Though it had been reported by various sources earlier in the day, the Broncos have now officially signed Tatum Bell, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.
To make room for Bell on the roster, the team has waived Glenn Martinez.
Bell is in his fifth-year in the NFL and his second stint with Denver. He initially entered the league as a second round selection of the Broncos in the 2004 NFL Draft. He spent his first three seasons with the Broncos before he was traded to Detroit on March 2, 2007, and played for the Lions last year before he was released by the club on Sept. 2.
In 47 career games, he has rushed 525 times for 2,524 yards with 14 touchdowns while catching 61 passes for 362 yards. His 4.9-yard rushing average during three seasons in Denver also represents the second-best career mark in club history among players with at least 250 carries.
During his final year with the Broncos in 2006, Bell started all 13 games played and registered the first 1,000-yard rushing season of his career with 1,025 yards on 233 carries with two scores. He started all five games played with the Lions last year, rushing 44 times for 182 yards with one touchdown and catching 14 passes for 63 yards.
In the wake of a string of injuries that resulted in three running backs being placed on IR, Bell could get onto the field Sunday in Atlanta, and he will wear No. 40.
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com