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Published on 03/16/2009 at Mon Mar 16 15:50.
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Young Putzier
Young & Putzier

Amidst franchise-altering turmoil, the duo of Head Coach Josh McDaniels and Brian Xanders continue to sign free agents and try to improve the team. On Friday, they signed free agent offensive guard Scott Young.  Young has spent time with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns.  On Monday, the team brought back tight end Jeb Putzier, who spent the first four years of his career and the last two games of 2008 with the Broncos.

With Tony Scheffler trade rumors swirling and the tight end missing voluntary workouts, bringing back Putzier makes a lot of sense. At least the head honchos are continuing to work on improving this team while all hell breaks loose. Press releases after the jump.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Friday signed unrestricted free-agent guard Scott Young, it was announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Young (6-foot-4, 312 pounds) is a fifth-year player who joins the Broncos after stints with Cleveland (2008) and Philadelphia (2005-08). He entered the NFL with the Eagles in 2005 as a fifth-round draft choice (172nd overall) from Brigham Young University.

The offensive lineman has appeared in 14 career regular-season games (0 starts) along with two postseason contests (0 starts).

Young spent the entire 2008 regular season on the Browns’ active roster and appeared in one game for the club. He was claimed off waivers by Cleveland on Aug. 31 after competing in the Eagles’ training camp.

In 2006, Young saw time in a career-high 12 regular-season games along with both postseason contests for Philadelphia. He began his rookie season with the Eagles in 2005 on their practice squad before he was signed to their active roster in late November of that year.

After starting his collegiate career at Dixie State College (St. George, Utah), where he was a first-team NJCAA All-American as a defensive lineman, Young played two seasons at BYU. He switched to the offensive line before his senior year with the Cougars.

A two-way starter at Hillcrest High School in Salt Lake City, Young was born on July 15, 1981.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Monday re-signed unrestricted free-agent tight end Jeb Putzier, it was announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Putzier (6-foot-4, 251 pounds) is an eighth-year player who started his second stint with the Broncos as a free-agent signee on Dec. 10, 2008 after originally joining the club as a sixth-round draft choice (191st overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft from Boise State University and playing for the club from 2002-05. Putzier played in Denver’s last two games in 2008 after appearing in six contests (1 start) with Seattle before he was waived on Nov. 26, and also spent two years with Houston from 2006-07.

In 69 career games (17 starts), Putzier has totaled 96 receptions for 1,251 yards (13.0 avg.) with three touchdowns. He also has appeared in three career postseason games, posting 10 receptions for 159 yards (15.9 avg.) with one touchdown.

Putzier played in all 16 games for the Broncos during two consecutive seasons from 2004-05. He had a career-high 572 receiving yards (36 rec., 15.9 avg., 2 TDs) for Denver in 2004 and registered a personal-best 37 receptions (481 yds., 13.0 avg.) for the Broncos’ 2005 team that won the AFC West title.

An All-Western Athletic Conference selection as a senior at Boise State, Putzier finished his collegiate career with 128 receptions for 2,050 yards (16.0 avg.) with 19 touchdowns. He attended Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho, and was born on Jan. 20, 1979.

  • (dee)

    Good depth signings, I am ok with shopping Scheffler (who I think sealed his fate by not showing up Monday).
    Jeb was a good team guy and would come up with some crazy catches here and there while taking devasting hits.
    As for the guard other than his combine record, I think he will be a backup.
    Good to see posts about the Denver Broncos and not about “he who cannot be named” …lol


  • WhidbeyBronco

    yep, if HWCBN is bad, scheffler begs for this signing. Always liked him (Putzier). Young? Depth, right?

  • (dee)

    I wonder what “sources” will say tomorrow morning….

  • NathanH

    I liked Putz a lot when he was here. McDaniels system requires a lot less out a TE, but Jeb still has the ability to make a catch, and isn’t a bad blocker. Graham will be the TE next year though, and we’ll see a lot less of throwing to that position in Denver now. It’s strange really since its been apart of our game for so long. But i’m all for it as long as it works.

  • Hansen

    Over on, and I’m sure on this forum, people are getting vacuum-packed panties over this signing and the rumors of trading Scheffler. Maybe, just maybe, management wants Scheffler gone because he is also represented by Bus Cook. Maybe they know all about him, quite possibly more than all of us yahoos in Fan Land, and want his influence out of the organization. I don’t know, just a thought.

  • NathanH

    It all has to do with the system switch. Even if nothing happened with Cutler and Jay was hoorah about JMcD, we still would have tried to trade Scheffler. We’re on the hook for a good amount for Graham next year, and McDaniels system only calls for 1 TE sets, and for more of a blocker then reciever.

    See-Kellen Winslow being traded. Mangini has a similar offense and didn’t need a reciever of Winslow’s calibur in his system.

  • fan

    Another Brown Reject (they are picking in the top 5 every year)

    Courtney Brown, Gerald Warren, Mike Myers, Andra Davis,Young,Ecuban, ect??? over the last few years?? Taking browns defense which are very bad.

  • bond plate

    Cocky McDaniels has destroyed this organization. Even worse, Pat Bowen has taken the wrong position on this cutler fiasco. He seems to be manipulated by this young turd. Maybe hes under some nasty Bill-a-chek spell. One that Mcdumbass learned at the cheating for champions institution. Seriously, Cutler passed Elways record for passing yards in a single season! Elway people! we’ve done nothing but wait patiently for anyone that could fill hes shoes, wake the F up hes on our doorstep! Im so full of confused rage. Just hoping that i dont wake up in sept, only to see that the man taking the snaps has Simms written on his back. God help us all……..

  • Jordan C

    Again, unrelated, but I just had a crazy thought and wanted to know what you guys think:

    With the past history of draftees and cfa’s switching positions in the NFL (i.e., Spencer Larson) and the high demand for 3-4 personnel for this draft (Green Bay, KC, Denver added this year), do you think that it’s possible that some teams might consider attempting to convert Herman Johnson, a OG and a big boy (6-7 356 at his pro-day) to nose tackle. I don’t know if he’s ever played the position, but he could learn a few moves and voila – the center-piece for you new defense. And a good value pick if he works out. I’m thinking that he’ll go in the third or fourth round as a guard.

    Just a random thought that probably has no validity, but I’m trying to figure out how the Broncos will be getting a NT when it looks like the top few guys may be valued at awkward places on the board in relation to where the team will probably drafting.

  • jcampb72
  • flbronc

    was watching nfl live last night, and they were ranking the free agent classes…. guess who was the afc west champs… it was us! we’ve had a great signing period, minus the cutler dumpster fire. golic would have rated us best in the afc without the qb fiasco.

    when we remove the cutler problems, we’re doing well. if we can do as well in the draft, i’ll feel really good about the personell direction of the team (provided we can play nice in the sandbox with jay).

  • Ian Henson

    Jordan C –

    Interesting thought pattern and you echo a lot of my own. Where are we getting a nose tackle from? All signs point to the draft, but surely these geniuses that we have steering this shattered vessel know that we’re not likely to draft a guy…

  • NathanH

    I’d be fine with us taking Sammie Lee Hill in the 3rd or 4th. Prefferably the 4th. He’s from Stillman, but his stock has slowly been rising over the past couple months. He’s my call for the still of the draft whether we land him or not, so i’m hoping we do.