The Broncos have signed wide receiver Brandon Stokley, the team announced on Monday. The 14th-year player rejoins the Broncos after catching 108 passes for 1,490 yards in three seasons with the team (2007-09).
“Stokely’s my guy,” wide receiver Eric Decker said at a press conference Monday morning. “He’s a savvy veteran. He’s been around the league for a while, so you can learn a lot from a guy like that.”
For his career, Stokley has appeared in 131 games and hauled in 339 passes for 4,680 yards with 34 touchdowns.
He reunites with quarterback Peyton Manning after the pair spent four seasons together in Indianapolis (2003-06). Stokley was a consistent target for Manning in Indianapolis, catching more than 40 passes in 2004 and 2005, the two full seasons he played for the Colts. In 2004, Stokley posted his most productive season as a pro, setting career highs in receptions (68), yards (1,077) and touchdowns (10). The duo earned Super Bowl rings together during the 2006 season.
Stokley, who hosted Manning on his free agent visit to Denver in March, arranged a throwing session at a local park while Manning was in town. The pair have worked out together on other occasions this offseason as well, including at Duke University where Manning was working under the his former college coach, David Cutcliffe.
Manning addressed the possibility of teaming up with Stokley in his press conference earlier today.
“Any time that the management wants to add good football players to this team, I’m all in favor of it – no matter what position,” Manning said. “I’ve heard that is a possibility and like I said, adding good football players, that’s a good thing.”
Broncos fans might remember Stokley best from his role in one of the most spectacular plays in club history. In the 2009 season opener, Stokley caught a deflected pass and raced 87 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds of the victory at Cincinnati.