Wasting little time, the Broncos signed 16 players to reserve-future contracts on Monday afternoon, including six members of their practice squad and one other player who was on the 53-man roster for two weeks earlier this month.
Returning to the team will be safety Marviel Underwood, who was inactive for games in Weeks 14 and 15 and was subsequently waived.
Underwood first broke into the league as a 2005 fourth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers and was in the starting lineup for their preseason opener a year later, but tore two ligaments in his right knee early in that contest and spent the year on injured reserve. The Packers waived him in preseason in 2007 and re-signed him for a week before waiving him again this season.
The six practice-squad players to sign reserve-future deals include defensive tackles Michael Bozeman and Antwon Burton, wide receivers Carlton Brewster and Marquay McDaniel, center Mark Fenton and tight end Chad Upshaw.
Practice-squad offensive lineman Cliff Washburn was not signed to a reserve-future contract Monday.
The nine players who have not previously played with the Broncos are:
FB Steven Jackson, Clemson
DE Nic Clemons, Georgia
DE Julian Jenkins, Stanford
C Norm Katnik, USC
CB Christian Morton, Illinois
TE Brett Pierce, Stanford
WR Clifford Russell, Utah
S Vickiel Vaughn, Arkansas
RB Marquis Weeks, Virginia
All of Monday’s signees will officially become part of the Broncos’ roster when the postseason concludes after Super Bowl XLII.
Last year, the Broncos signed 19 players to reserve-future contracts. Five were on the team at various points in the regular season: Darrell Hackney, Glenn Martinez, Andre Hall, Jeff Shoate and Amon Gordon.
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