AFC West: Jayson Foster

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Denver is close to signing linebacker Nick Greisen. He was one of several linebackers to work out for the team Tuesday. Greisen fits in the 3-4 defense Denver is adopting. He was a capable role player for Baltimore and he is expected to be a key reserve in Denver if a deal is finalized.

Denver signed undrafted college free agent linebackers Braxton Kelley of Kentucky and Jeff Schweiger of San Jose State. Denver has now signed 17 college free agents. Denver, meanwhile, released Adam Bergen and receiver Jayson Foster.

Oakland signed some more college free agents.

Oakland free agent receiver Ashley Lelie visited the Steelers.

In his typical classy manner, Tony Gonzalez departed Kansas City gracefully. Holding his own press conference, Gonzalez thanked Chiefs fans after a 12-season stay. He said he will retire as a Chief and enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, if elected, as a Chief. Kansas City traded Gonzalez to Atlanta last week.

Broncos odds and ends

December, 29, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Denver quarterback Jay Cutler told reporters Monday, a day after the Broncos lost in San Diego to complete their three-week collapse in the AFC West, that he expects Denver to end a three-year playoff drought next season.

"Yes, I do. I think with (head coach) Mike (Shanahan) and the front office, they are going to make some moves and try to improve us as a whole team," Cutler said. "I love the direction the offense is going with Jeremy (Bates) leading us, the coaching, the offensive line and the receivers. I think we have a real chance next year."

The Broncos need to make some defensive improvements. But the team has to get over the hangover from their collapse first.

The letdown did have a silver lining for Denver. It is now picking 12th in the April draft. It is the same slot in which Denver drafted star left tackle Ryan Clady earlier this year.

Denver will look at defense next spring with linebackers Rey Maualuga (USC) and James Laurinaitis (Ohio State), defensive tackle B.J. Raji (Boston College) and safety Taylor Mays (USC) as early possibilities.

Denver signed the following six practice squad players to future contracts: defensive tackle Matthias Askew, guard Mitch Erickson, wide receiver Jayson Foster, defensive tackle Ryan McBean, cornerback Rashod Moulton and wide receiver Matt Willis.

Here are Denver's home and away opponents for 2009. The dates will be announced in the spring:

Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants.

Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins.

Denver adds ex-San Diego FB

November, 26, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Broncos have added a former Charger as they prepare for the stretch run and try to hold off San Diego.

Denver signed fullback Andrew Pinnock on Wednesday. Pinnock had recently worked out for Denver which needed a fullback because Peyton Hillis was moved to tailback and Spencer Larsen is playing primarily middle linebacker.

Pinnock is an experienced NFL player who had three starts with San Diego last season. He was cut by San Diego this summer after he was suffering knee issues. Pinnock was expected to be the replacement for Lorenzo Neal in San Diego. But he was beaten out by rookie Mike Tolbert.

Denver also added rookie receiver Jayson Foster to the practice squad. He was previously with Pittsburgh and Miami.