Broncos sign a pair of Linebackers, release two

The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed college free agent linebackers Braxton Kelley (University of Kentucky) and Jeff Schweiger (San Jose State University), it was announced.

The club also on Tuesday waived tight end Adam Bergen and wide receiver Jayson Foster.

Kelley (6-foot-0, 230 pounds) is a rookie linebacker who joined the Broncos as a college free agent from the University of Kentucky on April 28, 2009... Totaled 287 tackles (175 solo), 6.5 sacks (30 yds.), four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and six pass breakups in 46 career games (42 starts) at Kentucky... Spent his first three seasons at middle linebacker before primarily playing weakside linebacker for the Wildcats as a senior... Named one of two team captains as a senior in 2008 for UK and earned the school's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award after registering a team and career-high 98 tackles (49 solo), four sacks (21 yds.), two pass breakups and two forced fumbles as a 13-game starter... Ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference in tackles per game (7.5) in 2008, earning second-team all-conference honors from Phil Steele's College Football... Had 63 tackles (34 solo) in 13 games (12 starts) as a junior for the Wildcats in 2007... Posted 82 tackles (57 solo) in 13 games (10 starts) as a sophomore... Received Freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com (second team) and The Sporting News (third team) while being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2005, totaling 44 tackles (35 solo) and one sack (1 yd.) in seven games (7 starts) that year... Earned All-Georgia recognition from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at LaGrange High School in LaGrange, Ga.... Twin brother, Brandon, plays defensive line at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.... Was a high school and college teammate of current Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard... Majored in kinesiology at Kentucky... Braxton Kelley was born on Oct. 24, 1986, in LaGrange, Ga.

Schweiger (6-foot-5, 276 pounds) is a rookie linebacker who joined the Broncos as a college free agent from San Jose State University on April 28, 2009... Saw time at defensive end in college, playing for San Jose State as a senior after competing for the University of Southern California during his first three collegiate seasons... Totaled 26 tackles (6 solo) and 1.5 sacks (14 yds.) while placing second on the team with two fumble recoveries in nine games (6 starts) as a senior in 2008 at San Jose State... Did not play in 2007 due to NCAA transfer rules but practiced with San Jose State and received its Scout Team Award... Credited with 31 tackles (14 solo), two sacks and one pass breakup in 25 games during three seasons at USC... Was part of USC's National Championship team in 2004 as a freshman and finished the campaign with 18 tackles (7 solo), two sacks and one pass breakup... Added 11 stops (5 solo) as a sophomore and two tackles as a junior for the Trojans... Named a first-team All-American and the Gatorade California Player of the Year as a senior at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif.... Collected 140 tackles, 18 sacks, 15 pass breakups and four fumble recoveries during his final prep season... Selected to play in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl... Father, Jeff Schweiger, played football at San Jose State and started for the school at defensive end from 1979-80... Majored in philosophy at San Jose State... Jeff Schweiger was born on Jan. 1, 1986, in San Jose, Calif.

 

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