Posted Mon Mar 16th by Monty
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.
BRONCOS SIGN UNRESTRICTED FREE-AGENT G SCOTT YOUNG
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.
BRONCOS RE-SIGN UNRESTRICTED FREE-AGENT TE JEB PUTZIER
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.