.).

Bell finished his collegiate career at Oklahoma State ranked sixth in the school history in career rushing yards (3,409). He attended DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, and was born on March 2, 1981.

  • Jon Krause

    OOOOOOOOOOOOH, you were joking LOL. Man Kyle you really had me going. I was like what? Todd is gonna be signed?
    lol, you can’t do that to me!

  • Kyle

    LOL – yeah, sorry if that confused you for a sec.

    Equally unlikely events in my mind, four weeks ago. Hell, I would have said Sauerbrun would have been the more likely one to come back then. It took three RB injuries to get Bell to come back, while Todd could be a Kern injury away…

  • Aerobroncos

    Jon im right there with ya…. Kyle you cant joke around like that man! hahaha i was like wait i felt Kern was doing a hell of a job for us! lol

  • Jon Krause

    dude, no point with the swearing
    Kyle, I’d love the site way more if you cut that junk out…

  • Jon Krause

    Tatum is gonna have the #40 jersey on Sunday…

  • Jonathan

    Dude I think it is a pretty good pickup. I mean he left Denver with a 1,000yard year in only 13 games and was pushed to the side in Detroit. He already knows the system and we have seen he is capable of making plays. It’s just for the rest of the year and hopefully next year we can see Torain become a draft steal.

  • T-Money

    Plus detroit sucks. Where have ANY Our EX backs gone to be successful? Ruben D? Mike Anderson? Mike Bell? I think not. I do believe they all back up a bigger name or are unemployed.

  • T-Money

    Oh and on a side note:

    Vote for Eddie Royal for rookie of the week and Jay Cutler for Fed Ex Air

  • merc22

    just have to get williams and bailey back

  • SportHess

    I like the idea, I read blogs all over and due not send comments, but all the boards were saying that Denver was hurting real bad and if we did not take Bell, then know other team would, I believe this is a great chance for Bell (second chance) so with that mindset I believe he is our change of back and Hillis can pound it, Selvin re-hurt his groin, I liked how Bell ran, except for his fumbles (5) with Denver in his career. Also I would say he does have a hard time between tackles, that is why he will be a change of back, that we have been missing.

  • Awesome, Austin

    This just proves that any former player can get a part time job in the NFL if the right starters go down! Retarded!

  • Seán Cunnane

    When Mike Bell was toting the rock for us, he did a hell of a job, great cut, decent speed, better than average power, and I seem to remember him leaving a few of the colts defenders on their a$$ with a few nice moves. The guy fumbled once in a bronco uniform, on his first carry of a game. He brought back the mile high salute, and the crowd really took to him. I honestly cant understand why Shanny didn’t even consider bringing him back. The quote in th RMN was “neither bell will be brought because of been there, done that”. – well that was a load of bull**** wasn’t it. The move to FB was a stupid move for him and obviously cast a shadow on his running abilities. Anyone agree or did I see something no one else did in him??

  • Jon Krause

    I loved Mike, I thought it was dumb to get rid of him. I also thought that making him a FB was stupid

  • Kurt

    Judging by that pick, I’d say they cut him!