Posted Wed Aug 4th by Monty
This is one way to address one’s lack of running back depth. Or is it?
The Denver Broncos on Wednesday announced the signing of running back LenDale White, waiving RB Kolby Smith. The move comes three days after Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter went down, and, rather than adding another running camp body to the mix, they simply switched one.
The trouble is, their new one won’t be available for game action until Week Five. White (6-1, 235), a Denver native, is suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
It’s a puzzling move considering the Broncos will more likely need to spell Moreno and Buck earlier in the season, rather than later. Not to mention this sudden change in Josh McDaniels‘ “character guy” policy. Press release after the jump.
UPDATED (8:00 PM EST)
We reported yesterday Ladell Betts was also in town today. Well, NFL Networks Jason La Contora has reported that the Broncos also made an offer to Betts, but according to La Contora, Betts decided to pursue other options.
BRONCOS SIGN FREE-AGENT RB LENDALE WHITE; WAIVE RB KOLBY SMITH
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed free-agent running back LenDale White, it was announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Also on Wednesday, the club waived running back Kolby Smith.
White (6-foot-1, 235 pounds) spent his first four NFL seasons with Tennessee, where he played 58 games (18 starts) and rushed for 2,349 yards on 628 carries (3.7 avg.) with 24 touchdowns. He also compiled 42 receptions for 204 yards (4.9 avg.). In two career postseason games, he totaled 34 carries for 114 yards (3.4 avg.) and five receptions for 32 yards (6.4 avg.). He was drafted by the Titans in the second round (45th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft from the University of Southern California.
In 39 games (11 starts) at USC, he rushed for 3,159 yards on 541 attempts (5.8) as he set school and Pac-10 Conference records with 57 total touchdowns (52 rushing).
He was a SuperPrep All-American at Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo., where he finished as Colorado’s career prep rushing leader with 7,803 yards. He was born on Dec. 20, 1984 in Denver.