The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed free-agent linebacker Nick Greisen (GRYE-son), it was announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not announced.
To make room on its roster, the club waived fullback Andrew Pinnock.
Greisen (6-foot-1, 250 pounds) is an eighth-year player who joins the Broncos after stints with Baltimore (2007-08), Jacksonville (2006) and the New York Giants (2002-05). He entered the NFL with the Giants as a fifth-round selection (152nd overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft from the University of Wisconsin.
The linebacker has appeared in 98 games (33 starts) and five postseason contests (1 start) in his career. He has compiled 305 tackles (210 solo), including four sacks (31 yds.), one interception (6 yds.), 12 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries while contributing seven tackles (4 solo) and four special-teams stops in the playoffs.
In 2008, Greisen totaled five solo tackles on defense and placed fifth on Baltimore with 12 special-teams stops in 14 games (1 start). He also tied for the team lead with three special-teams tackles while appearing in all three of the Ravens’ postseason contests.
In 2007, he saw action in 14 games and started two for the Ravens, amassing 38 tackles (22 solo) and a fumble recovery while adding 13 special-teams stops. He paced the club in tackles in each of his two starting assignments.
After joining Jacksonville as an unrestricted free agent in 2006, Greisen played in all 16 games (10 starts) and placed fourth on the Jaguars with a career-best 82 tackles (48 solo) along with a fumble recovery and an interception (6 yds.).
In 2005, he played in all 16 games with the Giants and made career-high 13 starts. He registered 79 tackles, including a career-high 60 solo stops, while forcing two fumbles and recovering three. Greisen started the Giants’ Wild Card Game and contributed seven tackles (4 solo) against Carolina.
In his third pro season, Greisen appeared in 15 games (7 starts) and posted 72 tackles (53 solo), including a personal-best two sacks (16 yds.) with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for the Giants.
In his second pro season, Greisen placed fourth on the Giants with nine special-teams tackles in 2003.
As a rookie with the Giants in 2002, Greisen saw action in eight games (1 start) and missed eight games with a stress fracture in his foot. He made four tackles (2 solo), including a sack (6 yds.), one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He made a special-teams stop in an NFC Wild Card Game at San Francisco.
At Wisconsin, Greisen played in 42 games (25 starts) as a two-year starter, totaling 337 tackles (201 solo). He earned All-Big Ten Conference recognition as a senior when he led the Badgers with 167 tackles (101 solo), including four sacks (24 yds.).
Greisen, 29, earned first-team all-state recognition from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as a running back at Sturgeon Bay High School in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. Greisen comes from an athletic family as his brother, Chris, played quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals (1999-2001), his grandfather, Stan Kramer, played for the Green bay Packers (1946) and his cousin, Casey Rabach, plays center for the Washington Redskins. Nick Greisen was born Aug. 10, 1979, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.