Thursday, May 30, 2013
New Bronco Jammer has title on his mind
By Bill Williamson
Quentin Jammer made it clear why he signed with the Denver Broncos.
“A chance to win a championship,” he told reporters in Denver on Thursday after his first practice with the team. The 12-year veteran, who spent his entire career with San Diego, signed with Denver on Wednesday. The 34-year-old is being converted from cornerback to safety and will play rotationally.
“You look at this team and what they did last year, and what Peyton Manning brings to this football team. I get to play with a guy like Champ Bailey. Hands down, if you look across the league, what better place to go than Denver to have a chance to play for a championship?”
Jammer said it wasn’t difficult making the switch to a division rival. He had interest in returning to the Chargers, but the new San Diego brass wanted to go young in the secondary. Denver was looking for veteran help at safety.
“No, it wasn’t really that tough,” Jammer said. “Obviously I had spent so much time in San Diego, to uproot and leave and go somewhere and uproot your family, it’s hard. It’s a difficult thing to do. But when you’re forced to, you have decisions to make. The next decision that you have to make is you have three to four more years left in you. What are you going to do with your life? I want to win a championship. Like I said, I think Denver gives me that opportunity.”
Jammer said he is excited to have his new role in Denver. The Broncos are looking for improvement in covering tight ends, and Jammer will get a chance to help there.
“I can cover (as a) safety, I can cover wide receivers,” Jammer said. “I can pretty much cover anybody on the field. I’ve been doing it for 11 years. Why stop now?”
Jammer received a hearty welcome from his new quarterback upon his arrival in Denver.
“I am excited about Quentin Jammer,” Manning told reporters in Denver on Thursday. “I played against Quentin a number of times. San Diego and Indianapolis were almost like division teams for a number of years playing every single season because we both won the division, and playing in the playoffs. He is a veteran corner. He’s seen it all. I know Coach Fox and Coach (Defensive Coordinator Jack) Del Rio are glad to have him because of the versatility that he brings. Whether he is playing corner, possibly playing some safety, he’s a guy they can put in in the dime package and let him cover an athletic tight end … So, we are glad to have him, and I know he’s excited to be here.”