Broncos re-sign Green, add Daniels – ESPN
Updated: March 10, 2015, 5:23 PM ET
Jeff Legwold | ESPN.com
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos rejiggered their tight end depth chart Tuesday, re-signing Virgil Green and adding Owen Daniels while letting Julius Thomas depart in free agency.
Thomas had 24 touchdown receptions over the last two seasons combined with the Broncos — 12 in 2013 and 12 more in ’14. Green has 23 career receptions in his four years with the Broncos combined.
[+] EnlargeChris Humphreys/USA TODAY SportsThe Broncos are bringing back tight end Virgil Green at a fraction of the price Julius Thomas commanded from the Jaguars.
And when the Broncos worked through their free agency plan, they worked diligently to re-sign Green and didn’t make Thomas an offer before he moved on to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Green’s new three-year deal with the team, believed to average $2.5 million per year, came in just before the formal opening of free agency at 2 p.m. Mountain time Tuesday.
The Broncos also said they have agreed to a three-year deal with free agent Daniels, who has followed Broncos coach Gary Kubiak from the Texans to the Ravens and now to Denver.
Daniels, 32, proved he can still be an impactful tight end after catching 48 passes for 527 yards and four touchdowns in 2014 for the Baltimore. He filled the void left by Dennis Pitta, who suffered a season-ending hip injury in Week 3, and finished third on the Ravens in receptions. Daniels will help Green add to the Broncos’ tight end depth in the wake of Thomas’ departure.
Other than Denver’s use of the franchise player tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, Green is the first of the Broncos’ unrestricted free agents the team has heavily pursued to re-sign.
“Virgil has been a big part of our team the last four years and will continue to be in the future,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway said in a statement. “He’s been a reliable, solid contributor since the day he was drafted. We’re very excited Virgil is returning to the Broncos.”
Green is one of the seven players from the nine-member 2011 draft class to start games for the Broncos, and after Thomas suffered an ankle injury in the Broncos’ Nov. 16 loss to the St. Louis Rams, Green became the No. 1 option at the tight end.
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