Boy, this is a busy day …
Less than two hours after announcing the signing of one former Detroit Lion, Denver brought another one-time Lion aboard, signing wide receiver Edell Shepherd to a contract.
Terms were not disclosed.
Shepherd was in Lions camp last year before being waived on Aug. 28. He spent the subsequent season out football.
Prior to that short Motown stint, he’d spent the 2006 season with the Houston Texans after playing three years for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While Shepherd has 13 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown on offense, most of his on-field value the last three years has come as a returner. In 2005, he returned 20 kickoffs for 414 yards — an average of 20.7 yards per runback. A year later in Houston, he improved his kickoff average to 23.2 yards on 17 returns, but fumbled twice.
Shepherd also has three punt returns for 24 yards — an 8.0-yard average. All of his NFL punt returns came in 2006 with Houston.