On Monday, the Broncos announced several roster transactions, including the additions of free-agent wide receiver Chad Jackson and tackle Matt Murphy to their active roster.
The team also signed cornerback Josh Bell to its active roster from its practice squad while adding center Greg Eslinger and cornerback Rashod Moulton to the practice squad.
Jackson is a third-year wide receiver who spent his first two seasons with New England, which selected him in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He competed in training camp with the Patriots this season but was waived on Aug. 31.
In 14 career games with one start, Jackson has totaled 13 receptions for 152 yards with three touchdowns, along with four rushes for 22 yards. He owns five career punt returns for 83 yards and six kickoff returns for 106 yards. The wide receiver has also appeared in three career playoff games, returning four kickoffs for 78 yards and adding one special-teams stop.
Jackson was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award — awarded to the nation’s top receiver — and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a junior at the University of Florida.
Murphy is a seventh-year tackle who spent the last two seasons with Buffalo after playing for Houston and Detriot in previous seasons. Selected by the Lions in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Murphy has appeared in 28 career games with three starts at both the tackle and tight end positions.
Murphy was inactive for Buffalo’s 2008 season opener before the club released him on Sept. 13.
Bell is a rookie cornerback who spent the last five weeks on Denver’s practice squad after joining the club on Sept. 24. He entered the NFL with the Chargers on May 2 as a college free agent from Baylor University but was waived by San Diego on Aug. 31.
Eslinger is a third-year center who begins his second stint with the Broncos, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft from the University of Minnesota.
He signed with Cleveland’s active roster from Denver’s practice squad on Nov. 14, 2007, but was inactive for all four games with the Browns. Eslinger finished that season on Houston’s practice squad and competed in its 2008 training camp before he was waived on Aug. 30.
Eslinger was a consensus All-American who received the Outland Trophy — awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman — as a senior at Minnesota.
Moulton is a first-year cornerback who joins the Broncos from Jacksonville, which released him from its practice squad on Sept. 1. He entered the NFL with the Jaguars on May 14, 2007, as a college free agent from Fort Valley State University and spent his entire rookie campaign on the club’s practice squad.
Moulton played defensive back, running back and wide receiver at Fort Valley State, where he also returned kickoffs and punts. He posted five interceptions while averaging 7.9 yards (19-151) on punt returns as a senior.