In addition, the team has reportedly set up visits with four more free agents — cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, running back Rashard Mendenhall, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and linebacker Stewart Bradley.
Below is a look at each one one of those players. Take a look at other available free agents with the DenverBroncos.com free agency primer.
Originally a first-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2008 NFL Draft, Rodgers-Cromartie was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011.
Including postseason, he trails only Asante Samuel, Tramon Williams and DeAngelo Hall in interceptions by cornerbacks since he was drafted.
Rodgers-Cromartie has 16 regular-season interceptions in his five seasons, four of which he has returned for touchdowns. He has also accumulated 208 tackles, 84 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, a sack and two blocked field goals.
Last season, Cromartie led the Eagles with three interceptions. The 2009 Pro Bowler turns 27 next month.
The 25-year-old Mendenhall has two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt and came just 72 yards short in a third campaign.
However, a knee injury suffered in the final game of the 2011 season limited the running back’s productivity in the 2012 campaign. He was inactive for the first three games of the year before making his first start since the knee injury in Week 5. An Achilles injury held him out of four more games in the middle of the season, and by the end of the year Mendenhall had played in just six games, starting four.
For his career, the former first-round pick has 3,549 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground in five NFL seasons. He has also added 661 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
He took home a championship in Super Bowl XLIII with the Pittsburgh Steelers, coincidentally against Rodgers-Cromartie’s Cardinals.
Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio has plenty of familiarity with Knighton — a third-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009, when Del Rio was head coach.
Knighton all 16 games in each of his first two seasons and started 13 games in 2011. He has only missed three games due to injury in his career, which broke up his starting streak that season.
Last season, the defensive tackle played in all 16 games but started just five. Still, he ranked second on the team with 17 quarterback pressures and tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles.
The 26-year-old has racked up 259 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, nine passes defensed and an interception in his four NFL seasons.
Bradley spent the past two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, playing mostly on special teams as a backup linebacker. He played in all 16 games during both campaigns.
Prior to his stint in Arizona, he spent four seasons with the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in all 16 games as a rookie but graduated to full-time starter in 2008 when he paced the team in tackles for loss. He missed the 2009 campaign due to a knee injury that put him on injured reserve, but jumped back into a starting role in 2010 and ranked second on the team with 88 tackles.
For his career, Bradley has notched 228 tackles, three sacks, 14 passes defensed, three interceptions and a forced fumble, according to press box statistics.
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