Glenn Martinez Returns; Clifford Russell To I/R

The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed free-agent wide receiver Glenn Martinez, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Broncos also on Tuesday placed wide receiver Clifford Russell on their reserve/injured list. He suffered a sprained neck in the fourth quarter of Denver's game at Kansas City on Sunday.

Martinez (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is a third-year wide receiver who spent the 2007 campaign with the Broncos before he was waived on Aug. 30. He played 12 games (1 start) for Denver last season, totaling 14 receptions for 175 yards (12.5 avg.) along with 14 punt returns for 157 yards (11.2 avg.) with one touchdown and 15 kickoff returns for 330 yards (22.0 avg.).

Martinez's 80-yard punt return for a touchdown in Denver's Monday Night Football win against Tennessee (11/19/07) was its first punt return score in four seasons and earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

In 17 career games (1 start) with Denver (2007) and Detroit (2005-06), Martinez has posted 15 receptions for 186 yards (12.4 avg.). He also owns 14 career punt returns for 157 yards (11.2 avg.) with one touchdown and 15 kickoff returns for 330 yards (22.0 avg.).

Martinez entered the NFL with Pittsburgh in 2004 as a college free agent from Saginaw Valley State University, where he finished his career ranked third in school history in career receiving yards (2,663).

Born on Nov. 30, 1981, Martinez attended Auburndale High School in Auburndale, Fla

 

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